An A to Z to pick up the threads ….

… 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.

Spring on Lewesdon Hill
‘Spring on Lewesdon Hill’ by Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

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.

c4604G 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.

Jean by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne
Jean by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

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.

badgeO is for O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather. I loved this book when I first read it, many years ago, and now that I have re-read it I think I might love it even more.

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.

51z+j9nWlYL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_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.

T is for TWISTED STITCHES. I’ve finally mastered cabling without a cable needle, and now I’m thinking of knitting Birch Bay or – when I’m feeling brave – Aviara.

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!

30075219W 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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25 thoughts on “An A to Z to pick up the threads ….

  1. I was thinking of you and Penzance as I was reading Charlotte Bronte’s biography! I was also introduced to The Pirates thereof as a very young girl by my music-loving father (it’s been a special, if imaginary place to me, because of that association, ever since). It almost seems magical to know someone who lives there. 🙂


    1. We’re very proud of our Bronte connection and I walk past the Branwell family home quite regularly; but we’re a little less attached to Gilbert & Sullivan as neither of them ever came here, they just picked the name for the sound.


  2. Sorry about the computer crash…but glad you have a library open in town again, even if it’s small. 🙂 I hated being without my library last summer. Hope you have a great summer!


    1. I’m glad too, because libraries do seem to be targeted for funding cuts in so many parts of the UK. The new site should be stable and the old site becomes part of the art school, where my grandfather used to be headmaster.


  3. Love your A-Z posts, Jane, and Real Sounds like it’s been full of trials recently. Hope they get sorted out soon! And I *am* glad you have a library back!


    1. I love Nicholas HH’s work and could spend may happy hours wandering through his paintings, and add to that what might be my favourite colour in the world and you have perfection. Be careful in there though – the artist’s lurchers often run through his work.

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  4. A lovely A to Z! So many things to enjoy. I am very intrigued by the Patricia Wentworth books, I haven’t read any of those without Miss Silver. And I love the Deco cover that you included. My computer is definitely slowing down with age, and I keep thinking I need to do something before it finally breaks down.


    1. I loved the book in the picture, though I did rather miss the knitting and nobody tumbled over a cliff. Dean Street do a wonderful job of presenting their books and I’ll be reading more of their Wentworths in time.


  5. You seem to be having a challenging week with Computers and garage doors crashing and plumbing disasters! But there are good things too…love the knitting patterns and everything about Margery Sharp and Margaret Kennedy day! All the best with Villette


  6. Wishing you all the best with those domestic niggles. I have a feeling our garage door might be about to seize up so your post is a timely reminder to book a service. Villette is wonderful. I read it many years ago and it remains my favourite Bronte. Happy reading, Jane.


    1. I drifted away from Villette a couple of times, but this time the parallels with Pilgrimage held me until I came to love the book for its own sake. I’d struggle to pick a favourite Bronte because I love different books for different reasons, but Villette definitely has its own very special magic.


  7. Lovely knitting! Also ta for the reminder for Margaret Kennedy day and the tip off for Beryl Bainbridge reading week. The dates have been duly noted and the relevant reading will commence shortly! 🙂


  8. Hurrah! You’re joining in with Beryl. I should really try a Margery Sharp, shouldn’t I!


  9. Sorry to hear about the computer crash – I had one and then I held on to the patched up old one even when I had a new one, and I had ANOTHER crash which actually lost work, and all the catching up led to less reading time. Hope all is back on track with leaks and garage doors, too – it never rains but it pours, etc.


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