I’ve had Goldenwattle staying for a few days, on her way round the country. Fun to have a visitor (though of course I was at work most of the time she was here, so I didn’t actually see all that much of her). It’s also nice to have the house to myself again though 🙂
Before she headed off yesterday morning we raced over to the Gapfiller book exchange fridge, and I actually released some books (yes, I know, amazing – FutureCat actually releasing books in Christchurch – that hasn’t happened for a long while):
- American Pharaoh by Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor
- The Ice Man by Philip Carlo
- EB White: A Biography by Scott Elledge
- Pandora’s Star by Peter F Hamilton
I’ve been getting some good catches from Queenstown:
I was in the middle of writing this when I heard some horrible news: one of my cousins has been killed in a motorcycle accident. I don’t know any more details than that, but that’s enough. He was one of my favourite cousins – they lived quite near us when I was growing up, and he (being about 10 years older than me) always seemed so grown up to me, but he still had time for his bratty little cousin – I always looked up to him (both literally and figuratively). As adults, we didn’t see much of each other, just met occasionally at family gatherings, but he always struck me as such a nice guy. He’s got a lovely family too – I bonded with one of his teenage daughters a few Christmases back when we discovered we had almost identically-manifesting forms of dyslexia – she was so relieved to finally meet someone who understood the difficulties she’d been having.
I feel so terrible for his family – this will hit them so hard. It’ll hit my Dad hard too – he’s really close to that branch of the family.
A sad day.