… after being distracted by life for quite a few days …
A is for A SITE OF HER OWN. Ten of Margery Sharp’s novels are back in the world and her publisher – Open Road Media – is showing them off in a lovely little site of her own.
B is for BLUEBELLS. I love the bluebell season, and I hope that we will find the time – and have the weather – to take Briar for a walk in the woods while they are still flowering .
C is for CRASH! My computer went into meltdown at the beginning of the bank holiday weekend, it couldn’t be nursed back to health, and that is why I disappeared for a little while.
D is for DEADLOCK. This month’s book – the sixth of thirteen – in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage sequence. The reading hasn’t always been easy but the many wonderful things that these books have to offer make me so glad that I began my journey through them.
E is for EXHIBITION. I’m looking forward to an exhibition of paintings of Cornish seas, and then an exhibition of the work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, at Penlee House.
F is for FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD. Should you come to Penzance and think that our second-hand bookshop has vanished, don’t worry. It has moved to new premises just a little further down the road.
G is for GARAGE DOOR. Something else that went crash! It was very old, it was probable time to replace it, and when a cable snapped it forced the issue. A neighbour was very happy with the new garage door he had installed recently, and so we have asked the company he used to take a look and give us a quote.
H is for HAIR. It’s the nesting season, and so I’ve been grooming Briar daily, putting the hair out in the garden, and watching birds arrive and fly off with beak-fulls of the stuff.
I is for I WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND a lovely old hardback copy of Come Hither: An Anthology of Poetry collected by Walter De La Mare.
J is for JEAN. This is my main knitting project at the moment. The body is complete, the first sleeve cap is nearly done, and so it shouldn’t be too long before I’m finished. It’s a lovely pattern, and I’m pleased that my second project with top-down short-row sleeves is an advance from the first. The pattern said wrap and turn but I didn’t like the look of that and so I went back and used shadow wraps instead. They look much better.
K is for KATE IN THE KETTLE. When I caught sight of that name I just had to find out what she sounded like!
L is for LIBRARY. It’s open again, in the town hall now, alongside the one-stop-shop. I’m sorry that it’s much smaller than the old library, but I’m finding a lot to like, especially that the art library is much easier to look around than it was. And, I didn’t know until a librarian told me, they had a lot of trouble with damp in the old building.
M is for MARGARET KENNEDY DAY. It’s happening on 20th June, and it’s very simple. Just read a book between now and then and post about it on the day. I hope to read a book and hopefully give away a book or two between now and then.
N is for NEGLECTED. I am horribly aware that my 100 Years of Books project has been stuck at 67 for ages. I don’t want to be project-driven, I want the years to fill up naturally from books that I want to read, but I looked at the years that were unfilled and the books that I had in mind and now I have a small pile of books sitting on a table ready to help things along.
P is for PLUMBING. This has been our big domestic crisis. South West Water said that there was a leak under our boundary wall, and because it was our side of the boundary wall we had to find a plumber with listening equipment to find it and fix it. There aren’t many of those down here at the far end of Cornwall, but we found one who was willing to come and take a look in the end, I’ve got a quote, and they’re coming out to do the work next Tuesday.
Q is for QUEENEY. I have ‘According to Queeney’ lined up for Annabel’s Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week next month.
R is for RUAN by Bryher. There’s a line of library books sitting on top of the desk that I inherited from my godmother, and this is the one I have chosen to read first. It tells the story of a young boy in the 6th century who is destined to be a druid but dreams of the sea and a very different life.
S is for SUMMER. I see signs that summer is coming, and I’m particularly pleased to see a lovely new anthology, edited by Melissa Harrison for the Wildlife Trust.
U is for UP TO THE VERY TOP. We haven’t been to Chapel Carn Brea for ages but we went last weekend, and we walked right up to the top of the highest hill in West Cornwall.
V is for VILLETTE. I missed Charlotte Bronte’s birthday, but several mentions of Villette in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage inspired me to pick up my copy and see if I might read it all the way through – after several failed attempts. I did!
W is for WENTWORTH. I was thinking of reading another Miss Silver Book when I noticed that the Dean Street Press had reissued lots of Patricia Wentworth’s other mysteries. I’ve read and enjoyed one and I’m sure I’ll be reading more soon.
X is for eXCLUSION. How do you explain to a border terrier that she isn’t allowed on the beach just outside the front door across the road between May and September? I know I’ve asked this before, but I’ve never found an answer!
Y is for THE YOUNG DOCTOR. I love Francis Brett Young’s writing, but this early, autobiographical work is not his best. It’s still interesting though, it’s still worth reading, and I will finish it soon.
Z is for ZEE AVI. A lovely new addition to the soundtrack to my life.
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