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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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If the role of the wartime mother and the impact of conflict on children are so brilliantly delineated in Saplings, then Barbara Noble’s Doreen has just as much to offer. Two mothers, one biological, one surrogate will unwittingly fight for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Here follows, over several blog posts, the transcript of my talk at the Persephone Lunch last week... Mothers and children in Persephone books...well it's now Wednesday (it was), I hope you have until at least next Tuesday because this could... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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reenstitcher I always feel some sympathy for the people who have to stay on the train to Penzance, Exeter is really only half the journey done for them and everyone looks so weary already at that point. And then the train crawls down to Plymouth first, we can be home before it gets there.
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Carol S, I think you have hit the nail etc. I know so many people who are so very happily settled in London and it is about finding 'your village'and feeling part of it. It's us occasional visitors who probably struggle a bit. I used to love that feeling of busy-ness and bustle, even riding the tube once I got my bearings so maybe it's an age thing too. Doubtless a winter hunkered down in hibernation will see me emerging in the spring ready for a return visit!
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.. and I answered the call over three days this week. The talk at the Persephone Bookshop (Mothers and Children in Persephone Books) happened on Wednesday, to a very appreciative audience full of friendly faces who looked engrossed each time... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Thank you for lovely comments and news of other places. I should also mention and say thanks to Brian our guide, one of the volunteers who gives up his time to do this. Le Creuset retrieval reigns, I wish a happy find on all of you who would like one! Back from London, more tomorrow, but meanwhile the bullet holes is making me laugh too Erika:-) In this country of course, such a find would cause a full-scale man hunt.
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I am always grateful to all of you for ideas, suggestions, inspiration and thanks, both in comments and your emails, so when Avis sent along a message asking if I knew of this.. I was delighted to say, yes indeed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It's a new affliction and it struck on my birthday, a big bout of Cadfaelitis. I have never been that interested in the Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters (aka Edith Pargeter) not even when a very good friend, who read... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I have been busy with next week's London talk preparations, but not too busy to notice that someone has suddenly flicked the autumn switch to 'ON' here in the Shire, is it the same over your way?? And it had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I'm afraid we stayed home, took the dogs for a long walk, beat torrential rain by about a minute and sat and had coffee with the Tinker instead. It is now very windy and wet and I am feeling very sorry for everyone, but as Rachel said, it never bothered us back in the day, and when we lived within walking distance or had the Tinker's town apartment to hole up in. Linda, you have my sympathies. When I was Abbey Surgery HV we were in the thick of it too and expected by managers to do a normal day's work (somehow) ...I mean as if anyone would be home when we called for starters, let alone trying to drive around town. We designated it Holiday at Work day and would clear the office out, and someone would go in search of Fairings and goose rolls. Happy days!
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I am really looking forward to the last two now, thank you for all the enthusing. They might see me through what looks like a tortuous train journey to London next week...lines closed for flood repairs so I am assuming diversions or buses, and now I read of a threatened tube strike for the days I am there, joy.
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Jzzy, yes the fair is the sole talking point amongst the children and we always sued to go down and see the first caravans arriving in the Meadows (local park) where they camp for the week. In working days I would often have to visit newborn babies there, always an education and something of a treat to see inside the caravans, most of them the height of luxury once you found the right one!
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Oh that sounds really lovely, authenticity has long disappeared from our Goose Fair and there are complaints every year about the plethora of stalls from all over the country selling mostly...well rubbish if I am honest. Local traders often lock up for the week as shop-lifting rises, it's sad really, but people do come from miles around, the town will be heaving.
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Jude, whizzy things not for me either. I have enough trouble on the big wheel which goes at snail's pace but when you reach the top it really does feel as if you are being pushed over into oblivion. Children of course quite the opposite and often sick as dogs on the way home:-)
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It's the second Wednesday in October and in fact October 8th the earliest it can be, which only means one thing, Tavistock's annual Goose Fair which has its ancient origins in the traditional Michaelmas Fair of September 29th and eventually... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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One of the early choices from my Fifty Unread Books has been Case Histories by Kate Atkinson bought years ago in an attempt to 'like' Jackson Brodie as much as everyone else, but sitting unread on the shelf ever since.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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One of my big digging projects last year was the border that runs the length of the front of the house. Given over to laissez faire strim-once-a-year wild geraniums for the last fifteen years or so, with added ground elder... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
John, how incredible to hear from you! I love it when stories move back to the top of the blog in comments too, thank you for stopping by. As we passed the cemetery the other day we saw that this grave was being cleaned, it is looking whiter than ever now...so pleased to know it is cared for and remembered.
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Clearing out some drawers this week I found an unopened tub of Blue Grass talc complete with feathery powder puff...I think it had been my mum's but we both loved Blue Grass back in the day. I couldn't stop myself piercing a hole in the paper lid and the years just rolled back.
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and Christmas in New York...can someone tell what that smells like? I am intrigued, what an incredible collection.
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Checking out the Demeter Perfumes...Lemon Meringue!
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I wish there was a 'like' button next to every reply...what a fantastic compendium of smells and scents, and so many I had forgotten, or as EmptyNester says 'not thought of recently' but love. Creosote...yes!
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Jude, this is your sort of book for sure! And it will have real relevance for aboriginal history too, there are ideas about shadows and fire that had just never occurred to me, but which made such complete sense when I thought about them. It allows you to think back like an ancestor with ease.
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Carol, I am with you on the wax crayons, big stubby things. Thee was also something about the smell of school, a sort of old dinner/gravy smell wafting along the corridors.
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Interesting that if we could manufacture the smells we could probably manage without the object on a desert island couldn't we! Lovely list Henrietta, we had the wallflowers in the sun smell this year, out on the lane you couldn't see the flowers but the smell as you walked along was wonderful. I kept hoping the occasional walkers were noticing it.
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