asking for trouble

November Round Up

Goodbye November! You were very busy and involved a lot of tedious technical stuff with web hosting and domains so blogging suffered a lot.


My 4 favourite photos

from my Instagram (L-R, top-bottom)

  • Fireworks night! Quite pleased with this one
  • Always fun when lots of new stamps arrive
  • Fabric delivery from Spoonflower for new pencil cases
  • Pretty pretty sunset

Fave 5 2 from the blog

New stuff in my shops highlights

On My Wish List

AKA things I am trying not to buy before Christmas!

wish list

Jinbe San mug | Starry Night dress by Cakes With Faces
Illustrated UK print by Deth P Sun | Pusheen Christmas ornaments


A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I don’t know how she does this? Recreating years of history in minute detail and making it so alive and captivating. This is more experimental than Wolf Hall but I was still giddy reading it and had to keep stopping to highlight pages of dialogue. I only knew the basics of the French Revolution before this and I was in agonies of suspense over characters I adored. The final chapters are crushing *cries over fictionalised versions of real people who died hundreds of years ago*

Equator by Thurston Clarke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is less a journey along the equator than a series of visits to a random selection of cities, towns and attractions close to the equator. It turns out you can’t really visit much of the equator (in the mid 80s at least) due to most of it being over ocean or jungle, and that most equatorial attractions have fallen into ruin due to a lack of interest and money. However he’s one of those people that talks to everyone and gets into absurd situations so it’s an entertaining read.


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