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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 is an intriguing notation on the OS map of Dartmoor (now my new best friend) ...a marked trail called Dr Blackall's Drive, which needed some exploring so my Walking Friend and I tramped out there in early May. For... Continue reading
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29 Random numbers generated Jun 21 2017 at 20:14:59 by www.psychicscience.org Congratulations acornmoon that copy of Ravilious & Co is yours. Continue reading
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I mentioned my Book Bounty a while ago, and the fact that I had invested some of it in a copy of Ravilious & Co -The Pattern of Friendship by Andy Friend. I had been shamelessly coveting the book for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Fran, I won't spoil the surprise but there is something I think you will love when you get to the Lake District walk in Christopher Somerville's The January Man! And spacing these reads out a very good idea...these are not books to be rushed.
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Dr Mama, no chance I will have read them all by the deadline but I'll carry on regardless of the short list. They all look good. I don't know The Otter Song , must investigate. Hope you have your Otter Spotter booklet!
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I'm so sorry to place another tantalising stack of books in front of you, but it's time for my favourite prize-list reading of the year, the Wainwright 'The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the outdoors, nature... Continue reading
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Thank you from all of us for your kind, thoughtful & encouraging comments. So much optimism for the Kayaker to take forward to the next stage xx
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I had a post ready to roll today and, as I have explained before, you know how I love to keep this an angst-free-zone. I had somehow managed it through the election and the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I hope you will all forgive the self-indulgence of this post...but if I may have seemed a bit sparse and absent-minded in recent months here's why... You've all known him as the Kayaker on here for almost twelve years now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It all started with the contract running out on my mobile phone. It was a Sony Experia running on Android and I wasn't sorry to see it go (to Bookhound who loves it). I was shopping around for someone/anyone offering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Ooh Sally, how exciting, I always hoped someone might get in touch via this one day, I will email you.
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Sometimes there is news that we all know will come, but how sad when it does. ....the death of author and poet Helen Dunmore yesterday. Helen Dunmore wrote so openly and honestly about her diagnosis and prognosis when her recent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Gill and Avis...we had one Rambling Rector which threatened to block our way into the veranda so Bookhound gave it a very stern prune almost to the ground which we think may have returned it to its pre-grafted briar rose status...never the same again. And then someone bought us another one so we put this one by the woodshed where it could ramble to its heart's content and it is having a wonderful time down there. Currently about to burst into flower so some pics soon. It's next to a Paul's Himalayan Musk which still hasn't flowered so I'm going to take your advice and go down there with the food...I forget about it, poor starving thing.
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Oh Penny has answered my question...Zepherin IS a climber...what colour is it??
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Is Zepherine Drouhin a climber Morag?? It has been mentioned here before and comes highly recommended for its scent...we may have space for just one or two more climbers now!
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What a lovely thing to do Trish. As to favourite colour...well I do love the pale pinks but everyone here recommended Evelyn and I love that too for its scent and blush apricot colour. It's covered in buds at the moment so any day now.
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Never too late to learn...we have made it up as we go along I think! Lot of trial and error before we sat down with a few old fashioned gardening books and sorted out the March pruning routine. I dead head them almost daily, pick a few for vases and I am sure the twice-a- season David Austin rose feed (which is like little cylinder/ granules that you scatter around them) works like magic. I'm also very quick off the mark with the spray if needs be, though the joy of the DA roses is that they seem to be very disease and pest resistant.
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Gill, your pics were wonderful. I'm wondering about peonies...are they slug-proof? I am slowly building up a slug & snail resistant portfolio of planting having decided the war on them is far too exhausting and unpleasant. Mystery roses, how exciting!
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Thank you Helen...I had a slight panic at about 12.30 last night having been watching the news live from London and realising there was me putting up a post about roses on auto post at 12.15. But woke up this morning thinking this is the place to come and leave it all behind for a minute or two before heading back into the fray so I hope no one is offended or thinks it insensitive. I for one can't bear to think too long about what we are witnessing right now.
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Congratulations to Val, the Pass-it-Forward winner and now owner of that copy of Four Fields by Tim Dee. I am currently really enjoying the third of Tim Dee's fields, the battlefields of Little Big Horn, Wounded Knee, Custer's Last Stand... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Terry, and quite by chance I see that Jim Crumley's The Nature of Autumn has been longlisted for this year's Wainwright Prize, more about that to come.
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We are not big on swans here. I love them of course but, to my knowledge the Tamar Valley is not natural swan territory and we never see them either drifting around or flying overhead. I'd be thrilled if we... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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My campaign to see as much of the River Dart as possible is progressing well. My Walking Friend and I are tramping up tor and vale various which take us along the East and West Dart both of which have... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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'They came in falls of sky colour washing the brows and slacks of the ground with vein blue' GM Hopkins Journal (May 1871) It's that time of year when I willingly pick up my ancient A Level English edition of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Paul, there is something about the autumn light that makes me want to read Joseph Roth, I have no idea why. I have The Spider's Web on the shelf but may have to brace myself. I am finding books like this increasingly difficult to read as I get older but I could happily return to the likes of Hotel Savoy so I will, thanks for the reminder.
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