Firstly let me apologize for not blogging of late. I as preparing a post on F L Griggs when my father was taken ill and was hospitalised for over a week. Then came Christmas and the preparations thereof. Not too mention the continuing upheaval here with re-decorating. My neat plans were thrown into terrible, and sometime apathetic, confusion. Normal service will, I hope, be restored shortly.
I suppose it was reading 'Anti-ugly', but for the last couple of weeks I have been dipping into Michael Bloch's biography of James Less Milne, and the volume of Less Milne's diaries entitled 'Through Wood and Dale; Diaries 1975-1978'. Lees Milne is a character I find deeply fascinating, not only (and I hope this doesn't sound too prurient) on account of his personal life but his interest in architecture and history, and his self-knowledge. It was through both books that I returned to church on Christmas morning. I think I would have liked to have met him.
After re-reading both 'Excellent Women' and 'Casino Royale' I am re-reading the first part of 'The Lord of the Rings'. An excellent book for this time of year.