At the moment I should be spending two weeks in the Hebrides. I love spending time in Scotland and was very much looking forward to the trip but I have been determined to make the best of the time and try to make this fortnight feel different to the rest of this time at home.
I started by wanting to read books set in the right area. I had intended to take Dorothy L Sayers’ Five Red Herrings with me as it is set near where I was due to be staying. It is several years since I read it last but I have always remembered it as one of my favourites in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I had forgotten how complicated it is though – this time around I had a terrible time keeping all of the various alibis and timelines in my head!
I intended to read more books set in Scotland but have ended up reading whatever happened to take my fancy. Apart from Five Red Herrings I have been trying to restrict myself to my TBR shelf which is once again getting out of hand. I was hoping that the lockdown would help me burn through it a bit but I’ve spent a lot of time seeking comfort by re-reading old favourites. I also know that there are a whole load of brand new books I will buy as soon as I’m back in a bookshop. I have a list.
For my ‘holiday’ fortnight I have been just browsing the shelf and taking whatever I happen to feel like reading that day. The result has been quite eclectic – so far I’ve had Backstage with Peggy by Doris A Pocock, The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer, October Man by Ben Aaronovitch, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury and I’ve just moved on to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I am currently feeling the call of L M Montgomery though and I may soon have to abandon the TBR for her.
So far this week has been even more laid back than last week and I have spent many happy hours outside with my book and a cup of tea. We have been getting quite inventive with the places we choose to sit – much use has been made of the ponies’ fields – in order to make this fortnight feel a little different. It is working though – is really does feel like a holiday.