Monday, 2 May 2016
Apologies for absence, but I was very busy with gardening and housework last week, and we have been busy hurtling around the countryside for the past few days, trying to make a living - which was a bit of a laugh really as not much has been selling at all! Ah well, this was one morning when we were still here when the dawn rose.
Anyway, I have been sleeping badly, on top of everything, and fighting a chest infection - worst time to get one. We were due a viewing next week, but fortunately (in some ways) this has had to be rescheduled (still waiting to hear when). So I was able to rest up for two days before having to do the hurtling round the countryside. This wonderful book, Meadowland, was one I treated myself to a couple of weeks ago when I found it for just £1 in one of the Llandeilo charity shops. It is so beautifully written, and the farm is situated on the Herefordshire border, just behind the Black Mountains. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Here's another Charity Shop find, and also unputdownable. I've wanted it since reading a review of it in the weekend Telegraph. I love it because there are lots of horses in it too and it evokes a time that seems familiar to me (though I was born 10 years after the author).
I just couldn't resist this addition to my Bronte collection. A different perspective on Charlotte Bronte in this book, and worth reading if you are a Bronte fan.
As I have been sitting down (all day yesterday near Bristol), I have had time to finally read big chunks of this wonderful book, which evokes happy Wiltshire memories (I used to live near Salisbury) and a time now long forgotten, with customs and stories which have otherwise been lost. A modern print of this would make a wonderful present for a country-lover.
OK, I couldn't resist this book on Wessex for £2 - I didn't NEED it, but I do have several others in this series and am a Wessex lass. This still had all the colour illustrations in it - many didn't survive intact and had the plates taken out and framed up to sell as pictures. I have Dorchester in my hallway, taken from a copy of this book (but not done by me).
This was just a pound, and is to be read and then passed on. Honest injun.
Ahem, this wasn't anything like as cheap as it's just been published, but I had a sod it moment. It was worth buying and I would truly have regretted leaving it in the shop . . .
What have you all been reading?