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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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Frost in December has been a rarity for us in recent years so imagine the excitement at the prospect of a minus eight night. It was all go here, logs in, fires lit, dogs in their kennel pyjamas at 5pm.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Isn't it odd how a reading phase can come upon you completely out of the blue....or perhaps in this case, the grey. It was the visit to Persephone Books a couple of weeks ago that did it. Having purchased I... Continue reading
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Is anyone else watching My Mother and Other Strangers, the series on BBC1 on Sunday evenings? There we were all sulking and despondent that Poldark had finished for another year so we almost missed this one in the same slot.... Continue reading
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91 67 31 11 62 49 56 15 20 39 52 74 Random numbers generated Dec 4 2016 at 17:48:34 by www.psychicscience.org First call (before I have to go delving for emails) and congratulations to these lucky winners of a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Call me fickle...there you all are sitting poised with your walking boots on, all overcome with excitement about a walk to the arsenic mines, and I buzz off to London for a jolly with Bookhound instead. We suddenly decided that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Hello Chums...Magnus calling..and as you can see my days are busy, busy busy so I'm not really sure how I have found time to do this if I'm honest, and as you can see I have a new (larger) basket... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Thank you so much for all the comments Chapter members...we did it! I've been away for a couple of days so I too am catching up. Like many of you it is perhaps the unsettling nature of some of the poems that marks this collection out from others that may represent Christmas as a time of wall-to-wall happiness and saccharine sweetness, to say nothing of the excess. If they represent a true reflection of the year then that gives much food of a different sort perhaps, because I can see that this collection will keep us all (and anyone who receives one 'instead of a card') thinking long past the end of the season. I am looking forward to our New Year natter about the next one, The Wood in Winter by John Lewis-Stempel.
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I am cutting and pasting this comment from Daphne (Surrey branch of the dgr chapter) which came to me via email and so won't appear here unless I help it... "Candlestick. Firstly the booklets are beautifully produced. They are light so can be carried about. With the difficulties travelling thanks to southern railways strikes I have been very grateful. I have two poems I really like and have been trying to learn by heart Graves Robin and Liz Lochheads poem. Her poetry is best read aloud. I am eagerly awaiting my friend Jeans new biography of Graves. This candlestick booklet is a wonderful compromise between card and gift. I think people would be thrilled to be sent one. Daphne"
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Advent Sunday...I think we can make a gentle start on the season. Since 2009, and for each year of her 'reign' since, Carole Ann Duffy has edited a volume of Christmas poems for Candlestick Press and I returned to Volume... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Thinking about the Jalna books and how rarely I ever see them in second hand books shops, or maybe I will now I am thinking about them. It is those covers that stick in my mind.
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That's the one Joan! Thank you, and now I can see the cover. I think I had a paperback copy.
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I'm really sorry about this but I bring news of a very covetable book that you might want to add to the Ch*****as list... Bitten By Witch Fever - Wallpaper and Arsenic in the Victorian Home by Lucinda Hawksley (published... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I am saddened to hear of the death of author Sir William Trevor at the age of eighty-eight, a long-time resident of Devon and a much-respected writer whose books are very well-represented on my shelves. I had often thought about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I know there are quite a few of you who enjoy a quality literary journal, especially one that is a little different. I am already on the edge of my seat waiting for the second volume of Elementum A Journal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
Thank you for the suggestions, all added to my Book of Books. Jude we secretly hoped we might see a whale while we were on Orkney, but sadly just that remaining bit of one. That pic was one of those amazing moments, sadly his employers took the credit, the copyright and the Reuter moment but he did manage to get his name attached to it. It has been used in several papers in academic magazines because it proved to be a very rare sighting of a whale hunting its prey...sadly I think there was probably carnage afterwards.
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As Offspringette and I agreed yesterday, I'd be sunk if there was only shellfish on the menu...but then needs must!
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Was video talking with Offspringette yesterday evening and she panned across the sky to the steady stream of helicopters heading out from Christchurch with supplies slung underneath, so they are very busy with it.
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'Maori mythology is very rich. All the narratives are multi-layered, complex, extraordinary and transcendent. They occupy a place between the real and the unreal, the natural and the super-natural - the world you can believe in and the world you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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We have been following the news from New Zealand, and in particular from Kaikoura, very closely this week; devastated and cut off in all directions by the earthquake, the pictures from there have been incredible and it is a miracle... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
The devastation in Kaikoura looks terrible. Looking at the road we drove along and camped near completely submerged by landslides it's hard to imagine how it will be cleared and rebuilt...and those cows on top of the hill, what an iconic image that is.
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Jalna! Weren't they a row of alluring salmon pink covers on the library shelves? I remember wondering about them for years as a child and then suddenly I felt old enough and read them all. I think Anya Seton came into that 'old enough now' category too...and now I'm desperately trying to remember another family saga from the same era...something about Foxes...by Frank someone?? Your starter for ten, someone must know
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I'm not sure I have said much about The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard, but I think it is about time we had a Cazalet Adoration Moment. Because did I say how much I enjoyed this second read twenty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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60 episodes...what a massive commitment for those actors! They will be in work for years unless older ones are subbed in.
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Elaine, I was hoping she would overrule and choose her own secretary but sadly no. Interesting and you are right, no other women to be seen around her at all, no one in whom she can confide, so very lonely.
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Anne I am wondering whether the relationship between the sisters was as acidic as portrayed...Margaret certainly puts the knife in and twists it doesn't she! And who can blame her.
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