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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 very first book from my Fifty 'Unread' Books shelf, The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard, started in early July, when I really was deep into Port Eliot preparations but in need of some space from this big pile... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
Ours have been awash with bees too, another reason to grow them each year. Interestingly we were worrying about the lack of honey bees in our garden earlier in the summer and wondering whether there were any hives hear enough to us now that we know the two local beekeepers have stopped. In fact by August they had found their way and obviously danced the info to the others so we have had plenty of them. They love the Cosmos too.
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I love writing a post like this too Jude, I never know where it might lead and it was pure chance that I was taking a last look at the Laura Knight book before taking it back to the library when I read that passage. The bit I left out (because it would have spoiled the mood!) was that as they sat in their garden loving those sunflowers someone came dashing in to tell them that their friend Florence of Summer in February fame had been found after her final suicide attempt. Laura Knight suggests that amid the smell of cyanide she attempted to resuscitate her for four hours with artificial respiration etc and of course to no avail. Imagining now those fields of sunflowers in Russia, what a joy. I assume seeds and oil too maybe and I read somewhere of a really good use for the stems but do you think I can remember it!
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Diana I was astonished to read that story, my only slightly unexplained point is how do we have such a good reproduction of the painting now? I am assuming colour photography somehow captured it before it was destroyed, or maybe it has been enhanced since from B&W pictures, which do exist. Whatever the case, isn't it a stunning picture and how sad to have lost it in that way.
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Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, Who countest the steps of the Sun: Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveller's journey is done; William Blake had something to say about sunflowers as do I today. This Earthwalker wondering whether... Continue reading
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Really looking forward to meeting up with some of you, and yes of course, if I ever get this talk written I will share it here afterwards! Maggie, that is big freezer nuisance but very much looking forward to the cake. Oh Susan, we miss you by a week or so I am really sorry, but enjoy your visit.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Persephone Prize at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I have been on the receiving end of a rather upsetting e mail correspondence regarding this post from someone who I don't know and who has never commented here, but which I AM going to post here because it bothers me (not to the point of paranoia) that if one person thinks this then maybe others do too, so I would like to clarify a few points... "So I see from your blog, which I do enjoy, tho not so much since it changed from a bookblog to a lifestyle one, that you are thinking of entering this competition. Why? Haven't you got enough money, free books and influence? Why not give someone else a chance? After all, you are kind of Persephone's in-house blogger so it's clear that if you enter no-one else need bother. I'm not speaking personally. I don't have the literary knowledge & experience for this kind of thing, nor do I have the writing skills. I just think that you are being perhaps a little greedy here." Just in case anyone else reading here was concerned about anything, here are the main points of my reply... The essay competition is judged anonymously. It has been circulating around every university English dept for 6 mths. I am not an in-house blogger for ANYONE. I don't stand an earthly of winning. The three books were to be for a giveaway on the blog and for which I will pay the postage. I might be a lot of things but I am not greedy, or I would be monetising a blog that I have been writing for free for nine years, and earning NO money from whatsoever. With a very few exceptions every free book I receive is sent directly to a local charity shop. I now buy all my own books or borrow from the library. Please...I don't want to start an attention-seeking firestorm here in comments, I already know how supportive you all are, but I did want to be very clear in case anyone else might be under similar misconceptions, that I had planned to enter this for a bit of a challenge to myself and for no other reason.
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Pens, yes pens. Now Offspringette introduced me to Papermate 'Inkjoy' after her school marking had to be done in purple for some reason, and this was the only brand that made purple biros. They come in a rainbow of colours and the ink slips nicely onto the page so they get my seal of biro approval. We found a big pack of them in Staples...brown, green, orange, yellow, pink...it's all quite a biro revelation..
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Oh what joy to read of such notebook and pen adventures! I have kept busy and out about today rather than preoccupied with the enormity of the Scotland vote today, so it is lovely to finally swich on the iPad and read that you all have notebook-itis too! Kate I too whizzed through those first 75 pages and then something clearly did happen for you and I and obviously not for Penny. ...good to hear your positive thoughts Penny, I will return to H is for Hawk. Kate I definitely struggled with TH White and the sadism and his treatment of his goshawk, especially the keeping it awake for days and nights. The Happy Campers are reading it for their book group so have lent my copy to one of them for now, and will be really interested to hear what their group feels about it.
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...I glance at my reading pile and see that there is a bit of an unintentional cover image theme going on. It might be something as simple as colours seeming to co-ordinate or, as in more recently, with the images... Continue reading
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I'm not sure how I missed this, and I wonder if any of you have seen the details about The Persephone Prize and will be entering... To celebrate fifteen years of publishing, Persephone Books invites submissions for 2–3,000 word essays... Continue reading
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PS Jzzy and Carol, I too have a Brian Morton on the way!
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on Fifty Books... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh Carol really really don't...just set the book aside and think of all those hours of your life you can put to such fulfilling reading use rather than waste! The other thing is that reading a book I am not enjoying makes me miserable, I need that sense of 'can't wait to pick it up again'.
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It might be you Lyn because I am knee deep in wonderful Persephone reading for my lunch talk next month! But The Dean's Watch is looking sooo tempting on the shelf.
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Erika, that is an amazing achievement. I'm guessing that if the birds miss the main departure en masse it becomes more difficult for them to go?? Fran I was interested in what you said too about swallows occasionally wintering over here. There are still one or two hanging around but I expect they will be off soon, they almost seem like back markers here to point others in the right direction, wouldn't surprise me if the birds were clever enough to organise something like that.
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Oh Rose, good to hear that their arrival means so much, and good to hear they are getting there. Do they stay out in the wilds or do you see them in towns too?
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Jude, how wonderful to have seen the terns and beaten them back home! That is quite some journey they have to reach you isn't it, oceans to cross and things. Imagine what they have seen along the way.
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We get very upset about deceased fledglings here too Catherine. We were nervous wrecks about our goldfinches but they seemed to make it through, and we have spent the summer keeping Magnus well-fed each morning. Fortunately he is usually a day time sleeper/ night cat and much more interested in rabbits!
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Fran those must be Ours in transit, we said to stop off and see you:-)
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Margarete, it has started to occur to me just what Our Swallows will be seeing as they fly and what memories they will bring back with them next spring. Oscar Wilde was fairly accurate with this wasn't he, given that the general thinking was they stayed somewhere underwater.
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I have tracked down an affordable copy of a book about swallows by Angela Turner as I realised I wanted to know much more about them. So many mysteries and things we are missing as we watch them. The first thing I think I know is that final picture shows a male with the long tail feathers and a baby with hardly any.
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Miranda I am reading H is for Hawk at the moment, slowly and in fits and starts because of other things, but also because I am finding it quite intense and slightly claustrophobic. I need rests and walks and fresh air inbetween being shut in with a raptor on a perch:-)
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There are so many good and positive reasons to write a blog, especially those reasons that dance around books and reading, because how else would I have heard about Stewart O'Nan, a writer whose profile seems almost non-existent here in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Hello Chums, Magnus here... Thank you for entering and I have Exciting News because guess what ... and I have swapped baskets to tell you this... When I checked with the good people at Picador they said that as I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Throughout our Village Show preparations we have been watching the swallows carefully. TheY have been with us all summer as usual, but this year nesting under the eaves and directly above the bedroom window for the first time, which has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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