Up and down with the weather

I’m having a mild fit of the blahs today. Maybe it is because yesterday the sun was out and everything just seems better then, doesn’t it? Since it was so nice I skipped playgroup and took Baby for a walk along the seafront, which was really busy considering it was  before 10am on a Tuesday morning in February. Incidentally, since I’ve been on maternity leave I’m frequently surprised by the number of people I see out and about during the day time. Why aren’t they at work? What’s their secret?! I wish they’d tell me. This maternity leave is slipping away far too fast. Anyway, the walk was good and then we met up with some friends for coffee (£2.35).

Today, however, has been relentlessly grey and miserable. Both Baby and I have had colds and then I realised I was also getting a coldsore, for which I can’t take my medication because I am breastfeeding. Baby couldn’t get to sleep because of her bunged up nose so I ended up taking her for a drive (works like a charm). This evening I tried another Jamie recipe (Chicken Casserole). I really wasn’t in the mood but the chicken had to be used so I had to get on with it. I’m glad I did because the recipe was ridiculously simple and it tasted really good (plus I have two portions to go in the freezer so we’ll get a night off cooking next week). I’ll definitely be making it again.

I’ve just cracked open a book I loved when I first read it three years ago and it is as comforting as the casserole (Mariana by Monica Dickens, great-granddaughter of Charles. Read it if you liked I Capture the Castle by the fabulous Dodie Smith and The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice). Through its pages I’m going to escape to Charbury and be optimistic that, in spite of the heavy rain forecast tomorrow, everything will seem a bit brighter!

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3 thoughts on “Up and down with the weather

  1. Ooh, ‘Mariana’ is on my to-read pile at the moment — I love ‘I Capture the Castle’ so maybe I should bump Mariana up the pile…

    Vaguely similar era, I read ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’ for the first time last year and found it enchanting. And a little later (WW2), ‘Good Evening, Mrs Craven’ by Mollie Panter-Downes is absolutely delightful (and short stories so perfect for sleepy bedtime reading).

    Since I normally only read more contemporary fiction or crappy sci-fi from all eras, I’ve loved finding this range of lovely books 🙂

    (Oh, and on another subject: we’re as frequently surprised by the amount of people about during the day too – always wondering what they do for a living. My boy and I tend to walk our dog together in the middle of the afternoon so I’m sure they think the same about us 🙂 )

  2. shoestringalley

    I love Miss Pettigrew!! Actually I have a real thing for Persephone books. Have you come across Greenery Street? It would also have to come under the ‘enchanting’ category. Let me know how you get on with Mariana – I’ve never found anyone that has even heard of it! I honestly can’t understand why…

    PS Your comments got stuck in my spam filter and I found and rescused them purely by chance. Sorry for the delay in approving them 🙂

  3. I’ve just seen your book chatter on your last post and it reminded me to tell you I finally read Mariana while we were away camping last month. I thought it tailed off a bit at the end but otherwise loved it. Really nicely observed. A good partner read to I Capture The Castle.

    I haven’t heard of Greenery Street but will keep a look out for it now 🙂

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