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Friday, 12 May 2017

Library Book Haul and the Answer

 Lovely collection of books from the library van yesterday, most I had ordered on-line but I did pick up the cookery books off the shelf to have a look through and the Dorothy Sayers crime.
There are a couple of books about rationing which were listed in the back of "Eggs and Anarchy" the book I wrote about  HERE. I've read "Spuds,Spam and eating for Victory" before but don't have a copy on my WWII shelves. The other is called Rations - A Very Peculiar History and is actually a childrens book but I thought I'd give it a look.
 I'm most looking forward to the books by Alys Clare and Jacqueline Winspear both historical crime, one is medieval and the other set in the 1930's.
The little blue book is "Terms and Conditions; Life in Girls Boarding Schools" which I saw mentioned on some of the Book Blogs I read.
Far right........ almost chopped off the picture is "The House on an Irish Hillside", I must have heard about it somewhere.
 

Well, thanks to Janice who googled "aged ceramic bottle birdhouse"
 the answer to the mystery object is that's a nesting bottle for birds. Fancy that. It was once for sale in The States from Spring Hill Nursery. There should be a stick threaded through near the small bottle opening for birds to perch on.

As for Col, he is still in hospital and feeling pretty rough. The infection that made his temperature shoot up on Sunday has been difficult for them to track down. He spent from Sunday to last night on a ward they use for overflow, right at the other end of the hospital from the Oncology ward, not very convenient for the doctors and specialist nurse.They finally had room for him on Somersham ward last night. He has had saline drip, blood transfusions, antibiotics and then had to have a diuretic too, all to try and sort out the problems and despite having a fan running all the time he is always so hot.
We don't know if he'll be in all weekend, we both hope not but things don't look good.

I shall keep busy with  a boot sale, antique fair, the garden, visiting Col and all those books and of course the Highlight of the weekend is The Eurovision Song Contest!!!  I feel compelled  to watch it, don't know why because  I guess UK will be somewhere near the bottom again.


Back Again Soon
Sue


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  1. It is a fascinating object and I never would have guessed what it was. The design on it is so pretty. What are you going to use it for?
    I hope Col manages to get home over the weekend if they get on top of the infection. You are both always in my thoughts. X

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    1. Thank you, all the chemo he has had over the last year and a half has really lowered his resistance to infection

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  2. So sorry to hear Col is having a bad time yet again, I hope he makes it back for the weekend.
    I never knew there was such a thing as a birdhouse bottle, you have a lovely selection of books you always find some good titles, enjoy your weekend bargain hunting.x

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    1. Bird house bottles seem to have been quite common in the States. There are all sorts of pottery shapes on-line.

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  3. Sorry to hear about Col, hope he is more comfortable soon. Enjoy the HFW book. I had it from the library, more than once, and eventually ended up buying a copy. I find it really useful. A BirdsNestBottle? Who knew?!

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    1. I've got several of his books but hadn't looked at this before, although have to admit I rarely open them!

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  4. Poor Col. I hope they can sort the infection soonest. Sounds rotten for him.

    As for the birdhouse bottle - well, it had to be American didn't it?! Weird . . .

    Enjoy your library books - you chose a brilliant selection.

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    1. I'm going to give the bottle a clean then work out wher it can go. It needs to be against something flat to block up the hole at the back

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  5. I so admire the way you hang on in there Sue.
    With the farmer I only had to do this from February onwards. You and Col now seem to have had a very long time of it - I do hope that infection clears up quickly and the next stage of treatment can begin.

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    1. We just keep chugging along, no option really. It was December 2015 when he was diagnosed so nearly a year and a half of hospitals.
      Hope your packing is going well.

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  6. I am thinking of you both and sending prayers and good vibes your way, glad you have solved the mystery of the weird thing. So envious of the wonderful boot sales you have in your part of the world. Sarah. Dorset.

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    1. There are several boot sales we could go to even further afield but I'm not that keen on driving that far just for a boot sale

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  7. Oh dear...poor you two...hope Col picks up soon and can return home. Trust you'll find the books to your liking. x

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    1. Love it when favourite authors write a new book

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  8. Sorry to hear that about Col. He's going through the wringer good and proper.
    Eurovision ~ reckon it might be 'nil points' this year? It is compelling viewing though {must check the time so I don't miss Doctor Who!} and I do like the bits in between the turns just as much, maybe more than the songs.

