Primrose's pups now twenty five days old, got a new bed today and it looks like they like their new bed.
Now I'm going to be a bit pretentious or at least try and review two things that have brought me great pleasure recently.
I like reading, in fact I really enjoy reading, but with a hectic life by the time I get to read, normally I'm holding my eyes open with match sticks and only manage around half a dozen pages and I'm away with the fairies (fast asleep).
At the beginning of the year I read a book called, "Deserter", by Charles Glass, it took me three months to read it, it is a good book about second world war deserters and my oldest son was constantly asking me when he could have it to read. Come the day I had eventually finished it, I duly handed it over to Bert and he read it in four days, "just showing off ,"I told him.
The book I'm going to review though is a little gem I found sniffing around the dog section in Waterstones and is written by Brian Sewell, a man known for his frankness, especially in the art world. The book is about the dogs he has had from childhood up until now and is called "Sleeping with Dogs."
If you like Brian Sewell, as for some he may be an aquired taste and you are not easily offended, this book will bring you joy in reading it and if you have gone through the grief of a dog passing away, you will relive that moment and feel an emotionally wave of empathy for him, as he matter of facts presents you with each dogs last days. My conclusion is that Mr Sewell gets dogs and closes on a provoking thought, what purpose does a dog serve ? and as Mr Sewell eloquently concludes, "please God, let me be mad."
The next review is a little off the unbeaten path I perverbally walk with dogs, but is another little gem that I found by chance and is musical.
Anyone remember that Passenger record played to death last year and is still doing the rounds at our local radio station ? If you don't let me remind you, it is called, "Let her go", well it got to the stage I was hoping not only was he going to let her go, but he might also go with her and I had got to the stage of turning the song off when it came on the radio, but then our oldest son's Birthday came and went in March and one of his friends gave Bert a CD being Passenger, All the little lights and there on the CD was the track that had become my nemisis song on the radio for the previous twelve months," Let her go," but I had moved on luckily and I have a new nemisis song on the radio now, so as we made the journey to school the next day, Passenger was our musical passenger.
Although most will of done this album twelve months ago and are on to the next thing, this is Devon and we like to take our time about things and this album fell into my lap by chance, because I'm not that keen on the song, "Let her go", to of bothered myself with investigating Mike Rosenberg, who is the founding member and after being a band of four, then two is now one Passenger, any further, so thank God that my son has friends with what seems reasonable music taste.
Love the music arrangements, soft and there is texture to this music through this layering of instrumental sound and it's easy to hear the words and sing along with. Touches on poignant subjects throughout and although it touches on lost love and self loathing as some of it's subject matter, it manages to lift the spirit rather than have you heading for the nearest tree bough with a chair and a piece of rope.
The last track is a great singalong track with the children in the car, windows wide open. As long as you don't mind the odd expletive, as there are a few especially in the last track, but I feel are in context to what is being got over in the song, then if you like folk type music, this album is worth putting up with the over played track, "Let her go." As you can tell I like this and I like it enough to bore you all with me liking it. I will finish now hopefuly while ahead.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.