Monday, 25 September 2017

A Book Sale in the Middle of Nowhere

Saints
Picture From Suffolk Churches Website

St James South Elmham has the highest church in the county and is  in an area called The Saints near Halesworth in North Suffolk. There are lots of other Saints out there in this remote bit of Suffolk. St Margaret South Elmham, St Cross South Elmham, St Micheal South Elmham, All Saints South Elmham, St Peter South Elmham. Plus... Ilketshall St Lawrence,  Ilketshall St Margaret, Ilketshall St John and Ilketshall St Andrew.

The lanes are winding and narrow and it's easy to get lost. Not for Colin though because after being a bridge inspector for so many years he easily knows his way round most of East Suffolk.

Anyway, all that preamble is to say that every year they have a big book sale in aid of all the churches. We didn't go last year as it's a bit of a trek from Ipswich and Col was still poorly after his 7 weeks in hospital.

It was certainly in my diary to visit  this year. As usual the village hall was packed with books and people
Just after 10am before it got really crowded
 These came home with me this year and I just knew it was going to be a good sale when the first book I noticed when I walked in was another Persephone book for my collection.

To make things easier they charge £1 for hardbacks and 50p for paperbacks which means The Far Cry by Emma Smith was  50p. .....Bargain!

What a good thing I've sold a few more books to Ziffit this month........may need to sell a few more as the big NSPCC second-hand book sale in Colchester is only a month away.

Welcome to a new follower and thanks for lots of comments about technology, cars and chocolate oranges!

Back Tomorrow
Sue

24 comments:

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    1. I can pass it on to you when I've looked if you like.

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    2. If you don't want to treasure it forever that would be lovely thank you. x

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  2. Lucky you I know you love your books.

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  3. The Plague and I. Wow. Enjoyed that many years ago. I think she wrote another also good, but memory not good enough for the title.

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    1. The Egg and I! which I've read but hadn't read this one.

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    2. I enjoyed the plague and I. She also wrote a few other books-Onions in the Stew tells about her life in post-WWII America.

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  4. I seem to remember that when the farmer and I visited you and Col a few years ago you had quite a lot of bookwhelves. Guess you must have more by now!!

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    1. The bookshelves were all fixed in at the smallholding so we had to leave them but We have a lot less books than we had, got rid of loads when we were in town and more have gone since.

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  5. Well worth the winding roads! I love book sales. Looks like you got some good ones there at a cheap price

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    1. I have no idea how to find the place without Col!

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  6. I like Mary Wesley- loved Camomile Lawn.
    I've got six books on the go at the moment- on my phone! X

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    1. I only read Camomile lawn recently so pleased to find another to store away for later

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  7. What a great haul.
    I need a day in town on my own to gather some books from the charity shops ready for winter reading.
    Hugs-x-

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  8. My mother used to go to farm dispersal sales in that area. There were a few herds that sold up in the late 70s, early 80s and she bought old cows for our Jersey herd. She always complained about it being "another sale in that bloody area". She always got lost.

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  9. What a wonderful supply of books, Sue! I've never heard of Ziffit. It wounds like something you clean with, ha ha!
    Margaret P

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  10. I have family in Halesworth! They could have been at that very sale. Good haul.

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  11. Congrats on the Persephone find!It's very good it was one of the first Persephone's I read.

    If you don't want to hang on to the Virago Dorothy Edwards I'll happily reimburse you cost and postage as it's one I don't have in my collection...

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  12. I organised a ton of book sales while we were fundraising for the new library, hard work but terrific fun at the same time. Going through the boxes to see what treasures might be inside is exciting, and costly, as while left over books are free for volunteers, first dibs are not. I grew up very close to the "Saints", I hope they are as isolated and mysterious as they were fifty years ago.

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