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    1. The main problem is the sleep induced sweating which keeps him awake and then causes dehydration, like a vicious circle

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  9. So sorry to hear Colin is still in hospital. The nesting bird bottle is a real find, will you put it back somewhere in the garden? The ones you can still purchase are not so nice as that. Will have to look out for a vintage one, I collect vintage items for the garden. Will be going to the vintage/collection fair at Stonham Barns sometime over the weekend plus cycling to Nacton Village open gardens in aid of the Hospice. Did you know they gave away free soil improver at Needham Lakes last Sunday as part of Compost Awareness Week? You could have as much as you liked. Enjoy Eurovision. Veronica

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    1. I shall be going to Stonham too. Probably Sunday early as I guess the carboot will still be on? so will do both.I've not been before but it says it will be bigger and better, so very exciting.
      Didn't know about compost at Needham lakes, might go to the car boot there on saturday too!

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    2. As far as I can see the car boot is still on as well. The free compost was last Sunday only, you had to take bags and a shovel. They had 60tons of it tipped in the very 1st car park. We parked close by and carried our bags, well OH did while I kept filling them, as this was quicker. Compost Awareness week is always in early in May.

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  10. Really sorry Col isn't feeling any better. My fingers are crossed for the weekend.
    J x

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    1. He has felt so poorly that he hasn't even been reading. Thank you for the crossed fingers

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  11. I hope Col is feeling better very soon. Enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest, I usually watch it but will miss it this year.

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    1. I've been watching it forever, Mum and Dad used to fall asleep - that was back in the days when we sometimes won!

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  12. I'm so sorry for Col. I hope he can come home this weekend. It's so muggy outside right now too, being stuck in a hot hospital not fun at all.

    Glad you know all about your mystery object.
    I was laughing in devilish manner yesterday! ha x

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    1. Most people with cancer get cold so they keep the wards very warm making it even worse for him.

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  13. Shame it's not a bedpan. VERY best wishes and positive thoughts to Col.
    Gillx

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  14. So sorry to hear about Col, I do keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
    How funny about the bird bottle, I was going to suggest it was a nest box for Robins but didn't get around to posting the suggestion.

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    1. It must have been fixed a while but never used for nesting in

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  15. Just left a comment on Colin's FB page, hope he feels better soon.
    You'll have to let me know. where the Saturday Boot Sale is.. looking forward to everything in Suffolk, altho' at the moment we are under siege from boxes, and more boxes every where!
    I 'll be in touch again.

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    1. Your nearest car boot is Friday Street junction of Aldeburgh road and A12 on Sundays. The saturday one is right over here in mid suffolk at Needham Market lakes

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  16. That stash of books is a sight to gladden the heart; I would be happy to read through that lot! I hope you find some treasures at the boot sales.
    Very best wishes to your lovely husband, I hope things improve for him, pdq.

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    1. Alys Clare 1st I think. Thank you for your good wishes

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  17. Sue, I bought "Spuds,Spam and eating for Victory" on Amazon Marketplace this week; in perfect condition, for 1p + postage.

    So sorry for Col I can't say. Praying for you both.

    Kitty in the Forest

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  18. What a lovely pile of books. I still need to get out and round the charity shops to find something new.

    A bird nesting bottle....well who would have thought that was what it was.

    So sorry to hear that Col isn't doing so well. Healing thoughts and hugs as always coming your way-x-

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  19. So glad I found the info about the bird bottle for you, although it does look like a urinal for a man!!!!
    Best wishes to Col and that he is able to get home to you soon.

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  20. Years ago I used to get catalogues from Sping Hill. I have not seen one of those bottles though, a very pretty piece!

    Still lifting you up in prayer, hope he gets home soon, bless his heart!

    Hope you have a great weekend and find something wonderful at the sale, the books look very intriguing!

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  21. That's a good pile of books, something to get your teeth into. Hope Col picks up soon xx

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  22. Sending love for you all. X

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  23. Sue!!! Ive found you again , sorry to here Col is poorly

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  24. Sue, I will be hoping for a good recovery for Col, my thoughts are with you. I hope that hacking into the computers of the hospitals in UK on Friday hasn't affected his hospital!

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    1. I think they are OK at Ipswich although it did effect others in East Anglia.

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  25. Looks like a great book haul! I hope you find the time to get through them. Sorry to hear about Col. I'll be thinking of him and wishing him home soon.

    Take care

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  26. The Jacqueline Winspear books are fab. Lots of research and you really get a feel for London at the time.
    Lisa x

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