The Lord Of The Rings

Yesterday night L and I finished reading a book I’ve been reading out loud to us for a while.

Not just any book, mind you.


We finished reading The Lord Of The Rings!

I first bought this book about 4 years ago, on a mission to read classic books that most(ish) people have read/watched or at least know the basics of. The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings were some of the first I picked up in charity shops or in this case, a read and return shop – yeah, this one never got returned and exchanged for a different book!! 😉

I was about 1/2-2/3rd through The Hobbit when I went home for Christmas with L, just a couple of months after we started dating. He got a sicky bug while we were at his parents and I offered to read to him – what about The Hobbit?

That was the start of a tradition for us and after finishing The Hobbit we started on The Lord Of The Rings. As any of you who have read this book will know, it’s quite a hefty volume and quite a bit more involved than the lighter Hobbit!

We have been reading this book together on and off for the last 3 1/2 years, with other books sprinkled in-between … it is well-travelled, well-loved, a little worse for wear when you look closely … but it has brought us so many hours of enjoyment!

I can honestly say that The Lord Of The Rings is one of the best books I have ever read!! I don’t know if I would have had the self-discipline to slog through the slightly heavier middle bits, but thanks to reading it with L, we have conquered!!

Slow Start


The New Year is supposed to be a time for fresh starts – in life and on our blogs. I think my life wasn’t listening when that announcement was made. Either that or it’s being deliberately contrary. Or maybe both.

That’s why you haven’t seen me in a while.

The first week or so was ok; getting back into the swing of things after Christmas, getting back on top of housework, registering for some courses, getting excited about new cooking ideas. The normal kind of stuff.

Then the doctors surgery or the pharmacy messed up the prescription timings of some medication I take. They say you have to be off it for a good number of days before you feel a difference … in my case, make it the same evening. I had no medication for four days, so that nicely wiped out a week to two weeks for me.

Right, let’s start again. L and I went on our church weekend away, with lots of teaching and some really good conversations with people. What better way for a boost?

I was so exhausted from the weekend that I caught a really bad coldy-fluey thing, which I am still fighting as I write … bye bye to another two weeks.

Enough is enough! I have a life to live, a husband to care for, photos to take, a blog to write, food to cook … oh yes, and a house to clean … ! 😉

This weekend we are going to be travelling up country for the christening of our nephew, which will be a lovely time to see family. After that, I plan on being around a lot more, so prepare yourselves!! 😛

I have a question for you:

Is there anything particular you would like me to write about?!