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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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Just so that you know all is well, here are the pair of them, Magnus back in his Red Basket, and catching up on sixteen day's worth of news.. And now a book... Before I went to New Zealand I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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And in his absence another interesting thing... The house was being besieged by crows. Pecking at the moss on the roof for nests and also pecking at the windows on both sides of the house at one point. It was like a Hitchcock movie, and the noise on the roof was crazy. We realised that Magnus is the ultimate crow-scarer and deterrent. They just don't come near when he is doing his rounds. And I don't like to think what the rodent population had in mind for us if they thought he'd left home. We really can't be without a cat here. Meanwhile the swallows strike an uneasy alliance with him and are building their nest over the bedroom window in exactly the same place as last year. Sadly the winter storms decimated their old one but undaunted they have started again.
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You are all wonderful and thank you for lovely comments. Magnus sends kind regards and gratitude for his safe deliverance from we know not what. I can't tell you how relieved we were...the not knowing is not nice and we have had a very gloomy couple of weeks. He has definitely lost weight, but had enough on board to be able to cope with that in the short term. First 24 hrs = 5 pouches of cat meat, plus a bowl of Munchies and a massive Big Sleep. Interestingly he's not going far from us either...all over us like a rash. Leaping onto any empty lap and nuzzling chins much more than usual, so think he's missed us. So now we add 16 days to the memory bank and know he is capable of going off for that long and surviving. We will worm and flea him, but didn't want to do anything that sent him flying out of the cat flap which is what usually happens after any intervention. And will be taking him to get chipped too. I'm not going through that again, at least if he was found we could be traced. I had visions of someone else adopting him... Interesting about GPS collars. He doesn't wear a collar because we had one cat who we found dangling and trapped by it on a branch, but imagine how fascinating it would be to know how far he roams. Didn't Horizon do a series on it recently?
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We woke up this morning and there was Magnus...as if nothing had happened... Starving hungry, but loooooook... The Dowager who was starting to fade, and barely eating, greeted him like a long lost friend and tucked into the bowl with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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That's a high-risk and probably doubtful Scottish Gaelic online translation for Magnus please come home. Now I'm purposely not calling this sad news, because though we live in hope more than expectation, maybe just maybe that darned cat will stroll... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way... Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now from the album Clouds and I expect you are all humming it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Let me know what you think Erika!
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Do it Fran, and if you read this can you remind me of the book on the South Downs that I keep sending you links to? Should have sent them to myself!!
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Thank you for all reading suggestions, I have made a list. Had been wondering about William Dalrymple because I think I will want to carry on in similar travelling vein with my reading once this one is finished.
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Spade and Dagger, the trouble is the signs would be gone in a day. We have a beautiful verge along our boundary wall, only about a foot wide but planted up with all sorts and I throw handfuls of wild seeds in there every year too. I'm almost crying when I go out and see huge wheel tracks along it. I do brave it sometimes and flag them down and ask them to slow down and mind my hedge!
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Thank you Peta, and even if you don't have time now start gathering the info. I have been amazed where I have come across little details.
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Carol the flail is a disaster and awful to watch and hear, but we think the hedges are only done every 3 years around us now (some EU thing) so by the time they do them they really are massive and very thick, nothing else would manage it these days.
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Reenstitcher, there was one ploughman when we first moved here called Len who told us exactly how and why he ploughed the fields as he did, leaving margins etc. The year he retired and contractors came in we had three foot of water in the garden and now we watch all the top soil run off the fields in the rain and think if only Len was around to tell them. Can't get hold of Alicia Merrett's book for love nor money now sadly, and no library copies.
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Biochemist, I am delighted at the thought of others picking this one up and running with it for their own patch. I am making it up as I go along so all tips and discoveries gratefully received. Yes, the cows are out and dancing for joy around the fields.! Will reveal fusible bias in another post.
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Dr Mama, you should see the state of the house! Bookhound is still working on two bedrooms, dry lined, replastered etc so this means Works in Progress normal household cleaning service suspended (no point) so I am taking advantage and may never resume old routine at this rate! The Map is a reasonable size and the bias will be a scant 1/4 inch so think I will get away with it. But I may decide to machine embroider this one because having used iron-on interfacing it's a little bit stiff for quilting, may not get that nice puffy effect. Decisions to be made.
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Miranda check online, it should be in your county records office. Devon has digitised it all which is wonderful, but the local library also has a mass of information. I got stuck into the newspapers on microfiche and found so many fascinating little local snippets.
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Erika, old drainage systems knew exactly what they were about, mess at our peril we always say.
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Diana I've read your FB post with interest, so pleased this has inspired others to look closely at their surroundings and the history you must be sitting on absolutely fascinating. Do write more about it.
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It's going to go through many stages I feel sure CarolS. We have the original tithe map ( the diocesan copy) booked out to view at the County Records Office next week so will be looking very carefully at the colours. It's all crying out for some tea dyeing I think.
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Edith, I have a copy of Olivia Laing's book, thank you for the reminder.
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Bloomsbury have very kindly sent Landskipping to my Kindle following all the mentions here yesterday, and I think a proper copy will follow so can't wait to read it. There is a village history archive which I used to access but not sure about the status of it now, or who holds the key. There wasn't much about this side of the Parish though so I am writing anew, and we have a very exciting trip to the County Records Office planned for next week with lots of documents, maps and packages ordered from the online catalogue for us to see for real.
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Jude, it was one of the interesting things about NZ. Everywhere had a Maori name but the settlers came in and renamed the lot.. I am now imagining a fabric map of your lovely almond farm.
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Hope you are making a note of those Curzon, wonderful names like that must never disappear. Having looked at the town tithe map I do now see that they are doing their best, naming roads on new estates after the original fields.
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It all began with Beating the Bounds, my project on here to look closely at everything within a one-mile radius of home. We have lived here for twenty-two years now so we're getting to know the land well and then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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...Her Majesty the Queen, ninety years-old today and born just a few weeks before my mum in 1926. I'm not seeking Royal favour or anything but, whether Royalist or not, I think it is a day worth celebrating because goodness... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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