Tuesday, 30 June 2015

How did I forget Hay-on-Wye

You know I did a list the other day of places we want to visit if we get the opportunity, I forgot Hay-on-Wye. How did I do that? as it's one of my favourite towns. So many wonderful second hand book shops all in one place, it's  book lovers heaven. I shall go there with my list from Furrowed Middlebrow blog of all the WWII books by women authors he has found out about and see if I can track some of them down.

Continuing on the book theme, one of the 50p books I picked up from a car-boot sale a couple of weeks ago was this



 one of Arthur Ransom's 12 books about the Swallows and Amazons. It made me remember our visit to the museum in the Lake District where we saw the Amazon.  I've now got 6 out of the 12 as well as a couple of non-fiction books about the author and the real-life family - the Altounyans -that he based his 1930s and 40s books on.Then in one of the newspapers Col brought in from the campsite I spotted
"Titty becomes Tatty as BBC rewrites classic" ,
The BBC have begun shooting a new version of Swallow and Amazons in the Lake District and Yorkshire which  will be released next year. The youngest girl called Titty in his stories will be called Tatty in the new version so that people are not offended! In real life the little girl was called Mavis but had the nick-name Titty after a childrens story 'Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse'.
 I've watched the 1974 film version a couple of times, one of my favourite childrens stories.

I hope everyone further inland is surviving the heat wave, here on the coast we have a nice breeze to keep things more comfortable. Col has gone up the road with the tractor and hay turner, and I'm deciding between sunbathing or tennis. Gooseberries, potatoes, flowers and cucumbers are selling well after the road closure delay - thankfully.

Back Tomorrow with my review of the month - looking back at June. ( how the heck has half a year gone already?)

Sue

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