As you can probably see from the photos, even though it was the height of summer, there were still miles and miles of empty beaches. Bliss!
Since my return, though, terrible things have happened: I’ve heard the weather referred to as ‘Warm November’; I’ve seen Christmas cards.. shelves and shelves of them.. in the Card Factory (*shudders*), there are ‘Back to School’ adverts everywhere and apparently, in Scotland (poor Scotland), today is The Last Day of The Summer Holidays.
Noooo! This can’t be true! There are still weeks and weeks of the summer left, surely!? Or am I just in denial? Anyway, I know there are some of you out there who still have to take your summer hols, or are on them now (Chris, in Devon?!) so enjoy and I hope the sun shines for you!
Anyway, not much writing’s been done while I’ve been away (in fact, none) but I did manage to read a few books, namely: Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. It’s the latest in her detective Jackson Brodie series and was good (although it’s made me want to read all the earlier ‘Jackson Brodies’ now and I can’t let myself because I don’t have time).
I also read Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, which I’ve tried to read in the past and couldn’t get into but this time it grabbed me from the first page and I loved it.
If you haven’t read any of her books, don’t dismiss MK as ‘chick lit’ (eek, horrible expression). Amongst the silliness and the fun, she always deals with serious issues too and in Rachel’s Holiday it’s drug addiction and rehab and it gets quite dark at times (and is, I suspect, partly-autobiographical as MK spent time in rehab herself, many moons ago).
And finally … not quite on holiday but within 24 hours of returning, I read Joanna Cannon’s medical memoir ‘Breaking and Mending’, which was waiting for me on my return. It doesn’t actually come out until next month but.. ahem..*stands a little taller*… my ‘friend’ Jo (OK, I interviewed her in June, so maybe we’re not quite besties…yet) sent me a proof and signed it, which was lovely jubbly.
And it was brilliant, I should add (the book). My only complaint… I’d have liked it to be about ten times longer!
There was a ‘thing’ on Twitter yesterday, which was fun (and yes, wasted an hour or so). Writer Adam Sharp who likes to makes lists, came up with a list of 10 words that he was ‘petitioning’ to have banned. These included:
1.‘Hols/holibobs’ (guilty as charged! See above)
2. ‘Hubby/wifey’ (we have resisted that so far…)
3. ‘Fur babies’ (hmm, I don’t say that but as someone who calls their dog ‘Baby Ange’, I’m not far off! And yes, as my friend said, it does sound like a character from East Enders!)
4. ‘Literally’ (because lots of people use that literally all the time).
5. ‘Feels’ (as in ‘all the feels’. That’s a young person’s thing. Must admit I’ve only just come across it and I don’t use it. Hurrah!)
Are there any words you’d like to ban or put into a virtual Room 101?