Sunday, April 30, 2006

Books Read in April

Margaret Drabble: The Witch of Exmoor
P.D. James: The Murder Room
Minette Walters: Fox Evil
Wilkie Collins: The Dead Secret
Ruth Rendell: The Sins of the Fathers
Joanna Trollope: The Choir


Training Continues

Yesterday, Simon and I put in 54 miles, riding to Gorinchem and then taking the train back. On our route, we had to take two ferries. The first went from Moordrecht over the Hollandsche Ijssel. About one minute and €1.50 (about $1.75) later, we were in Gouderak.

The second, which departed from Bergstoep and crossed the Leak, lasted about five minutes, well, maybe 10, if we include the time we spent waiting for the ferry to depart. We needed a sandwich break anyway.

Today, we returned to the bulb fields around Lisse and the Keukenhof and did about 22 miles.

Both trips were followed by curries and curry-appropriate beverages.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Woo Hoo!

Earlier this week, I received my KnitPicks sock yarn. (Thanks, Mom!) I’ve started a pair in Dancing. I wonder whom these are for.

Here's a newborn's set in 100% wool, worsted weight, that I recently sent off to Afghans for Afghans.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Training Begins!

Simon and I are officially in training. Saturday, we rode to the Hook of Holland. From there, I thought that we were taking the train back, but I was mistaken. Apparently, the plan was to cycle on to Delft and get the train from there. So that’s we did, stopping in Maassluis for a quick and chilly picnic. In all, we rode about 50 miles. Sunday, we set out to see the nearby bulb fields. Though we intended to do only about 12 or 15 miles, we did 22. Both Saturday and Sunday nights, we felt fully justified in making not-very-low-cal curries.

Here are some snaps from our ride on Sunday.

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Reading List, Jan. - Mar. 2006

Rennie Airth: River of Darkness
P.D. James: The Lighthouse
Alexander McCall Smith: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Arthur Miller: All My Sons
Christopher Paolini: Eragon
Jane Adams: The Greenway
Minette Walters: Disordered Minds
Elizabeth George: A Great Deliverance
Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night

Ruth Rendell: A Judgment in Stone
Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three
Elizabeth George: Deception on his Mind
Ian McEwan: Saturday
P.D. James: A Mind to Murder
Ruth Rendell: Death Notes
Ursula Hegi: Floating in My Mother’s Palm
P.D. James: Original Sin
Alice Sebold: The Lovely Bones

P.D. James: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Ruth Rendell: The Killing Doll
Julian Barnes: Arthur and George
Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind
Carol Goodman: The Lake of Dead Languages
Ngaio Marsh: A Surfeit of Lampreys