Hi Friends,

I’m so sorry if I didn’t get around to visiting everyone last week, the kitties are sick again which came out of the blue and the week has been taken up with dealing with that and a few other things.

I was in the same shop at the weekend as I was last week when I knocked over all those santas.  This time I avoided that aisle but did remember to snap a photo.  Here are the hateful things…

They are unexpectedly lurking in the paint aisle, so they completely took me by surprise last week when I mowed them down with my handbag.

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is strangely absent this week as I have not been in the mood to create nor had time, due mostly to me not being 100% and two of the cats being ill, so administering medication, vet visits and clean up, and then at the weekend I heard of my aunt’s passing quite sudden and a shock to everyone.  So for now, we have to rely on nature for the art this week.  These photos were taken at the weekend, hard to believe that they are all in flower in November – Geraniums, Nasturtiums, Mint, Cat Mint and Sweet Peas!

Spring Onions and Petunias!
And one little visitor to the garden…
I have taken all the pots inside now as this morning it was only 3C and frosty.

When I was in The Range last week (where the hateful santas wait to ambush people) about a quarter of the shop had been converted into a “Christmas shop”.  I took some photos…

There was so much glitter everywhere!  I looked around in case there was something that might look nice in my house, without glitter and not dangerous to cats but I didn’t see anything.  Then I had a look in Tesco’s at the current book selection and the two for £9 offer.

Currently Reading . . .

I am currently reading this book which is also on the twofer special in Tesco’s (it’s on the top shelf) and I am absolutely loving it and nearly done.  I am hoping to watch the movie soon but prefer to read the book first.

For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.

Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!



Altered Book Lover – T Stands for

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November 24, 2022 10:30 pm

That is a strange place for those Santas. I love the Range- haven’t been for a while, maybe it’s time to check out the Christmas shop! We have noticed lots of plants still flowering, your garden looks very pretty stlll, Belated Happy T Day, hugs, Chrisx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
November 23, 2022 7:01 am

My sincere apology for the very late visit. I realized I needed to drag myself out of bed and see what you had offered for T this week. I’m definitely not a very good host, but I want you to know I greatly appreciate your visit and for linking this week.

I can’t believe Christmas is out already, but I am sure it is also here in the states. Those dratted Santas (grin). I have read that book. Once you finish it, let me know how you feel about the ending. It’s sick time at my house, too, but the cats are healthy. And they are keeping me warm, especially Squiggles. Thanks for sharing your cat mum mug and cookies with us for T this Tuesday.

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
November 23, 2022 2:20 am

I have heard about this book. Maybe I will read that next. I just read a book this week about the dust bowl/depression: The Four Winds by Kristian Hannah. Very well written, so descriptive and informative about those years. I learned a lot. I had no idea how bad it was. We thought Covid 19 was bad; the Dust Bowl & depression were worse! Sorry about the kitties; hope they recuperate quickly. Happy T Day! Happy Thanksgiving.

Kate Yetter
November 23, 2022 12:06 am

Sorry to hear that your cats are sick. I have a sick little at the moment and they take up a lot of time and energy, but it is worth it to see them well again.
Love your nature photos and the Christmas aisle.
Happy Tea Day,

Erika N
November 22, 2022 11:13 pm

I’m glad you shared those Santas Elle. I can see why it would be easy to knock them all over the floor. I would think they would also get dirty being that low. And I enjoyed Where the Crawdads sing a lot. I think you’re smart reading the book first, but I also enjoyed the movie. Have a great T day Elle and week ahead. hugs-Erika

Jo - Let's Art Journal
November 22, 2022 9:57 pm

So sorry to hear about your week, I hope the kitties are feeling much better now! I was so sorry to hear about your aunt too, sending you heartfelt condolences. Why are those Santas in the paint aisle, I’m glad you managed to get passed them this time without mowing them down ?. Take care and Happy T Day! Hugs Jo x

November 22, 2022 9:56 pm

Those hateful Santas! lol I have added a House to my Christmas village collection this year and some icicle lights for outside.. Hubby is in his workshop building us a wooden Christmas tree.. I can hear him muttering from here as he struggles with it..lol Its one of those wooden ones made of small pieces of wood that spiral around and ‘sort of’ look like a tree?! Maybe you’ve seen one online.. Anyway.. Hope you and kitties are feeling better soon! Much love, Happy T day! Hugs! deb

Carola Bartz
November 22, 2022 7:42 pm

I’m sorry that your kitties are sick and hope that they recover soon and you can rest a bit. I read “Where the Crawdads Sing” a couple years ago and LOVED it. The pictures from your garden area are lovely.
Elle, would you mind sending me your address? You can email it to [email removed for privacy]

November 22, 2022 5:58 pm

Ambush Santas do sound very unnerving. People do buy the most amazing Christmas decorations!

Have a great week.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

November 22, 2022 4:39 pm

sorry about kitties being ill-hoping they have recovered completely now. those are cute santas but kinda in the wrong spot in the store. Looks like they decorated the store nice though Happy T

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