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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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The bunting has been untangled... and we have moved in and made ourselves at home... The board since corrected to say Four Sisters. Had a wander around the bookshop next door (convenient) already and bought a book which I have... Continue reading
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It's started... Across the land I imagine people packing up cars and vans ready for the trek west this week, so how lucky are we to have just a thirtyish minute drive up and over Kit Hill (that's it in... Continue reading
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Margarete, this sounds wonderful, every country manages something special around books and culture I think and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy the freedoms and fun of it all ...have a great time.
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Give my love to Sutton Lynne! Manys the time through there on the 408 bus to school, and hopping off to shop down Sutton High St on the way home. I remember when Chelsea Girl first opened and we ALL bought ourselves a pair of Oxford Bags, a mini jumper from Martin Ford and still seemed to have some change:-) Isnt the Minack gorgeous , thank you for the picture you sent, what a fabulous setting.
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Carol, ask where the quiet places are to pitch your tent, there will be some. There are lots of tents and stages all running events and you can move from one to the next as the fancy takes you, that is the joy of it. Full festival Programme is online and there will be printed ones to buy when you get there. Weather is set fine so all will be well.
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Joanna, maybe try the audio version of To The Lighthouse. I have the Juliet Stevenson version and she really does it justice. Its not a book to read great chunks of at a time, sometimes one or two pages is all I can manage.
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Dark Puss, I think so much will be very familiar so the new exhibits will certainly add something extra. I always love to see actual manuscripts and letters too, even photos dont make up for that so am looking forward to this. Will await news of whether Tate Modern should be on my list too.
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Oh Sally, yes the silence when out walking. I was out pottering in the garden until late last night and it was beautiful. Harvesting will start again soon so it will be busy again, but I have my radio tinkling away from the Proms in the potting shed and just love it.
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Carol we are will see you there! Dont forget the insect repellent and some ear plugs if you want some sleep. The line up in the tent is as good as ever this year so I am really looking forward to it and so much else going on around the site, plus the weather is set fine apparently, heaven.
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Oh we used to love surprise parties Carrie and yours sounds very special. How did all our babies suddenly become 30 though, doesnt seem five minutes etc.
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Love the daisies Ruth, they are our annual feast, great clouds of white. The June ones are over and the perennial Ox Eyes are out at the moment, the only problem is they smell awful so hopeless for picking. I like the look of the salvias, I must explore, I think they would do well here. Currently have trays of wallflowers and sweet william ready to go in in the autumn. Can highly recommend the SW, strong sturdy, leave-alone stuff, let me know if you would like some seed.
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Lots more replies from me via e mail are stuck in the system and will arrive dreckly probably, but thank you for such wonderful Pleasings,we have loved reading them all.
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Oh Rachel you deserve to be bursting with pride...well done that lad and well done to his mum and dad, what an achievement that is. Love the sound of the end of term musical, bet that took some hours of rehearsing and planning. Enjoy the summer holidays now.
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Sally I like to think of anyone owning this book and the excitement of opening it and seeing the previously unseen pictures. To anyone who knows their VirgInia Woolf it is quite special.
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Henrietta I have some Malope Vulcan not yet in flower but cant wait to see what it does. It has been a bit temperamental though so not as many plants as I would have liked. Oh the times we have lost our electronics to lightning, it blew the old ISDN line out of the wall and burnt the carpet once. That sounds like you took a real surge of a hit. Yes put Port Eliot on the diary, its a very happy and carefree few days and I think we all need those.
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Oh Catherine, perfect age to start rowing and not as easy as it looks as I found out for those few years I rowed for Plymouth. Who knew you have to be able so sit a boat, as in balance it, before you even think about he sliding up and down on the seat, and feathering your blades in time with everyone else and heaves knows what else. As for the blisters on my hands... Rivers such lovely peaceful places.
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John, thank you again for the cake! And what a happy night of babysitting that must have been, and I can just imagine you being the soul of patience with it all...happy days!
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We have often thought about attaching a CatCam to Magnus, who knows what he gets up to Caroline. This was taken by the kayaker lying on the ground, one of those happenstance clicks which just caught her. She is a ball dog and would adore Wimbledon, we buy tennis balls by the ton. They usually get stripped of their covering first and then are slowly reduced to ribbons, bless!
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Christine, I read somewhere this week that sweet peas are one of the few seeds that do stay true so I am hopeful. Of course it all relies on me sorting them out properly as I collect them so I have a box of compartments all ready labelled up and am watching the pods like a hawk. Sunflowers on the other hand quite likely to be a hotch potch so I am intrigued to see what flowers we get this year, and Aquilegias apparently very unlikely to stay true so they will be a complete mess eventually:-)
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Lydia, I usually spend an age making the decision if it is a book token in my hand, this one went in a flash, but it still confirms what a gift that money to buy a book with is. Of course I am now eagerly awaiting every professional questionnaire that arrives...
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Sally, this was a joy to read! I came late to VW and famously took some time to Warm to Woolf, but now cant imagine not having her books at the centre of my library. The most galling thing about that purchasing day was that I left behind so many books I could weep. It was someone who had collected but never read the books and they were brand new, unopened. I have built up the rest slowly though and like you have to have every new biography or about book. Currently have The Bloomsbury Cookbook, recommended in comments here, on my wish list and so many others I still have to read in the meantime. You will love the Frances Spalding book.
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So looking forward to seeing you Diana and we must try and make a local VW connection somehow. It is known she and Leonard drove around the West Country selling their Hogarth Press books, and of course there is the massive connection to St Ives which is just a bit far to do while you are here and in August! But have no fear, we have literary travels planned and your spoonful will be overflowing and last you for months afterwards:)
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Ann, sadly I doubt photos will be allowed but be sure I will tell you all about it when I have visited, meanwhile hopefully others will be reporting back. I think one of the joys of VW books is that they bear a very slow read, in fact almost insist on it. I sometimes feel sated after half a page of To the Lighthouse and it is now a book I can pick up and open at any page, know just where I am and enjoy.
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Susan, it is interesting because I have phases when the diaries are just right, and then only the letters will do. And yes, very different voices for different correspondents whilst the diaries seem to reflect a person I recognise. Would be so good if galleries organised a few live virtual tours wouldnt it...you would think in this day and age such things would be possible and I would happily pay for an online ticket and tour. Thinking that live streaming of opera can happen, why not exhibition tours.
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You have to adore two year olds Jzzy, such a wonderful take on the world! Talking of ants, the stormy weather has brought them all out and scurrying round, strange how they know.
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