Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Book Review: Quantum Lace

It is spring, and the spring weather has been coming and going.  This novel arrived in the most delightful package. I felt as if I should dress up to read it. The author has such dignity and class. There was a bookmark, the book was delightfully signed for me, and I just had such a good feeling opening up this package!

Instead of dressing up (I felt I should have), wearing my late father's Toronto Maple Leaf's sweatshirt, I poured a glass of wine. I sat on the front porch and read. I was somewhat distracted by the robins and chickadees singing for love, but love is one of the themes of the book!

It is delightful.
It's not a long read, in fact only 94 pages, and in a large font. (Praise be!) I sat in the sunshine and finished it in one go. It is part 1 of a series. I think I would prefer, since it isn't very long, the entire series would be in one book.

Annabelle and I read the book together. Daisy was squirrel hunting, although she took a break to chase her tail on the railing. Annie just watched Dratted Red Squirrel.


The Writing

billboard-1.pngI found the author has a wonderful style. It took me back to 1895 England quite well. I could picture it. She describes a funeral, and it was very poignant. Also, as St John takes us forward in time, she uses expressions that fit the era. At first, "Kick The Bucket" seemed jarring, but then I look it up on Wiki and they say it first appears in a book in 1785! Who knew?

I learned a couple of new words: a sfumato painting, and fossicked! That is always pleasing to me, as a voracious reader!

Editing

I like to give the author feedback, as my faithful readers know. Editing is my pet peeve in self-published authors. St John has self-published, but this isn't her first book. It's well-edited, I didn't spot any typos, which is unusual!
 I did have trouble with cursive-fonts .
They are fancy cursive, which fits the setting of the book, but makes them harder to read. I think a title ought to be sans serif and in CAPITAL LETTERS.

About The Author: Leigh (Bella) St John 

 Born and raised in Australia from a family originally of British descent, having traveled extensively and having lived almost a decade in the USA, Bella now passionately and proudly calls the entire globe “home”. When you meet her, you instantly understand the meaning of the word “passion” – she lives & breathes it with an enthusiasm that is contagious!
Saturday, Mar. 25th, it was glorious. The birds were singing, robins eating sumac berries, cats were watching the squirrels. They know they can't get the birds! Today, Mar. 26th, we anticipate freezing rain!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Day Trip March 23rd: Part 3

  1. Cranworth
  2. Narrows Lock Rd.: Geese and construction
  3. Westport

Westport Harbour

Since Friday's day trip, we've had cloudy skies and rain. This was a lovely day!


First stop was the parking lot of the grocery store. We needed a few things for dinner. Hubby went in. I watched a woman drive in, whilst on her cell phone. As I rolled my eyes skyward, I spotted the bald eagle. The bald eagle was circling. What a sight! I couldn't quite get it in focus. I tried! You get the picture, though.

As I stood, holding my camera, the woman got out of her car to watch, too. Then, a man stood behind me. By then, hubby was back and we watched it together.


Down to the harbour, as the eagle simply disappeared. I couldn't see head nor tail!


Off home we tootled.


More deer!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Day trip: March 23rd Part 2

2. Next stop: Narrows Lock Rd. to Narrows Lockstation.

We were there to see the birds, and to check how much ice was left. I'd forgotten about the work to be done. We were there when they were assessing the work.

Just for reference, I've maps below. The lockstation is where there used to be an 1812 defense site.



The Big Rideau is on the Rideau Canal, and leads right into Ottawa. It was a strategic transportation route in the day. Now, it is strictly for boaters who come and go. The lake freezes in winter, as you can see. Not totally, mind you. The geese know it. We spotted swans late one year (December 7th). And again, on March 30th: Trip to Narrows Lock to go birdin'.
This is what I was hoping for, but archival photos are good, indeed!


The signage is self-evident! There is bridge work being done. No semis allowed.



As you approach, you can see the geese in the open water.


There is much reconstruction, as the feds are rebuilding and repairing several dams. We happened upon Poonamalie Locks on the day they were repairing it.
They are pouring money into the canal:
Parks Canada spending $40M to shore up crumbling Rideau Canal

This repair, at Narrows Locks, is a huge one. I counted 13 trucks, therefore at least 13 workers, with generators going full guns, and workers wearing warm fatigues.



  1. Cranworth
  2. Narrows Lock Rd.: Geese and construction
  3. Westport