Saturday, 4 August 2012

meadowsweet, burnt, exeter summer school, new novel, italian courgettes, argh!, olympic opening ceremony, frank



















Lots of meadowsweet on the verges this year--more than usual, I can't help thinking. The bottom photo was taken last Sunday, the top one, this morning.

The meadowsweet apart, there is a burnt-up feel to the landscape--dessicated cow parsley heads and grass seeds, the oilseed rape and corn ready to harvest.

Enjoying the summer school at Exeter--great students. Also, finished the first chapter of the final version of my third novel yesterday. Still in shock! Will be reading this for the first time next Friday at the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre, Exeter College, 11.15 am. (I'll also be reading from The Lock and Invisible.)  From the programme: 'All three novels are mostly set in Oxford and Oxfordshire, and reflect his love of the region, which the books celebrate. After the readings he will discuss the limitations and pleasures of writing regional fiction--and blogging about it: www.justthoughtsnstuff.com.'

Went to allotment earlier to pick courgettes. Lots of these--and lots of different Italian varieties. There's also a lot of grass up there--argh!

Loved watching the Olympic opening ceremony on the BBC Sport video player. Hats off to Danny Boyle, of course, but also to the esteemed writer behind the event's storyline, Frank Cottrell Boyce!

Meanwhile, an unexpectedly busy weekend ahead.

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