On the bedstand is "A Parrot In A Pepper Tree" by Chris Stewart. It's actually a sequel to his first book entitled, "Driving Over Lemons" which I actually haven't read! This book was given to me by a friend and having read the back cover it reminds me of the Peter Mayle book "A Year In Provence", so it should be a lovely bit of light reading for a change.
The knitting magazine is called Simply Knitting and is a birthday and Christmas gift from my mum and dad in law. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the patterns and have already tentatively thought of a small list of knitting projects for Christmas... nothing like being organised!
Other news: the kids and I are slowly on the mend, I've filed and sorted all of this year's school work with only a few outstanding pieces of work to complete and the house has had a jolly good tidy, it was desperate for sure!