Rather than take a new book away, I decided to take the one I've been reading at work during my lunch hour: Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". I'm really enjoying the fascinating run-through of the history of planet earth, with all the interesting facts (and guesses) as to how we got to where we are now.
Unfortunately, I was up to the chapter concerning the atmosphere when we boarded the plane, which proceeded to describe the phenomenon of 'clear-air turbulence' and a typical incident when a flight suddenly fell 90 metres flinging passengers against the ceiling! It also helpfully described air pressure and explained how it tries to equalise itself, like 'in a balloon, an air tank or an airplane with a missing window'!! It was a good thing the flight was only 45 minutes long.
|Moore's Hotel in St Peter Port, Guernsey where we stayed|
|Our hire car|
The way of life is generally very relaxed and certainly conducive to unwinding on holiday,
enjoying the views......
.......and the food!
There were also lots of workshop set-ups showing the tools and methods of different trades in the past. This cooper (barrel maker) has slight damage to his left hand just at the base of the thumb. I thought he would be made of a hard material but it looked like sponge inside so I leant in and touched it. He was a lot lighter and less stable than I expected and immediately started rocking. It looked for all the world like he was working on his piece of wood (a bit spooky actually, as I was alone at the time!). OH couldn't resist touching either, when I told him, and almost knocked him over!!
It was very windy and turbulent on the flight home but, luckily, I'd moved on from the chapter on the Atmosphere and was now onto Bacteria. We had to wait about half an hour for our luggage when we got home and when they appeared I can honestly say I have never seen so many people running around the conveyor belt after their bags! It reminded me of a game we used to play as kids where one child would skip around the outside of a circle of children facing inwards while singing a song, eventually dropping a piece of paper that represented a letter behind one, whereupon they would both run in opposite directions around the circle to get back to the space. The one left out would then skip round, and so on.
Stitching progress since last time:
Knitted cardigan - All I've managed this time are a couple of hours knitting.
Does reading a patchwork magazine on holiday count I wonder.
Bye for now