Stargazing, Novels and Cute Pigs

Found a nice pink DKNY jumper in a charity shop on Saturday for only €6.Love a bargain! And finished reading ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ewan McEwan yesterday. It is masterfully written, intimate and poignant. A novel with many wise insights about communication and love.

I enjoyed watching ‘Stargazing Live’ on the BBC recently. Lots of fabulously mysterious and glistening information about stars and planets and the solar system etc. Especially liked it when Dr Brian Cox used items on a table in a tea shop to explain some of the details! One of Brian’s great heroes is Carl Sagan. If you haven’t seen Sagan’s wonderful video ‘Pale Blue Dot’ click here.

Podcasts.ie kindly recorded me reading from ‘The Truth Club’ a while ago. It was recorded in my sitting room by a snug turf fire. If you are in the mood for being read to click here The Truth Club.

Heard a woman on ‘The Mooney Show’ on RTE talking about how she goes to bed with her pet pig…that pig sounds so cute and apparently “smells like a baby” after she’s been washed. Didn’t catch the woman’s name. Am very fond of pigs myself. A pig called Rosie is an important character in ‘Ordinary Miracles’ and is something of a role model for some of the humans.

If I lived in London would definitely want to visit fabulous exhibition by David Hockney. Hockney seems like a very life affirming fellow. Love his use of colour and the wonderfully characterful paintings he did of his pet dachshunds. I once worked for a publishing house in London that published fabulous art books…along with other books of course. When I climbed the many stairs to my office…the building was old and pleasant and in Bloomsbury…I sometimes used to hear David Hockney’s voice drifting intriguingly from a room. Someone was transcribing a long tape-recorded interview for a book. The company was very near the British Museum and a nice little bookshop. It was there that I found and bought some of the Winnie-The-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. When I was a wee girl the only Winnie-The-Pooh book in the house had a number of its pages missing so I wasn’t that impressed by it. I understood why he was such a popular bear when I read the rest of the pages! Haven’t re-read ‘The Wind In The Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame for a while. It is still one of my favourite books.

Bright blessings,

Grace x

The Truth Club
‘…a novel which by turns had me laughing (aloud) entranced and, by the end a little bit wiser than I was at the beginning. In ‘The Truth Club’ Grace Wynne-Jones has produced a book in which the eclectic characters almost leap from the pages…the book also contains a perfect man, Nathaniel, who ‘almost always’ says the right thing….’

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