in a pickle

I keep forgetting to photograph my creative endeavours lately. There have been the cakes and muffins and crisps that we set upon before I can think to grab a camera. There were four pairs of boot cuffs for the girls, which would have looked nice in photos, but they’re both off here, there and everywhere, living their lives instead of posing patiently while I take pictures of their ankles. I just finished a pair of wool slippers for myself, but didn’t even bother trying to photograph my own feet because I can just imagine how unimpressive that would look.

But I did think to get a shot of Charlotte’s most recent masterpiece:

The Pickle Bouquet. A Valentine’s Day gift for her friends.

I want one, but with chocolates.

what I read in January 2020

Almonds, Anchovies and Pancetta by Cal Peternell (Has only one recipe I’d even consider making, which I think is a new record low for me and cookbooks.)
Animal Hats to Knit by Luise Roberts (It takes a certain kind of person to wear an animal hat. I am not that person.)
The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking (Pay attention. Take pictures. Reminisce.)
Casino Royale (Audiobook. So. Many. Words. About. Playing. Cards.)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming (Fun. How I wish I’d read this one to the kids when they were little.)
Circe by Madeline Miller (Audiobook. Excellent. Excellent narrator, too.)
The Cure for Everything! by Timothy Caulfield (One long,smug refusal to consider anything that hasn’t been proven by scientific studies, while including many instances of scientific studies that have been faked or manipulated.)
Dear Girls by Ali Wong (Audiobook. Living here under my rock, I had never heard of the author, who, it turns out, is a famous actor and comedian. I enjoyed her part, but thought her husband’s final chapter ended it on a dull note.)
Grand Union by Zadie Smith (Audiobook. Short stories. Good.)
Living Crazy Healthy by Jennifer Rose Rossano (Lots of ideas to try.)
Platform by Cynthia Johnson (She makes the interesting point that you have a personal brand online, whether you like it or not, so you might as well make that personal brand into what you choose.)

my favourite reads of 2019

Not that anyone has asked, but here is a list of my favourite reads of 2019, sorted by genre.

NON-FICTION
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Nov)
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (Mar)
Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands (Jan)
Erebus by Michael Palin(Mar)
-First Degree by Kayla Hounsell (Sept)
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (Apr)
-The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Oct)
To Marry an English Lord by Carol McD. Wallace and Gail MacColl (Oct)
Murder by the Book by Claire Harman (Sept)
-The Old Man and the Gun by David Grann (May)
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Aug)
-The Wake by Linden MacIntyre (Dec)

BIOGRAPHY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY
-Becoming Dr Seuss by Brian Jay Jones (Nov)
Educated by Tara Westover (Apr)
Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise by Charlotte Gray (Oct)
-Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood (Aug)
-Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton (Oct)
The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong (Mar)

FICTION
-Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Aug)
-The Cat-nappers
 – aka Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by P. G. Wodehouse (July)
The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh: Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne (June)
Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones (June)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Nov)
-The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Oct)
The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse (Mar)
-Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles (Sept)
Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Jan)
We’re All In This Together by Amy Jones (Oct)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (June)

what I read in December 2019

Create an Abundant Life by Cheryl Richardson (Audiobook. Do all the things you’ve heard a thousand times before.)
Dinner for Everyone by Mark Bittman (Love the vegetarian/vegan options.)
The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David and Stephen Flynn (My kind of recipes, but for the love of God, cookbook publishers, stop putting pictures of the author on every bloody page.)
Heart Talk by Cleo Wade (Poems and good advice.)
How to Do Everything and Be Happy by Peter Jones (I really wanted to like it because the author seems fun, but there just wasn’t much to it.)
Me by Elton John (Audiobook. I’ve never been a huge fan of his music, but this autobiography was very entertaining.)
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (A good mystery, but I felt the characters were a bit like cardboard cut-outs.)
Simple Green Suppers by Susie Middleton (Lots to try here.)
Studio Rally by Robin Metcalfe (A snapshot of the NS arts scene in 1999.)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Audiobook. A classic for good reason.)
The Ultimate Cookbook by Canadian Living (Some sweets to try, but it’s mostly meat meat meat.)
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B Armstrong (An interesting account of the author’s participation in a revolutionary new treatment for depression.)
The Wake by Linden MacIntyre (Excellent examination of what happened to a few Newfoundland communities after the tsunami of 1929. Heart-breaking.)