If ever I go bankrupt, I want you to know that it will not be because of my extravangant spending on shoes, clothes, meals out or holidays. No, siree. If ever I go bankrupt it will be because my money, every spare bit of it plus a little extra, goes on books. Real books, second hand or new books, Kindle books or hardback. Books are … Continue reading My Bookshelves are looking full… Lining Up My Reads for November and December.
I love snail mail, or post as we call it in the UK. I love letters best of all, long, slow-moving letters from friends that undulate lazily through the meadows of news and form oxbow lakes of unrelated gossip to enjoy at leisure. I love postcards, short and sharp with the briefest of messages on that give no more than a corner of an insight … Continue reading Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20
Algorithms are really fun, aren’t they? One minute you’re on Facebook and looking at friend’s posts, the next you’ve checked some information on the Web and when you return to Facebook’s Happy Place it’s full of adverts for something you may need/ will never need/ looked at and have no real desire to purchase or… occasionally… something that makes you go Mmmm. That happened to … Continue reading Sudden Inspirations that are A Really Mad Idea… but Fun to Think About: September Small Things Day 10
Go on… are you reading this after Christmas? Catching up on your favourite blogs and pages because the last few days before Christmas were manic? So much to do, so much to prepare, and no time to stop or breathe or anything? Well then, this is a message for you. Remember, in all the rush and panic and shopping, baking, cleaning, crying (someone always cries … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: You Did Remember to Wrap a Little Something for You, Didn’t You?
I’m not planning to post anything between Christmas and New Year (Twixmas or Romjul, if you prefer) except perhaps a catch up post, so this post is really a sort of forward planning post, looking at what I intend to do next week and what I’m planning to start off with next year. I have some questions I need answering by any readers out there, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year
Today, Monday 21st December 2020 is the Midwinter Solstice. It strikes me as weird that in some parts of the world it’s actually looked at as the first day of winter when, in my mind, it really does work better with early November as the start of winter and now being halfway between beginning and end. I like the link between the Sun and the … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Winter Solstice, a Moment to Stand Still and Look Ahead.
I will struggle to write this post, I know. You see, at the back of my happy and peaceful immediate, nuclear family there is a wider and far less peaceful extended family. Where my personal home is calm, happy and full of the joys of the season, there’s a rift in the extended family caused by a difference in belief. And I don’t think that’s … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Advent 4 Peace.
On December 19th 1843, a small, slim volume of a book was published. With a red cloth cover, gilt edgings and priced at five shillings, the cost of printing had to be born by Dickens himself. His Publishers, shy after the woeful success (or lack of it) of Martin Chuzzlewit, refused to pay for the printing. Only 6,000 copies were printed in that first run. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Spirits of All Three Shall Live Within Me