As regular readers will know, April was pretty stressful time, and it was necessary to admit that I couldn't do everything, however much I wanted to. Work had to be the priority and, despite much gritting of teeth, I ignored everything else and battled on. I did manage to keep up with the Cornflower book club choice, the wonderful Speaking of Love by Angela Young, and to –briefly – make a contribution to the discussion, but otherwise I resolutely turned my back on distraction, so I have masses of catching up to do! I shall have to tackle it very slowly, as I still have work deadlines to meet, but I can allow myself a little time for amusement from now on, as well as for gardening and other diversions.
Reading suffered, too, of course, since most nights I was so tired I fell asleep before I got to bed. My mainstay was Lark Rise to Candleford, since I could read a page before my eyes closed without having to worry about remembering the plot! I went back to it, frustrated by how little the television adaptation had to do with the book, and warmed all over again to the matter-of-factness of Thompson's comments on the vicissitudes, as well as the joys, of a bygone rural life. I also read the second of the splendid Green Knowe series – I can't think why I didn't read these as a child, I was aware of them, and also remember a BBC series. They are proving to be a great pleasure - atmospheric, imaginative stories of the adventures of the children who lived over the centuries in an ancient, moated manor house (the real house is at Hemmingford Grey in Cambridgeshire). They are the sort of books that make me wish for a grandchild to read them to. A rocking horse features in the stories and, since my father used to make them, I chose this picture of a horse in construction - not one of his, I'm afraid.
- Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson – re-read
- Speaking of Love by Angela Young
- Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie
- The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr
- Treasure at Green Knowe by L.M. Boston