Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside


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World Book Day dressing up

Everyone dressed up at school today, for World Book Day. I was the witch from “Room on the Broom”.  We took the children to see it at the theatre last term.

My hair isn’t long (or ginger, though it used to be a bit reddish), but I did plait it, and put a bow in it, made a makeshift broom, and took in my jam pan as a cauldron for the cat and a dog to sit in (couldn’t find a frog or a bird).  You can’t see my lovely black cloak (a skirt pinned to my shoulders), the bow, or my pointy black boots.  It was all really an excuse to use my purple sparkly wand, which lights up and makes magic-making noises when you wave it.  I acted the story out with a little group, and they enjoyed making a magic potion in the cauldron.  All good fun.  🙂

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Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Couldn’t resist a prompt to write about a book I’ve enjoyed.  Prompt from the Daily Prompt.

The last book I read was a book group one: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Everyone that read it enjoyed it.  I hadn’t finished it by the time of the book group evening, and actually decided to miss the meeting, because I wanted to finish it before I talked about it, as I was so engrossed in it.  Someone else commented that it took quite a while to read, as they didn’t want to get to the end, and I’d agree with that.  Nothing much happens as such; it is far more about how relationships change, or don’t, over long periods of time, and how people communicate, or don’t.  One of the couples is a strong woman and a man who is somewhat ruled by her – interestingly, it was the man that people felt was the more sympathetic character.  Interesting – strength isn’t necessarily attractive.

I really enjoyed the sense of place, particularly the northeast USA woods.  I really felt as though I’d been there.

A good book – not particularly easy, as all the characters had hard loads to bear, but definitely one that has stayed with me.  I’d recommend it.