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Friday, 7 July 2017

Library Book Photo for July

Where did the last 4 weeks go?
Yesterday was library van day again and these are what had arrived from my requested books
Looks as if I will be short of reading this month 'only' 11 books collected and two are ones I know nothing about (The New Mrs Clifton and the one by Margaret Pemberton, I must have read about them on other blogs) one is a poetry book and one is a novella. May have to resort to reading off my own shelves which would actually be a very good idea.

Looking back at last months haul and quite a lot went back unread.


The two Agatha Christies I didn't get into at all and the same with the British Library Crime classic by Anthony Rolls and one of the Peter Turnbull books. Colin read "No Phoney War" but as it was details of warships and aircraft, I didn't bother with it. Crimson and Bone wasn't my sort of book after all. "Too Marvellous for Words" was the story of a girl at Felixstowe Girls Boarding School in the 60's and I decided I couldn't really be bothered with what mischief she and her friends got up to.
 Of the rest..... I've already written about 'The Whitstable Pearl Mystery', 'The Anatomist's Apprentice' and 'The Savvy Shopper's Cookbook'. 'The Shipping Forecast' was a quick read but not the best on this subject that I've seen. Anne Perry is guaranteed to produce a good historical crime book and Trisha Ashley always writes light fluffy books with food and recipes!
Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler was described as being about her year exploring the Birmingham canals by inflatable canoe but actually was more to do with her discovering at age 37 that she was a lesbian and her relationship with her ex husband and new partner. Four Fields was one of those books that I needed  to be in the right frame of mind to read.....and I wasn't.
 The Yorkshire Shepherdess is still here to be read.


Day 5 of painting the living room, you've probably worked out by now that I'm not doing 8 hour days! and honestly it is a big room. Anyway a bit more has been done. The ceiling is finished, 2 bits of wall need a second coat and there's one wall that's had nothing done to it as yet and then all the remaining skirting board.
Col was in Ipswich for the regular blood test so went to B&Q for more Brilliant White silk emulsion for the ceiling and they didn't have any. Weird. He had to go searching round other DIY places to find it.You'd think it would be something they wouldn't run out of.

Back in a flash
Sue

17 comments:

  1. We have to decorate our bedroom soon. It desperately needs it but I hate decorating and all the mess and disorganisation that comes with it. Wish I could wave my magic wand and it could be done!

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    1. Luckily as we have wood floors and a big room it hasn't been too bad living in it at the same time.

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  2. Well you don't expect a DIY shop to run out of the most basic of paints....how strange-x-

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  3. I've never used silk paint on ceilings; all mine are painted in Brilliant White matt.
    I've lived here for 3 years now without any decorating being done, but I intend to remedy that very soon. At last I have decided on a colour scheme for the living room, so that will be the first 'victim'. Like you, I shall do it as and when I can; at my age, the joints suffer with any untoward exercise. But having enquired about the cost of a decorator doing the job, there's no alternative to a DIY job. You are my inspiration!!!

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    1. I like the shine of silk.
      We had a man do the bedrooms when we moved in because they were so bad and Col wasn't well enough. Never had anyone do painting for us before and apart from expensive I also got fed up with the endless cups of tea he needed and the way he kept chatting at every opportunity. I may not be perfect at painting but at least it's clean and tidy and less tea has been used!

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  4. My reading has slowed right down this month, not sure what's happened to my mojo. I hope you enjoy this month's Agatha Christie books more than last month's. I've read The Yorkshire Shepherdess and really enjoyed it, I believe Amanda Owen has got another book out now.

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    1. Last month's Agatha Christies were both a bit odd. I think the Amanda Owen book I have is the newest of the two she's done. I didn't read the first one but saw her on TV

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  5. I wanted to pass on to you re colin and stem cell transplants-there is a man who is a support to people about to undergo stem cell transplants---his name is : Chris Harper, from Watford, Hertfordshire, who you would be able to find on facebook-you would see a post he has about stem cell transplants and know you had the right Chris Harper. He is I think around 60 years, and is a support person for people undergoing stem cell transplants and works with 2 organizations, Health Unlocked and MPN to give some support and information- he had stem cell transplant some years ago, and is a steady, cheerful person. How do I know this - I have a platelet disorder, which is controllable unless it transforms into a more serious stage, so often stem cell transplants are recommended for people who have what I have--I'm too old for stem cell - 72. However, I wanted to pass on Chris Harper's name. He is very well known on the couple of web sites in the UK and internationally that people who have blood disorder like mine belong to, and Colin if he looked him up on facebook -the Chris Harper from Watford, Hertfordshire, I think would find him a friendly informative support person. All good wishes, Jean

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    1. Thank you for the information. Colin has already had a stem cell transplant using his own stem cells - but sadly this was not successful so now he will have a donor transplant. We are getting lots of support from the cancer specialist nurse at Ipswich and there is a Macmillan centre there too. The treatment he is in preparation is a new almost untested drug so everything that happens is a learning curve for everyone involved.

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  6. Hello Sue, I just noticed you put me in your list of blogs in the side bar. Thank you. It doesn't happen to me all that often. I return the compliment by adding you to mine! I read in bed but not during the day and usually have two books on the go at once, one fiction and one travel. I get all my books from charity shops and occasionally use the library. If I don't like a book at least I haven't spent much on it so I abandon if I don't like.

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    1. East Anglians must stick together! I read new posts on favourite blogs by looking at when they update on my sidebar so need to have all the ones I want to read there.

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  7. I very much enjoyed The New Mrs Clifton, Sue.
    I can't see all the titles from the first photo, Sue, as the side bar partially covers it, but it certainly looks a great selection.
    Margaret P

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    1. I've made it smaller but that makes it harder to read - so I can't win really.

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  8. I know what you mean about the time flying, I looked in my diary last night and realised I had my hair appointment this morning so that means 6 weeks have flown by.

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  9. Another nice lot of books! Hope you get time to read them. I must admit I don't really like painting. I think I'm too fussy and want it to be perfect and in reality I'm not very good at it!

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  10. Hello Sue. One year I took note of lots of books other bloggers read and ended reading some really good ones - the next year there were a load of duds 😊
    I'm glad to see someone else who doesn't waste time finishing books that don't appeal - life's too short for that lol

    (And a thanks from me for adding my blog to me to your sidebar)

    Cathy @ Still Waters


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