Archive for March 16th, 2009

An Unexpected Peace

my possible future

my possible future

I have a new cat. After a few years of gentle (and, in recent months, not-so-gentle) persuasion, Dave finally caved in and so we spent  one rather bizarre Wednesday afternoon driving out into the middle of God-knows-where to play “grab a kitten”. Apparently kittens are extremely hard to come by at this time of year (??) and therefore every Wednesday (on the publication of the new Ad Trader mag) the whole region takes part in a mad feline version of supermarket sweep- “roll up roll up kittens for sale, when they’re gone they’re gone” that kind of thing. Nevertheless we acquitted ourselves well and came away with the prize- a timid, rather bony, black and white mog.


 That was three weeks ago. Now, I am slightly ashamed to admit, the Great Gatsby (better fed and much more naughty) has changed my life. Coinciding beautifully with the recent career change and my ongoing status as abandoned rock n roll wife, home is now the place I spend most of my day (as opposed to the place where I leave my dirty laundry). I was feeling pretty twitchy about this but now my days are deliciously consumed by books, cats and plentiful tea. In short, I have become a member of the Bloomsbury group a hundred years too late. Now that’s what I call retro.


This new peace has chimed well with the new book, Out Stealing Horses. I really wasn’t sure that it was going to be for me but I just don’t think it suits being crammed into a 20 minute Metro journey;  having been able to give the words a bit of space to breathe, I am surprised at how moving and even gripping I found it. Sometimes it seems there’s nothing going on but when you look closer it’s all actually all there. It’s a strange kind of magic when a book can do that. So, stick with it if you’ve started and you think it’s going nowhere- then even if you hate it you can really tell me why. See you next week.


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