Kerry (avatiakh) and her books in 2014 #4

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Bahaus in Tel Aviv
I wasn't going to bother with a new thread but decided that it would be easier to load without all the past few months worth of images -

Currently Reading:

Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore - iPod audio

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Shop in Neve Tzedek neighbourhood in Tel Aviv

The link to my 2014 Category Challenge:

My categories
1) A made-up place - children's literature
2) Right Book Right Time - YA literature
3) The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years - nonfiction on the Middle East (& North Africa)
4) Running through Corridors - books to film or tv
5) Reading on Location - travel books and books set in exotic locations
6) 1000 books to change your life - books on lists, group reads, themed reads, challenges
7) Fantasy freaks and gaming geeks - scifi and fantasy fiction
8) The old man mad about drawing - books with illustrations, photos or art
9) The Exercise Book - modern literary fiction (1950-)
10) Only Connect - series
11) Notes of a bag lady - my overflow

I consider a category finished when I've read 10 or more books

Bearbeitet: Nov. 5, 2014, 12:52am

I'm drowning once again in great books and yet I'm stuck in the middle of a stuffy nonfiction....sigh. I'm going to put The Middle East to one side once I finish the chapter I'm currently reading. I'll have read 4 of the 5 parts to the book and will finish it early next year. Why...because I'm going to be away from home again for the next three months and I don't intend on taking the book with me or spending the rest of the week focusing on the last 100 pages, they can wait.

In the meantime I was able to borrow the e-book of Michel Faber's latest, The book of Strange New Things through my library's Borrowbox which is an Australian digital provider run by audio publisher Bolinda. I had checked the library's Overdrive and they didn't have any Faber books so I was delighted to find my sleuthing around the library's digital content reward me with Faber's book. I have found a few gems on Borrowbox including the audio of Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
I'll be travelling with 'just a few books' and mainly reading on my iPad and kindle so e-books from the library suddenly look far more attractive propsitions.

I'll have a few hours in Hong Kong, then 4 days in Tel Aviv before heading on to Spain (again, I love this place) before heading back to Israel in mid January for a couple of weeks and then back home via a stopover in Hong Kong. Travelling this time with my youngest two and hope to see my London-based daughter if she comes to Spain for a weekend.

While the friend we are staying with in Tel Aviv is not into social media, internet etc I will have to rely on cafe wifi and the city's free wifi hot spots so I won't be online too much. In Spain I plan to keep undating my reading but won't stray much past my own thread as I'll be quite busy.

Physical books I'm looking at taking though this list will probably contract as I'm taking a smaller suitcase than last trip and haven't packed my clothes as yet:
The Ruby in Her Navel - Barry Unsworth - shared TIOLI read
The girl with all the gifts - M.R. Carey
Fatherland - Robert Harris
Le Chien Couchant (Salad Days) - Francoise Sagan - TIOLI novella
The History of Love - Nicole Kraus (my Orange Jan read)
Let the river stand - Vincent O'Sullivan - NZ fiction with Spanish Civil War component
The Vanishing - Tim Krabbé - thriller novella
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
Troubles by J.G.Farrell
The Dangerous Summer by Ernest Hemingway
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marias - novella
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Barton de Trevino - children's fiction
Holy Smoke - Tonino Benacquista
plus a few crime novels set in Spain
Or the bull kills you - Valencia
The Angst-Ridden Executive- Barcelona
The Maze of Cadiz
Death in Seville

Most of these are quite slim volumes, but I have so many excellent books available in the digital format.
I have an 11.5 hour flight, an 8 hour layover and then a 12.5 hr flight to begin with so there's some good reading time in there somewhere I hope.

Nov. 5, 2014, 5:23am

Nice new thread and photos, Kerry. I look forward to hearing about your upcoming travels!

