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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 not sure that I would have been led to this reading of The Balkan Trilogy and the writing of Olivia Manning had it not been for that recent journey with Horatio Clare and Orison for a Curlew. It was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I'm still not sure what day it is, but lest I forget my true raison d'etre for the scribbles it will be back to some bookish posts next week, which will doubtless be regularly interspersed with some New Zealand recollections... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Safely home after the uphill flight to the UK...we'll surely it is uphill, south to north, it certainly felt that way, especially the fourteen hour Singapore to London leg which seemed to go on for ever. Things got off to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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..squeezing every last minute out of these final few days of my stay and, on an unusually wet and soggy Christchurch summer's day (clearly weather preparing me for a return to the Shire) Offspringette and I spent a happy few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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...was beautiful. Back from two weeks camping all over South Island, a quick turn around on the laundry and off for an overnight camp at Kaikoura for some seal and dolphin watching and some snorkelling for Paua. I passed on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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After limited wifi for quite a few days, lots of tent pitching and enjoying the outdoor life with campsite facilities ranging from excessive (hot showers) to limited (long drop toilet and a lake) suddenly we find ourselves in a 5*... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Clyde to Middlemarch...done it! Well nigh on 100kms of it for me thanks to my magnificent e bike which just made the last two days of the trail such a pleasure. For sixteen years of harsh winters and scorchio summers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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...the Otago Rail Trail cycling adventure to be exact, via Christchurch, the Container Mall, Lake Tekapo, Mount St John (the top in a Force 20), the Church of the Good Shepherd at sunrise, Mount Cook... the Hooker Valley Walk, abandoned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Well I can't deny that the lead in week to the Big Departure was one fraught with the Law of Sod. If something was thinking about going awry, or threatening to go awry, or even pretending to go awry, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Here's wishing each and every one of you a healthy, content and peaceful New Year... ..and with thanks to you all for being there, for reading and for commenting all year round. Thank you too for all the good wishes,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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So here we are, Christmas Day and Bookhound and I wanted to wish you all the best of days. The Kayaker is staying for a few days and the Gamekeeper and his lovely fiancee are here for breakfast as usual... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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PS Fran will be on here in a minute...now she's the one to travel with...thermos of hot water always at the ready:-)
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I know Jean, ridiculous isn't it, I blame the nurse training plus the fact I will be travelling on my own...sort of feel I need to cover all bases just in case! If you could see what I take out in my bag on a daily basis...I'm the one who can always oblige when anyone asks for paracetamol/wet wipes/ scissors/ herbal tea bags/ plasters/ and the rest:-)
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Lynne, we have so many happy memories of my dad at Christmas that it won't be hard to summon them up! And thanks for the Kindle tip...back at you with Ferney by James Long 99p today!
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That's the classic ambush Jude. Mine has been not buying the Christmas card. On the luggage front it's hard to believe I am trying to travel light isn't it! In fact I can borrow a lot of outdoor gear from Offspringette so I am still hopeful it will all fit in the available bag. Maybe I should have a practice run on the packing...that's a good idea! 6 hrs in Singers on the way back so more time to wander.
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Oh Barbara, I am so sorry...that is very recent, but what lovely memories you must have of that spontaneous visit too. It is another reason I can't wait to see Offspringette because her last trip home was such a sad one, and used up a year of annual leave in the process. To do the flight full of anxiety must be awful. What wonderful memories though and the ties an inspired find. As for the gifts, I think I found every single thing I ever gave my mum and dad when I did the BIg Sort. Best wishes to you and yours and the Absent Friends.
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Christmas losses particularly hard I think Rebeccea, along with memories of struggles over Christmases past too. We are keeping a good perspective on it all though...some crisp frosty weather would help...the relentless rain and murky skies, we are a sea of mud. Good luck with packing up the car and have a good time.
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I think it's going to be a case of gallimaufry posts here for the foreseeable as I drift into Christmas, and thence to the Southern Hemisphere, and I am experiencing an odd mix of sadness and huge excitement as I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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We have been having a happy wander around our local National Trust houses in recent weeks. They all decorate for Christmas and open at least parts of the house for visitors, and it was to Lanhydrock near Bodmin one day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Some of you might recall I was reading John Galsworthy's A Man of Property back in the summer, before watching some of the original Forsyte Saga TV series; this following the happy discovery of the complete box set when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh Lottie, I have the new Brian Selznick lined up for Christmas Day Reading, can't wait and so pleased I have saved it.
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Wasn't it all incredible. To think from Earth to orbit in a day. Great evening programme too, Chris Hadfield was splendid. I think it has enthused the nation about the ISS too.
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Joan, he doesn't need much encouragement for a cartoon! We nearly died a death when we looked out of the window and saw them...it has to be said he was more worried about the cars whilst I was thinking about the greenhouse!
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Carol, maybe I'll be able to repay the gift and give you some in that case! Can't decide whether to move the auriculas into the greenhouse or leave them in the cold frame....looking ropy here too but the book says they are supposed to so I will live in hope.
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I'm not sure Erika...tallish with snapdragon like flowers is my best effort at describing, and now I read that if you deadhead they will flower on and on. Mine still looking good.
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