Monday, 28 September 2015

Good sunny days

Welcome to rproyle , a new follower to reading.

The weather lady on the local forecast said we were to get 5 days of sunshine, and that would be the most sunny days in a row since April. Really? I'm not sure, but I do know that after most of September being grey it is lovely to see the sun and blue skies.

We had a whole day out on Friday because we had to pick up the youngest and her bloke from Stansted airport and as that meant being close to our friends home in Essex we called in there too. Whereas on Sunday when Col took them to the airport in the early hours of the morning he got home in an hour and a quarter, on Friday afternoon it took us nearly 3 hours to get back - the traffic was awful.

On Saturday we set out to the wilds of High Suffolk to go to a second hand book sale. Yes I know I'm going to be packing all my books into boxes sometime for moving but................
It's such a good sale
and the books are only 50p or £1 and even less for children's books.
This is what I came home with

I've completed my collection of Arthur Ransome's books and picked up a couple of old fiction. I borrowed an old Elizabeth Goudge trilogy in one volume from the library after reading Furrowed Middlebrow wartime list, but the print was too small for me to read. The Rosemary tree is not set during the war but I thought if I read it and enjoyed then I could track down The Eliots trilogy in a newer edition - with bigger print.
 A Moment in Time by H.E. Bates is set during the war. H.E. Bates was the author of  The Darling Buds of May which was made into the wonderful TV series about Pop and Ma Larkin.
 My renewed interest in old children's books made me pick up the little book on the right - Footprints in the Snow - I've decided to collect any children's picture books that are about Christmas. There are already several in a box in the loft, saved from the 1980s when our three were small.
No idea what' Because of You' is about but it's set on the Suffolk and Norfolk Coast so that had to come home with me. The book by Joan Lock is an autobiography. 'Country World' contains excerpts from books by Alison Uttley. 'Touch and Go' is one for Col as it's about life on an aircraft carrier during the war. 'Dora Bell's Village Cats' looked interesting.
When we got home I was very good and took a dozen books off my shelves and popped them in a bag ready for the charity shop next week.
 Good to have Strictly Come Dancing back on TV again from now to Christmas, I know not everyone likes it but I love watching how the celebs cope with the hard work and how they improve - or Not - as the weeks go by.

Sunday was another lovely sunny day, we headed out for a walk straight after breakfast. It's a while since we did that particular circular route so I  measured it on the gbmapometer website but it was only 2.81 miles. Only a few calories burned   :-(    I say Only 2.81 miles but that's better than we've done since Cols heart event and my dose of pneumonia.
Later we went out and picked couple of lb of blackberries on the hedges near us, they are very late this year. Then it was a lazy afternoon of watching rugby and reading.

Monday, and sunny again. Col had to go to the doctors and the strawberry bed's been weeded - it was absolutely full of chickweed.  Sticky Chicken wings and stir fry veg. with noodles for dinner later. I couldn't remember which was the best recipe among the cuttings in my recipe folder so what a good thing I'd added it to my recipe page.

Thanks for comments on the last 2 posts and to Jules who is back blogging at Hidden Jem.
 In reply:-
It is unsettling that thoughts of moving are in the background but  in reality I doubt things could happen as quickly as 3 months so we're assuming we will be here but I daren't ask the children what they are doing at Christmas - they will say it's much too early and I'm starting to sound like My Mother!
Margaret P - We do bring in lots of holly, bay and other evergreens and Please read this post
Mmmmmmm Trifle - I usually do one for Christmas tea.
Mmmmmmm Pavlova - sounds good
I'm a dedicated list writer but although I wrote this one on the blog I didn't actually write it anywhere else so it was only by luck that I found it!
Isn't it good to find someone in blogland  who likes to read the same things.In this case Pat and books by Ronald Blythe.
Pamela - What was the comment you deleted - I'm intrigued
Sue in North Wales - I Really need to know about your off the wall notes-to-self!
Mikemax - I'm glad I've reminded you to make a Christmas Hamper and yes I was going to do one for us but decided I would be buying all we need anyway so didn't need to get any extra things just to put in a separate box.

Back in a few days
Sue



26 comments:

  1. What a lovely haul of new to you books. Made me smile at it being too early to ask the grown up children about Christmas, that so resonates with me! Vee x

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    1. My mum used to start worrying about Christmas in August and they think I'm getting as bad as her

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  2. You could start your own library!

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    1. Many people think I have enough books already but I can't resist something I've not seen before which looks interesting

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  3. Already Christmas shopping....spending this one with the grandchildren in England so have to leave them for the family here and need to be organized. Little children are happy with not much..have gotten Spider-man plasters at the grocery store and small bags of M & Ms, plus other little things. Bigger ones get ordered on Amazon UK and go right to the house. So I DO know where we will be at Christmas. Tickets even booked!
    The book sale looked great! I have a collection of Christmas books.....and lots of others!

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    1. I hope you have a good Christmas over here perhaps we will even get a bit of snow

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  4. I; never dare to go to book sales - too tempting, especially the Arthur Ransome, I love them.

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    1. I still have the pleasure of reading some of his books as I've only read about 4 or 5

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  5. Ooh! Thanks for the mention. It really has been a lovely few days and I'm glad you and Col were able to get out for a walk. You have been busy but I do find the good weather helps on that count. There are many blackberries around these parts but I haven't picked any yet as I have no jars for jam making. I was thinking they might be ok if I freeze some for now. It looked a good and busy book sale. X

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    1. The blackberries I picked have all gone in the freezer for pies/crumbles

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  6. Rooting through boxes of books
    My idea of heaven

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  7. Nice book haul! I like a bit of Strictly too!

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  8. Did you hear the recent radio 4 play about Arthur Ransom? It was very interesting, and is probably still available on play it again.

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    1. Oh thank you for that info. As well as The Swallows and Amazons books I've also got 2 books about him and how he got to write the books

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  9. How can you resist such good bargains, 50p is fab value for a book. And you've had a clear out in response so all is fair on the book front I reckon.
    We have a box full of Christmas books which come out of the loft each Dec 1st. They conjure up lovely memories.
    Also loving the return of Strictly here too!
    Lisa x

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    1. The dealers go wild at this sale buying up books by the hundreds!

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  10. I bet you are running out of books that you can bear to let go now! I looked through my bookshelves the other day and managed to find four that I could bear to give away!.
    My lot assume that they will be here for Christmas Day so I shall plan for that.

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    1. Yes you're right but we've still got quite a few country books that were acquired to sell when we did secondhand smallholding and country books at smallholders shows. I kept them to read but as they haven't been read in the last 6 years I probably will never read them!

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  11. I am short of The Big Six in my Ramsom collection but the rest are falling apart as I often re read them! Sounds like you must NEVER go to Hay-on-Wye or you will need a lorry for your purchases - it really is second hand book heaven!!

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    1. We've been there so many times I know my way around blindfold!! The only problem is the prices there which rather limit the purchases.

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    2. where is this sale?

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  12. where exactly is the Suffolk sale?

    Jan

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    1. St James South Elmham about7 miles NW of Halesworth

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  13. You got some great books at the sale. I love a good book sale! xx

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