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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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Harriet, that is fascinating as is the US information in the museum. I had no idea there had been US prisoners there at all , they are rarely mentioned above the French who are always cited as having finished the building of the prison having arrived and found it half done. I need to go back and read everything thoroughly, there was a great deal of printed information and the booklet I bought doesn't really cover it. I will do that because I feel sure the battle you mention will be covered, I'll report back.
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Well-spotted Jil! Bit too enthusiastic with my zeros there, 1430ft of course.
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One of the very good things about visitors, apart from the fact that is lovely to see them, is the way that it makes me go and see places I think I know and look at those places with new... Continue reading
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Marion, thank you for this, and yes a good section on William de Morgan in the exhibition. I am kicking myself because I saw the tiles at the UWC and meant to take some pics but forgot...were they the ones around the fireplace in the hallway?
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Avis I had been so busy the last few weeks I had missed all the local publicity, but I do hope they make it an annual event, there seemed to be plenty of local interest. I wondered about the 14thc too, imagine 50% of the country's population disappearing by next March...it's hard to contemplate the impact that must have had, and with such limited communications I wonder how people even knew what was happening in the same county, let alone across the country. Now trying to think of those Quaker businesses... Fry's Chocolate was all that came to mind, but just look at this wiki list http://tinyurl.com/nv5n7an
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Fascinating Erika, and yes, the more you think about this the better and more interesting the debate becomes. Wonder who had the bright idea about the head collar for the horses...can just imagine it...oh let's try this.
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jzzy, Ian Mortimer addressed the abolition of slavery very briefly and for the life of me I can't remember the angle he took. There was definitely reference to slavery in Britain during the first millenium. Interesting facts from you about the Quaker involvement too, thank you for those.
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Tavistock's recent Heritage Weekend didn't only involve a bit of folk singing, no indeed, all sorts of talks and workshops in progress too. It was a chance sighting of a sign as I walked through the Bedford Hotel earlier in... Continue reading
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What a brilliant site Janis, I am addicted already, thank you for the link. I have registered and added my pic.
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After rather a lot of words from me last week I think you all deserve a rest and some looking. My fourth Persephone lunch book choice will be on here in a few day's time, but meanwhile, after all that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
Lovely to read of all these precious little beings that we all attached ourselves to! Fred is straw-filled too, leaking from his feet, hence the socks, has lost his growl which had to be removed, has had his ears sewn back on, but is wearing the first thing I ever made on a sewing machine. I got a book from the library on making doll's clothes and did that fiddly little romper thing, with facing...nightmare. Did anyone here Theo on Radio 4 Extra recently? A play by Moya O'Shea with Martin Jarvis... A rare cinnamon plush bear with boot-button eyes, discovers he's about to be auctioned. Drama following the adventures of Theo the teddy bear as he moves from owner to owner. Theo, a rare, cinnamon, Steiff plush bear with boot button eyes, from 1908 is Lot 107 and the auction is about to begin.
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Rhys, each Lakeman son & partner have had twins.. imagine that folk dynasty in twenty years time, magical thought.
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We really know how to have a good time down here in the Shire, but it is so long since Bookhound and I have been to an evening of folk music that it took us a while to find the... Continue reading
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If Noel Streatfeild and Barbara Noble were busy prefiguring child psychology in the 1940s then hang it all, wasn’t Dorothy Canfield Fisher streets ahead of everyone back in 1924? The Home Maker, how could I leave it off my list... Continue reading
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If the role of the wartime mother and the impact of conflict on children are so brilliantly delineated in Saplings, then Barbara Noble’s Doreen has just as much to offer. Two mothers, one biological, one surrogate will unwittingly fight for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Here follows, over several blog posts, the transcript of my talk at the Persephone Lunch last week... Mothers and children in Persephone books...well it's now Wednesday (it was), I hope you have until at least next Tuesday because this could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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reenstitcher I always feel some sympathy for the people who have to stay on the train to Penzance, Exeter is really only half the journey done for them and everyone looks so weary already at that point. And then the train crawls down to Plymouth first, we can be home before it gets there.
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Carol S, I think you have hit the nail etc. I know so many people who are so very happily settled in London and it is about finding 'your village'and feeling part of it. It's us occasional visitors who probably struggle a bit. I used to love that feeling of busy-ness and bustle, even riding the tube once I got my bearings so maybe it's an age thing too. Doubtless a winter hunkered down in hibernation will see me emerging in the spring ready for a return visit!
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.. and I answered the call over three days this week. The talk at the Persephone Bookshop (Mothers and Children in Persephone Books) happened on Wednesday, to a very appreciative audience full of friendly faces who looked engrossed each time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Thank you for lovely comments and news of other places. I should also mention and say thanks to Brian our guide, one of the volunteers who gives up his time to do this. Le Creuset retrieval reigns, I wish a happy find on all of you who would like one! Back from London, more tomorrow, but meanwhile the bullet holes is making me laugh too Erika:-) In this country of course, such a find would cause a full-scale man hunt.
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I am always grateful to all of you for ideas, suggestions, inspiration and thanks, both in comments and your emails, so when Avis sent along a message asking if I knew of this.. I was delighted to say, yes indeed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It's a new affliction and it struck on my birthday, a big bout of Cadfaelitis. I have never been that interested in the Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters (aka Edith Pargeter) not even when a very good friend, who read... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I have been busy with next week's London talk preparations, but not too busy to notice that someone has suddenly flicked the autumn switch to 'ON' here in the Shire, is it the same over your way?? And it had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I'm afraid we stayed home, took the dogs for a long walk, beat torrential rain by about a minute and sat and had coffee with the Tinker instead. It is now very windy and wet and I am feeling very sorry for everyone, but as Rachel said, it never bothered us back in the day, and when we lived within walking distance or had the Tinker's town apartment to hole up in. Linda, you have my sympathies. When I was Abbey Surgery HV we were in the thick of it too and expected by managers to do a normal day's work (somehow) ...I mean as if anyone would be home when we called for starters, let alone trying to drive around town. We designated it Holiday at Work day and would clear the office out, and someone would go in search of Fairings and goose rolls. Happy days!
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I am really looking forward to the last two now, thank you for all the enthusing. They might see me through what looks like a tortuous train journey to London next week...lines closed for flood repairs so I am assuming diversions or buses, and now I read of a threatened tube strike for the days I am there, joy.
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