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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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All books should be this size Annabel!
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It's a book that real hones the senses Carol, I am really looking forward to a second read. Oh yes, the doom-laden warnings about home births...very pleased you achieved it.
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Can't wait to hear your thoughts Ann, especially about Adama Thorpe's final explanation which made perfect sense to me.
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Margarete...it is a strange feeling and one that has remained with me since I read this amazing little book. It somehow explained everything in such a clever way. As for the poodle moment, well at eighteen I am just glad I wasn't too impressionable:-)
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Still a quarter of the year to go but I can't see many books toppling On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe from its place amongst my top reads of 2014. It's a darling-sized book too. Am I allowed to say... Continue reading
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I had to do a fair old bit of digging around in the basement to find a blog post I wrote eight years ago about The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak. I clearly remember reading that the book... Continue reading
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Jean I am envious of anyone who has seen the stage plays, we just didn't manage it. We did check Charleston before we went but you have a good excuse to return now. The house tour with a guide is one of the best we have done.
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Joanna, can't wait, he is so perfect ...and Mark Rylance as Cromwell, what treats in store.
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Charlie, Florence closed might be on a par with our trip to Versailles to find palace and grounds closed and us trying to make a pond full of giant carp seem vaguely interesting to three very fed up children who probably hadn't wanted to go there in the first place!
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Which one is that Gina...have I missed it?? Have to make do with my Senior Railcard!
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Christine thank you for that info and in which case I had better keep my hands off the roses because we have had a run of mild winters and it would be our luck to now have a corker of a cold one. I am adding all these plant names to my list...Verbena everything seems like the way to go:-)
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Erika, I am now imagining you all blinged up for each anniversary! A carousel museum ...now that would be a thing to see. There is one near us here and have never set foot in it other than to visit a new baby next door back in HV days, maybe we should.
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Vivienne we kept wondering how it had all been affected by the floods, and the long term impact on gardens etc. I am assuming things survived somehow and maybe new things have appeared.
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I looked out for it and couldn't see it Ruth, but I am on the case. It would be lovely here if I could get it in a sheltered spot.
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Next time EN, next time! We almost went there in between Lytes Cary and Montacute but felt two houses in a day was our limit. Now you give me another good reason to return, thank you:-)
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William Morris always worth seeing I think Maggie. Timeless and never out of fashion it would seem. I am really looking forward to the London exhibition which opens the day I go home after the Persephone talk so I will catch it on its first day.
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Carol G, you must just find a reason to celebrate every anniversary as if it is a special one I say! We don't need much of an excuse to give ourselves a nice day out but the anniversary bit justifies a decent lunch if nothing else.
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EmptyNester, I must check the article because it names all of the locations. I think Montacute are hoping for the Downton effect on their visitor numbers. Mind you, busy enough on the day we went. I hadn't realised that Montacute was in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery...the pictures were stunning, as was that long gallery. But what a great idea rather than have half your collection in storage and unseen.
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Carol, don't get me started on access denied to private land! I know people deserve their privacy etc, and no I wouldn't be happy to have people wandering around my garden uninvited, but when it is great swathes of it seemingly miles from anywhere I feel nothing but sadness that the rest of us are deprived of sharing the beauty of it. Am I right in thinking this all goes back to the Enclosure Acts and that in Scandinavia, where they had no such thing, you can walk wherever you want...or did I dream that?
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Oh Kate, I has forgotten that, what a wonderful place to stay. The borage is not very happy about being transplanted I have found but very easy to grow from seed, not sure that seedlings would post well but we could try!
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The joy of it is that you often end up going somewhere you didn't mean to and discovering new places Rosemary, haven't been to Hardwick since the 1960s.
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Dsv the book is well worth reading as well as having for the pictures. You'd think there wouldn't be anything new to say on the subject but Frances Spalding manages it. I hadn't been aware of the degree of influence of Roger Fry on Virginia for example, and the development of her writing, which makes me think I must get Virginia's biography of him off the shelf soon. The book also mirrors the exhibition very closely so you will feel as if you have visited!
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Clare, they gave us immediate entry tickets so we could choose which time we went in and it was a week day and so not too busy. The main thing is that you want to take time and read all the letters and diary extracts without feeling you are hogging them and creating a queue, or having to rush. I went around twice just to be sure I hadn't missed anything.
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I love September. The year is turning oh so very slowly this year with hot sunny days and barely a drop of rain for weeks. We are still eating outside, eeking out the garden for a bit longer before the... Continue reading
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The mere memory is churning my stomach with worry S&D...days at the beach when you can't park within three miles of the place and there they all are in the back, wetsuits on, ready to unload.
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