Nov. 5, 2014, 6:19am

Grumble...I lost my review....grumble grumble....try again

140) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (2013)
Bleak but stunning fictionalised account of condemned woman, Agnes Magnúsdóttir's last months. The book is set in 19th century rural Iceland and Magnúsdóttir is sent to live with a farming family and to be visited by a local priest who must prepare her for her public execution. Kent brings these hardy rural Icelandic characters vividly to life as we find out more and more about the circumstances of the crime, Agnes's bitter life and the growing compassion of the family who must share their home with her. The narration by Morven Christie is just wonderful

My next audiobook will probably be Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Nov. 5, 2014, 6:26am

>4 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl - I'm going to try and keep updating fairly often, I just won't be visiting so many threads. My daughter has recently had a short stay in Tel Aviv and just recommended two cafes near our apartment which both serve excellent shakshuka, so I'm already looking forward to that. I was last there in 2008 so am super excited to be visiting again.

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Beautiful new thread Kerry. Love your thread topper pics. Woah, that sounds like a wonderful trip and I do hope that you will be able to meet your London based daughter. I am looking forward to your travelogue as well :)

The Ransom of Dond sounds exactly like my kind of read and I had the Bog Child already for some time on my WL.

Burial Rites is still sitting on my TBR and I see you are reading The Girl with All the Gifts I read this not long ago and really enjoyed this book greatly.

Nov. 5, 2014, 7:28am

Happy New Thread, Kerry! I also loved Burial Rites. Great debut.

Nov. 5, 2014, 7:36am

Hi Bianca - yes, my daughter just emailed me that she has given notice at her work so will probably come out to Spain for longer than just a weekend before starting a new job.

Siobhan Dowd's books are very good, The Ransom of Dond is really just a folktale, so would suggest you try to find it at the library.

I'm looking forward to The girl with all the gifts, it's a large book but I'm taking it on the trip with me regardless. I'll stuff it into my son's bag when he's not looking.

I've been trying to talk one of my sons (I have 3 living at home still) into getting his hair cut for ages, it was getting really long and tonight he said ok, but only if I cut it. I'm completely untrained and have done badly at this before. So now he has a shorter rather haphazard haircut and is wearing his hoodie up and will be at the barber's shop first thing in the morning!

Nov. 5, 2014, 7:37am

Whoops - waves to Mark. Yes, Burial Rites was great, sounds like she did a heap of research.

Nov. 5, 2014, 9:19am

Happy New Thread, Kerry!

Nov. 5, 2014, 10:47am

I've been meaning to catch up on your old thread, but have been intimidated by all the posts. A new thread is just the thing I needed, although I will keep your old thread until I've read the reviews.

Have a wonderful trip: it sounds amazing! Good luck with fitting in some clothes around your books. ;-)

Nov. 5, 2014, 12:10pm

Happy New Thread Kerry. More traveling ahead, wow! Seems like you're always on the road to me, but then I guess I get to travel vicariously. I really loved Burial Rites and glad you did too. I'd like to revisit it eventually. I'm two-thirds of the way through The Ruby in Her Navel and have been enjoying it very much. So far I had only read Morality Play by Unsworth—listened to actually, and I highly recommend that audiobook as well, really excellent. I have one more audiobook of his, The Songs of the Kings, then a travelogue, Crete, I've been wanting to get to for ages, but I really do want to get my hands on as much or his work as I can, including Sacred Hunger of course.

Seems like a lot of physical books to be carrying around all over the place, but you know best of course. I used to travel with so many books and magazines, but then last time I boarded a plane was seven years ago, which seems unbelievable since I was such a big traveller, hard to fathom how I completely stopped since and now can't seem to get started again, but that was before I'd discovered audio or eBooks, so I have no idea how I'd go about it now.

Nov. 5, 2014, 3:45pm

>11 scaifea: Hi Amber
>12 labfs39: Hi Lisa - I had thought about just letting my old thread continue as I wont be posting much but it started taking a while to load so a new thread was welcome for me too. Great to see you again.

>13 Smiler69: Hi Ilana - I'm pleased that you're enjoying the Unsworth. I'll be picking it up next week sometime. I've read Morality Play and Land of Marvels. The others of his that look enticing are The Song of the Kings and Stone Virgin. Sacred Hunger is a chunkster so doesn't so much appeal.

