The Ongoing Saga

The Greenhouse Project is an ongoing saga, mainly because we’re racing against the weather to try and get it done. Just when you think we’re in for a nice spring-like day, I wake up to thick fog and pouring rain, and so the delay goes on.

When we do actually get a few good hours in, it’s coming along quite well. I am one for not reading instructions properly, I just go racing ahead, and that’s been to my cost during this project, because a couple of times we’ve had to go back and rectify mistakes. It’s all part of the fun though!!

The framework is complete anyway, so if the good weather ever returns the next thing is to fix the base down then start putting the glass in.
I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can start growing my own plants.
I know I’m probably a bit late this time really, but I’m still going to try.

I want some figures for the patio area outside the greenhouse, so now my wish list is becoming full of gnomes and dragons (!!!!). I can’t decide which to buy. Gnomes and dragons, whoever would have thought it?

I finally watched the Les Miserables movie. I never got to see it at the cinema, but I’ve seen the stage show quite a few times, both on tour and in London, so I thought the movie would have a lot to live up to….

And it REALLY did. I loved it. Now’s the time to mention there’ll probably be spoilers from this point on, just in case anyone hasn’t seen the film yet.
I’d read some pretty scathing criticisms about some of the singing, but I didn’t think anyone stood out as really bad, I actually thought it was pretty well cast, and the way certain songs are rearranged seems to have greater impact, such as Fantine’s I Dreamed A Dream being after she’s resorted to selling her hair, her teeth and becoming a prostitute. It was so sad.
I also loved the scene Do You Hear The People Sing, because on the stage they go from Red and Black straight into the next song, and it’s not clear that anything has changed, whereas in the film they go out into the funeral procession and all the trouble starts from there.
One of my favourite and saddest moments of the show is after the battle, when everyone is dead, the barricade turns to reveal Enjolras and Gavroche, lying dead, as the instrumental plays. That was gone from the film, instead Javert returns, finds Gavroche dead and removes a medal from his own jacket to pin on the dead boy’s top. That made me cry.
Another surprise – I thought Eddie Redmayne was great as Marius. He made the character far more likeable, and even heroic. I’ve never liked his love story with Cosette on stage, it seemed too soppy, but in the film you get it, the fact that he’s traumatised by seeing his friends massacred, and overcome with guilt that he survived. It’s Cosette’s simplicity and sweetness which seems to help him through his turmoil.
By the end I was sobbing away, having enjoyed every moment of the film.

I downloaded the soundtrack as well, because the orchestration is gorgeous. It’s strange, to hear something you’re so familiar with sounding so new.

So, now I’ve seen the movie and the show, it’s made me wonder whether I should read the book?

Onto reading, The Passage is on hold because the library sent my copy of Inferno by Dan Brown and I know there’ll be a massive request list for it so I’d better get on with it. I haven’t read that much yet, but what I have read I’ve enjoyed. I did get to a certain point and just thought… OH…MY…GOD!!!! Not going to say any more, because I can’t without giving away big spoilers.

Am still waiting for The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. The library have ordered a new copy so I keep checking to see whether it’s available yet. I have more than enough to keep me going though. I also reserved The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I’ve never read any of her books before, so not sure what to expect, but the write up of this book sounded like something that might interest me, so I’ll give it a go.

Look, Another Post!!!

I’d intended to write here quite often, but have had a busy week or so, and the weather improved, which made a nice change, being able to get out in the garden.

We’ve had a new fence around the back garden, and it looks much bigger now.
Have also had a patio area put in because I’m getting a greenhouse next week and it will sit nicely on there.
Wouldn’t you know it; as soon as we found out the greenhouse was being delivered the weather went off and it’s now blowing a gale and pouring with rain. Here’s to the Great British Summer!
I got a new plant today, a Pieris Flaming Silver, which looks gorgeous with striking pink leaves. Am really looking forward to getting started on planting, and hopefully growing my own plants from seeds once the greenhouse is up.

In other news, I started reading The Wheel Of Time. I read the first book and really enjoyed it. It will certainly fill the gap until the next Song Of Ice And Fire book is published (and who knows when that will be!?!?).
I got the book from the library and was dismayed to find that all copies of the next book, The Great Hunt, had disappeared (there’s a pun there somewhere). A perk of working at the library – I put in a request for a new copy and they’ve agreed to get one! Great stuff, although there is someone else waiting for the book before me, so I’ll have a few more weeks to wait.
To fill the gap I started The Passage by Justin Cronin. It had some really mixed reviews but so far I’m really loving it.

Also, I finally saw The Hobbit. It seemed overly long at times, but mostly I enjoyed it, and I would happily sit through the whole thing again just for Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The way he looks in that film is exactly how I picture Lan from Wheel Of Time.

Have also had some time to work on my cross stitch as well, which is coming along steadily. Have posted pics on my cross stitch blog about that. I’m so impatient that I want to see the whole thing finished, yet I know there are many more hours and weeks and months work before it will even be close.