I find I am somewhat distracted as I return to my stitching, moving from project to project and making little progress on any. Currently, I am working on the Jacobean Elegance afghan, a Rhodes stitch needlepoint sampler, an Easter egg ornament, a napkin and napkin ring reproduction from the Royal Albert museum and a piece of my own design, Beach find pansies. None of them hold my attention for long. Like the bee in the napkin design, I flit from stitching stand [the needlepoint] to Q-snaps [the afghan] to hoops [all the others], I'll post some photos when I can get outdoors with my trusty, if ancient, first generation digital camera. For now, there is still too much snow in the backyard, being sheltered and overshadowed by 6 foot fences and a retaining wall
I have spent more of my time reading. Just before I went into hospital, I had started re-reading the Brother Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters. I had seen the Masterpiece Mystery series starring Derek Jacobi and read as many of the books as had come to hand back in the day. But this time around, I decided to read all 20, and in order. To that end, I had my husband order any of the books missing from my collection. It would be unfair to expect the same enjoyment from my DVD collection as from my newly completed book collection. I understand that screenplays are a separate art form with their own advantages and disadvantages. But I so prefer the stories in book form as richer in detail and imaginative texture. All the minor characters that are deleted or subsumed within the regular denizens of Shrewsbury in the TV series are present in full individuality, and even quirkiness, in the books. Incidents glossed over, locales eliminated and historical background lost in the screenplays appear in full glory in the books. A much more satisfying experience! Not to mention that the elegance and precision of Ellis Peter's prose style is rarely equaled, especially in your standard mystery or historical fiction genres.
If you have fond memories of the TV programs, I recommend reading the chronicles in their entirety.
I find myself wishing that Derek Jacobi. had had the opportunity to film all the Cadfael stories, as David Suchet did Christie's Poirot stories. For all that I shall always love the books more dearly, the programs were excellent and true to the spirit of the books. And in one detail they were certainly superior to the books: the oily piety and false humility of that quintessential weasel, Brother Jerome, is brilliantly portrayed on screen.