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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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Genevieve, Im going to try that! I was reading that you can also try chalk instead of the anti-tarnish strips...apparently it soaks up the elements in the air that cause the tarnish?
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Karen, Im looking at that spider on the cover of Anansi Boys and wondering how Ill pick it up! but thanks for the recommend, maybe it will be my next one. I gather Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry are good friends and Lenny had collaborated with Neil over Neverland. Id love the audio.
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Anne, I see him as profoundly wise too. This writing has much more to it than story; there are messages underlying it all especially in Neverwhere. Its a book I will read again for sure.
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Ellie, my dad would really have enjoyed these books. Im pondering which to pick up next...
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Oooh good Sandra, please do come back and share your thoughts. Hope the magic works.
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Nordie, thank you for that. I have been following him on Twitter and was a bit overexcited that he read and re-tweeted a link to my thoughts on Norse Mythology!
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Ill be interested to hear your thoughts Kate. Prepare to disappear into it and suspend all disbelief!
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Angela, that is a wonderful quote, I have noted it down because it is so full of reassurance.
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Paul, about halfway through American Gods I did some light research; mainly about the alter-egos of the characters and their god identities. It was a revelation that would definitely not have occurred to me without help, I am woeful on mythology as already confessed. Now so much more is being revealed, along with the clever little asides from Neil Gaiman that now mean so much more...even cleverer than I thought.
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I can understand exactly how American Gods would work in this way Dr Mama and thank you for your endorsement of it on my last post. I obeyed!
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Michael, American Gods is an incredible book. The strange thing is I can pick it up again, even after a day or twos break, and be completely back into the plot instantly. I am just marvelling at the imaginative breadth of it all. Not sure even my most bizarre and zaniest dreams could match up to Neil Gaimans inventiveness. Im wondering if he might be one of those who wakes up and writes a dream journal to capture it all.
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Victoria, Robin Hobb is doing a book signing in Plymouth on May 6th. Sadly I am double booked so cant be there. Not sure if she has any local talks scheduled...perhaps someone will be going to hear her talk at Toppings??
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Flushed with the success of and inspiration received from my recent reading of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman I recklessly took to Amazon You Know Where and promptly ordered a lorry load of his books. I had some funds in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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If only we could take the credit for the 'design' Ruth! The truth is they self-seed so prolifically that all we can do is mow a path through each year. Those all came from a single packet of seeds about twenty years ago.
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Blogendipity Carol! Please do report back. I now see the Bannermans are at Port Eliot this year too. Our daffs and primulas have been lovely this spring and also aubretia trailing along the wall and grown from seed. It's taken four years but finally it looks as if it's been there a long time.
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Oh Curzon, I can only begin to imagine the disappointment but I love the silver lining so good luck! We found this house on the rebound from a huge disappointment too...a house we absolutely fell in love with over near Endsleigh. It went to closed bids and we put in a good one but lost out. Bookhound had refused to look at this one because he didn't like the windows! Anyway I persuaded him to view it, we all trekked over here, the owner had gone to watch Wimbledon and left no keys so we all just walked around the garden, took in the view and decided we HAD to have it not matter what might be wrong with it inside. And of course, room by room we had to put in new windows, lintels, electrics, plumbing, drains...you name it, but we have never doubted the good fortune of not winning that first property.
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The garden is now properly awake, what we didn't get done in the autumn doesn't seem to have mattered, the worms have done the graft for us. But grass aside really all we have had doing anything interesting through the... Continue reading
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When 9/11 happened Bookhound and I were in Exeter, so how strange that we were there again today when we started to hear news of an 'incident' in London. As the scale of the attack in Westminster has unfolded this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Margarete, you confirm for me how lucky we are to have people who read here from around the world and who offer so many unique perspectives in comments! If there is one collection of books that I do regret sending to the charity shop it is those by Thomas Merton. He had so much to say, such wisdom so thank you reminding me of him. I think Germany gets a fair mention in the book, so you have some three hares imagery there too. Ill have a look and come back with some locations.
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Sue, I always get nervous when I see Magnus fixed and focused on one spot! He spends hours and hours on what we call Lizard Watch...trying to catch them on the steps. If he ever drags a hare back in from the fields hes in Big Trouble because it will have been the one and only.
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Ellie, I love the sound of the Kantha hare embroidery. What a lovely idea and youve reminded me that Kantha is something I have always meant to do, even bought the book at a quilt show last year. Ill take a look.
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Fran, John Betjeman probably knew of and visited all of these churches, I must check out whether he has anything to say about the three hares.
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Im imagining the cursing and the damage Jude! The GK promised me, at a very young age, that he would NEVER shoot a hare thank goodness. I didnt realise you had them in Oz...are they as susceptible to myxomatosis as rabbits?? Was reading somewhere recently that its introduction decimated our rabbit population by something like 80% (dont quote me) and we still see rabbits with it late in the summer.
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Carol, thank you for the mention of John Layards book. Im possibly less interested in the Jungian dream aspects but will seek it out for the Hare info for sure. I love the idea of the hare inhabiting in-between worlds and am reminded of Paul Durcans poem about the loss of his father. Staring Out of the Window Three Weeks After His Death and then had to get out the Candlestick pamphlet In Memoriam and read it again... Only to catch sight of the hare of his soul Springing out of the wood into a beach cove of sunlight And I thought - yes, thats how it is going to be from now on: The hare of his soul always there, when I least expect it; Popping up out of nowhere, sitting still.
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Rabbits galore here too Bet! Im watching them dashing around the front field as I write. Im going to be speaking too soon I know, and will regret saying this, but for some reason they rarely if ever come into the garden. We may have dogs and cat to thank for that. Magnus currently feasting on take-aways!
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