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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 garden over in Tinker's Cott, after eighteen months of careful tending, is really starting to look a picture. After my mum died seventeen years ago the Tinker sold their house with gorgeous garden at the seaside and moved into... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
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...as in the noun, not the verb, and we are suddenly very busy with the fruits of our labours which is timely because the Village Show is but a week away. I have started a slow read of a real... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It would have been Janet Frame's 90th birthday today and Offspringette is hoping to get to an event at the Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival for me tomorrow which will be celebrating that event. So in simultaneous celebration of Janet... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Carol, and thank you to you and to others who took the time and trouble to be there. I am really grateful to all of you and only sorry I didn't have enough time to talk to everyone. As for quitting while I am winning...I did the same with the NHS so maybe it is a transferable skill. I couldn't quite see how we could better this year either, such a great line up...and this whole interviewing thing does get harder the longer I am away from the workplace too, where I did it all day long. I am far too content to strive these days:-)
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Rebacca, I think it was a superb line up and all the planning that went into the running order worked like a dream, we only needed to swap on person around but we still kept the flow of the theme going nicely.
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Kate, if we go, yes for sure I will report back. BH and I were only saying this morning how lovely it will be to go and enjoy it all without the stress of carting half our house with us:-)
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Thank you Erika, and thank you to you and everyone for the virtual participation. Sad but sensible decision I think, quit while I am winning etc
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Jane, I have just been writing about it this morning! On here soon and yes I loved it.
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Anne, that dress saved my life in the scorching heat and I will be making more of them for sure..in case we ever have warm weather again. Sitting here in jumpers now!
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Hilary, I had a message saying I would get a skype update all about it when she wakes up!
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Four weeks and thirty-one blog posts later we are done....I think you all deserve a medal if you are still there. The quilts are washed and aired and back in their places around the house, the bunting is stuffed in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It has been wonderful to really study Fran's arrangement in close up rather than a fleeting glimpse in the Flower Show basement...Fran, you did a splendid job and I will now forever remember the flower arranger's Law of Threes!
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One last report before a final festival wrap-up post, this just in from Fran about her flower show experience...and if I tell you this was all achieved in soaring temperatures which cannot possibly be the flower-arranger's best friend. From moment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Erika, the Gentle Author appeared at the last Port Eliot Festival so plenty of us have met but we were asked not to take photos, so it is no secret here...tell me if you want to know or would prefer not to... I have another of 'their' books to write about here soon, plus there is a very exciting book currently being crowd-sourced I think, entitled Spitalfields Nippers.
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If I have a favourite book, amongst those I would never part with, it has to be my copy of Down the Deep Lanes, a collaboration between Peter Beacham and photographer James Ravilious (son of Eric). I had borrowed the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Margarete that is so very true about cynicism and there wasnt a hint of that about Peter Beacham, a very sincere and honest appraisal is all, and he certainly offers that. He explained the many ways that heritage can work hand in hand with progress and for both to be winners, I think we could have listened to him for hours.
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Erika, interestingly, the Richard Benson I thought I knew from his books turned out to be identical to the person I met. Without conceit, self-effacing and good honest unpretentious writing and speaking....a real treat.
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And so to my final guest in the dovegreyreader tent, and a very warm welcome it was to Peter Beacham, and this will be a post of two halves because there is much to recount. 3.30 on Sunday afternoon, still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
For those who would like to see a close-up of Richard Benson's Knitsuke farm, he has written a wonderful piece mentioning it here and with a great photograph. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I had apparently met world-famous photographer Martin Parr before, when he accompanied his wife Susie to the dovegreyreader tent at Port Eliot back in 2012 where she was going to talk about her wonderful book The Story of Swimming. 'Oh... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Heads up, it's this week.. Russia's Lost Princesses Episode One :: 'The Gilded Cage' ~ Thursday August 21st BBC2 8pm Interviews with leading historians, archive footage and dramatic reconstruction reveal the childhoods of Tsar Nicholas II's four daughters - Olga,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I am still sitting here writing up Port Eliot events and thinking of all you still sitting there in your festival gear for the last three weeks, you must be getting fed up with it all but worry not, we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I'm feeling all that envy surfacing again Lydia...there we were stuck in Haringey, next to the dog stadium and thence to boring old Bloomsbury (by comparison back then). I sometimes feel we missed out on the some of the best bits of London life, that's nursing at a post-grad hospital for you I suppose..no medical students to lead us astray:-)
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Carol, Barbara Hulanicki is a stalwart of the festival, does wonderful things every time. I loved the emphasis on the teenagers this year.
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Carol, I haven't been to the Ilder shop either so it is on my list for my next London trip. They were really lovely people, I did manage to wander down there in between my events and buy an exercise book if nothing else.
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