Middle Aged Gardening

I never thought I'd become this guy. But something about making the back garden thrive with greenery and life just makes me smile. It has taken some time to get the garden to a state where I feel it's ok to show somebody, mainly due to it being a new build house. We basically got a square of grass and a few basic slabs leading to the back gate. Much time, a patio, shed and a few raised beds later I've finally been ready to plant something! Whilst I'd love to go off-grid like Tom and Barbara Good, to not end up with a garden that looks like an allotment, I think we have to temper the amount of edible produce. However, a starter-for-ten were the eighteen strawberry plants I stuck in in March. It has been a success! They are delicious. I'm fairly sure they're only about 20% better than can be bought from the supermarket. But they're all shapes and sizes, I took care of them, and they're just better. Like having chips out of the paper. It wasn't even a g

Weekend read: A Whole Life (Robert Seethaler)

My partner and I decided to have a "blind book date" this weekend. The idea being that you visit a bookshop with somebody, and pick out a book for the other that they've never read before. It should also preferably be something they wouldn't usually pick out; expanding horizons and all that. Don't show it to them before you buy it so they can't weasel out of it!

The book chosen for me on this occasion was something I certainly would not have ordinarily picked for myself, and I'm very glad I read it. A cliche perhaps, but stepping outside of my usual choices really paid off this time.

Warning: bring your tissues.

A Whole Life

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite a tragic book for me in places. A man with such potential and a gentle temperament should have had better cards dealt to him. Certainly tugs at the heartstrings. He's happy with his lot though, and that's life really.

This is one introvert's way to battle through some of the great hardships that can affect us. It makes us value more and more the relationships we have with our family and friends, and why it's important to keep them strong.

Not one to read if you're a tad melancholy to begin with. But excellent nonetheless.

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For my partner I chose H.G Wells' classic sci-fi The Invisible Man. Something I've been meaning to read myself but have not got around to!

Bonus points for having a good chat about the books afterwards. I will hopefully report back when we're both finished!