Another sleepless night…

I should have gotten used to not being able to get to sleep at night…

But it is still annoying!

Why is it happening?

Mainly due to the medications that I’m on, which puts me to sleep when I would prefer to be awake and keeps me awake when I would rather be sleeping.  Also the fact that I’m in pain and discomfort in various parts of my body, have a throbbing head and a brain that is active for a change…go figure!

The pain and discomfort are probably due to the fact that I tried to do some much needed housework…as in a pre spring clean…only started to do my bedroom and haven’t got much done.   My energy level only goes for a few minutes at a time before it peters out and I have to rest.

I would read or listen to an audiobook, but with the throbbing in my head and the scattered thoughts racing around in my brain, I’m surprised that I’m able to write even this…it will probably read like a lot of mumbo jumbo, and I will have to stop soon, as my fingers joints are hurting.

Will have another go at going to sleep…but don’t hold your breath!

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Ayres On The Air – Series 3 ~ BBC Radio 4 ~ starring Pam Ayres

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The third series of Ayres On The Air starring our National Treasure Pam Ayres, with Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.

The series was originally made for BBC Radio 4, with a collection of sketches, poems and anecdotes.

With Pam’s droll incites, wicked sense of humour, all mixed in with her classic Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire county tones, will brighten your day and make you smile.

5 Stars*****

Ayres On The Air – Series 2 ~ BBC Radio 4 ~ Starring Pam Ayres

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Pam Ayres has the droll wit and prose that I just love. She is a delight to listen to. Includes sketches, poems and anecdotes. 

The series was originally made for BBC Radio 4 and stars Pam Ayres, Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead.

She will brighten your day and make you laugh.

In time I will get and listen to all the series made.  I have listen to this a couple of times, and keep coming back for more.

5 Stars*****

 

Look Both Ways (Witch City Mystery #3) by Carol J. Perry

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The third book in the Witch City mysteries by Carol J. Perry.

In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere–even in the furniture. . .

Does an old oak bureau similar to the one Lee Barratt owned as a child, which she lost in the recent fire, hold the key to the murder of the antique dealer she has just brought the bureau from, and an old famous murder of the original owner?

This series just keeps getting better.

I love the cast of characters and the plots.  The stories just flows seamlessly, making them a joy to read, time and time again.

5 Stars*****

 

Pawn of Prophecy (Book 1 of The Belgariad) by David Eddings

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Here starts the epic journey that will change one boys life…forever.

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.

But that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved – but did not know? For a while his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while…

This series will pull you in from the first page, and will not let you go until you have completed the entire series.

David and Leigh Eddings are Master story tellers, that have created a world and characters that will make you laugh, cry and leave you breathless and craving for more.

This is my ‘Go To’ fantasy series for the past 30 odd years, and I must have read them all completely from start to finish at least a dozen or more times.  And each time I find something that I have either missed or something that makes me think, ‘Mmmm…I never thought of it in that way before’.

5 Stars *****

 

 

Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad by M. R. James

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Narrated by David Suchet.

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorizes its discoverer.

This is one of his classic tales and excellently read by David Suchet.

The main character in this tale is a bit of a pompous know-it-all, who is by the end of the tale taken down a peg or two.

I’m not into horror, but I don’t mind ghost stories now and again.  I have listened to several of the M. R. James stories in both audio and live narration/performance…I have to admit that his tales do give you goose bumps.

Enjoyable and well worth listening to.  I have listened to this story several times.

4 Stars****

 

Classic Love Poems by Various Authors.

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Poems from the following poets and read by Richard Armitage.

My favourite 2 from this collection are:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Just has the beautiful flow of expression of love.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ COME into the garden, Maud,
    For the black bat, Night, has flown,

I’m a sucker for Tennyson since the day I read Agatha Christies ‘The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side” which has the following quote in the novel from the poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’,

“Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried
       The Lady of Shalott.”

 

I just find the imagery of his words, creates the pictures he is trying to convey into my mind.

All the poems are beautifully recited by the actor Richard Armitage.

Included in this collection are:
• “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
• “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
• “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
• “Bright Star” by John Keats
• “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
• “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
• “I carry your heart” by E. E. Cummings
• “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
• “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This was a ‘Members Only’ free gift from Audible UK.

4 Stars****

A Most Unusual Courtship (The Mage and the Leathersmith .5) by Nancy M. Griffis

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Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages. He doesn’t take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible. When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing. Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo. Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart. It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.

An explosive prequel to the Mage and the Leathersmith book #1 – A Most Unusual Wedding.

This is the second time reading this enjoyable steam punk M/M romance in readiness to start the next book in the series…A Most Unusual Wedding, and still as good as it was the first time round.

This prequel is still available to download for FREE.

Still…5 Stars *****

Rest You Merry (Professor Peter Shandy Mystery #01) by Charlotte MacLeod.

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The first book in the Peter Shandy mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod, in a 10 book series.

This was the audiobook edition narrated by John McLain.

Peter Shandy, college botany professor, and librarian Helen Marsh Shandy solve murder mysteries in Balaclava County, Massachusetts.
With the festive season in full swing at Balaclava College, professor Peter Shandy is not feeling in the festive spirit.  After refusing to allow the Christmas committee to decorate his home on the hill for yet another year, he decides to take the Christmas break away from his normal yearly routine.  But before going he decides to leave a little present for the Christmas committee that they will not forget!
What he doesn’t expect to find on his return is a dish of marbles scattered over the floor and the dead body of his friend and working partners wife and head of the Christmas committee behind his sofa!
It looks like she slipped off the ladder trying to remove some of Peter’s window decorations.
The campus security and the local police are quite willing to put it down as an accident,  but Peter thinks it is murder, when he finds that one of his nieces marbles is missing.
So it is left to Peter, with the help of Miss Helen Marsh to find a killer within the college campus.

Charlotte MacLeod story telling is light, fun and totally enjoyable.  Weaving a magic of colourful characters and situations that will keep you glued to the page from start to finish.

Ms MacLeod’s books are ones I can enjoy many times over, and still get the freshness and the delight as I did when I first read them many years ago.

John McLain’s excellent narration kept the story moving with the lightness and fun that Ms MacLeod aimed for, and is well worth listening to.

5 Stars *****