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Everything posted by Chrissy

  1. Your Age?

    Many, many congratulations to you both, Mr and Mrs Muggle Not! What a milestone indeed. I hope you enjoyed your special day.
  2. I do like a Dorothy L Sayers! Have you read many of her others?
  3. Your Age?

    Are we talking maybe Emeralds and 55 years? Or even Blue Sapphires, and 65 years? Whichever it may be (guessed, or unguessed here), Happy Anniversary to you and your wife.
  4. Thank you for recommending this, and the others, muggle not. I liked the look of them, so bought them all. Looking forward to my wayward reading mojo being ready for them. If I get to spend any more time gardening this year (I can mostly keep warm, but keeping dry becomes a challenge out there), I may well listen to them instead!
  5. Reading a Rick Riordan series - The Kane Chronicles. It suits my exceptionally sketchy reading mojo.
  6. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    That's so lovely, Hayley. Love it.
  7. One Day - David Nicholls
  8. Christmas planning and chat

    I may have bought a little sparkly thing last Friday, with a tiny wee star nestling within the tiny wee branches of the sparkly 3 inch tall tree.
  9. I think everyone should have this as part of their repertoire of lurve! You must get your partner to read it, Athena, and tell him we will be needing a full review!
  10. The Hobbit was the first book my husband ever bought me. A very posh version too. No wonder I married him. I had forgotten about the songs, which was probably a good thing to do. I am finally reading (ish)! I had to kill 20 minutes over the weekend, and as I always have my kindle or a book with me, I reached for it and started reading something eminently interruptible. Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan, a companion book to his Percy Jackson series. Dipping in and out of it is working well, so I will see where it leads.
  11. Poetic Wanderings

    (It was reading The Highwayman when I was very young that taught me how alive poetry could be. I found it in 'The Golden Treasury of Poetry' - selected by Louis Untermeyer, and filled throughout with the wonderful illustrations of Joan Walsh Anglund. A true book treasure. ) I am fevered with the sunset, I am fretful with the bay, For the wander-thirst is on me And my soul is in Cathay There's a schooner in the offing, With her topsails shot with fire, And my heart has gone aboard her For the Islands of Desire. I must forth again to-morrow! With the sunset I must be Hull down on the trail of rapture In the wonder of the sea. The Sea Gypsy by Richard Hovey
  12. Still not reading, but I have been making purchases (but, of course!). I've been pretty busy of late, and have been relaxing with cryptic crosswords when I've had more than 5 minutes to myself. The GN Watchmen by Alan Moore is one I have been meaning to buy for ages, so just went and did! The other book is The Four Branches of The Mabinogi, a children's illustrated book by Sian Lewis and Valeriane Leblond, recounting the oldest and most famous legends in Wales.
  13. Keeping your TBR under control

    Although I have donated lots of books in recent years, we still have shelves upon shelves of them remaining, and we wouldn't have it any other way. We both also have kindles, which are comfortably heaving with books. I need reading glasses now, and often find it easier to enlarge the print on my kindle then to wear them, especially when I am tired. I am most at ease when I am surrounded by books, and notebooks, and pens and, and.....so what's to control? There are worse addictions to have.
  14. What are you drinking just now?

    I hope it carried on raining for you, Raven. Just had an unsatisfactory cup of tea. I may have to make another one soon.
  15. Your Book Activity - September 2021

    Being in the maelstrom of an anxious non reading phase, I made a decision to not allow myself to read any fictional text (newspapers aside) until next week at the earliest. The anxiety of not settling with a book was mounting, so drastic action was required! To keep myself occupied during any down time, I have been working on some cryptic crosswords, and enjoying the frustration and "Eureka!" moments with them.
  16. Quotes Collection

    Have courage for the great sorrows, and patience in the small ones, and when you have accomplished your tasks, go to sleep in peace. (Victor Hugo) Let us be grateful to the people that make us happy: they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. (Proust) In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. (George Orwell) Silently, one by one in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars. The forget-me-nots of the angels. (HW Longfellow)
  17. I bought Piranesi in the recent daily deal on kindle, so I am delighted to see that you have given it a 5/5. I am fairly certain I also have Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell around here somewhere. There will be shelf rummaging later!
  18. Your Book Activity - September 2021

    I have (finally) been kind of reading at some words! And I do actually mean it that way. The struggle and accompanying anxiety were escalating, so I just made myself start reading an old favourite series. it was a real struggle, so I decided to jump about and read the chapters I had especially enjoyed. It appears to have worked, so I will be attempting a real-new-to-me-and-proper-reading-of-a-book this weekend. Wish me luck!
  19. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Gorgeous blankets Poppy! The colours are just so heart lifting.
  20. I always laugh to myself when I see a photo of books on shelves, as I will automatically tilt my head so I can read the titles. On occasion I may even have used the magnifier function to scan them. Thank you for then posting photos of stacks - so much gentler on the neck!
  21. Hamnet

    Same here! I look forward to reading it.
  22. Your Book Activity - August 2021

    Poetry has been helping, the reading and writing of it. Usually I just tuck myself into an old favourite, but even that isn't working. This weekend I will be going through some books ready for donating - I'm hoping (but trying so very hard not to) this may trigger a "Gosh, I remember buying this, I MUST read it!".
  23. Poetic Wanderings

    Busy old fool, unruly Sun,Why dost thou thus,Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run? Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide Late school-boys and sour prentices, Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,Call country ants to harvest offices;Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time. (Taken from The Sun Rising by John Donne) A poem I first encountered, written on the side of Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent UK
  24. Septimus! Yeah! So glad you are enjoying them. So sorry to read about your boyfriends cat. Pets are family. I hope the missing of her is getting easier for you both.