This really does feel like autumn. The heating is on, the winter coat is back out and soup is on the menu. If it wasn't for mad French oral revision around the house (ghastly, still remember mine) there would be no indication that this is May and not November. We will have to be our own little rays of sunshine.
Melvyn Bragg today. I've always enjoyed talking to Melvyn-another guest with a brain the size of a planet. His new novel is 'Grace and Mary' and is a powerful, moving and autobiographical story of a man dealing with the loss of his mother to Alzheimer's. Melvyn lost his mother last year and this book feels as though you are at the bedside with the two of them, even though he says he never took notes or anything like that. It is quite beautifully written. Lord Bragg should be good at 6.


Now the oldies. And today we'll have tunes about ARGUMENTS and ROWING. The average teenage girl has apparently 183 quarrels a year with her mother and doesn't really appreciate her till she's 23 ( the teen that is). Well time for reflection then. Your quarrelsome tunes please.
Have a spring-like and sunny Wednesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 16 May 2013 08:03

    Good morning Jennie

    It's a good sunny start to my day too... hope it lingers for a few hours. The brightness of the sun in my rainbow picture has made the grass look really bright and I showed it to a friend who had asked me if I'd seen the double rainbow that evening and she said it looked like a painting!

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 16 May 2013 07:52

    Good morning - dry and sunny at the moment, and warmer too.

    WOW, Florence! Amazing picture! The house is really lit up and is almost shining under the double rainbow. I wonder if the owners would like a copy?! Business opportunity? ;0))

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 16 May 2013 00:07

    Jennie... talking of skies... look at this pic I took through my car window last night after it had been very sunny all afternoon then at about 6.30pm there was a short but heavy shower so I quickly got out my phone and snapped this pic and I didn't think it would come out as I was moving....

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/8741979571_24b5e90522_c.jpg

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 15 May 2013 20:38

    A good night for the blog - well done if you achieved a mention. :0)

    Lovely photos - that Roman sky can't be real, can it?

    SYITM

    Sleep tight.

    JVW

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by Stressed Erica

    on 15 May 2013 19:48

    Shona, you still going to those S&M conferences then? ;-)

    amelia, I'll be on the Irish tourist board's website tomorrow.

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  • Comment number 75. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 15 May 2013 19:39

    Oh well done on the menshes everyone. I missed a wee bit of the show due to searching high and low for documents I misplaced. Still haven't found them but golly are those drawers cleared out!!

    A hellish lashing of hailstones earlier but the sun has peeped out ready for night time walkies ;0)

    Won't see you tomorrow due to a conference which means hobnobbing and lashings for lunch ;0) Thanks goodness for a nice day after the emotional afternoon I had with tear stained hankies waving goodbye to my newbees. They loved the presentation I did to 3 bits of music, Getting To Know You from the King and I, Let's Work Together, Canned Heat and Proud, M People (that was the weepie bit!)

    Ah well, a new lot of newbees arrive next month and it will start all over again.

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by amelia

    on 15 May 2013 18:26

    Jilly ~ lovely photos - makes me long for some sunshine. And I am drooling at your lamb.

    Erica ~ it is a fair size and there are at least another 5 beaches within 10 minutes of me. That one is my favourite place to walk as you get beach and forest walks together. I often have it to myself in the winter and what we consider “busy” in the summer is still relatively deserted compared with most places. The best thing of all - apart from the general wonderfulness of it all - is that the sand is possibly the best sand in the world (aside from being a little sinky at times) it is fine & soft but does not stick to you.

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by amelia

    on 15 May 2013 18:15

    A good night for the blog as they say in these parts - a 3-worder for lamb cooking Jilly - and a particularly nice mention for Flo - well done all. Ta for mine, still makes me grin!

    I Won’t Back Down ~ Tom Petty ~ Billie, Mandy, PCM & me
    We Don’t Talk Anymore ~ Cliff Richard ~ muggle
    Mother & Child Reunion ~ Paul Simon ~ Florence
    We Can Work It Out ~ The Beatles ~ muggle
    She Drives Me Crazy ~ Fine Young Cannibals ~ muggle

    Mösh
    Motörhead ~ Motörhead ~ Zoe & Andy

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by Jilly

    on 15 May 2013 17:49

    Moshing to a bit of Motorhead! Well dones to Zoe and Andy Toverson (Sunday name mensh) for their joint Mosh Mensh!

    The smell of slow roasted lamb is mouth watering... have to go or will drool on the keyboard ;)

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by Plain Mildred

    on 15 May 2013 17:46

    Lovely photos all round. The beach looks amazing, Amelia, and Rome looks just as I had imagined it would. The amphi-theatre (or maybe it's a theatre?) looks like the marvellous theatre in Orange (S France). If you are down that way, it's a fantastic spectacle.

    It's very quiet on here of late. And wet dogs are very smelly - well, our old English sheepdog was. And he had a lot of hair to get wet...

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