The Sunday Salon – Today’s Selection

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Some thoughts on today’s reading.

But first of all a short video (the first one I’ve put on YouTube):

Thunder and lightning – very, very frightening!

We had the most tremendous thunder storm last night and our lane was like a river in full flow. We’ve never had such a storm before with the whole lane covered by several inches of fast flowing water. The patio in the backgarden was completely flooded, fortunately it didn’t get quite up to the height of the doorway. This morning we found the slabs were lifted and the patio covered in garden debris.

I’ve not done much reading today. The family stayed overnight, arriving just as the water was subsiding. They’ve gone now to visit friends and will be back here later in the week.  Meanwhile, they’ve left behind quite a range of books that I could read today, including these –

Granddaughter (age 8 )

Granddaughter’s choice (age 3)

  • Pants by Giles Andreae, featuring lots of pants (what would Alan Sugar think?!) – giant frilly pig pants, fairy pants, hairy pants, run away from scary pants!  Love it!

Grandson’s (age 7) selection:

My selection?

I’ve read a short chapter from After the Victorians by A N Wilson, called The Silly Generation –  in the 1920s enthralling the world were Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Coleman, Greta Garbo and Harold Lloyd. Rudolph Valentino, one of the first great stars of the Silver Screen died in 1922; thousands attended his funeral, openly weeping, foreshadowing the 21st century’s adulation of celebrities as witnessed by the deaths of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana  and most recently Michael Jackson.

8 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Today’s Selection

  1. Wow! That is scary! I’m glad the water didn’t get up to the house. I spent a good part of my childhood living in a flood plain and it was always frightening with the water would get so close to the house. I had friends who weren’t as lucky as we were and had to deal with the aftermath of the flooding in the house.

    The 1920’s were such an interesting time. After The Victorians sounds like a good one. I hope you have a great week and happy reading!

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  2. Your video was scary although I couldn’t help notice how lush and green your garden is. I love your list of children’s books. I’m always looking for good books for my granddaughters and these look like winners.

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  3. Wow, that was quite the storm you had! Glad everything is ok in spite of what sounds like a mess to clean up. Perhaps you might want to invest in small boat in case the lane flooding becomes a regular occurrence.

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  4. It’s certainly atmospheric. I love rain and even thunder and lightening (as long as I’m at home), but I don’t like the more severe stuff–too much rain too fast or high winds! The Wilson book sounds good by the way.

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