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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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I'm certainly not averse to chunky 1000 page books, but when they do happen to be slim and come in at around the 100 page mark I find myself overcome with a little wave of optimism. The Dig by Cynan... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Four Fields by Tim Dee, as I mentioned a while back, is a book that has had a bit of a history with me. I had invested in a paperback copy as soon as it was published having started my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Feeling slightly embarrassed at my public whinge about Tim Dee's book, and being forever grateful for his gift of a hardback copy of Four Fields I would like to pay this forward. If anyone would like my new and unread... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Just in case that Thursday with Di Ford wasn't colour-full enough I topped up my inner palette in the evening with a talk by Barbara Chainey on The Tentmakers of Cairo. Barbara Chainey is well-known around the quilting circuit, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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My turn-of-the-year Big Shelf Sort saw me revisiting H.E.Bates corner and a little nest of books that I hadn't picked up for quite a while. I was looking for some short reads and there was Dulcima, my 1971 / 20p... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I spent that day at Cowslip Workshops last week on a course with Di Ford. You might remember I left you with an exhibition of her quilts on here over Easter and then 'confessed' to buying another of Di's books... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I wish I'd paid more attention to the lino when I was growing up. It was the standard floor covering in our house, with rugs and coverings various, until the arrival of Marley Floor, but seeing the endpapers to the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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From Jessica in California... This time when I pulled the envelope with UK stamp from my mailbox, I told myself “You can’t open it until you have finished writing the review for St. Patrick’s Day”. It was late, nearly 9... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
There will be no great artwork here Pat but as someone emailed me today, and as my Walking Friend and I were discussing this week...when we are sitting there in our armchairs in later years and perhaps not able to sprint up hills, these walks will be etched in our imaginations to be re-walked.
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I've got a book about Richard Long, I must dig it out Mary.
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we like our piece of string Mary! And yes to different lengths for different scales though we are trying to get used to 1:25 and how its distances translate into hours walked. We are also getting better at contouring and finding easier routes etc and taking note of landmarks on the map of which Dartmoor has plenty.
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Erika, you are right, the OS MAPS something we take for granted but where would we be without them. I've been reading up on the history of walking on Dartmoor and have to keep reminding myself that they were the equivalent of intrepid explorers really because unmapped it must have been terrifying.
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I always have to have a map wherever we go S&D, my only concession to technology now is that with a new map the OS give a free digital version and that is very handy on my phone if we really do need to pinpoint our location. So much to see on them too. We had a wonderful school field trip to Bude for A level and a hilarious moment when our teacher asked us what geological feature we were all standing on thinking none of us would know. As of one we all chorused 'a raised beach' and she nearly fell off said beach, and would have done but for the huge sign behind her which said 'Danger Beware RAISED BEACH.'
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I thought so at the time too Paul, but once I had walked it anew suddenly the info has been relevant and interesting so I am a mine of 'Did you know that....' stuff now! I'm guessing too that re history of the moor it would be hard to outdo first Crossings Guide to Dartmoor and more recently (as in 1983) Eric Hemery's High Dartmoor. It's hard to know what might be left to say, though I often wonder why no one has done the Dartmoor equivalent of Wainwright, it's crying out for it.
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Well might you wonder how long this particular piece of string is... ...and I can tell you that it is eight miles long, the approximate distance that my Walking Friend and I covered on that tramp out to Grey Wethers... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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My quest to read the Bailey's Short List moved on from Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo to First Love by Gwendoline Riley. And as an aside...can I ask you something. Is anyone else struggling with what seems to be... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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A little pile of my favourite sort of reading has accumulated so I thought I'd share the titles with you... On the Marshes by Carol Donaldson and published by the inestimable Little Toller Books. At a crossroads in her life,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The dovegrey Candlestick Chapter have been pondering Ten Poems about Home for a while now and we have thoughts various to share with you. Today an insightful overview (and I think an excellent suggestion about preserving the pamphlets) from Erika... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I didn't see the ending coming at all S&D!
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I was Claire! And now, other end of the day I'm tucked up in my reading chair, have been desperate to get to the book ALL day. I think, so far this is a very strong year for the Baileys Prize
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My thoughts on First Love on here next week. Another great read for me and so much to ponder afterwards too.
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Claire, likewise! I have made a start on Do Not Say We Have Nothing this morning and 40 pages in I am already getting that wonderful buzz of anticipation about a good read ahead.
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So as I was saying, me and fiction prize-list reading weren't getting on, we seemed to be done with each other in fact, finished, history...the whole kit-and-caboodle was over. Too many lists that had led my reading astray, books that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Bookhound always walks on the kerbside and holds doors open in shops too. He is finding that the younger generation of women don't seem to appreciate that though, or say thank you, so I've said 'Just do it for me then.' I wonder if chivalry is something that is dying out in these days of gender equality etc??
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on The Brooch at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Some time ago I had started to read Making Conversation by Christine Longford as one of the Great Unread on my Persephone bookshelf and was struck dumb by the first paragraph... "Here is a little present for you Ellen," Said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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