Wednesday, 30 October 2019

WOYWW - Week 543

Hello Everyone,

It's been a while - in fact I can't believe it's two weeks since I last joined in with Julia's What's On Your Desk Wednesday - and I've missed you all. It's great to be back sharing what's on my desk today.
However, there's precious little going on. I'm in catching up mode so what you can see are several piles - one of blue card/patterned paper, another of dies and embossing folders and a tiny one of the very few cards completed over the last few days. And furthest to the right is some happy mail. And that is it. I should be doing more but my Mojo has gone AWOL while I've been MIA. So, of course, there's the much needed cuppa - it's a distraction.

I am happy to report, however, that I have finally completed the album I've been working on to celebrate my son's fiftieth. This is good because we are all meeting up on Friday for my grandson's wedding.
He can also take this year's hop harvest away back to the Highlands of Scotland with him ... 
... - he's a keen amateur brewer.

And now, the book bit.
And this one is very appropriate for Halloween. Elly Griffiths' 'The Stranger Diaries' is a contemporary Gothic thriller and, of course, there's even the requisite ghost. The main character, Clare Cassidy, a teacher of literature who also runs a creative writing course for adults, is writing a biography of RM Holland, the author of 'The Stranger', a very creepy short story in the style of Wilkie Collins, MR James and the like. Needless to say this eerie tale comes to life as people closely associated with Clare become murder victims. I'm not a real fan of Gothic writers or ghost stories but this book is a compelling mystery that kept me listening as secrets are slowly revealed and the creepiness mounts until the mystery is solved.

I've been very lucky today. It's cold, very cold, outside but the sun is streaming through my window warming me up very nicely - making typing up this post a real pleasure.

That's it from me today. Be sure to pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to visit so many more desks today.

I hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW and wish you a great week ahead.


Sarah Brennan said...

Hope you find your Mojo again soon Elizabeth. Glad the album is finished - great timing - and that the wedding goes off well. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #7

Lynn Holland said...

Lots going on in your house Elizabeth, which is always nice to see.
Lynn x 12

Annie said...

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.....but I'm here now catching up with a few of my fav blogs. My day started off early when Phoebe and Lulu arrived for a day of crafty fun with me whilst their brother Steve, their Mum and Grandad went to watch Steve play in a football tournament.....if you want to see more then I will share pics on my Friday smiles [cos there were lots of those].
It's so good to see you back today. Really hope the wedding goes well and please wish the happy couple congratulations from us.
Annie x #11

Diana Taylor said...

Looks like you've got lots going on. It's great that your son gets home grown hops for his brewing - I miss the smell of it as my dad used to make a lot of beer - I loved it - both the smell and the beer!
Hope you get your mojo back soon,
Diana x #16

Helen said...

Well done on getting the album done and hope the wedding goes well. the book sounds interesting! Have a fab week Helen #8

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Elizabeth. Loving the colours of the papers. Great to see you back too. Wishing you a very happy woyww and a lovely creative week, Angela x17x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That looks like extreme brewing to me!! A man on a mission, I think. I'm sure thehops will help, I wondered what they were when the picture first came up. Hope the weather stays fair for the wedding, we need a pic of your hat, I reckon!
Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

sandra de said...

Fab collection of hops and good to see they will be put to use. Love the smells and all the activity involved in a brew. Happy crafting
sandra de @9

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A beautiful gift for your Son's 50th congrats on getting it finished. I've had my mojo clipped due to many things stepping in the way but hoping it's about to recover. Maybe after your family meet up on Friday yours will be too. Hope your Son has a super Birthday..
Happy WoywW Tracey #3

Crafting With Jack said...

That book looks very interesting, must check that out :) My son likes making wine, however his wife is not to keen on all the stuff about the house. Now he wants a still ! Do hops smell nice?

Twiglet said...

Aw an Autumn wedding - how lovely - hope it's a crisp colourful day for you all. It's a misty, moisty one here today. xx Jo

glitterandglue said...

Hi Elizabeth. Glad the book is done - and trust you had a great day at the wedding yesterday. Those blues in that pile of card are gorgeous!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #1

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Elizabeth well done on finishing the scrapbook in time for the fiftieth and Friday wedding, unusual on Friday (but then my mum was married on a Friday!) .. trust it all went well!
And sun streaming in on a cold day is simply the best in my books if you get sunshine you dont feel so deprived!
Happy belated WOYWW.
Thanks for sharing, and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x #2

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