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Elaine
Colchester, UK
Interests: opera, listening to music, blogging., reading, writing, going to the proms in the summer
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Isn't it just Margaret!!
Erika I worked for a pyscopath for years, excuse spelling, and oh the relief when I packed it all in. Ten years now and I still feel the joy when I wake up in the morning
oh yes how I agree. This is a routine I have now invented for myself and there is nothing and nobody to stop me doing it. Bliss
I have just come through to the living room from such an afternoon. I had a zzz, then read my book and drank tea. Listened to the radio. Checked emails. Had a chat on the phone with a friend. I am now totally relaxed. Wonderful
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on My Boudoir - aka my bedroom at Random Jottings
Oh yes I LOVE retirement. Coming up to ten years now and I can honestly say I have never been bored or restless since the day I packed all the commuting in. When it is cold and dark and I wake up in the morning knowing I do not have to go to work, it is the most wonderful feeling in the world!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on My Boudoir - aka my bedroom at Random Jottings
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If you look up the definition of boudoir you will see it was originally 'a woman's bedroom or small private room used for sleeping, dressing, relaxing, and entertaining'. The kind of entertaining is not specified... Its origin is from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Random Jottings
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Multiple Beth deaths would be hard enough when well but when ill I would think are quite dangerous! I have checked out the Poisonwood Bible. I think I will pass....
I agree with you re the anti feminist stance. Jo is anything but oppressed. Professor Bhaer and she have an incredibly equal marriage and work together. As I said above, have any of these writers read Jo's Boys? makes me so cross. If this post make you want to read LW again then I am delighted to hear it
do you mean the version at the top of the post Margaret? I found this copy at a book sale and it is a bit foxed and not in brilliant condition but I had to have it. I have An Old Fashioned Girl also in that edition and with the same illustrations. The bottom picture shows the four copies I used to borrow from the library and I managed to track them all down and very pleased to have them. It is a timeless tale
there are so many interesting aspects in this book. I had flagged up practically every page but realised that I could not possible write about it all. I found the chapter regarding girl/boys books particularly interesting. Adult books fall into the same category. I will quite happily read a so called 'man's' book but can you imagine a man reading chicklit??
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I can’t remember when I first read Little Women. It was just there. Part of my childhood. An old copy on a bookshelf and my mum didn’t know where it came from either. It vanished as I grew up and,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Random Jottings
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Oh do get it! It is a concise book, well written and to the point and I like that kind of writing. The Bronte book is wonderful, simply wonderful
Hi Chris Your query popped up in my in box and nice to know my old posts are still being read! I tend to start this cake on the higher Mark 3 but keep checking because sometimes the cake can brown too quickly on the top. I agree that Mark 2 is a bit low but I tend to go down to the lower mark, cover the top of the cake with foil and cook for longer at the lower temperature. I have cooked this cake using both electric and gas and never had a failure yet. Getting a thermometer to check your oven might be a good idea. I love cooking with gas but if you have been using electricity for a long while some adjusting is necessary. So to sum up, I start off on the higher temperature, then lower, cover the cake with foil and bake for longer than the recipe says. I constantly check to make sure that it is not overcooking. It can be trial and error. If you have another go do let me know how you get on Elaine
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This book opens with the ghastly murder of Lord William Russell on 6 May 1840 which caused a sensation and shockwaves of horror. Queen Victoria when told of the event by her secretary of State Lord John Russell responded "this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Random Jottings
I could not believe it when I spotted them. Right on the bottom shelf but I knew the covers well and grabbed them straight away. I am always on the look out in charity/thrift shops. You never know what might turn up I am so proud of my family, yes, cleverness or not!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2018 on A Day in Cambridge at Random Jottings
I never get used to her being so far away but then I think that it could be my other daughter and grandchildren who could be so far from me and I count my blessings
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2018 on Shall we read ... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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I loved the Box of Delights and remember watching it with my two when they were young. Sompleased to hear thta your daughte will be with you. Having a child on the other side if the world is difficult to cope with so thank good ess for Skype and Facetime. Have a wonderful time
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My copy of this which I received ages ago had a totally different cover so assumed that this was still the case so thanks for letting me know
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I am starting off this post by assuring you that I do NOT work for the British Library though you could very well think I do the number of times I post about it. I freely admit that I find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Random Jottings
I got back earlier in the week but have been resting and recuperating after all the flights of stairs and looking after grandchildren. Lovely time but sooooo tired. This is just a holding post to thank you for being so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Random Jottings
Blimey Margaret yes I do remember!! I am packing up my daughter's parcel this week and am looking forward to hearing from her on Christmas Day when she opens it up
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2018 on Up in the Loft at Random Jottings
Yes I am home ow and feet up. Knitting that Darth nearly did for me. I prefer large projets and found it very fiddly
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2018 on Up in the Loft at Random Jottings
Thanks for the compliment Fran. A bit sporadic of late but determined to try and blog a bit more in the new year
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2018 on Up in the Loft at Random Jottings
Everyone who has seen this photo has had hysterics!
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2018 on Up in the Loft at Random Jottings
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Which is where I am at the moment. I am in Kew in my room up in the loft on the top floor. I have joked with my daughter that if I keep coming to stay I may need a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Random Jottings