I took a day off today to enjoy our unseasonably warm weather and headed for the beach to recharge my batteries and do some beach combing.
A Christmas Guest by Anne Perry
Grandmama Mariah Ellison is in a bad mood because her family are going abroad for Christmas and leaving her with her daughter-in-law and her new husband for Christmas. Exiled to the Romney Marshes in Kent, she is determined to be miserable and to add to her misery is the arrival of cheerful, interesting Maude who has lived in the Middle East and regales them all with tales of her travels. Just after Maude arrives with gifts of exotic macadamia nuts, she is found dead the next day. Mariah decides that she should investigate and goes to deliver the bad news to Maude’s family so she can do some snooping around.
I like Anne Perry’s writing style and even though I found Mariah a bit irritating, I was really engaged with the story and did enjoy it.
Sirius is trying to look innocent. We came in tonight to find the jug knocked over again and at the weekend one (or both) of them had helped themselves to some pork scratchings we’d accidently left out.
I was so tired after the Eurofair that I could barely stand up last night! I had a long nap this afternoon when our guest was out and I’m starting to feel a bit more human now. It was great fun and I’m looking forward to next year’s event.
It has been an exhausting three days of smiling and being cheery and introducing new people to Fishing for Pearls but thoroughly enjoyable. My feet are aching from all the standing, my face is aching from smiling but I was so very fortunate to have wonderful family members show up to help me out when I needed help the most. I’m not going to be able to retire on my proceeds but hopefully have made new customers.
I don’t think I could have been more pleased when my client said this morning that she couldn’t have her lesson on Monday! I’m very tired and will be all the more so by Sunday night as I’m now all set up for Eurofair and ready for trading tomorrow!