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Jolabokaflod

Every Christmas Eve, the Icelandic people practise something called ‘jolabokaflod,’ which translates to ‘Christmas book flood. ‘ Jolabokaflod involves giving books as presents on Christmas Eve, so that friends and family can spend the cozy night in curled up with a good story. This is what we have done for much of  today as Christmas Eve was just too busy for one reason or another. This is my book, Diana Gabaldon’s “Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone”.  Isn’t it beautiful ? – and I am enjoying the story too. .

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2021 in art, books, Postaday2021

 

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Feast, Fire and The Lottie Cat

What a lovely productive couple of hours at the allotment this afternoon, clearing so much rubbish, catching up with each other in the safety of the great outdoors and sharing a feast.

Working party

Feast  Photo by Sue Hill

 

All the rubbish disappeared into the fire pit.

Fire! Photo by Sue Hill

The Lottie cat, he who has no name, turned up for a stroke. He reminds me of some stories I loved as child, Orlando, the Marmalade Cat, who had such splendid adventures.

 

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Beetle, Book and Scent

Our eldest daughter brought my beautiful15 year old  Beetle home today. She has been caring for it over the lockdowns and now that I can go to choir again, has brought it home.

I have spent the day in the shade on this beautiful sunny day and have read a whole book, completely unable to put it down –  Helen Dunmore’s “Talking to the Dead.”   If you enjoy a taut, psychological story that keeps you guessing, this is for you. It left me stunned.

We walked down to the allotment to check on things this evening and were delighted by the perfume of the  Night Scented Stock, planted in abundance near the shed.

 

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Tomatoes, Squash and Librarians

We have a baby tomato and two baby squash. I am so excited!

Librarians are almost always lovely people! From the one in Truro when I was eleven years old and had read everything in the children’s section who then introduced me to The Scarlet Pimpernel and allowed me access to the ‘adult’ section ( of course, adult section meant something different when I was a child!) ,  to the one I worked with at Hayfield School when I was an English teacher, who was so enthusiastic and encouraged children to help and to read and the one who became a life-long friend. This cartoon touched me.

I love librarians!

 

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Allotments, Shed and Hamnet

Our allotments are a delight. There are Forget-me-nots everywhere (and I hope they self seed into our plot for next year) and people are both practical and quirky. I love these beach huts that are just the fronts against the hedge.

The hooley continues. We have secured our little shed which was blown over and the chimney pot, inherited from my Mum, where we stash the bamboo canes.

I wrote about Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell in an earlier post, to be found here, and spent a very happy hour a couple of evenings ago, listening to the author talking about her work and answering readers’ questions in The Guardian Book Club event for April. If you haven’t read this amazing book yet, it is now in paperback and really is one of the best novels I have ever read. .

 

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Fiction, A Good Read and Fear

Today I finished a work of fiction and loved it. What a mixture of murder mystery, love story and Cornish politics!

There are many writings by Khalil Gibran that I like and this one, today, is new to me.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2021 in books, Postaday2021

 

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Bullfinches, Pigeon and Bookshelf

All the birds seem very hungry – the feeders are constantly busy and today a pair of Bullfinches were there frequently. I took the photo through the window so that I wouldn’t frighten them off

I showed you the magnificent Kalettes yesterday and today the pigeons discovered them and were pinching bits. Again, this is a zoom photo from the kitchen window.

More bookish amusement came my way today.

 

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A Book, More Masks and Peace

Today I posted a little book to its author. Many years ago, when teaching Year 7s, we used to read  ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks and from that  inspiration, the children wrote their own story in chapters.  I kept Paul’s  which is delightful and as I have followed his very interesting career and stayed in touch, I am able to return this lovely piece of work to him.

I have made eight masks for our London family and they arrived today.

I saw this today and wanted to share it with you all, Dear Readers. Peace to you all, wherever you are in  the world.

 

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Little Things, Droplets and Lyra

This came my way the other day and I loved it.

It was very mizzly this morning and the webs along our walk were  filled with jewel-like droplets.

I was reminded today of a little treasure of a book, ‘Lyra’s Oxford’ by Philip Pullman that the lovely Mr S gave me  many years ago. I read it again this afternoon and loved it still. It is a delight, a little taster of the wonderful ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy.

 

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Peony, Sugarsnaps and A New Book

One Peony flower has survived the wild weather – it’s enormous, about 9″ across. There are still some buds to come.The first sugar snap peas were ready for tonight’s supper. They have the prettiest flowers too. I’ll show you another day.

Purple Magnolia Sugarsnap peas, five each!

A new book arrived today and we are delighted with it, bright illustrations, rhyme and rhythm, dinosaurs and best of all, a white Daddy and a black Mummy, just like our Grandbaby LiveWires! We can hardly wait until our next Skype story time with them. It hasn’t been easy to find such books for little people.

 

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