I'm totally blaming this one on @LeahBergen
It's so good!
The Loved One is one of my favorites too, Flavia.
Ain't it, though.
So glad I opened the package that the 30 pound bag of dog food was in — I‘d forgotten that I‘d preordered this book. Love love love Bee Wilson.
Also on sale in US ebook stores
Because I enjoyed Crooked Heart and Old Baggage (and WW2 home front stories in general,) I ordered this one. Quite good so far, although not as humorous as her others, but the Blitz doesn‘t tend to be if you‘re telling it true.
While I'd rather be reading some amusing fiction, I feel that as a citizen who uses and probably abuses a lot of earth's resources I should get a grip on what we can do to change things.
Completely ridiculous. ?
“"This singular occurrence was interpreted by Q, no doubt correctly, to indicate his own approaching death. I did what I could to remove this feeling, but it was impossible to do so, and he presently wrung my hand and left me, firmly convinced that he would not live till morning."
“Good heavens!" I exclaimed, "and he died that night?"
“No, he did not," said Annerly quietly, "that is the inexplicable part of it."”
Not my usual thing, but I was in the mood for something light and funny (and modern-ish, no offense, PG Wodehouse) and this is doing the job nicely. Plus, the fact that it's a take on a take of Austen just amuses the heck out of me. 😁
The power of book recs from people whose taste you trust. I never would've picked this one if not for @jillrhudy 's review. It's a whole lotta fun with Victorian classics spun through women's looms, which gives them whole different cast. SUCH fun!
Listening to the audio while #audiowalking with the doggos.
A rainy night, a book, and a London Fog. My idea of perfect. I used to drink them back in the day, but I'd forgotten how much I like them until my daughter announced her discovery of a London Fog in a tea shop a few months ago. London Fog = Earl Grey tea + vanilla + a splash of milk. I use vanilla syrup because I take sugar anyway, but Harney & Sons makes a Victorian London Fog tea, if adding sugar ain't your thing.
I ordered this one after reading Crooked Heart, which was great. This takes place before CH and gives Mattie a starring role, much deserved. I‘ve had the same conversations with modern women who are complacent about their rights and say they “don‘t need feminism.” Frankly, that amazes me.
Rooster friend at the plant nursery where I get my herby annuals. AND they had some bay laurels this year, so I will be able to grow my own bay leaves forever!!!!!
Sorry. I get really excited about culinary plants in the spring. ☘️🌿🌱🍃🌾
There you go @LeahBergen My copy of All Passion Spent. US first,SunDial Press, 1931
Sometimes good stuff comes through the Book Sorting and I get it cheap. Or free, in this case, as it was PUT ON THE DISCARD PILE!!!!!
In spring,my fancies turn to thoughts of gardening. And as I have not lived around here long enough to have any sense of when to plant things, I‘ve been reading Henry Mitchell.
I bought a used copy several months ago. I was reading it today, and out fell a beautiful watercolor bookmark. Fleurs. Perfect. 🌺🌸🌼🌻
Stinkiest of trees, the Bradford pear
Sheds reeking blossoms o'er my hair,
And stands about suburban lawns
Dropping pollen before the dawn.
Now of my fifty- something years,
I've missed many due to tears
And sneezes, running nose
Kept me inside, away from those.
And since to hide from awful trees
Steals a day from blooms and breeze,
Of Benedryl I shall partake
And then beat those stupid trees with rakes.
(Deepest apologies to A.E.Housman)
"The Principal, Miss Hartley-Jones, said that she would be very pleased to have me as a pupil, and that she was sure I would be very happy with them. She mentioned that of course all her pupils were gentlewomen. I was beginning to wonder where really common people learned to type. Maybe they just picked it up for themselves." Hahahaha!
Thanks, @LeahBergen for sharing this book - I'm really enjoying it.
@jillrhudy You'd like this. SO Mitfordish!
Rescued this one from the discard pile when the book sale was over. The light tone was good for the brain- fried me and I cooked two things today. Admittedly, one was because I just didn‘t want to change out of pajama pants to go out and get it, but I now feel like I‘ve accomplished something today. 😄
Gotta love snarky marginalia in a 100+ year old book. 😂
This is a circa 1906 edition from Collins‘ Clear-Type Press. It‘s a lovely little 4x6 illustrated edition. Worth virtually nothing, but gorgeous.