Sunday, 13 November 2016

What have the Child Catcher and Goldfinger got in common?

 Ian Flemming!
As well as all his very famous series of books - James Bond, he also wrote one children's book, which now is more famous as a film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!!!!
 I was in our local bookshop when I saw this elegant little book by 'Macmillan Collector's Library'. 
 I must admit, I had never realized that CCBB was anything other than a film script, 
let along that it was written by the great Ian Flemming. 
 Its beautifully presented, with an embossed hard back cover under the fly sheet.  
So it came home with me.
 Well it a very well written story and very enjoyable,  but to say that Hollywood took 
liberties with the story is the understatement of the year! 
 The beginning is very close, but then it all changes, 
different countries, different plots and very different baddies.  
Shock Horror - The Child Catcher doesn't exist!!!!
I certainly will be able to sleep easier at night.......

Sunday, 6 November 2016

a November swim

The dreadful weather promised this weekend doesn't seem to have appeared, so yesterday morning Chris and I headed down for a swim.

And we werent the only ones, the changing rooms were heaving, those these guys were alot more hard core than me!  They were heading out to swim a route between the rock markers, they would be out for at least half an hour, not for me!
we prefer to wallow in the pools, its usually calmer, but yesterday the waves were still coming over, must still be Spring tides.
So a bit of a choppy one, but we are now in that strange situation when its warmer in the sea that out, 13 degrees as apposed to 10....

Chris needed the open water fix so did the little shunt between the pools, always alittle tricky when you actually swimming over the railings and the diving board is below the water!
and straight into the hot shower, but a winter swim is better than any coffee I know!
Stunningly dramatic skies
Then home to start the Christmas cake, I do Delia's Creole Cake where you marinate the dried fruit in rum, brandy, port, bitters and cherry brandy for a week, so the house is smelling incredible and I am feeling all toasty!