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 )
- Coleen Style Queen: Rock that Frock! by Coleen McLoughlin – fun with fashion.
- Heard It in the Playground by Allan Ahlberg – a collection of poems and songs.
- 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:
- Get Going! Martial Arts: Judo by Neil Morris
- Horrid Henry’s Mindbenders Activity Book – “Scratch your head, bust your brain and bend your mind with Horrid Henry”.
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.