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dovegreyreader
Devon, U.K.
Community nurse once upon a time, now Shire-dweller & Dartmoor wanderer usually with book in hand or quilt in mind...
Interests: reading, quilting, books, walking, gardening,
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‘There was no holy water No one spoke of fame There were no reliable works We were left to figure out things for ourselves’ Having mentioned it I've been down to the basement to find this post from 2015 about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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It was my dad who taught my brother and I to play chess. Old fashioned board games were the games I remember us playing as a family. We had my mum’s old Ludo and Snakes and Ladders sets and honestly,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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...that month go? Thank you for all your lovely comments and for chatting to each other too. If there’s one thing I love about this place it’s that...if I disappear off for a while you’ll all keep the conversation going.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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'Relentlessly Optimistic of Devon Here', let's focus on good things shall we. Do you know whenever I look at this picture I can still feel that little owlet's plumpness and its heart beating, and the softness of those downy feathers.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Well all I can say is goodbye 2020 and please 2021 will you be nicer to us. I want to say good riddance but in a way I also want to say, well, thanks for the life lessons. I suspect... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Oh Richard I'm so sorry. May she rest in peace and thank you so much for letting us know. I would hope to read some good obituaries very soon
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How lovely to see all your messages , thank you to all of you for being there too. We’ve kept each other going this year haven’t we, that’s for sure. Usual quiet day here, breakfast with our family ‘bubble’ and the Kayaker stayed for the rest of the day and dinner. We’ve eaten and puzzled and nattered. Lovely gifts and a long chat with Offspringette in New Zealand this evening. Her parcel arrived two days ago (thank goodness) and we all ordered her things direct from NZ too just in case. Far too much chocolate, boiled eggs tomorrow.
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...a very Merry Christmas and the best of days that we can have given the constraints. I’m so sorry for those who have had plans curtailed and changed at the last minute and if anyone is going to be alone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Typepad doesn’t like long links. Don’t worry, I’ll convert it to a short link next time I’m on my desktop. Thanks for sharing it.
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We do it every year and I love this post....it's time for the 'What Will You Be Reading Over Christmas' post. It's almost as traditional as me decorating the bough in the kitchen wherein I have gone slightly off piste... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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The world will be green again very soon, I’m sure of it.
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My heart sank when the tooth started playing up. But have to say the dentist was superb, NHS and really didn’t have to try as hard as he did to save it. If Happy Camper A sees this, she is a huge fan of Robin Hobbs and got me reading them a while back. I read the first one and maybe I’ll get the others off the shelf over Christmas.
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It must have been hard mustn’t it, and so strange when she finally did. I can’t wait to see what she writes next, meanwhile I have the collected essays ready and a return to her earlier novels is always good.
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Goodness Helen, what a nightmare for you and I’m so pleased you are on the mend, that sounds like quite the ordeal. Fancy the surgeon’s wife being a reader here, what a small world it is. I agree about the print sizing on iPad. I often do a first draft of blog posts on it as it’s so easy to enlarge, and also answer comments. TM&TL will be waiting for your return when the moment is right.
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How lovely to read your comment Amy, thank you so much for stopping by. This is one post that never stops giving and always a joy to hear how many children Miss Noblett helped.
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I’ve had that discussion with someone else too Rebecca, about not wasting any of the research and I agree with you. So many minute details, often incidental, but you get the impression the product of research and to be included come what may. And sadly Magnus hasn’t returned. We miss him terribly, finally picked his bowl up the other day and also locked the cat flap. It felt like treachery but was all just making us sadder. We’ll keep an eye out for kittens in the spring maybe...they’ll find us I expect.
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22.15 Sunday November 29th 2020 I flicked over the final page of The Mirror & the Light and I really do feel as if some sort of medal, honour, award, Damehood or something should be in order. And not just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I have vivid memories of some of our childhood puzzles including one advertising New Zealand butter (written across the sky’ and brought back from the Ideal Home exhibition by my mum. I can still see the picture now and we did it over and again. It’s certainly a lovely thing to sit and do with someone else and your memories sound very special.
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I noticed a new shop in town this week...good news on itself, but it’s a games shop where you can not only buy but also hire games for a week or two. What a brilliant idea.
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I think I might have a had a similar experience with that Margaret Drabble book, and weren’t her revelations the cause of some of the animosity with her sister? Or was that a different book? I’ll seek out the other one, thank you.
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Oh yes, I never mind the stuff being up there. I bought a big storage box for each of them and filled it with what I saw as treasures, things they might want to find when they were much older and knowing how much I enjoy the things I still have of mine as a child. They can do with it what they want eventually, but at least it’s there. And I’ve just cracked open another puzzle this afternoon. I’m finding they keep me awake in the evenings...I’m nodding off by the fire far to much!
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Thanks Jan, I’ll have a look at that, sounds interesting.
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Hats off to anyone who starts off so well organised. It’s a sort of the edges and get the pieces picture side up and then it’s a free for all here. Disorganised too. I found myself hopping all over the place to different spots.
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Susan Hill has a beautiful patchwork one in her online shop. Apparently puzzles are selling like crazy.
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What an excellent idea Angela, and how therapeutic for everyone. You remind me of those map jigsaws I did in the 1960s. I’d get one every Christmas, a different country and names of cities had to be slotted into the right place.
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