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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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And thank you for kind wishes, we have been chuckling over it all again this weekend. A chain of chance that leads to a lifetime with someone ...amazing isn't it.
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The hats were a 3rd year status symbol and a nightmare of construction and keeping in place. Ridiculous when I look at it now, but such a sense of pride when we got our 'strings' cap. They came in a flat starched semi-circular shape which required a row of gathering stitches and some careful folding and inserting of cardboard to make it up twentieth century style. In the 19th century that coxcomb was nothing like, more a puffy confection. The goffering was done by the laundry using a special iron, and we always understood there was only one little old lady who could still use it, and when she died so would the caps. As regards practicalities, really they were hopeless, forget it on a windy day and many's the time mine stayed behind as I emerged from an oxygen tent , to say nothing of opening the steriliser and coping with a blast of hot steamy air.
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Downalong the nine years that I have been writing dovegreyreader scribbles I have occasionally revisited my days as a student nurse, with the posts gathered under the heading The Sufferings of a Student Nurse; you too can click on that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Yes it is Kat. She was pioneering from where I was sitting and success rates seemed to soar very quickly in a very short space of time as I recall. Diaphragmatic hernias for example had a very poor success rate while I was training but Miss Noblett clearly perfected a procedure and soon it became almost routine. I should think the archives at Bristol might be able to help you, I'd love to know what happened to her too...really hope there was some recognition because female surgeons were still quite unusual in the 1970s, even the early 80s.
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I think we all loved it...even a convert in AvistheHereticReader:-) The more I think about it the more I see, and reading today about the loss of Mark Rylance's step-daughter just before the 2012 Olympics (he pulled out of the Opening Ceremony apparently) gave credence to that scene where the single tear rolled down his cheek. And the angel wings on the little girl and the look he gave her, and the way she traced her finger around them in the book...and then he did. There, I said I could go on and on..
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I could go on and on...
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Couldn't fault it here either. And was I right or was I RIGHT that they would let Henry make is grand entrance along the drive to Montacute House! As we stood in the window there last September, and I was imagining Wollf Hall in situ, I could actually visualise that moment, so very déjà vue for me. Superb acting, and I think Anne Boleyn is going to be fascinating to watch too...her confidence riding high which will make the fall to come even more interesting. I thought the lighting was perfect. There was a moment when Cromwell's face was half in shadow, half in light, this the Kayaker's current photography degree project so something I am much more aware of than I was. And the pace, I so agree, we complain about being given everything on a plate but we were given time to figure things out, as if in the room and this was something that I felt very powerfully when I read the books, as if I became someone watching things unfold in the room.
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...well, what did we all think?? You first... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Of course now it occurs to me...there's me blaming drama school, the TV, the actors when it might actually be my ears...
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Kate, the Tinker is awaiting his new hearing aid (private not NHS) and he will have a remote control with it that will enable him to create a sort of halo around him beyond which the sound won't amplify. It was a real problem because when we go out to lunch he can hear every conversation going on in a room except ours. Will forward to Carol S when I am on on my main PC, but she does usually pop back.
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Jzzy, you remind that I ordered A Place of Greater Safety for mine and it is the perfect time of year to do some listening.
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Carole, have a lovely holiday, how wonderful to be heading for the sun in grey old January:-)
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Ah now yes, background music. There was a key conversation going on in Silent Witness last night and this wretched menacing background sort of two notes rising music going on. Completely unnecessary, we were tense enough trying to hear the words. Jzzy, no we don't have trouble with US dramas. It's mumbly old English that's the problem. Mind you, we started watching Spiral, French with English subtitles and I wondered how the French could have understood it, it seemed so garbled and fast. We didn't do very well because of course you close your eyes, drift off and don't have the first clue what might have happened. Of course none of this will be an issue with Wolf Hall wherein our finest actors will be speaking with clarity and purpose!
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I do agree about sound quality Kate. We have been blaming our TV but I think mumbling has become the method acting order of the day, and we struggle with quite a lot. I also find rapid Scots diction tricky too...David Tennant in Broadchurch for one. Aren't they all learning voice projection at drama school any more?
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I am cheating a little, but have been down in the dovegreyreader scribbles basement searching out some more Wolf Hall posts, and have dragged this one back into the daylight, an account of Hilary Mantel talking about Wolf Hall and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I'm really sorry, expect no sense whatsoever from me this week, I am far too excited about Wolf Hall at 9pm on Wednesday evening (BBC 2) and can't see any reason to talk about anything other than that, and with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The exciting thing about this book, which you have now forgotten I mentioned, is that it will give us the chance to exchange some of these landscape words around the world. It is all about building glossaries of landscape words which are so often in danger of being lost. Witness the Oxford dictionary's recent decision to replace a tranch of nature words in their children's version with more modern words. Once lost never recovered. I now have some Devon dialect books out of the library and am having great fun discovering which words have crept into our vocabulary unwittingly just through living here for so long, and which are completely new and need to be revived. Here's my favourite discovery so far, nothing to do with landscape, but I feel sure I can use it somehow somewhere... crumpetty ~ crooked, awkward, uncomfortable as in 'This 'yer arthur-itis do make me lie abed all crumpetty-like.'
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I am going to say something...and then you must forget I said it OK?? I am reading an early copy of Landmarks, the forthcoming book by Robert Macfarlane to be published on March 5th. It is very strictly embargoed until... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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When things were bad I think I might have bought every available heel orthotic going. Had my feet going this way, then that and probably making it all far worse. Should have got them properly looked at sooner.
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The other issue is the weight of the boot, the Scarpas are featherweight by comparison to others I have had which I suspect helps knees. Lottie both the Kayaker and Offspringette have been fans of barefoot trainers, they look like little hobbits the pair of them!
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I knew it wouldn't just be my feet! Mention of Brasher boots...I had the exact same pair years ago, and even when my feet were fine they crippled me. Recently someone gave me a pair of nearly new Name Escapes Me make, but it was the same rigid sole problem. I walked around the field with the dogs for 20 minutes only and my feet were burning and crocked for weeks ( did anyone see my struggling at Port Eliot...plantar fasciitis excruciating hence the dress and the Brasher shoes with socks!) The Scarpa boots solved the problem because of the very flexible sole and I have sorbothane insoles in both boots and shoes now..so a resounding yes to those as well.
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Oh yes, walking poles another whole subject! I use one at the moment because I need a hand free for dog and to sun ickly grab camera, and I think I have probably adapted the method to that of the Norwegian walking style which is so popular her now for fitness. So I have the pole set at the height of my flexed elbow as if I were shaking hands with someone and use it to lever from behind my step if you see what I mean. I love it for many reasons, not only support but up on boggy soggy Dartmoor it's always good to check that innocent looking piece of grass ahead of you! Of course Nell has often done it for me first and disappeared up to her neck..
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I have done almost as much armchair walking of late as actual walking. Mostly books written by men who seem to be able to drop everything and go for a wander, and of course camp out for the night alone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Ooooh, thank you for all the Goudgelove, I am definitely going to seek out a few more, and I think I might watch the film of Green Dolphin Country. I really should read the Devon books too.
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15 Emptynester. Prepare to hunker down and enjoy a good hot-water-bottle read Emptynester, a copy of The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge will be on its way to you as soon as your address reaches dovegreyreader at gmail.com Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at dovegreyreader scribbles