The unread pile of books is still sitting unread. I was lucky enough to pick up a hefty stack of ex-library books at a couple of dollars each, all of which were titles I have been wanting to read. Among them was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and two sequels. Seeing a title with “Dragon” in it reminded me of one of my two all time favourite reads, the Earthsea series of (six) books by Ursula K. Le Guin. I happen to have brought them to Katanning with me, along with my rice paper edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and a beautifully bound and boxed Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Nostalgia rules, so I have started reading A Wizard of Earthsea again. I don’t know what it is about this series, in particular the first and third books, that I love so much, but they give me a very special feeling.
Speaking of Dragons, at lunch today I noticed a stranger in the aquarium. A dragonfly nymph. It must have grown quite a lot in the tank, because if it had been as big as it is now when I caught it (as I must have) at Marribank, I would have noticed it. It is larger than the smaller fish I caught, and being a fierce predator, I expect it will have one of them soon, if it hasn’t already. I shall have to count them tonight, if I can.
I shall be standing by with a camera in hopes of a spectacular hunting shot.