Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Library Bought This.............

.............. for their stock because I suggested it, but now I feel very guilty as, although it's a lovely book, it's mainly photos.

 The Dingle Peninsular in Ireland is the northernmost peninsular of County Kerry, sticking out into the Atlantic and the house the author owns is a stone house in the foothills of the Brandon Mountain. The book is divided into the 4 old Celtic seasons, Samhain, Imbolc,  Bealtaine, Lughnasa and then each month where the author mentions Celtic and Irish legends, looks at the garden and includes a recipe but each page is mainly photos.

I wish I'd written the following but the author  beat me to it!

"One thing I know for certain is that life is joined up in ways that our ancestors, even only a few generations back, were better placed to recognise than we are. Twenty-first-century living is increasingly driven by the idea that everything desirable has to be purchased, and that everything we buy must be the best, the fastest,the newest and the most exciting product available. Then, as soon as we do buy something we're encouraged to despise what we have and reject it for something deemed better. In the midst of this bombardment it's hard to appreciate silence, patience, repeated rhythms and the ways in which relationships between material, intellectual,emotional and spiritual things are central to well-being and health".

The book was first published in 2015 and costs £12.99, there are copies cheaper on Amazon but not sure it's worth buying. You can see quite a lot of the first part on the "Look inside" feature, the whole book is similar.

On the other hand if you have an interest in second-hand books, you may well love this.........I did.

Product Details
Shaun Bythell owns "The Book Shop", the largest second hand bookshop in Wigtown which is known as Scotland's town of books.
This is a diary of eccentric customers and staff, book buying and selling and organising the annual Book Festival which brings 1000's of visitors to the town each year.
I really enjoyed it and promise never to moan aloud about the price of books in second-hand book shops and never to have a Kindle!

Thank you for comments about the frosty views.

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  1. Pictures can be good cosy up with on a bitingly cold Winters evening. x

  2. In this electronic age with technology spinning out newer, better(?) things daily, and people standing in long lines for hours to get them, I find myself wondering why.

  3. Ah' Dingle is to some people divine and I used to visit to be a frequent visitor and now I prefer the Cahersiveen area
    on the Ring of Kerry because of it's magic.

  4. Oh, I love that quote, I shall copy it into my book of quotes if you don't mind.

  5. The Dingle Peninsula is one of my favourite places in Ireland. Sounds a wonderful book!

  6. The first book sounds delightful! I would love a book, devoted to The Old Ways!

    And the second one looks nice too. Seems I have just seen this one, elsewhere. The Universe seems to be telling me, to find it. -smile-

    Happy end of Nov. hugs,
    Luna Crone

  7. I don't have a microwave, Sue, let alone a Kindle, ha ha! Gadgets for me are scissors, a sharp knife and a wooden spoon! Seriously, the fewer gadgets we have the better we like it, fewer things to go wrong, fewer things to wash up. I don't have a food processor or electric mixer to beat the cake mixture for me, I do it by hand. I'm just delighted to have an electric kettle, ha ha!
    I love the look of that bookshop book, just my cup of tea!

  8. Whilst not in line for the next gadget, as I get older I do appreciate that sometimes something run by electricity can save me an awful lot of effort and time. I was agin bread machines for years, but wouldn't be without my Panny now. I can go and leave it to work and get a lovely loaf of oaty bread 3 hours later.

    The first book looks nice, but although pictures are lovely, sometimes it is the words you want to deepen the experience.

    As for your cold weather post - I took photos this morning so had better check how they look.

  9. I know the shop well - Wigtown is a lovely little place round in the next bay to our cottage and made famous because of becomming a Book Town - you can browse books to your hearts content all day and some of the bookshops have a cafe in them too so you can read and eat at the same time. If you like books this is a wonderful place.

    1. We visited many years ago, but picked a bad day as some of the shops were closed!

  10. The book sounds good. Hope the photos were good. Love the quote. It sounds just perfect - wish I'd written it too lol

  11. Wigtown is nice, but tiny compared with Hay on Wye! I worked for a children's and professional (teachers) booksellers for a while. The industry magazine threw up some interesting reads. I think you might enjoy a read of it sometimes... although the treasure hunting feel of second hand books crates an extra layer of magic to the reading experience!

    1. When I worked in libraries before internet we used the Bookseller to search out new books that people had requested. I didn't know it was still around

  12. I think I might just like the photo's in that book. I know I love the quote.

    God bless.