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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Library Van Visits Again

 I ran out of Library books a couple of weeks ago so was looking forward to seeing the books that I'd ordered  to collect from the library van.

A good selection again

Favourite and first to be read must be the new Elly Griffiths. Then there are a couple more reprints of books from the 50's by George Bellairs  and another of the British Library Crime Classics. . Some new-to-me  crime authors - Andrew Wilson and Nicola Slade and a couple of books by authors I've recently discovered - Natasha Solomons and Julie Wassmer. Then non fiction that I've seen on other peoples blogs. The Silent Day is an oral history of  D Day on the Home Front. Plot 29 is about a man searching for information about his parents and working an allotment ( not sure how they are connected) and The Running Hare is about the secret life of farmland. Plus there's another book about flowers for cutting at the bottom of the heap but it's one originally published in the States, which I didn't realise when I requested it so not all relevant to here.


Many thanks for comments on the Instead of a Holiday post. The first thing Col said when he read it was that I had underestimated holiday costs and several of you agreed. I haven't the foggiest idea really although I have no intention of spending any amount near what ever the cost of a holiday is.

Back Tomorrow
Sue




9 comments:

  1. Sue, re your previous post ...I've just remembered ... we did have a break in Cornwall two years ago! How could I have forgotten? Perhaps because we stayed in a coastal village which was a right hole in our opinion. I mean, how much does it cost a shopkeeper to paint the woodwork around the shop window? Anyway, we paid dearly for the experience. The hotel was overpriced, the food very ordinary and overpriced and we came away after three night's stay (i.e. dinner, B&B) over £700 the lighter, and that didn't include petrol or our lunches. We'd not have minded had we enjoyed it, but our bedroom at home is better appointed. We don't like going somewhere and paying oodles of money for something which isn't as nice as home! I must've been made to have booked it, we usually, if we go away, have just B&B in a small guest house, but I thought this would save us having to search for a pub in the evening when we were really too tired (age catching up with us.) We also had three nights in Somerset in a lovely small B&B. That was lovely, not a fraction as expensive as the over-priced hotel in Cornwall, and we visited Stourhead and Lytes Cary, both National Trust. Love the Somerset Levels! I simply don't know how I could've forgotten that we went away twice in 2015! But it was unusual for us to go away, perhaps that was the reason!
    Since then we have remained firmly at home!
    What a wonderful selection of books! I liked the first few Ell Griffiths books but stopped when I got to the one about racehorses, and haven't read any since. I enjoyed The Novel in the Viola, that is lovely.
    Margaret P

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  2. Some good reading there by the looks of it. Holidays don't come cheap. I think you have some more spending to do my girl!!

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    1. I keep getting cruise leaflets for some reason but better not spend as much as that!!

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  3. I would be delighted to have that pile of books next to my armchair, the only one I have read is The Snow Child. Other than that I am raring to get reading them! We must have very similar taste in books.

    There are a million small ways to treat yourself (and you should) to make up for the lack of a holiday...and don't forget, this way you won't be faced with a huge pile of washing and ironing to wade through.
    Very best wishes to Colin, you and the family.

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    1. We don't really feel hard done by not having a holiday because living in this lovely quiet part of Suffolk is a joy and you are right about the washing!

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  4. Holiday costs are always more than you budget for. I'm glad there are still library vans in your area. Our council has cut them right back. I think they are so important for rural locations. It is brilliant that technology lets you order the books you want.

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    1. Our library van went from fortnightly to 4 weekly but there are so few people using them now unlike when I worked on one in the mid 1970's

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  5. Our holidays are cheap because we go to the cottage (caravan at the moment), and the area is also very cheap for meals if we eat out so I am a bit out of touch with the cost of a holiday. We experienced some lovely places when in France and have had some bad experiences here in England over the years where the quality of the hired cottages was very poor - one we even had to leave because of the severe damp. We learned that we had to pay that bit more to ensure a reasonable quality.
    That is an interesting pile of books - I noticed the garden one shame it is American.

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  6. Very best wishes to Colin, you and the family.


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