Spring finally sprung this month. We had some lovely weather amongst some storms, wind and rain. It was a typical April.
April got off to a good start with a trip to Spring Into Wool at the Grammar School in Leeds. I wasn't sure whether I'd go or not, I really don't need any more yarn, but having a yarn show on your doorstep is just too tempting. I came home with purchases from Blue Fern Yarns, The Crafty Bird and Snuggly Stars Yarns, none of which I've bought before so it will be nice to try something new. I also picked up some cute little teddy bear buttons.
That first Sunday of the month was glorious so while Mick painted the shed, I set to and got some seeds sown. I'm growing my favourite cherry tomatoes, Maskotka, and a variety of flowers. I want to get my border planted up and thought that some echinacea, nemesia and cosmos would fill any spaces left while the shrubs and flowers fill out. I also bought some bulbs and tubers from Wilko which I've started off in large pots. Once I know what else I'm planting in the border I can slot these in but they'll have a head start as they've already started into growth.
I've read three books this month.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
"A story of evil, debauchery and scandal, Oscar Wilde's only novel tells of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of aging in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian's own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a masterpiece of the evil in men's hearts, and is controversial and alluring as Wilde himself."
I knew nothing of the story other than that of the picture growing older instead of Dorian himself. I found it quite a sad story, how such an innocent young man as we first meet should grow into the character he does. I really disliked Lord Henry Wotton who manipulates Dorian for his own amusement and was annoyed at Dorian for falling completely under his spell. It was quite an abrupt ending but I guessed it early on, for what other ending could there be?