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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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Posted Feb 25, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Following on from Kristie's comment about the use of 'Eskimo' v 'Inuit' I have amended a couple of my own references but left those made in quotes by Barry Lopez as they are. Also to emphasise that Barry Lopez shows nothing but respect for the people and their way of life which has been one of the revelations of this book...but would hate to cause any offence. Thanks so much for drawing my attention to it Kristie x
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As if some armchair wild water swimming with Roger Deakin wasn't enough to chill me to the bone, I can't quite fathom a sudden need to go to the Arctic, so I will have to blame Robert Macfarlane, who mentions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It all started with this... The Kayaker had been to an exhibition at Greenwich and came round bearing this gift from the Royal Observatory, a Stargazers' Almanac, a monthly guide to the stars and planets, this in an ongoing effort... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Don't ask me why a book like Waterlog should appeal in February. The late Roger Deakin decides to swim his way around Britain in a sort of right-to-swim approach to a dip in our many waterways, and to be honest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It's going to be wall-to-wall today...here's the Devon version... Thank you Bookhound. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I am pleased to be able to report an excellent book-buying experience at a different branch of Waterstone's last Saturday. We keep nipping into M&S for things for the Tinker, and wherever and whenever we go it always seems to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Jzzy, funny thing yesterday...having never laid eyes on the book before there was a copy in the charity shop, well read by someone for sure. I finished the book last night and really enjoyed the journey, especially through the Bernese Oberland having stayed there several times, but can see it might not be to everyone's liking. The writing style is a little jaunty at times, but that seemed to match the purpose of the book and I certainly got the flavour of how much has changed, even since I first went on a fleeting visit to Grindelwald back in 1972. Our trips through the 90s, and then the last one in 2001, had us wondering what the future held for the area. Vast numbers of organised tours mostly from China and Japan and hard not get trampled as they moved from one place to the next at speed and en masse, but they all had as much right to be there as we did and clearly added to the prosperity.
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One of the most immediate and surprising effects of reading Rising Ground by Philip Marsden and, bearing in mind I finished it three months ago (just where did the back end of 2014 disappear to?) and I now discover one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Carol, fear not, youd have the wonderful Falmouth and St Ives book shops on your doorstep,and beaches to sit on to read the books!
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Fearing that I may run out of journey books (unlikely) which are my reading choice of the moment, I nipped into Waterstone's the other day (any excuse) I really wanted to take a look at Britannia Obscura by Joanne Parker... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Jude, no snow geese spotted here, but I did see the occasional skein of Canada Geese (I think) last summer and that 'v' shape is so exciting. I have to weigh up running in to find my camera and missing them versus sitting and watching which is why no pics of them on here! The Snow Geese one of those books I'd like in a really special edition, I'll never part with it. Good to see Picador publishing a series like this again, reminds me of the old white-spines and very distinctive Picador books of old.
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VirgInia I can only imagine that it is an awesome sight and also a real landmark in the year for you...bit like our swallows returning
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Lottie, this is interesting because I struggled a little with the Notes on a Hidden City (?) it felt a little bit preachy, holier than thou compared with the life we lead here, that might just have been the rat chapter and EW's regret at not being allowed to live cheek by jowl with them in a city and having to call in the extermination team. I have such clearly defined and different thoughts about rats here (do anything to get rid of if we notice too many hanging around in the garden) because, though it hasn't happened (and now I've said it!) they would be in an open door like a shot. I would be interested to know how you find the book as a whole, I left it unfinished but as always never abandoned so can come back to it. We are inundated with crows, hundreds and hundreds murmurating around the house thanks to a game crop of maize in the front field, quite a sight and very noisy!
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I have always loved the handwritten aspect of the books, which I assume is actually genuinely Wainwrights?? Surprising too that there aren't more series like this about other places, you would have thought someone would have seen the potential.
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Clever marketing indeed Avis, and I guess no worse than any others...Man Booker, Costa, Theakstons's crime and at least the name is Wainwright...I still can't get used to Costa over Whitbread, but both equally defining a product. The good thing is it will flag up all these books on an annual basis. I try to keep track of them but always miss a few.
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Fran, I guessed these would be on your dad's shelves knowing how much he loved his Lakeland walking. I am going to keep an eye out for some bac use I don't think they require a familiarity with the Lakes...most likely make me want to go walking there!
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'It takes both rain and shine to make a rainbow...' ...and we have spectacular rainbows here chez dovegrey. It was a proverb written out by the doughty Eleanor and stuck to her fridge door by two magnets in the shape... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Margaret, you remind me, I had been meaning to get The Living Mountain off the shelf again, and 'bit at a time' just right. The book is so rich I need to read it in small doses.
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Lynne, I love the look of the Wainwright books, but I am not an expert on the Lakes so have often wondered how interesting they might be in the light of that. Are they readable in their own way??
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Maws I feel I am getting to know the Escley Valley quite well now. I have loved the entries this week about the meadow and the names of the fields and feel a blog post shaping up about that. I love books like Meadowland that inspire more thoughts.
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Good luck Sarah..mine sadly long gone. Amazing to go down in the dgr basemenet and read this post from five years ago! The good news is I still have the Billows and my feet still adore them.
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reenstitcher, Devon seems to be very well-served and nothing too much trouble so some really good things that have made an enormous and instant difference, and made life so much easier. I really do hope you can access the service soon. Meanwhile if your OH's interest is language he will LOVE the new Robert Macfarlane book due out on March 5th, check out Landmarks. I love the thought of being useful as a library!
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Well Rebecca I thought of you instantly of course! I borrowed a brand new copy from the library but had barely opened it before they wanted it back for other reservations so I am not really any the wiser on it. I shall have to be quick off the mark with Britannia Obscura because that will most likely be the same.
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Liz, never let is be said we leave those around us in any doubt about what to buy us! And yes, struggling not to race ahead with the daily reads too. I do love the reading to reflect what's going on outside the window. Hedgehogs this week all reminding me that we haven't seen one here in years and years....and maybe that's because they are the favourite snack of the badger and we see those all the time.
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