That does seem like a lot of books but almost all are chosen by weight and while I say that I'll read digital books the lure of taking a pile of paperbacks away with me and turfing them once read is quite irresistible. The three heavier books are ones I really would like to read on the trip and none of them are available as e-books from the library. The other good thing about taking a pile of books away is that my suitcase becomes more and more roomy as the trip continues (in theory at least).

So last night I started reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Yesterday I went into central Auckland and visited my favourite inner city used bookstore, Jasons, coming away with two books -
Strandloper by Alan Garner - very happy to get this, about a convict to Australia who escapes and lives as an aborigine for 30 years.
The King of the Fields by Isaac Bashevis Singer - a fable on the founding of Poland

Nov. 5, 2014, 4:17pm

Two great finds at the shops. Strandloper sounds fascinating, and I'm glad to see it is in print. It sounds like the kind of title that might not be.

Nov. 5, 2014, 10:46pm

Yes, I was pleased about the Garner book. I've only read his children's books and am looking forward to trying his adult fiction, though I won't get to it till next year now.

Annoyed about my audio of Jerusalem: the biography as the book petered out after 2 chapters so I'll have to re-download it. It's annoying as the audible downloads play up with my wifi connection somehow so it will be a slog getting another copy. In the meantime I've started Carol by Patricia Highsmith and enjoying that.

Nov. 5, 2014, 10:58pm

Wow, another trip that sounds fantastic!

Nov. 5, 2014, 11:22pm

Safe Travels - some good books up there, no doubt moe will be added as you travel

Nov. 6, 2014, 4:29am

Happy new thread and new travels! Hope you travel very safely. Looking forward to the photos. :)

Nov. 7, 2014, 5:02am

>17 ronincats: >18 roundballnz: >19 nittnut: Thanks muchly

I've finally managed to download the complete Jerusalem: the biography using my old laptop but will finish The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith before going back to it as I'm enjoying the novel.

Nov. 8, 2014, 4:50am

Like Ilana I'll be another enjoying your travel vicariously. I have always wanted to visit Israel but it isn't helped by the fact that Hani is unable to follow me there as the Malaysian government ridiculously forbids its citizens entry there. As you do, I love Spain and spent many a happy moment there.

Great picks all considered to accompany you on your journey - Cider with Rosie is one of my absolute favourite books and I also really like the late Barry Unsworth.

Your Auckland purchases also intrigue. I haven't read that Garner or the Singer you picked up but I really feel that I ought.

Have a lovely weekend, my dear.

Nov. 8, 2014, 3:14pm

141) The Middle East : a brief history of the last 2,000 years by Bernard Lewis (1995)

Ok, this one took me a while to get through and on finishing it I've also completed my category challenge so double celebrations here. The book was a bit stuffy in the middle patches and I kept putting it aside for other reads. I didn't think i'd have time to finish it before my trip but the stuff up I had with my Jerusalem audiobook (now fixed thank goodness) and the arrival at the final part which was much more interesting really helped.
The book is divided into 5 parts:
1) Intro
2) Before Christianity & Before Islam
3) The Dawn & Noon of Islam
These first three were really interesting but it was part 4 that was equally interesting but also stuffy
4) The State / The Economy / The Elites / The Commonality / Religion and Law / Culture
5) The Challenge of Modernity

The book ends in the mid 1990s so there has been a fair bit left out, but this book provides the reader with a sweeping overview of how the Middle East came to be as it is today. This year I also read Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present which is a good companion to this one.

Now I'll read some nonfiction and get back to my audiobook on Jerusalem in a couple of days.

Nov. 12, 2014, 8:56am

Enjoy your travels! Wonderful itinerary, full of places I haven't been.

I also love discarding books and magazines as I travel.... very satisfying indeed.

Too bad the history of the ME was so stuffy.

Nov. 15, 2014, 11:12pm

Lucy - overall The Bernard Lewis book was quite good, just a couple of sections.

I'm struggling to read Kelly Gardiner's Goddess, it just doesn't feel solid enough. I know she did lots of research for it so will continue to struggle through. I flipped over (kindle reading makes this easy) to Paul Cleave's The Cleaner while flying yesterday and that was a very good move. i would have finished it except I was too tired last night and crashed at around 7pm.

