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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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Team dovegrey are starting to file their reports and I have to say how sorry I was to miss social documentary photographer Martin Parr's 'Turkey and Tinsel' film premiere, so thank goodness the Happy Campers were there... No tickets because... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at dovegreyreader scribbles
Oh Maggie, the cake was wonderful, such a treat along with Frans Festival Flapjacks and Liz and Tims Hunting, Shooting, Fishing cake. So good of you to think of us and send it.
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Alice it was so good to see you and what a relief about your phone! Its festivals isnt it, good and sad all mixed in and everyone in a high state of carnival revelry so things are bound to happen. As always the atmosphere was wonderful though, and felt very safe, and so lovely to see children having such an exciting time.
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You are right Margarete, that avocado does look a bit ...um... yes dubious, but it was delicious all the same and not a combination that I ever think to use. The cakes are actually scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam a la cream tea. All downed in seconds because a few wasps had spotted them too.
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Whatever we have Mary we never seem equipped to deal with it:-)
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I hope we spotted it Linda! We went round twice and both took photos so it must be in there somewhere. I think they had said no photography inside the house because of all the contents, security etc.which I can definitely understand. Priceless Joshua Reynolds paintings looking down on all your knitting everyone, be very proud!
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Mary, the temperature was actually way higher than the forecast so 30 degs plus and not a breath of wind...but we are English, we are never happy with the weather whatever it does:-)
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Didnt Fran do well Erika! The Flower Show has moved on since its inception and is now up there with the best, so the competition is certainly fiercer. A second place is a real achievement. The teapot was sourced in a charity shop and we picked matching flowers from around the garden. The challenge was then to get them across to PE in scorching heat and keep them alive! Everything was displayed in the basement of the house this year, the old servants world, a perfect setting ...cool and with doors labelled The Knife Room, The Still Room, The Head of the Cellar, The Housekeepers Room..it was incredibly atmospheric. As for the Happy Campers...well I still need to know the secret to camping and generally doing miles around a festival whilst still looking as fresh as a daisy. Up they popped every morning, full of the joys, raring to go and it somehow infuses energy into everything else. I will be mentioning the rest of the team gradually too, they were all amazing and I cant think them enough.
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...chaos reigns and I really don't know what day it is, but I have at least retrieved the kitchen from the brink after four days of dashing in and out and hoping it would miraculously sort itself out. But a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Sorry I seem to have missed Day One, but Oh My Goodness...did we ever believe the sun would shine quite like this... and it has felt way hotter than 20 degrees...then add in the insulating properties of being under canvas... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The bunting has been untangled... and we have moved in and made ourselves at home... The board since corrected to say Four Sisters. Had a wander around the bookshop next door (convenient) already and bought a book which I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It's started... Across the land I imagine people packing up cars and vans ready for the trek west this week, so how lucky are we to have just a thirtyish minute drive up and over Kit Hill (that's it in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Margarete, this sounds wonderful, every country manages something special around books and culture I think and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy the freedoms and fun of it all ...have a great time.
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Give my love to Sutton Lynne! Manys the time through there on the 408 bus to school, and hopping off to shop down Sutton High St on the way home. I remember when Chelsea Girl first opened and we ALL bought ourselves a pair of Oxford Bags, a mini jumper from Martin Ford and still seemed to have some change:-) Isnt the Minack gorgeous , thank you for the picture you sent, what a fabulous setting.
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Carol, ask where the quiet places are to pitch your tent, there will be some. There are lots of tents and stages all running events and you can move from one to the next as the fancy takes you, that is the joy of it. Full festival Programme is online and there will be printed ones to buy when you get there. Weather is set fine so all will be well.
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Joanna, maybe try the audio version of To The Lighthouse. I have the Juliet Stevenson version and she really does it justice. Its not a book to read great chunks of at a time, sometimes one or two pages is all I can manage.
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Dark Puss, I think so much will be very familiar so the new exhibits will certainly add something extra. I always love to see actual manuscripts and letters too, even photos dont make up for that so am looking forward to this. Will await news of whether Tate Modern should be on my list too.
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Oh Sally, yes the silence when out walking. I was out pottering in the garden until late last night and it was beautiful. Harvesting will start again soon so it will be busy again, but I have my radio tinkling away from the Proms in the potting shed and just love it.
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Carol we are will see you there! Dont forget the insect repellent and some ear plugs if you want some sleep. The line up in the tent is as good as ever this year so I am really looking forward to it and so much else going on around the site, plus the weather is set fine apparently, heaven.
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Oh we used to love surprise parties Carrie and yours sounds very special. How did all our babies suddenly become 30 though, doesnt seem five minutes etc.
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Love the daisies Ruth, they are our annual feast, great clouds of white. The June ones are over and the perennial Ox Eyes are out at the moment, the only problem is they smell awful so hopeless for picking. I like the look of the salvias, I must explore, I think they would do well here. Currently have trays of wallflowers and sweet william ready to go in in the autumn. Can highly recommend the SW, strong sturdy, leave-alone stuff, let me know if you would like some seed.
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Lots more replies from me via e mail are stuck in the system and will arrive dreckly probably, but thank you for such wonderful Pleasings,we have loved reading them all.
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Oh Rachel you deserve to be bursting with pride...well done that lad and well done to his mum and dad, what an achievement that is. Love the sound of the end of term musical, bet that took some hours of rehearsing and planning. Enjoy the summer holidays now.
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Sally I like to think of anyone owning this book and the excitement of opening it and seeing the previously unseen pictures. To anyone who knows their VirgInia Woolf it is quite special.
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Henrietta I have some Malope Vulcan not yet in flower but cant wait to see what it does. It has been a bit temperamental though so not as many plants as I would have liked. Oh the times we have lost our electronics to lightning, it blew the old ISDN line out of the wall and burnt the carpet once. That sounds like you took a real surge of a hit. Yes put Port Eliot on the diary, its a very happy and carefree few days and I think we all need those.
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