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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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By his own admission ' this book is lacking in jokes' and with this introduction Wyl Menmuir proceeded to lure his audience into the depths of his first novel The Many published by Salt Books. This as we all sat... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Two weeks of madness, no routine, late nights, meals at funny times ...a sort of Staycation and I have to say it was lovely. I've mixed plenty of radio commentary in with TV watching so I did manage to finish... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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My first sighting of Elementum was on Twitter, a new journal 'of nature and story' being produced and printed in Cornwall and I was at least interested enough to follow progress through to publication. It looked and sounded better and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Well for those who have had to endure it I thank you and hereby award you a gold medal in the new sport of Olympian Forbearance, and after all that distraction I think it's time we talked books again. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh people, we are nearly there the end is in sight, the TV can warm down and take a well-earned rest before the Paralympics start (though I am worried for them) and life can get back to whatever normal is.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
I am still here, it's just that every time I think I'll sit down and ask how you are all coping with Olympic-mania and whether you understand the cycling Omnium or not, Team GB seem to be winning another medal,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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To give us all a break from the splashy/gallopy/wheely/jumpy stuff I thought we'd take some time out and go on a bit of a wander today. I am really grateful to Kate from Cheshire who very kindly entrusted me with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Christine, I must dig out my old eiderdown. It wasn't an actual feather-filled one but we called it an eiderdown, an old blanket that my mum had covered with fabric and then machined together through the layers...anything to keep warm in the days of single glazing and no heating in bedrooms.
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Yes, the flower water goes down the toilet or out on the garden...mostly I open the back door and throw it. I do now add a drop of bleach to every vase since overhearing a conversation in the queue in M&S about how this keeps the water clear and unsmelly and have to say it works beautifully.It probably kills the bugs too but that old pseudomonas threat is too deeply entrenched to be shifted. And as some of you have said, who even knows that such a bug exists...except if ever I hear of an outbreak of Pseudomonas on a baby unit I always shout 'swab the sinks' to the radio. Sharing an office with district nurses for so many years, and their tales of wounds of a deep turquoise hue, just seals the deal really.
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Interrupting Olympic coverage to bring you something to do while you watch... I think 'counterpane' is another one of those beloved words, like 'haberdashery' and 'gallimaufry', that I must add to my list of favourites. By definition a bedspread or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Maudielinden, Doreen and Courtney were my absolute heroes! Remember Betty too, always in the background when T&D got their row of 6s
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Lottie, funny you should mention burgers. I notice that some have arrived in our freezer too. We have declared a Holiday at Home and are really enjoying it, and yes, good for the world to come together. How hot do you think that sand must be for the beach volley-ball players...and how soft their feet must be!
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Oh Kate, I know what you mean...if you are feeling up to the brim with sports then this will just be torture...wall to wall coverage. And there's the rest of us shouting the house down over a chance of bronze in the fencing. What about the gymnastics?? That's nice to watch and we have a great team this year.
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We've had about a teaspoonful of broadband since the Olympics started. Not sure if there has been a surge in village usage and there's just a trickle left by the time it reaches us 3 miles away at the end of the line, so apologies for radio silence this end. But having watched two days of cycling road racing, and the most horrific crash on the downhill in the women's race tonight, it's clear these games are going to be eventful. Apparently the Dutch cyclist is conscious and reports say she is 'OK' but it was all a bit traumatic. And the rowing cancelled because the boats were filling up with water in the windy conditions.
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Erika, we are watching our heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who is back in superb form after her first baby. I am always in awe.
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S&D, my abiding memory is my mum lining my brother and I up in the kitchen and telling us that under no circumstances must we EVER put a hand in the spin dryer when it was going or it would have an arm off. It was enough to steer me clear that's for sure! I do remember it's gorgeous metallic blue lid though.
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Claire, you are not alone. I get regular emails of distress about this pattern and the instructions...you are right it isn't clear, nothing intuitive about it and it took me ages to work it out.
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Good move Liz and wonderful memories. Good luck with your own marathon..can you tell us more, I am intrigued. Why Iceland? Will you sit in an ice bath afterwards?? Everyone else does apparently.
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Now Erika, what I love is watching sports that I didn't even know I was interested in. We watched all the dressage in 2012 without ever really understanding what it was all about, or the rules, but we loved that horse. I was only thinking this morning what a nightmare it must be to transport your horse to Rio. Apparently we have a medal hope in the fencing this year too.
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You need a few good box sets to watch Hilary...Line of Duty would keep you going for a while. It is sad that the days of plucky amateurism have faded. We watched the documentary about Roger Bannister this week...wonderful that he was seeing patients at St Mary's in London in the morning, hopped on a train and ran a sub four minute mile in the afternoon. And much of it was about bagging the record before the Australian John Landy could.
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Oh Debbie, that's a lovely memory!
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Welcome to comments Maudilinden! Ah yes, Torvill and Dean nut cases here. Offspringette and I went to see their ice show and loved it all. I still only have to hear Mack and Mabel or Let's Face the Music and I'm there...as for Bolero. My dad worked with someone whose daughter was a UK figure skater (Frances Waghorn) and she trained at Richmond. He used to come home with tales of how much it cost to send the skates abroad to be sharpened and I was deeply enthralled to the point where one wall of my bedroom was papered in skaters wallpaper.
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Ed, the buzz reached us here in Devon too. Watching the recent Imagine documentary bought it all back...the feel good factor +++
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We are planning daily Olympic breakfasts in the summer house Emptynester! I'm about to get the bunting out and we might even fly our GB flag off the eucalyptus tree just to be complete nerds. All welcome, bring your own sausages!
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Kate I think that is one great thing about the Olympics, that every one can take part and be respected for it. I'm now remembering the swimmer who was a length or so behind but everyone stood and cheered the roof off as he came in
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