So since I was last here I've travelled half way round the world and my progress reading wise -
The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe - such a quick read that I had finished before boarding my first flight.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith - on audio
The ruby in her navel by Barry Unsworth
The book of strange new things by Michel Faber

I'm well into the Claire North book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and slowly reading Tel Aviv Noir.

Nov. 16, 2014, 10:43am

Hello, world traveler! Thanks for checking in with us. I hope you've been enjoying your reading.

Nov. 16, 2014, 11:25am

I'm curious to know what you made of Michel Faber's new book Kerry. Mind you, I've had The Crimson Petal and the White on the listening tbr for much too long now, and I have a feeling I will like it a lot so I should definitely make room for it soon. I looked at your collection and you don't seem to have read that one either? All that traveling time definitely makes for quality reading opportunities, I used to really like that when I was constantly traveling and commuting both for work and pleasure.

I just found our National library has Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories on audio, which has The Price of Salt as well as Strangers on a Train on it, the latter had been on my wishlist for a long time, so I'll make sure to get my hands on it that way I'll get both novels, plus a bunch of short stories.

Hope you're enjoying your trip!

Nov. 17, 2014, 12:08am

>5 avatiakh: grumble indeed! Losing a review is a pain...
I recently read this one and really enjoyed it, glad you did too!

Love to see your book planning took precedence over your clothes-planning :) Happy travels!

Nov. 22, 2014, 2:18pm

hi :=)

Nov. 29, 2014, 10:51pm

I hope your traveling is proceeding apace and all is well with you and yours.

Dez. 3, 2014, 6:25pm

Kerry, just stopping by to wish you wonderful travels and I do hope that you will be able to update us with stunning photos from time to time :)

Dez. 10, 2014, 3:53pm

>25 labfs39: >26 Smiler69: >27 LovingLit: >28 AuntieClio: >29 ronincats: >30 drachenbraut23:
Thanks for visiting and, yes, we have been very busy. We've just had 4 great days in Seville and now returned to the coast near Estepona for 10 or so days before we go on a jaunt around more of Spain for a couple of weeks.

Had lunch here today, Setenil de las Bodegas in Andalucia. We were really keen to go here as not only is it a scenic little cave town, it is the exact antipodal match to our home city, Auckland, New Zealand.

Completed reading:
142) The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith - audio
143) The Ruby in her navel by Barry Unsworth (historical)
144) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (scifi with questions of faith)
145) The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe (crime)
146) The cleaner by Paul Cleave (crime)
147) The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North (scifi -y)
148) Fatherland by Robert Harris (alternate history/crime)
149) Goddess by Kelly Gardiner (YA)
150) Le Chien Couchant by Francoise Sagan (France)
151) The Girl with all the gifts by M.R. Carey (zombie dystopian)
152) Tel Aviv Noir by various (Israel)
153) The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron (Israel)
154) A single light by Maia Wojciechowska (junior fiction)
155) The city and the mountains by Eca de Queiroz (Portugal)
156) Death in Seville by David Hewson (crime)
157) Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher (crime)

I'm now reading The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway (dystopian)
The Maze of Cadiz by Aly Monroe (crime)
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías (Spain)
Red Shadow by Paul Dowswell (YA)
and listening to Jerusalem: a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I've enjoyed all my reads, I finished Death in Seville in Seville! We visited the bullring there on Thursday and a couple of days later I was reading an extremely gruesome murder scene taking place in the bullring. I thought some of what happened to the main character (a woman) in the closing scenes was perhaps a little too much.
The Gavron novel was a great read, I didn't like any of the characters but loved how they all interacted together.
The girl with all the gifts ended up being a little more 'zombie' than I expected from the first chapter but was a good dystopian read.
Fatherland was more crime than alternate history in the end, highly enjoyable.
The Price of Salt or 'Carol' was one of Highsmith's first novels but originally published under a pseudonym. I enjoyed it, the novel explores a young woman's relationship with an older woman, Carol, who is a customer at the department store that Therese works at. According to wikipedia it is one of the first lesbian novels to have a happy ending.
The Ruby in the Navel by Unsworth was a pure delight, see Ilana's review for more
The Book of Strange New Things - I loved this and suggest you check out jnwelch's review -
The Vanishing by Tim Krabbe is a quick, quite creepy read.
The first fifteen lives of Harry August - others probably liked this more than I did, still quite a satisfying read
Kelly Gardiner's 'Goddess' is a first-person narrated historical fiction 'based on the life of the remarkable Julie d’Aubigny, known as Mademoiselle de Maupin – swordswoman, opera singer, occasional nun and seventeenth century superstar.'
Le Chien Couchant is a novella by Francoise Sagan and was an entertaining read with a sad but inevitable ending. The characters were a little unusual but so well written.
Tel Aviv Noir is one of the Noir City series and I enjoyed most of the stories.
A single light by Maia Wojciechowska is a children's story set in an Andalucian village, about a deaf dumb girl who grows up completely shunned by all and sundry. Quick read and quite soulful. There were some parallels with Joy Cowley's The Silent One.

