Wednesday, December 18, 2013

At lunch, travel guide and the return.

1. Alec whispers a question about his rude noise machine. I tell him that if he must, to take it into the front room as it's not very polite while we are eating lunch. Our guest hasn't heard all of the exchange and wonders what is going on. The windypop sounds and the muffled giggles give the game away.

2. I am captivated Ian Mortimer's The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. For a start I love travel guides to places you can't reach. And every time I open it I discover something enlightening -- the idea that the average age of the population drastically affects the behaviour of a nation is (very obvious) but new to me.

3. I've been out of the room for about an hour. Bettany's face lights up when I come back downstairs and she coos and crows and even laughs a little.

1 comment:

  1. I very much enjoyed that Ian Mortimer book too - until I read that, I was very much a modern-history-only girl but it was a great introduction to that time period and encouraged me to extend my scope. In a similar vein, I'd recommend The Year 1000 by Lacey and Danzinger, and I'm currently listening to The Black Death by John Hatcher - thinner in content, part fiction/part fact, but good enough for dog walks! (I eagerly awaited Mortimer's TTG to Elizabethan England but found it a lot dryer, nowhere near as enjoyable as the 14th century one.)


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