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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch

Two girls have been abducted in the Hereford countryside.    When this happens, the office of the Metropolitan Police in charge of supernatural situations (aka the Folly) always follows up with the local magic practitioners, just to make sure they’re not involved.     Which is how PC Peter Grant finds himself in the country.  Once there, it’s all hands on deck, and Peter offers his services.     Which turns out to be a very good thing, because there ends up being supernatural involvement.

I really enjoyed this book.    It’s the first one in the series not set in London, and it’s nice to see the differences.    (Like the River Teme and her family – very different than the two families of the River Thames.)    It’s also a bit of an interlude, much needed I think after the rather serious ending to the previous book.    It sounds like the action around the main thread of the story should be picking up quite seriously in the next book, so it was nice to see some down time.     There were also some interesting hints at what kind of powers the river gods really have.      I’m definitely excited to see what’s coming next.      This is my favorite series in years.

Appendix to the I Hate to Cook Book - Peg Bracken

I have this book from Goodwill – my mother had found it for me, and presented it along with the original.   It’s a hoot.    So very 60s.    Like, I had no idea MSG had a brand name (Ac’cent).    And good lord did America have bland palettes back then.  

I also love that though this is clearly for the woman who’s some kind of anti-house wife (because she hates to cook), she’s still a house wife.     I think she might even have a job out of the house, but the assumptions of life in this book are hilarious.    I didn’t read it so much for the cooking as for the history survey.

What really cracks me up is that these books were reissued for a 50th anniversary edition.   I mean, her writing style is a hoot.     I enjoyed reading both books for that reason.    But lord, I hope no one’s still making any of the recipes in either book.

Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, ME

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

It's still surprisingly green right on the coast - the ferns had the best consistent foliage on Friday.    The trees were actually still mostly green.    It was a little weird walking along the forest trail and not seeing more color.

Knitting Notes

I'm on the last day of a three day blocking extravaganza for the Vivid blanket.   While it is to open up the pattern, it's also to make the squares a bit bigger.   Unblocked, I would have liked to have added one more square per color, but I did not have enough yarn to make that happen.   Once the last batch dries (so tomorrow at the earliest), I'll start sewing these together.

I do seem to have my knitting mojo back, after losing it in this summer's heat.    I started the second Traveling Stitch Legwarmer on Saturday, and also bought a sweater pattern to use the Knightsbridge yarn from the frogged February Lady sweater in.   I swatched that last night, so just need to print out the pattern to get going on that.   (Though I'll likely wait until the blanket is done to start.)

Garden Notes

With a frost advisory for the night, on Friday, I decided to pull down the tomatoes, peppers, and the cauliflower that went nowhere.    The kale and nasturtiums still look good, so I'll keep them around as long as they're still sightly.

The Innkeeper's Song - Peter Beagle

This is one of those stories told from multiple viewpoints – an innkeeper, a maid, the stableboy, and several guests: Lal – a dark skinned possible sorceress, clearly from another land, Nayateneri, a warrior woman on the run from assassins, Lukassa, who Lal has somehow managed to raise from the dead, and Tikat, Lukassa’s betrothed, who has followed Lal and Lukassa to the inn where they meet up with Nayateneri.

Lal and Nayateneri were formerly students of a wizard, and have somehow figured out that Lukassa is the key to finding him, because they’ve somehow figured out that something is wrong with him.    So that’s the set up, and it’s confused enough that I went along for the ride, but am still not entirely sure what I was watching unfold.     It’s an interesting story, but there are parts I still just don’t get.    Not one of my favorite Beagle books, but it wasn’t terrible either.