I was hoping to get my last C.S. Lewis post up from the June (ahem!) Read-Along first but August is swiftly drawing to a close so I’m going to post this now. I know you all wait with baited breath for my monthly posts (LOL!), so here it is. And bear in mind, I’m writing like it’s July 31st; August news will wait until my next post!
While the title of this post has a double-meaning, I really am making lemonade! Summer has been lovely and temperate, with temperatures between 23 and 28ºC, which is just perfect for my tastes. I’ve been doing lots of gardening: this year I finally regularly fertilized my flowers and they’ve responded with blooms and blooms and more blooms. My petunias are regularly dead-headed (properly this time; you don’t just pull off the flower, you have to snip the complete stem) and are gorgeous! I’ve harvested black currants, blueberries, raspberries and figs so far and the grapes, apples (my little Liberty apple tree that I planted this year is doing wonderfully and I have tons of Gala apples on my other) and quince are yet to come. And wonders of all wonders, the plum tree that I was complaining about in this post ended up producing about 300 plums. I was shocked! However, the tree doesn’t look in the greatest of health and the plums, which are supposed to be Italian Prune Plums, don’t quite seem like them. I wonder if the tree is on a different root stock and the plums became a hybrid ….? In any case, I might take it down in spite of its prolific production.
As for reading, I’m reasonably pleased with myself although there is an embarrassment in with the victories. My C.S. Lewis read-along has drawn out too long as I’m still working on my last post but I almost have it complete. While I did have a short reading drought at the end of July I did finish The Divine Comedy (yay! I’m working on a post on it), The Professor and The Return of the Native, as well as completing The Four Loves.
August brings Brona’s Moby Dick read-along and I’m so looking forward to this novel that people either seem to love or hate. I want to continue with my 20 Books of Summer but I can tell that already I’m being distracted. The Communist Manifesto and perhaps Measure for Measure are possibilities, although I’m not really in a Shakespeare mood at the moment. My Agatha Christie challenge has ground to a halt so it’s time to start that up again. I’m enjoying The Red Horse, a novel set in Italy during WWII so I will continue with that. However, I’m also feeling that I’ve read so little non-fiction in the last few years that my mind is becoming slightly less flexible; I have plans to read The Brain That Changes Itself (my second read) and possibly Chernobyl: The History of A Nuclear Catastrophe. Although perhaps I should have said, very “loose” plans. ☺️
Well, that’s all for now as September is just around the corner …..