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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Stormy Weather and Charity Shop Books

We had rain yesterday, though it was more like RAIN in capital letters as it came down hard and fast while the wind whipped the trees into a frenzy and the electric went off for 7 hours. We were OK as we had the LPG range for boiling a kettle and cooking dinner. I took round a flask of boiling water to our neighbours - (the ones who won't share the driveway costs) so they could have a hot drink, in the hope it will make them feel guilty!!
We rang the power people to notify them of the outage and found we could get text message updates on their progress at restoring power. What a handy service! All afternoon we kept getting little messages telling us what was happening and what time they hoped to fix it by.
They got it fixed just as it was getting dark.


And the book bit............after months of finding no books in charity shops, I  acquired 4 from various places over the last 3 weeks.

 Left to right
Modern Crimes by CHRIS NICKSON.
Last time I saw my Penny Pincher friend A she mentioned that Nickson had started yet another series, I checked the library website, found they didn't have it and then forgot all about it so when I spotted this I knew exactly what it was and snapped it up for 50p.
Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther.
This is a WWII classic and I have read it  but didn't own a copy. Winston Churchill  credited the film, which was made from the book in 1942, with increasing American support for the war effort. Oxfam Bookshop so £1.99
Carol Harris - Women at War In Uniform.
 Another addition to my collection of WWII books. Haven't read this. Also Oxfam Bookshop £1.99.
Barbara Pym - An Academic Question.
Pym is an author I didn't read  when working in libraries through the '70's  in fact I don't remember them at all. Reading the details about her on Fantastic Fiction I see that she had 6 books published between 1950 and 1961 ( before I was reading!) and two in the seventies but then four more were published after her death in 1980. It also says that when TLS asked critics to name underrated authors Pym was the only author mentioned twice, which brought her back to public recognition not long before she died. A short book, quickly read, the fourth of her books I've read and enjoyed. Another 50p purchase, which I'll now pass on to a friend.

Many thanks for comments about the Calamondin tree. Maybe it is edible after all, but will I be able to keep it alive long enough to find out?
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Sue



23 comments:

  1. I love Mrs Minver, Jan Struther who wrote it was an interesting woman. She also wrote the popular hymn "Lord of all hopefulness "

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    1. I'm going to re-read now I have my own copy. A good hymn for all times of the day!

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  2. You are a generous person thinking of your neighbours needing a hot drink (I would be very happy to live nearby:)) & hope they offer help should you need it.

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    1. Their house is up for sale but they haven't got a buyer yet.

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  3. I smiled at your kindness to the Scrooge's! Garden flattened here ~ all the lovely flowers trashed. I think it was across the country and talk about RAIN!!!

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    1. Some things looking a bit sad outside but no big damage

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  4. It was blowing a gale here all day yesterday. I've got leaves all over the patio but thankfully the plants seem to be OK, I had visions of them all being bedraggled and snapped. It's still windy now but not as bad and at least the fence panels have stayed put this time.

    Love that you took water to the non-contributing neighbours - as my Nan would say "kill them with kindness". xx

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    1. Maybe they'll afford to pay their bit of the lane costs when they sell their house although it's a bit overpriced and they've not had many viewings. I shall be as nice as pie while they are still here!

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  5. If you've not read Mrs Miniver before now, you will love it! It's nothing like the film, which was really a propaganda exercise, it's a series of essays and I just love it.
    Margaret P

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    1. I have read it and her other book " Try anything Twice" and now own them both so can re-read .

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    2. Yes, both are lovely books, Sue.
      I have them both, too.
      Margaret P
      www.margaretpowling.com

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  6. We had LPG for many years--always a comfort during a power outage. After the move to Kentucky we found that installing electric was an easier option. We have the huge Amish wood range which heats the house in season and is a reassurance should the electric be out.

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    1. With our early LPG cookers it was possible to light the oven when the electric was off now They've made them safer and the oven can only be used with electric ignition but at least we have the hob

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  7. Well done with your charity shop book finds - locally I struggle to find anything beyond the W H Smith top 20, and Celebrity biographies!

    We have our wood burning stove for heat (and a little light) in a power outage. The central heating has an electric starter though, and pumping water from the holding tank up to the top of the house is also electrically driven, but we have free flow into the ground floor of the house. We have candles, books and a primus too.

    Monday weather was NOT good here, it tipped down and even yesterday it was still windy enough for the birds to be flying horizontally! No real damage bar a tie ripped off the plstic greenhouse, and the top branch off one of the youngish pear trees.

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    1. I don't understand people who buy celeb biographies in hard back for huge £s. They must have too much money!
      A primus, that brings back memories and tilly lamps too - we used to use those at Scout camp

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  8. It's usually the way with charity shop purchases nothing for ages then a few good things come along at once .... like buses but better :-)

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  9. The rain was torrential but not a lot of damage only an old net on the strawberries which shredded in the wind. The rain Monday evening stopped various functions on the sky box working for about 2 hours. The wireless went a little crazy too which meant resetting everything. I'm currently reading Faceless killers the first Wallender thriller and I'm loving it.

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    1. I was surprised to see nothing much damaged in the garden as the trees were really whipping about. When we got up this morning we found the electric had been off again overnight so there must have been branches down somewhere on the lines

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  10. Nice book finds! My suitcase always ends up too full after picking up too many books at charity shops!

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    1. You could leave all your clothes at your mum's - to have room for the books!! :-)

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  11. Mrs Minniver was my mother's favourite book.
    Barbara Pym is one of my favourite authors.

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  12. I'm enjoying discovering Barbara Pym, it's a shame there are so few

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