Monday, September 26, 2011

a restful weekend...and a thank you

It's Monday again, a day that comes around far too quickly for my liking. There was a time in my life that I lived for Mondays...sad but true. But not anymore. Nope, those days are blessedly gone. Quite often I have to work on the weekend. Not as in actually attending a workplace somewhere, but more a case of finishing something to meet a deadline that hasn't been able to be achieved during the working week.
But not this weekend. This weekend I did things just for pleasure, and it was good :)
Friday night was a movie, free, courtesy of a double pass win from the ACT Writer's Centre...the Fred Schepisi adaptation of the Patrick White novel The Eye of the Storm...brilliant stuff.
As soon as we stepped out of the movies I hightailed it across the street to a favourite bookshop The Paperchain in Manuka and bought the book. I haven't read Patrick White since the enforced reading of The Tree of Man in high school.  He's easier to read when you're a bit more grown up I've found. Loving the book. It's scary reading a book after you've seen the movie don't you think? There's almost always disappointment one way or the other, but it doesn't seem to be the case with this story. Movie and book are both excellent.
It was lousy weather on the weekend so I did a lot of reading and I even had an afternoon nap on Saturday. I never do that! It may have been because I was a bit exhausted after hoofing it around the Lifeline Spring Book Fair. I came home with a few pre-loved books...20 to be exact...but such a bargain, ending up at around $4 a book. Yep, definitely a bargain :)
A trip to the Grower's Market near my place on Sunday morning yielded the week's supply of baby spinach, rocket and coriander and some plants for my new veggie patch from Bunnings that I put together last weekend...all by myself with only a few minor injuries involving a concrete paver.
And hallelujah the wisteria is finally sprouting. About time!
And last week's poppies hung in there really well and can now be joined by this week's new bunch from the bucks well spent.
Do you like ivy? I know some people don't, but I love it. My grandma's name was Ivy, so perhaps that's why. This has appeared over the courtyard wall and there's no way I'm getting rid of it. I'll just have to be vigilant and not sit on the bench for too long lest I be strangled by it!
And the orchid was disappointing this year...a bit ratty, but still lovely in all its imperfection.
And before I forget, because I can be such a lame-brain sometimes, a big thank you to Jennifer, the blog mistress over at A Sampler who gave me the versatile blogger award a few weeks ago. 
Please go and visit Jennifer...she's a writer and a reader (so you can see the attraction!), who, as she puts it "fled the film and TV industry a few years ago to give motherhood a second whirl...". Gotta love that!
I hope the week ahead brings lovely things your way.


  1. Your garden is looking great! It's a busy time at the moment getting the veggie patch ready for new seedlings. Your orchid is stunning! I love that bright green :)
    Have a lovely week and enjoy all those books. What a bargain! X

  2. I see that one of your books is entitled, 'Writing Quality Fiction', Kerry. Do they mean good quality, or bad quality?

  3. I see you bought The Road. That is one of my favourite books...
    Your veggie garden is going to be great and so rewarding. xx

  4. You're such a good reader, i'm still reeling from forced reading at high school, STILL. Love Posie

  5. I love ivy too - so useful in flower arrangements! I spy Lilian's Story, one of my all time favs, still not ready to try Patrick White again - the scars are long lived.

  6. Ah, so glad you liked the film, Kerry. I heard Geoffrey Rush being interviewed about it the other day and thought it sounded intriguing. I have only read 'A Fringe of Leaves' by PW at uni - hard going but fascinating as it was set in colonial-era times. I'm glad you can enjoy your ivy - at least it's not pulling down your fences, unlike ours! J x

  7. You have been very productive Kerry. I do like the vege garden. I think things taste much better when we grow them ourselves. As for the books, please keep us up to date with which ones are good.

  8. Dear Kerry,
    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Great film, now the book to read and, your garden is looking beautiful. It seems so funny that all of your plants are just coming into bloom and ours are all finishing !!
    I LOVE mum's name was Ivy but she didn't like it and was always known by her middle name, Joan.
    ....and, well done on your award and have a lovely week too. XXXX

  9. There are few things more satisfying than an armload of books so seeing your purchases made me smile. I always used to love going to the bookstore in college and trudging out with so many books I could hardly carry them. Nirvana!

  10. Incredibly beautiful photos Kerry. I love the poppies :-)
    I still like Mondays. They are like a fresh new start.

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