I am off to visit a friend for a few days and so will be too busy yakking and talking to blog so thought I had better keep to my promise to moi et vous (sure that is wrong but no matter) and post more often. Well I am going to try anyway.
Busy week. I have been organising my trip to Australia which is coming up in March and I shall be away for the entire month. I shall be posting while away, have a super new ipad and keyboard so no probs there. I am sorting out visa, insurance, hotel to stay at Heathrow night before, car to take me there and to pick me up on my return and also accommodation. First week I have rented an apartment just round the corner from Kathryn and will just recover from jet lag, potter and, of course, grab the bus around the corner down to Circular Quay to say hello to the Opera House and the harbour. Second week, Kathryn and I are off to Fiji for a week and oh my gosh so looking forward to that. Then when I come back I have rented an apartment overlooking Bronte beach where I visited last time I was there and loved. I did the coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi then and it was stunning so looking forward to doing that again. I am also flying business class this time and that is going to be such a treat.
In between all of this, I have also organised an event for the newly formed Friends of the Felixstowe Book Festival, I am my own worst enemy when it comes to getting involved in things, but hey it is fun. We had an event at the Orwell Hotel this week with two authors, Ruth Dugdall and Jeanette Hewitt, both marvellous supporters of the Festival, giving a talk. They donated their time and expertise and we are all grateful to them. A lovely afternoon and I am now thinking of further events I can organise. We shall see...
Today I have spent glued to the television watching the Australian Open and caught the Djokovic match when he was beaten by Istomin (lots of jokes on Twitter about anit-istomins) and it was an incredible shock to see Nole, who is the current champion and who has won it six times, defeated. It also means that the 2,000 ranking points he holds for this title are now gone and Andy need not worry about him recapturing his No 1 spot just yet. Naturally, everyone is saying Oh Andy will win it now. Always dangerous to assume in tennis.
Once the tennis was finished I swapped channels and watched an ODI cricket match England v India. They wiped the floor with us the last time and, once again, though we had India on the ropes at 21 for 3, they then went on a batting onslaught and caused carnage and ended up with 380+ runs. No way will be beat that I thought. However, out came England and really had a go and we lost by only 13 runs. It was getting very tense at the end and a great match.
So not much reading done this week but I have to tell you that I am half way through Queen Victoria by Julia Baird and it is WONDERFUL.
And, finally, towards the end of the cricket a message came up on the top of my screen This Television will be Switched Off in fifteen minutes. Blimey I thought, Big Brother is watching me and has decided I am watching far too much TV and I should go off and do something useful.
So I am taking a break by looking at a computer screen instead...