Quiet times on the blog of late, I’ve been fiddling around with Inkscape and Affinity Photo, producing pictures that the average eight-year-old could draw. I’ve dusted off my old Wacom tablet and I’m determined to finally learn how to use it.

I kinda got into a reading funk thanks to This Wicked Fate, which was just a struggle despite me thinking the first book was fun. I need to hurry up and write my reviews for the May releases I’ve read before I forget everything about them.

I also read Four Aunties and a Wedding, which was a hoot. The fact that the aunties learned British slang from someone they hired on Fiverr just kept me giggling all the way through. If you loved Dial A for Aunties, this one delivers the same vibes.

I also finished listening to Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield. This was fantastic, kinda eerie and intimate.

At the weekend we walked a portion of the Avon Valley Path from Ringwood. It was a bit spur of the moment but we might try and do the whole path in sections as it doesn’t seem to have too much on roads, which some long distance walks do.

Here is Scully just before we turned round and headed back to Ringwood for lunch at Boston Tea Party:

The blossom is just starting to bloom on the wild cherry round the back of the house, and the woods are full of wood anemone, with a few early bluebells starting to unfurl. It’s such a lovely time of year to be outside. Except for the birch pollen…

Don’t forget to check put my review of vN and my round up of April releases on my radar if you missed them.

New books acquired:

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (ebook)
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary (audiobook)
[gifted] Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch (Canongate)
Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn (ebook)