The Hungry Bookling

A journey through books and the imagination

Hope and Butterflies

It feels like we are stuck in a waiting room. 

Ok, millions of waiting rooms and we are waiting…

Waiting for things to change, to be told we can see loved ones again and trying to get our lives back on track. 

And we all know at times it can be hard to endure, but it is how we use the time while we wait that really makes all the difference.

I am determined to come out of these difficult times a new improved version of myself. So I have created a mental to do list. 

Losing weight, getting fitter, new hobbies, new skills, learning a language and the list goes on…

And yes at times I still reach for that bar of chocolate, (ok, if I am honest quite a few times!) but I am going to keep trying and see where I end up at the end of all this. What can I say – I have hope. 

I think at the top of my list and what I want to remember most is to be appreciative and grateful for what I have. 

I appreciate family and friends so much more now than I ever did, those moments of laughter, the funny texts and the conversations and support that keep us going that remind us we are all in this together. 

Because we are all in this together. 

I remember when I was a kid, there was a friend of the family, an elderly man in his late seventies who lived alone and he would walk a mile every other Sunday to join us for Sunday dinner. Of course my mum would always offer to drive and pick him up, but he insisted on walking to us because he enjoyed the walk in the countryside (unless of course it was raining and then he relented – he also did agree to be driven home)

I remember that he always brought with him a large bagful of broad beans for the dinner. My sisters and I would sit outside (if it was sunny!) shelling them from their pods into a big bowl ready for cooking. The sweetly fragrant smell of the broad beans as they popped from their pods – I still remember it now. 

Those Sundays meant something to him and to us as a family too. It’s the moments we share that we remember the most and I think that is what friendship is – knowing that you are not alone and sharing moments together no matter how small. It gives us hope. 

So I guess what I would also like to say at this point is – I appreciate all of you. At the time of writing this my little blog has surpassed 200 followers and that is HUGE to me. Considering when I started this last October I never thought I would last the month nor would I even get one follower, but I’m still here…so thank you. I appreciate you for reading this and supporting my blog. 

I haven’t got as many book choices this time, because I am working on something a bit different for an upcoming post, but I am very pleased with my choices all the same and so here they are:

Violet by SJI Holliday: Adult Fiction/Psychological Thriller. 

‘Violet’ is a psychological thriller following two women Violet and Carrie who due to a series of events they end up meeting and travelling together onboard the Trans-Siberian Express. This is an incredibly intense and uncomfortable thriller that had me speeding through the pages. Told mainly from the perspective of Violet but interjected throughout with Carrie’s emails – the storytelling really gives you an understanding for both characters and has enough shocking moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. It also serves a stark warning to anyone travelling alone to be careful of who you get to know. I also loved the setting, it was highly unique and well researched and this aided in the realism of the book. This is the first time I have read one of SJI Holiday’s books and t I have already found myself looking for more, although I need a cup of tea first, my nerves need to recover. This thriller is not for the faint hearted, but a very worthy read!! 

Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry: Poetry 

‘Nocturnal’ is a striking compilation of poetry with delicate black and white illustrations. The poetry is raw and unapologetic in its telling, with finely spun imagery throughout that stays with you long after reading. Whether you are new to poetry or a seasoned reader I think you will all find something to love and appreciate about this collection. 

I was inspired to write some more poetry myself which you will find, as always, on my imagination page. 

Let me know what you think if you choose to read any of the above, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

Until next time!…

8 thoughts on “A handful of beans, a dash of hope and a sprinkle of friendship

  1. Donna Dunstan says:

    Loved everything about your blog today Shelley…it was the perfect read whilst I enjoyed a nice cuppa! The poem was great and I absolutely love your ‘Hope and Butterflies’ sketch.

  2. Nick says:

    “Losing weight, getting fitter, new hobbies, new skills, learning a language and the list goes on…” Just how long are you expecting to be in lockdown, Shelley?! 🙂

    1. Ha ha Nick…I’m prepared for the long haul! Keep busy that’s my motto!

  3. beth says:

    a great post, and we’re happy to be here. thanks for the shares –

    1. Thanks Beth! It means a lot that you enjoy my posts!

  4. Judith says:

    Your blog as usual is excellent the butterfly reminds me of more peaceful times which I am sure will come thanks Shelley xx

    1. Thanks so much Judith what a lovely comment – I hope so too!!

  5. Sarah McEvily says:

    Wow, I really want to read Violet now!!!

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