Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Prangins (Photos 4/4)

Prangins museum is one of the national museums of Switzerland, featuring historical artefacts all in the grounds of a restored chateau.

We visited back in the summer, and I'm hoping to return in spring, to see more of the gardens, as they feature many heirloom varieties of herbs and vegetables.

Slowly learning the names of trees in French and German...

Reproduction of a general store

Cards! I wonder what game this is set up for?

View over the lake

Modern view over the lake

Reproduction of records from hundreds of years ago, of people, purchases, events, all to do with the Chateau and the family that owned it

Old map of Lac Leman region

Now this looks like an interesting read...

I know this last one is hard to read -- it's a composite (what's the real word?) of famous Swiss people throughout history. So many names and stories to learn about! 

Today is the last day of NaNoWriMo! Hoping to have a full post next week of my progress, and maybe a snip or two...

If you've been writing, I hope you've had a great month!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Morges (Photos 3/4)


Previous series of Morges photos appeared here and in a post of Audrey Hepburn's home in Tolochenaz.

We've visited a few times since then, for village fetes and markets, as the town is quite lovely -- a long lakeside promenade, flowers everywhere, a castle, and a main street with cafes and artisans' shops. Lucky it's away from home and not between home and work, as I'd be tempted to stop on the way and linger, in the garden of a restaurant, looking out on the lake, and writing.

Fencing practice!

Here. I'd like to be writing here. With a renverse and a pastry...

Squint and it could be over 100 years ago...

Old Masonic documents...

I wonder if anyone bought this mannequin?

Hope you're enjoying the photo series!
Could you see yourself in this town, or do you prefer the countryside -- or the city?

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
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