17th January – Jekyll and Hyde

Sometimes I think I know the storyline of a book even before I’ve read it, simply because it’s so famous. How wrong I was in the case of the novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was anticipating and not particularly looking forward to a story aboutContinue reading “17th January – Jekyll and Hyde”

16th January – Silas Marner

Silas Marner is the first George Eliot book I’ve read and it won’t be the last. I saw the book on sale in a second-hand bookshop in Campbell River on Vancouver Island and thought I should buy the book to see whether I would enjoy reading it. Well, reader, I did. It’s difficult to writeContinue reading “16th January – Silas Marner”

14th January – Taliesin

I am heading towards the end of Silas Marner by George Eliot. I appreciate this book a tremendous amount, but I doubt that in the days when this book was set, a single man would be able to keep and raise a very young girl who wandered into his house after her mother died inContinue reading “14th January – Taliesin”

13th January

I finished the Magic in the Landscape today by Nigel Pennick. The book is a very gentle introduction to the layout of the landscape showing how little of the original still remains. When archaeologists move stone circles away from the construction of a new road, then they inevitably change the orientation of the circle andContinue reading “13th January”

12th January

Thank you once again to the book Magic in the Landscape by Nigel Pennick for informing me that a London church, St Mary Aldermanbury, was moved stone by numbered stone to Fulton Missouri, ten years after the church was bombed and burned out in the London blitz during WWII. I knew that London Bridge wasContinue reading “12th January”

11th January

Today’s word of the day id Exiguity – the quality of being meager, leanness, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, poorness. inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency – lack of an adequate quantity or number. Good luck using this in conversation today. I’m reading a book on Hermeneutics and understanding very little of it, but what I did pick up wasContinue reading “11th January”

10th January

Another fascinating fact from Magic in the Landscape by Nigel Pennick. Charles Dickens took feng shui so seriously that if he was on his travels, he would realign any bed he was sleeping in to a north-south orientation. From the same book, todays’s word is augury. Augury is the practice from ancient Roman / EtruscanContinue reading “10th January”

8th January

Today’s words of the day are Preternatural meaning beyond what is normal and Sigil which is an inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power. Today’s reading has been varied and thanks to the author Nigel Pennick, I now know that Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, was named after the Northumbrian king Edwin i.e.Continue reading “8th January”