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Book Haul the Second

As ever I continue to buy books at a much greater rate than my capacity to read them. As such a mere two weeks after initially finding the delightful Abbey Books in Paisley I returned for a more in depth perusal. 599 more words


Day 1127: Merry Hall

Merry Hall is a delightful book that I never would have heard of had I not participated in the 1951 Club. The organizers are going to pick a year in the 1960’s for the next club, so if you’re interested, keep an eye on their blogs. 505 more words


Some surprisingly downbeat delights

A Village in a Valley by Beverley Nichols

I had a lovely trip to London last month where I met up with J, my oldest BFF, and we spent happy hours visiting the Moomin exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, the Russian exhibition at the British Library, plus some general gallery visits and a little bit of shopping. 1,409 more words

On making a backyard into a garden ...

The builders have left the site and you are left contemplating a desert. Or, the estate agent has put up the sold sign and you have your dream home — well, it will be when renovations are done. 846 more words

Discovering Beverley

I decided that I loved Beverley Nichols before I read a word by him. I think I first came across the name in a small shop in Pershore, Worcestershire (no, I don’t imagine you’ve heard of it) where I bought  1,161 more words

Non-fiction: Humour