Ocean travel without a boat

Journal of Peter Greenwell

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Thirty days of gratitude – day twenty one

What song am I most grateful for? This one.

Thirty days of gratitude – day twenty

Who in my life am I grateful for? My family, needless to say.

30 days of gratitude

Gratitude onward

Thirty days of gratitude – day nineteen

What touch am I grateful for today? Her touch.

Thirty days of gratitude – day eighteen

What piece of art am I grateful for? Thank you Michael Whelan for the art, and Sir Arthur C. Clarke for the book.

Distant wistfulness – artwork by Michael Whelan

Thirty days of gratitude – day seventeen

What knowledge am I grateful for? Everything I’ve never accrued.

Thirty days of gratitude – day sixteen

What part of my body am I grateful for? My brain.

Thirty days of gratitude – day fifteen

What season am I grateful for? Winter. It’s definitely not winter where I am right now but it will come around and I will be happy.

Kettlebell adventures begin

I got hold of a 12 kilogram kettlebell and am currently going through various sites and YouTube videos to find an optimal workout. I’m starting to prefer the kettlebell over traditional dumbbells because of the aerobic component. I’m not after muscle growth, but rather an all over fitness regime concentrating on tone and weight loss. I will post updates as I progress.

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The bell of kettle

Thirty days of gratitude – day fourteen

What sight am I grateful for? Well, my eyes tell me the world’s still here and apparently working as intended, despite universal cynicism.

Victoria Holt – Mistress of Mellyn

Mistress of MellynMistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let’s see now…

Setting in a castle or large house — check
Said house or castle holds dread family secrets — check
Woman in distress — check
Woman is in awe of powerful, often tyrannical male — check
Male hero is of the Byronic variety, handsome, troubled — check
Strong, engaging emotions — check
Omens and portents — check
Strange events that appear as supernatural experiences — check

Yes, it all comes together. What we have here is a Gothic novel, by golly! And even though it wears its Rebecca and Jane Eyre influences proudly on its sleeves, this story holds it own quite well. The protagonist, governess Martha Leigh, isn’t the fainting, gasping maiden found in many other books of this kind. No, she’s more like Jane Eyre – a conscientious, somewhat knowing young lady who sees through flattery and devices for what they are. But like Miss Eyre of yore, Miss Leigh is still susceptible to being swept off her feet by the loving pronouncements of the towering Byronic hero.

There’s not a new idea anywhere to be found in this novel, but that’s really beside the point. It’s an enjoyable outing into the world of Gothic fiction and should please adherents of the genre, as well as those looking for a solid romance to bite into.

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