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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
A Devonshire-based bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter who was a Community Nurse once upon a time.
Interests: reading, quilting, sock knitting, books, walking,
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Liz I read it in two days, couldn't bear to leave it or Cora and agree with you. Harrowing but strangely uplifting. Genius writing especially the way that he placed reminders of past atrocities into Cora's new life...the BBQ pulled me up very sharp. I could sense lots of Biblical imagery too, plagues & cleansing fires and Messianic deliverance. Yes, it's a keeper for sure.
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Yes Erika, I read up on it & no evidence for the quilts. Interesting arguments though about history being misappropriated v creating some form of commemorative homage which of course is a big part of quilting. Never mind, I found Colson Whitehead's book an inspiration in itself, it would be a worthy Booker winner...except I'm now into 4321 and I have a feeling it's going to be likewise.
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Please to hear Bugle Boy is in there Rhys! After my last comment about reading the biog of Olivia Manning & deciding I didn't like her, I gave myself a stern talking to and started over... and now I really am understanding her. Read in tandem with The Balkan Trilogy, which is so autobiographical, I can see exactly what shaped her personality. In the context of the times and her craving for the right social milieu it's little wonder she felt so inferior having left school and educated herself. I've stopped the biog for a while because I don't want to get ahead of the fiction but will come back to it. What's that B word you mentioned?? It's banned here:-)
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Oh what a lovely coincidence! I have Hope Bourne's books lined up to read in the autumn. Where you aware that Chris Chapman, the Dartmoor photographer who I did an event with at Port Eliot this year knew Hope well and made a documentary about her? Head to his website for details & I'll also contact him and let him know about comments here.
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...taking that blog break I promised myself through August. I have come home from the Festival of Quilts full to the brim with inspiration and am currently taxing my brain with a fabric covered Yoshimoto Cube...you know those magic cubes... Continue reading
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Aah Lesley-Ann I remember that so well and everyone's list of lovely reading for you xx
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Kate I was thrilled when your name came up because I think there is nothing like a flood of colour to cheer the spirit and of course Kaffe does that a-plenty. I am so pleased you are on the mend and have a lovely holiday in Ireland x
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Thank you to everyone who entered, the three lucky winners of a copy of Quilts In Ireland by Kaffe Fassett, ( who was at the Festival of Quilts but not actually sitting in his chair when I walked past) 18... Continue reading
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Damsonlily it was definitely quieter. Last time, also the weekend, you could hardly move and getting near the stands required effort. This year so much space and really easy to stand and look and decide. All the traders were saying they'd done really well though so everyone happy. Thank you for the loo tip. After one queuing episode we adopted the nip in when it's quiet even if you don't need to approach! Lots of seating, and we did covet access to the VIP Lounge, but we took advantage of the TV sewing channel place next door where, in return for signing your life away (as in giving them an email address) and making a hexagon floret for a Linus quilt, we came away with free packs of hexagon papers. That was a nice little rest on our travels too.
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Thank you for this Erika, and don't apologise, it's fine wherever it goes and good to have the information. I will explore.
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Vivienne, I think it's the 'came away full of enthusiasm' that means so much. My Walking Friend and I both found lots of inspiration for projects and had a great time helping each other choose bits and pieces. We've decided that if our weekly walk gets rained off/ snowed off we will settle at a kitchen table and get on with our sewing instead. WF used to help me teach classes when I had my little quilt shop in Tavistock. Yes, Lynnette Anderson is at Cowslip this week along with Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork (Australian) I had a lovely chat with Karen, the quilts are so beautiful. I have had the Okehampton pattern for a while, but all those clamshells! It was also good to finally meet Yasmina on the stand next door who makes the Yazzi sewing bags that I love. I'm so pleased that she has finally got into the English market, they were very popular.
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Another Ruth, I'm not sure if the place wasn't less busy this time but we had no problem finding a seat in the coffee/lunch areas in the hall. Last time they were heaving and I couldn't get near. Also it wasn't too hot. Did a bit of impulse buying as you do but nothing too drastic...new thimble!
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Jan I'm thinking that already. I'm even coping with the reading now which I didn't think I would being a page-scanner but somehow my eyes and brain have communicated with each other and sorted it all out. Computer screen might need some extra thought though so I'm currently using my iPad.
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I did see Janice et al Cheryl. I did Janice's indigo dyeing course so it was good to catch up with her exhibition. I'm not sure we can let say you bought a sewing machine without telling us more...and we do of course need to know which books!! How exciting.
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Reenstitcher, thank you for the links, I'll take a look. It was a huge amount of walking, we were foot-weary by the time we got back on the coach on Sunday afternoon. So much to see but as always hard to find the hand-quilted in amongst the machine. Row after row of immaculate, stiff quilts, lovely in their own right but we found ourselves desperate to find some soft hand made. And so many people were saying the same plus questioning how judging them in the same class was fair. I'm not sure why anyone would bother to enter a hand-quilted piece now.
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Only my second visit Lottie and it dawned on me about half way around that everyone was in the same place. The biggest problem, solved with a notebook, was remembering where we had seen something and then going back for a second look and final purchasing decision. Queues for the loos ridiculous but pleased to see that there was a lot of extra seating this time.
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While I am off on my marathon event here's something nice for you all. Very occasionally I am sent the latest Kaffe Fassett quilt book for review and when Quilt's in Ireland arrived I decided it was too lovely to... Continue reading
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Oh Christine, Wiz and I have been on the phone for an hour today talking about the wonderful happy days of 2DE at GOSH and working with you as Sister and us as Staff Nurses. I'd made the mistake of thinking I'd like to Staff in theatres and about two days in realised my mistake and you gave me a home on 2DE for my last few months at GOSH before I got married and moved west. What a wonderful small world this is, we've all exchanged emails today and remembered some amazing times.
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My Walking Friend and I have really only been walking eight to ten miles out on Dartmoor every week... and in all weathers since March... as training for one single event... We've booked coach and hotel and we are at... Continue reading
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16 86 4 35 41 Random numbers generated Aug 10 2017 at 20:45:42 by www.psychicscience.org Thank you one and all for entering and copies of The Madonna of the Pool by Helen Stanley will be winging their way to... 16... Continue reading
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I definitely agree Liz, HJ not as hard as I had imagined he might be. Once I got into the sentence length I just went with the flow. I love Molly Panther Downes, her short stories are exquisite.
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Helen, I was only saying this to someone at the Endsleigh reading group last night, The Dark is Rising has to be a Christmas read whilst Over Sea, Under Stone is perfect summer holiday fare.
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Thank you Renata, have added these to my Book of Books. I wonder if When The Astors Owned New York fits the bill too because that was a book I really enjoyed.
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Claire, you are about the nth person to recommend this new Margaret Drabble to me in the last few weeks! I have it on my Kindle , read the first few pages and knew it was a book I was going to enjoy so I have it lined up for a slot soon.
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Karen K, Ethan Frome was my introduction to Edith Wharton many years ago now and I remember everyone at work borrowing it off me at the time because I raved about it so much. I have reread it often and each time it surprises me.
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