2 Oct 2018

My reading, this and that


The monthly book group at the library in the park gives me the opportunity to meet with others who enjoy reading. The group has been going now for over a year and there's a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome and it doesn't matter if a book hasn't been read that month. We also talk about books that we've read in the past and can recommend. I'm winding down in preparation for October activities so my books that were on loan were taken back this week.  Instead I shall be reading my own books for a while. When visiting a charity shop I'm always on the look-out for books that I want to read and I'm never without a book in my bag that I can read whilst waiting my turn during an appointment. Today I have a routine MRI scan to measure bone density.  A book of short stories is usually the best option for this situation.



On the other side of the library beyond the walled garden is a wild area in the park. More natural cover for wildlife has been added and there's also a small pond.  The former Squirrel Corner is now called The Stumpery.  When I went there after the book group meeting the grey squirrels were there as usual, but they seemed less shy than before.  People are discouraged from leaving food for them because of the hygiene problem. Perhaps that's why they come right up to a visitor as they search for fallen acorns on the paths in the woodland during these Autumn days?  They are fascinating to watch, but I found it unusual that they came right up to my feet.  



There are many images from our time in Italy in May that I haven't shared, but they'll have to wait for another time. Mr P's sister phoned us on Sunday and told us that she and some of the family have gathered our grapes from the vines on our land. However, we know there's always plenty to do in the garden. Last time I hardly got any crocheting done and books that I read were those that I'm already familiar with by favourite authors and those I could dip into such as this travel/cookery book Honey From A Weed by Patience Gray: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, The Cyclades and Apulia with wonderful drawing by Corinna Sargood.
Here is what is written on the dust jacket:-
Patience Gray was first known for the 1950s classic, Plat du Jour, but her greatest work was her autobiographical cookery book Honey From a Weed .  It is Mediterranean through and through and as compelling as a first-class novel.  She shared her life with a sculptor, Norman Mommens, whose appetite for marble and sedimentary rocks took them to Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades (Naxos) and Apulia. Everywhere she learned from the country people whose way of life she shared, adopting their methods of growing, cooking and conserving the staple foods of the Mediterranean.  She described the rustic foods and dishes with feeling and fidelity, writing from the inside and with a deep sense of history and continuity of Mediterranean ways. Her life in Salento contrasted with an earlier and indeed glittering career in Fleet Street, but she sacrificed the deadlines of the past to the rhythm of wine-making, seasonal sowing and gathering. 
Corinna Sargood's drawings, in another dimension, evoke the underlying spirit of the book, which has to do with the landscape, people, art, imagination, as much as with fasting and feasting. 




These are my recent eclectic finds during my charity shop browsing. There's a book of short stories set in Greece, a novel about an Amish girl and a thriller that was a best seller some time ago and which I've been wanting to read.


I'm hoping to get back to some crocheting which is another activity I can pick up and put down.



I'm going to take a break from blogging. Hopefully I'll be back blogging in November. In the meanwhile I hope you have a very peaceful October,
Linda :)

26 comments:

  1. Have a great October, see you in November. 😊

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  2. Enjoy your break. I too always have a crochet project and a book in my bag for the endless hospital appointments that I am hoping will start to lessen.

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    1. Thank you MM. All the best with Gerard's health. Happy reading and crafting!

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  3. Hello, I like crocheting too. I learned it from my mother.
    Have a relaxing October.

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  4. Lovely post Linda, all the books look interesting. Have a wonderful October:)

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  5. I hope all went well with the MRI! Oh...those cheeky squirrels, we saw so many of them in the New Forest. What a wonderful variety of books! Have a lovely October.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina, the MRI appointment went well. I'm looking forward to some time out during October. I'm glad you had a good time in the New Forest. Lxx

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  6. I enjoyed reading your post and looking at your photographs, a lovely selection thank you.

    Reading the comment/reply above, I am pleased that the MRI appointment went well.

    Have a peaceful October and look forward to reading another blog post when you return from your blogging break.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. Re the scan I won't get the result yet, but hopefully it will be good news. Hospital monitoring, exercise and eating sensibly helps my all round health. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. All the best to you too, Jan.

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  7. Enjoy your break and enjoy new good reads and the yarn work. The squirrels in my yard eat everything in my garden just before I'm ready to pick. I always have a book with me, too. So many now are always on their phones, but I enjoy burying myself in print.

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    1. Thank you Julie. It's good to hear from you.

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  8. Have a good break. Your book group sounds like a group I would love. Last week I visited a couple charity shops and came home with 5 books to read. Have a good Autumn adventure too whether in the garden or walking elsewhere. Next week I have a bone density test too. Today I had another appointment and debated about tossing a book in my bag. I didn't and thankfully there was not much waiting.

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    1. I'm glad that all is well with you. Looking forward to meeting again via the blog in November.

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  9. Enjoyed popping in today and seeing what you have been up to and looking at these pretty photos. Have a very nice break and looking forward to catching up in November.

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    1. Thank you for coming by. A catch up in November will be good! :)

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  10. Have a wonderful blogging break and happy October to you.
    Lovely that you belong to a book club and nice that you can enjoy the company of others and talk about your latest reads.
    I was glad to read that your MRI scan went well too.
    Enjoy Autumn
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. I'm sure you're enjoying your Springtime as we enjoy Autumn days. Thank you for your visit. I look forward to a news catch up in November.

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  11. I like short stories as well and always have a book with me when going to see a doctor where I must probably wait. Not read Hislop or Hawkings yet. Your photos are lovely.

    I hope the bone density was ok? I had it measured a few years back but everything was normal. Wishing you a good new week.

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  12. Hi There, Sounds like a great Book Club. We have one here in our area --and right now, they are doing 'mysteries'....

    Hope your MRI works out fine... I am still struggling with my A-Fib ---but count my blessings every day that so far, that is all that is wrong with me... My situation is minor compared to most others with health problems.

    I think of you often and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. Lovely to read your post Linda. Enjoy your break and get in some good reading and crochet. Good luck with your scan. Cheers now, Sue :D)

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  14. I'd really like to get back to crocheting again. Hope you've got some fun scheduled for October!

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  15. Hello Linda, just dropping by and enjoyed your post.
    Such friendly squirrels! Your photos are lovely, I like your reading spot.
    Good for you having a bone density check up.
    Have a nice rest this month and see you when you return. Cheers! Sue

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Thank you for your kind comment which is much appreciated. Have a lovely day.