Jigging About in Lockdown

If you were hoping for a lively post about home-based boogie, you will be sadly disappointed and I recommend you look away now.

But if, like us, you have re-discovered some gentler pursuits during lockdown, grab a cuppa and snuggle down (click any picture to enlarge).

Hub and I both used to enjoy doing jigsaws as children.  Hub once tackled a 5,000 piece affair, juggling several boards of pieces which had to be gently eased from under the bed to be worked on. I tended to go for smaller puzzles and have fond memories of one in particular – it was a circular and very beautiful picture of the signs of the zodiac.  Because it was round, the individual pieces were satisfyingly odd.  I also remember one that was a picture of Scottish mountains.  Little did I know then that I would now be living (relatively) near by! Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation: from The Dry to The Gift of Rain

I have been rather quiet on the blogging front recently. But if there is one thing to put some oomph back in to those creative writing juices, it is the monthly Six Degrees meme, hosted by Kate over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest. For extra Six Degrees enjoyment, check out my playlist to link with this month’s titles over on my Leaping Tracks blog.

This month we start with The Dry by Jane Harper, which is about the seemingly random murder of a family during an Australian drought. I don’t read much crime fiction these days. But there are tons of positive reviews for this one, including by highly respected crime writers and fellow bloggers. Perhaps I should give it a go some time.

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