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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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There has been the most remarkable event happening across the UK today and I am wondering whether anyone else has seen it? Not the 'Other Stuff' but something else entirely, something guaranteed to refocus perspectives perhaps. Silent groups of soldiers,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I can't quite believe it is July already, but in a week when, here in the UK, we seem to have been re-living a different Shakespeare play each day (we are currently mid Julius Caesar) it seems like a good... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The Wainwright Prize long list has been the focus of my reading for a while now and with short list day tomorrow I am squeezing in a round-up. So far I have shared thoughts on... Rain - Four Walks in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Having devoured every word and illustration in Julian Francis and Martin Andrews's sumptuous book about the life and work of Rena Gardiner, and engaged in a very un-pretty tog-of-war over it, Bookhound and I immediately set off to visit some... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It isn't that I haven't been pleased about anything, more that I had forgotten to think about things as Pleasings, so a catch up on a couple of mine and hopefully you will share yours in comments. The Kayaker has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Carol S, I think you might have posted this on the wrong post so have taken the liberty of copying it here too...hope that's OK. Comment from Carol S... I have to say I hated these sort of books - not only did I not like them, I recall weeping and begging my parents not to send me away to boarding school and my childhood was happy only in my relationship with my many loved and lovely siblings. I did however love The Family from One End Street, The Fell Farm Holiday series, a few Malcolm Savilles, Ballet Shoes and sequels by Noel Streatfeild, all the Swallows & Amazons + Old Peter's Russian Tales, anything by Patricia Lynch, the Borrowers ditto sequels, oh so many I could go on and on - there were some about a vicar's children, and a theatrical series: Pamela ??, BB,the Katy books, Little Women etc, plus the classics (Hodgson Burnett, Dickens. fairy stories including from the Isle of Man, myths from the Norse lands and Greece, and legends.. I did enjoy comics that featured boarding schools though and very much enjoyed my father's childhood books - Billy Bunter, etc
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I was in the mood for some unashamed nostalgic reading a while ago. I had been unashamedly over-indulging in Game of Thrones and I think a person needs some respite now and again. Wars and treachery seemed unlikely in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh now I like the sound of that Bookish Pen, I'm going to snaffle that one for our next lot of choosing!
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Kate, the Aubrey sounded excellent,a form of primary historical source and much-loved by the salonista who had us all convinced we would love it too. It's on my list.
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Oh yes please Liz that would be wonderful thank you
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Ann, Lets Face the Music and Dance always reminds me of Torville and Dean!I've read a biography of Fred Astaire but somewhere I have one of Margot Fonteyn which would fit the bill and at one point in my nursing career I looked after John Gilpin the ballet dancer who had danced with her and she had sent him some flowers. Anton Dolin was sitting bedside too, it was all a bit surreal on Royal Ward for that week of night duty because of course another patient on Men's Surgical at the same time was Bookhound...
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I hadn't realised that Cecil Day Lewis had written quite so many crime novels...that was some reinvention and apparently the poetic prose leaked through occasionally.
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Hilary! Aaaaaah what happy memories I have of the night in the caravan at Kokonga, thank you again and again for your hospitality xx And yes, the Parker Hulme murder, I am amazed.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2016 on Pseudonyms... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Stevie, thank you that is the most ASTONISHING story, I am amazed and now have to track down more...who knew!
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We had the most excellent evening at the Endsleigh Salon Book Group last week. The hotel have very kindly been making us welcome for almost ten years now (party frock evening soon) and truth be told, we always have an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Do you know Dr Mama, I think that is a good idea and I am going to do it. A card just to say how sad I am and to thank them for the work they do on our behalf, no harm done, because I know, even in my very different sort of job, how much a card of thanks meant to me. And I must say I have been quietly maligning ours (who is a local resident and only lives a few miles up the road) after the radio silence when I contacted him about the state pension inequality debacle.However as soon as I sent a letter which I requested to be forwarded to the minister I had a very prompt response and a follow up letter.
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You are all so good! Emails coming through with very nicely typed names and addresses which has made it all so easy. I am just waiting on three more who I have now contacted and then I will send details off to Picador. Good for Dolores Cholmondely-White and her fine example:-)
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23 20 36 57 33 88 26 17 54 42 41 65 Random numbers generated Jun 16 2016 at 20:15:28 by www.psychicscience.org So doing a quick rearrange into numerical order - 17 : Jane Erskine 20 : Rebecca Kershaw 23... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
OOOOH you've been to the exhibition! We are planning a trip very soon. I am really enjoying Rebus, now finished number 3.
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Oh Sally, this is absolutely wonderful, well done to Hannah and thank you for sharing it with us.
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I had sat down to do the prize draw this evening but somehow just couldn't muster the right words. What a terrible day. My heart goes out to the family of Member of Parliament Jo Cox, murdered on the streets... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Nice things to look at on my desk as I start to write today. You all told me to add Evelyn to the dovegrey rose collection, so last year we did and this year it's a stunner.... Sheltering underneath the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Hello Chums, Magnus here (making a fuss of Bookhound after my latest three week sabbatical) and today's song is as follows (no cheating on the octaves now) I was born under a wandrin' star I was born under a wandrin'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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We are feeling like a right pair of numpties honestly, after all this time living in splendid rural isolation you'd think we'd know a Hirundo rustica from a Delichon urbica wouldn't you. Last year the swallows, as well as nesting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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We do go on about it a lot 'tis true, but living on an island, and living to the south west of that island and within close-enough proximity to Dartmoor to experience the effects of "nine months' winter and three... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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