The city and the mountains was a delightful read and I'll definitely read more by de Queiroz. Do check out his books.
Bitter Wash Road is a police procedure novel set in South Australia that I found hard to put down.

Bearbeitet: Dez. 10, 2014, 4:46pm

I forgot to add the Early Reviewer book I finished as well:
158) Tita by Marie Houzelle - probably YA fiction even though the main character is only seven years old. I'll write a review in the next few days

Dez. 13, 2014, 4:02am

159) I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino - children's book about Pareja and his master, the painter Velaquez

160) The Maze of Cadiz by Aly Monroe - the first in the Peter Cotton series. I felt this was a bit of a slow burner, ok sort of read that stepped up at the very end. Depiction of 1940s Cadiz was great.

Dez. 13, 2014, 4:06am

Forgot to add my coments on Paul Cleave's The Cleaner. I really enjoyed this rather gruesome but slightly black comedy about a spree of killings. set in Christchurch.

Dez. 13, 2014, 4:14am

>34 avatiakh: Second time I have heard about this book in the last week, must be a sign I shd read ..... maybe

Hope those travels are going well in between the reading

Dez. 13, 2014, 4:28am

Love the photos!

Dez. 13, 2014, 7:23am

Happy Weekend, Kerry! I hope all is well with you. How are you enjoying The Gone-Away World? I've been wanting to read this for ages. I have it both in print on audio. Maybe your reaction will kick-start me.

Dez. 13, 2014, 8:20am

Setenil de las B. looks enchanting - marvelous. I'm looking out at a world of cold and white - 18 inches of it.... so I feel a sort of hunger when I see such a scene.

I don't think I've read a single book on your recent list - I have read Highsmith and I intend to read Unsworth!

More photos pls!

Dez. 13, 2014, 5:54pm

I've added a heap of photos to my Spain album over on FB, you'll need to go to the end of the album and work back as I started the album back in 2008.

Dez. 13, 2014, 6:13pm

>35 roundballnz: Alex, you'll probably enjoy the Cleave book, quite a bit of black humour in there and a couple of twists you'll enjoy.

>36 nittnut: Thanks

>37 msf59: Mark, I've been enjoying it though haven't picked it up for a few days. I'm reading it on the iPad which is not my preferred reading device. Anyway it's quite different from most stories I've read of late which is good. Just need to finish a stuffy novella so I can get back to it.

>39 avatiakh: Lucy - it's winter here in Spain too, though we are in the warmer south at present. We had a fairly miserable day in Jerez today. We walked all through the old centre, most of which is a neglected gypsy barrio, with occasional plazas and churches. It looked like it would rain the whole time and finally poured down as we had lunch, outside under sun umbrellas. Most bars are tiny, all full, so no choice really if you want to eat, you have to sit outside. The highlight apart from the tapas were the young women at the next table who kept breaking out into flamenco style singing.

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>31 avatiakh: Kerry, thank you for sharing this pretty pictures with us. I am looking forward to more :) as I just love photos.
I am utterly impressed by the amount of reading you managed whilst travelling. I think I managed ONE book on our 4 week holiday in Eastern Europe this summer.
We went to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland into the foot steps of WWI, WWII and the remnants of Communism. By the end of each day I was physically and mentally so exhausted that I even didn't manage to read.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.

