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    retired, a grandmother
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    reading, knitting, crochet
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    was a member before the crash

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Reading, reading and more reading with some gardening and tv watching.o
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    The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly
  1. Meg, the tomato,onion paste would make a good base for chili and instead of any ground meat I could use zucchini and kidney beans and it would make a good tasting veggie dish, will give that a try before getting to the other recipes as a warm-up.
  2. H.E.Bates

    This was a particularly heart wrenching read. Mr. Bates has a way of drawing the reader right into the situation by his very descriptive and armospheric prose. The first several pages had me identifying with the hopelessness and anger of Forrester. From there Forrester's personality evolves with the intervention of Dr. Harris who has been concerned with Forrester's behaviour although this is not made clear until later in the story. The greatest change to Forrester comes when he meets Anna, which becomes a life-changing event. This book, to me, is not really about the war rather than about the fallout suffered by the people affected by the former occupation by the Japanese. It is about courage and human decency in intolerable circumstances. The very last few lines of the book came as a relief to me, as the journey to safety was harrowing. It's not to say I didn't like the book, it was really well written, just not to me a comfortable read. P.S. Nothing really to do with the story, but the publishers duplicated about 2 or 3 chapters which had me puzzled for a few minutes until I saw the page numbers.
  3. Meg, thanks for the courgette recipes, will probably try vegetable bourginnone and the potato gratin, both look like something I could handle, am not a great cook so simple works best for me, have never done much experimenting with cooking so the above two look like doable for me. Appreciate your help.
  4. Thanks Meg, Dave brought in a couple of courgettes today which had escaped his attention, so they are quite large, we will give one to our neighbour as she likes making zuccini loaf and will await whatever recipes you pass along - with my thanks. There are probably a few more hiding in vine so we may have a bit of a glut but will find a use for them. I love zuccini in stir fry but there is enough in one of these to fry it up by itself maybe with a bit of onion. The onion/tomato stew sounds good.
  5. Meg, was going to message you but couldn't figure out how to do it. Have several large zucchinis and wondered if you have a recipe for something like a zucchini casserole, non spicey, I could make for a meal. They are all large so maybe one zucchini one casserole? (Courgette). I have a recipe for bread but would like to use as a veg if possible.
  6. Meg, hope your trip is enjoyable and not too taxing. Just started a mystery by Graham Hurley and it has the feeling of being a good one, The Order of Things. Am all tennis- ed out, non stop Rogers Cup entertainment but some upsets along the way, Roger Federer played not too well and in the final lost to the young German Sverev who has played well all week. Looks like Roger wasn't feeling too well but still played well enough to add $484,000 to his bank account which I'm sure he'll put the good use in his tennis ventures overseas. Glad to have a good book to turn to to take my mind off all the idiocy happening at the White House. Luna, did you see the article on forest bathing on Facebook - you are right in the forefront of the latest in healthy activities. CP, I ordered The Purple Plain as you gave it a good review. Can only get it in paperback.
  7. Sorry for your mishap Meg, always a shock to the system, glad it's starting to ease off. What a good idea to get a small freezer to store up some summer goodies for the winter months, will give you a feeling of satisfaction and nice summer items to eat in the cooler months.
  8. Sounds like the Luna household is feeling much better, stay well. I think it's the end of the usual planting season here although Dave just bought a Boston Ivy for the trellis - it is supposed to turn a bright red in the Autumn which should look nice. I had a tennis fest yesterday, don't watch the ladies so have not become accustomed to all the Eastern European names, I did watch one match, however, as It was one of the names I did recognize, she lost even though her mother came on the court a couple of times to encourage her, didn't know coaches etc. were permitted to do that. Very elegant tennis player, mascara eyelashes, painted nails, a bit puzzling as this is an athletic event - although I do remember making myself nice looking tennis dresses. Must be getting a bit closer to Autumn as I started back in on a multi-coloured Afghan blanket which has languished in my basket since last winter.
  9. H.E. Bates

    I think maybe the author was using a little 'literary latitude' to make the story a bit more dramatic. I wondered about the 'occupied' bit but maybe the locals knowing what to expect of the German occupiers they could work their plans around them. While I really enjoyed it I think there may have been some flights of fancy but a lot of the real horror didn't intrude - I think it mostly portrayed the courage of the French in defying the Germans?
  10. Hi RG - have had the tennis on all afternoon and we even get to watch some more this evening. A bit disappointed in our Canadian - sometimes he plays brilliantly and then other times he seems rooted to the court, hope he does well in this tourney. I see Andy isn't playing in this one because of injury.
  11. Luna, I don't remember taking much notice of Watergate but several journalists are now quoting similarities between it and some of the Trump shenanigans although I don't think there are any tapes involved. I think if they nab Trump it will be because of financial dealings with Russia.
  12. Iff, I looked up Gaelic football and it looks a bit like Rugby but with a soccer ball and the goal posts look much like the American football ones, so this is a running and throwing game rather than playing the ball along the turf?
  13. Chuntzy, when you said about the football season arriving I immediately wondered why your husband was getting excited about football when it dawned on me that I have become so much more used to football in the North American sense and forgetting my soccer roots. I always wonder why the Americans call it football as most of the time they are carrying and throwing the ball, I guess they wanted to be different. It's a much slower game than soccer and to me not as interestimg. Our neighbour, ex pat English, watches soccer all the time and is a Man United fan. My husband will watch a soccer game but has little interest in American football although we do have several Canadian teams in the football league. I used to go to watch the Blackpool second team as my friend had a big crush on the goalie.
  14. Sounds like things are a bit more positive for you Luna, good that you have lots of reading material, helps to distract a bit from problems,
  15. June bug