Where on earth do the weeks go when you are happy and content??
I don't ever remember time flying by quite this fast before. It's Monday and then the next thing I know it's Sunday again, and the Fiction Uncovered announcement seemed weeks and weeks away when I booked my train tickets for London, and now it is upon us this coming Thursday.
But whilst it flies, nicest of all is the whole notion of having time to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it, and yesterday that involved much hovering around NASA TV watching the hastily planned space walk to repair a faulty pump that was leaking ammonia outside on the International Space Station. I find it hard to believe that they are working out there on something that is travelling at 75,000 miles an hour or so, but all is good, I shouted instructions and the lads got the gist, got the new pump round the right way on the P6 truss (imagine getting it back to front and having to unpick it) and all is working fine so mission accomplished. Cdr Chris Hadfield, who has done much to enlighten and inform many of us who have been following his daily pictures of earth from space, returns to earth this week and I am not sure what I am going to do without his daily pictures. But here's to a safe journey, and let's hope the queue at passport control isn't overly long and that they can get the duty free past customs.
And let's hope the weather for re-entry is better than this; the storm that took the blossom off our apple trees earlier this week heading away from us to Ireland, but see too how the clouds sit perfectly over the English mainland clearly outlining its shape. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Talking of space, I am going to be on the dark side of the moon in terms of internet and computer access this week as I will be on my travels towards London from Monday onwards, so dovegreyreader will be having a little rest. I have more great reads ready to share but I want to be around to chat in comments with you all... and thank you so much for the Life After Life discussions. I am inspired enough to be taking a new view on Kate Atkinson's writing, and she is another author I plan a Start to Finish read with, so I will taking Behind the Scenes at the Museum for my travel reading this week.
And in the wake of The Great British Sewing Bee post and all your comments, I have sourced a nice skirt pattern (amongst others) from Sew Essentials, flicking through the virtual catalogues I discovered new-to-me Kwik Sew patterns, so the task will be commencing on my return.
In the early hours of Thursday morning I can announce the Fiction Uncovered selection so look out for a blog post then. I will be heading for the celebrations with the authors and guests various that evening before heading home on the sleeper train. I have booked a cupboard cabin on the Night Riviera, about which I am stupidly excited.
In the meantime feast your eyes on this fabulous colour video footage of London in 1927, and then try and stop yourself wanting to read Mrs Dalloway once it has finished. Of course if you hate Mrs Dalloway you won't have that problem, but I have started it again already.
"In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment in June.”