On the last Saturday in October we usually pop down to the edge of Colchester for the Big NSPCC secondhand book sale. We started going years ago when we were selling secondhand farming and country books at Country shows and it was difficult to stop going when we stopped selling!
There is always a long queue well before the 9.30 start and I've queued in rain, sun and one year it was sleety snow, this year it was dry but blinkin' cold.
Here's the queue, shivering
Another book I bought, not in the photo, is a massive tome called "England In Particular", a book I borrowed from the library sometime last year, but it's not a book to be read straight through, definitely a reference book to keep....... "A Celebration of the commonplace, the local, the vernacular and the distinctive." From Abbeys to Zig-Zag Paths, an A-Z of all things English.
I picked up the book on the bottom of the heap........The Dolls House by Rumer Godden because the illustrations are by Tasha Tudor but flicking through it reminded me of something? Then I remembered a childrens TV programme Pinny's House? Looked it up...Pinny's House was an Oliver Postgate and Peter Firman animation, but according to one web page it was from a book called Tottie's House By Rumer Godden. Then another web page mentions a TV animation called Tottie . So were there two TV animations about tiny dolls in a dolls's house? Seems there were. Rumer Godden's book was reprinted later with the name changed to Tottie to match the programme and Pinny's House was completely different, not taken from the book at all.