Dez. 14, 2014, 11:25am

Lovely photos of Setenil de las Bodegas, Kerry! I'll look at your latest Facebook photos of Spain later today. I plan to visit Spain again next year, so I'll return to your threads to read about your travels there.

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161) The man of feeling by Javier Marias - ended up quite enjoying this novella
162) Red Shadow by Paul Dowswell - YA set in 1940s Moscow just as the Germans break their treaty with Russia and invade.
163) Or the bull kills you by Jason Webster - Max Camera#1 - I really enjoyed this police procedural set in Valencia and I learnt a lot about bullfighting customs and ancient origins as well - very interesting.

Still making my way slowly through The Gone-away world and also reading a YA about a youth with tourette syndrome, 'When Mr dog bites and also started another Montalban, The angst-ridden executive

Dez. 23, 2014, 11:18pm

Kerry, it's Chrismas Eve's eve, and so I am starting the rounds of wishing my 75er friends the merriest of Christmases or whatever the solstice celebration of their choice is.

Dez. 24, 2014, 3:28am

Wishing you a very happy Christmas/ year-end holidays and all the best for 2015! Thank you for some great book recommendations!!

Dez. 24, 2014, 11:10am

Happiest of Holidays to you and yours, Kerry!

Dez. 24, 2014, 1:14pm

Enjoy the holiday season and have a great 2015 Kerry!

Dez. 24, 2014, 7:10pm

Kerry, so glad that we got to continue getting to know each other this year. Your travel pictures and reading lists always fascinate me. I'm so grateful to have you in my life.

Dez. 24, 2014, 7:12pm

Dez. 24, 2014, 8:31pm

Merry Christmas!

Dez. 25, 2014, 4:02am

Dropping by to give Joy, I hope you day is joyful .......

Dez. 25, 2014, 9:18am

Happy Holidays, Kerry! And Happy Reading, my friend!

Dez. 25, 2014, 10:19am

Happy Holidays to you and your family, Kerry! I look forward to more of reports and photos from Spain.

Dez. 25, 2014, 12:15pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family Kerry!

Dez. 25, 2014, 4:24pm

Merry Christmas!
On the eve: Do I smell turkey?
During: Worn out:

Dez. 25, 2014, 5:13pm

Happy holidays! Looking forward to your review of The Gone-Away World

Dez. 27, 2014, 1:05am

Dez. 29, 2014, 5:07am

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kerry.

Dez. 29, 2014, 4:30pm

Happy Holidays, Kerry.

Dez. 31, 2014, 2:17am

164) The gone away world by Nick Harkaway - great read, hard to sum up in a couple of words.
165) The angst-ridden executive by Manuel Vazquez Montalban - #3 Pepe Carvalho - interesting crime fiction set in Barcelona
166) Holy Smoke by Tonino Benacquista - enjoying his books, sort of crime/mystery set in Paris and a rural town near Naples. Will keep reading his books.
167) When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan - YA about a tourette syndrome sufferer, teen angst with a twist.

Thanks for all the Christmas, New Year greetings.
I've been without internet for a week and now we are busy every day on our road trip around north and central Spain. I'll set up my new 2015 thread next week, when the pace slows up. I'll also have time to upload some photos which I'll add to my new thread.
I have lurked on a few threads but don't really have time to post at present.

Dez. 31, 2014, 5:05am

Happy New Year everyone ...

Dez. 31, 2014, 5:44am

Happy New Year from Atlanta!

Dez. 31, 2014, 11:58pm


Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur

Jan. 1, 2015, 12:07am

Hi Kerry,

Happy new year from Wellington. Sounds like you're having a fantastic time in Spain (and getting lots read) and I'm looking forward to the photos.

Jan. 1, 2015, 8:42am

Happy New Year, Kerry!

Jan. 4, 2015, 12:27pm

Posting here because I haven't found your new thred: a very Happy Birthday to you!!! :)

Jan. 4, 2015, 4:22pm

Oh, thanks. I finally put up my 2015 thread -