April 2009

Today I did something I like to do now and again – went charity shopping.

Here are the books I found today, a whole seven of them:

The Star’s Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry (99p)

Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen (95p)

The World According to Garp by John Irving (95p)

The Outcast by Sadie Jones (£1.20)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (50p)

The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin (99p)

Bitter Chocolate by Lesley Lokko (99p)

Also, I found this, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game (£2.00)

A good day’s work if I say so myself!


roseonthegrey is Jean Fan, a 17-year-old girl from the United States. Her gallery can be seen here.

Her photo concepts are interesting, and I feel as though she sees the world through an artistic lens.


Today I went to the garden centre with my Nan, and we got some lovely stuff to plant, things that are going to be colouful and flowery come summer. I spent all day using back muscles and getting dirty fingernails, but it was worth it. I filled about 10 different pots with small plants, and transplanted two trees into bigger pots. I do like this gardening lark!

I love being green-fingered. Since I moved away from London, I haven’t actually done any gardening – that’s a whole five years! Shocking really. It’s because we don’t have a huge garden and I’ve not really cared about it before, as it was more of a concrete jungle. However, my grandparents have recently given it a big tidy-up and it looks like something to be proud of now!

At least I can see some physical proof of the day’s hard work, unlike revision or something, where you don’t see any proof until you do the exam…

Here you can see a photo (not mine, unfortunately) of the Papillion/Spanish/Bunny-Eared Lavender I planted today.

Here is what I have just ordered on good old Amazon.co.uk:

The first three Harry Potter books (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban). I read these aaaages ago and borrowed them off a friend, so I don’t actually own them. I do own 4-7 though.

Checkmate by Malorie Blackman – I have read the first two in this series, Noughts & Crosses and Knife Edge. I couldn’t buy the fourth book, Double Cross, as it’s not in paperback yet and I don’t really like to buy hardbacks (Harry Potter was an obvious exception).

These two books, The Harsh Cry of the Heron and Heaven’s Net Is Wide, are part of the Tales of the Otori. I read the first three (Across the Nightingale Floor, Grass for his Pillow, and Brilliance of the Moon), and then these two seemed to appear out of nowhere, so I naturally must read them.

Books two (New Moon) and three (Eclipse) are the next books for me to read in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I am part-way through New Moon in a borrowed copy, but I’d like to continue reading in my own copy when it arrives. However, book four (Breaking Dawn) is still eluding me as there is no paperback available.

Hopefully these books will arrive soon. I got the cheapest possible prices I could (the total cost was £30.40 – about $44.20 or €34.15), but as some of the books are ordered from the Marketplace (individual sellers), I can’t be sure exactly when the books will arrive.

Well it’s my second week out of four, and I’m feeling less bored. My love has gone back to University already, but I’m enjoying spending some time on my own, reading (I’ve started reading New Moon by Stephenie Meyer), doing silly Take A Break puzzles for prizes, eating those Easter eggs I forgot to eat last weekend, and planning a holiday with my mother to Florence in June.

Florence should be lovely! From what I’ve seen on the internet and in the film Room With A View (as well as reading the novel by the same name by E. M. Forster), it definitely sounds like my type of holiday. There are only a handful of times that it’s possible to go on a beach holiday and still be enthralled with it. Some people seem to be able to do it every year, but I got bored of that.

When I was younger, I didn’t pay any attention to historical places I was taken, or even looked at the scenery much. Now I’m older, I’ve been able to appreciate places like Prague, Krakow, Berlin, Amsterdam – and next will be Florence. Expect photos!

We’ll be flying to Pisa and then having a one-hour train journey to Florence where we will stay for a week. Hopefully the hotel will be close to the Santa Maria Novella Station. There are so many basilicas to see, as well as the river Arno and the typical European streets. Also, we want to go to Lucca for a day trip, and perhaps Siena.

I know we can’t really afford it, but we’re going for my mum’s 40th Birthday, and you know…we could be dead at any time. At least I’ll be able to provide my own spending money, and perhaps pay some of the holiday’s cost back to her.

I am terribly excited. Here’s a photo of Florence.

It’s Easter Sunday, and I made sure I got dropped home in the morning especially to be with my family. What a mistake.

We had lunch, and then my family sat down doing nothing for hours so I went upstairs to try to entertain myself on the computer….and I sat here for hours and hours and hours.

I’ve only been home since Friday and already I feel so bored and alone. I wish I wasn’t an only child. Or maybe I wish I was constantly busy. I don’t even know.

Wow, I’ve got 85 blog views today. How is that possible? Usually I get 10 at the most! It says most of my traffic is from AlphaInventions.com…

Anyway, on with the post. AstridT is Astrid Termaat, a female from the Netherlands.

She does some very clever, beautiful photography. See for yourself at her gallery by clicking here.

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