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About Peacefield

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  • Birthday February 1

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    The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
  • Location:
    United States
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    Lit, film, art, travel and coffee.
  1. The end of the era of personal car ownership

    We land on 31st August and will be driving ALL over the UK and Ireland so you never know where we'll show up! Don't worry, I've been watching lots of YouTube videos
  2. The end of the era of personal car ownership

    It's very different here in the US since we have so many people living in rural areas, but I can see where a car wouldn't be needed if one lived in a big city like Chicago, NY or DC, where a person could go everywhere on the train. I've driven since I was 16 and am probably on my 6th car that I've owned. Where I live now is a small town out in the middle of corn fields and the only train by me is a freight train. If I wanted to go into the city, which is an hour away, I'd have to drive. Or at least drive to another town where I could catch a bus. I guess it's all about convenience for me, and the freedom to go where I want when I want. We were planning on taking the trains/buses in the UK when we visit in a couple of weeks, but realized it will be easier to get a car so we don't have to plan our itinerary around the transport schedules. Of course none of us have driven in the UK before, so FYI everyone, beware!
  3. What's Up in July 2017?

    Sounds like you all had lovely weekends. Talisman, what did you think of the GoT premiere? I met with my friends over the weekend so we could finalize all of our trip plans. All airline tickets, 10 hotels, and 2 car rentals are now booked. We just have a few extra things to get like tickets for Chatsworth, Eilean Donan castle, and exhibit tickets at the Dublin Natl Gallery of Art. We're very excited that there will be a ver Meer show going on while we're there :).
  4. Game of Thrones

    Was anyone able to catch the season premiere of GoT last night? I mostly loved it, and the opening scene was the best they've done yet, IMO.
  5. Willoyd's Reading 2017

    Congrats on your retirement, Willoyd! Consider me extremely jealous! Lovely reviews, and I was especially glad to see that you enjoyed The Lady and the Unicorn. This is one of my most favorite books and one of the genres that I'm drawn to constantly. Creating tapestries really is an art!
  6. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Gorgeous kitty! She looks very content Loopholes and book-buying go hand in hand! And absolutely acceptable
  7. Peace's Reads 2017

    Hey, guys! Happy Monday I'm on the home stretch of The Well of Lost Plots and am also listening to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. That was is a re-"read" but I love it so much and I find that listening to books that I've already read works better for me while I'm working, since I have an idea what the story is. I went to a library book sale over the weekend and found Copper River by William Kent Krueger, Saints and Strangers by George F. Willison and a book I've been tempted to buy many times over, Bring Warm Clothes, which is a collection of letters and journal entries describing Minnesota's history since before statehood and after. Saints and Strangers is about the Pilgrims and their history in England before coming to the US and then once they land on Plymouth Rock :D. My trip planning is almost complete! I have booked our car hires for the UK and Ireland, and have booked B&Bs in Southampton, Derby, and York. Not to mention our stay at Melville Castle in Edinburgh! We'll be spending 2 nights in Southampton so we can explore all of the Dorset coast, and then in Derby so we can visit Chatsworth House (yay, Pemberly!). We also want to see the York Minster and the Major Oak in the Sherwood Forest. We have added the Island of Skye to our itinerary and will also be in Dublin for 2 nights right in the middle of the city. Lastly, before we fly back to LHR, we'll be in the counties of Clare, Cork and Kerry in Ireland. Those hotels/B&Bs are all booked so all that's left is the rest of our Scottish itinerary. It's all just too exciting!
  8. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Hmm, my top 5 would probably be... 1. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder 2. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 3. Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 4. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume 5. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
  9. What's Up in July 2017?

    Wow, Talisman, that IS an excellent deal for an apt! I would love to visit Croatia one day and am looking forward to hearing how your trip went. We are going to be in England, Scotland and Ireland for a little over 2 weeks. Last night we managed to book our car hire in Ireland for 3 days, our ferry tickets from Holyhead to Dublin, and our airline tickets from Cork to Heathrow, which is the day before we come home. We are pretty much doing a big clockwise circle of travel. We still have most of the hotels to book, but have so far booked B&Bs in Derby and Southampton. Oh, and we booked rooms in Melville Castle in Edinburgh for a night! We're very excited! Have fun organizing your books, Athena, and you as well with the rubbish, Chesil! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
  10. Noll's Reading Log 2017

    Beautiful cross stitch, Noll, I love all the colors! I'm so sorry about not getting the study course you wanted. May I ask why you have to be unemployed to take it? Also, if you end up going the online/evening class route, do they have student loans in Ireland that you can take out? We have those here and don't have to pay them back until after we are graduated. Just curious!
  11. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I'm interested to hear what you think about this one, Lau-Lou. A few of my family members are crazy about DD and might like a fun read I was about to read quite a bit of The Well of Lost Plots this weekend, so am about halfway. I also started to listening to the audio book of Shades of Grey (also Jasper Fforde) while working. Enjoying both immensely~
  12. What's Up in July 2017?

    Morning, all, and happy halfway-to-the-weekend. It's very warm and humid here as well, and is currently thundering and lightning outside but not raining, curiously enough. I was at the cabin this weekend and came home yesterday in time for my town's firework display. I enjoy celebrating the Independence Day holiday, mostly because it's a personal thanks to my ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary, Civil, and World Wars, because without them I might not be here posting on BCF I'm off to the cities tomorrow for an appt and then a trip planning session with my friends. We are finalizing all of our B&B bookings and car rental, so that's exciting. I can't believe the trip is less than 2 months away! We've been planning on this the last year or so. Hope you all have a great rest of your week and that it cools off!
  13. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Have you ever read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Noll? I listened to the audio book recently and it was about a girl who wrote fan fic for books similar to Harry Potter. Shipping was the name of the game with that book!
  14. Sophie Kinsella

    I haven't read Sophie Kinsella since Shopaholic and Sister but this thread reminds me that I need to get back to her. Between my 'heavy' books I like this type of read. Thanks also, Chesil, for posting the Jenny Colgan books. I will definitely have to take a look at those as well!
  15. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    The term 'ship' is popular in the world of fan fiction, too. There are also some people out there who may or may not me have boards on Pinterest dedicated to some ships...