Thursday, 16 July 2009

Book Snippets ;-)

Going on holiday this year? No?
Well , believe me, you can! And it won't cost you that much.
You can do what I did very recently.
In fact, in truth, I've taken this holiday a few times and I never get bored with it. I love it so much that I keep returning for more, time and time again.
You see, about two weeks ago, I started my holiday in Dulwich and I journeyed to Bognor.
But I was not alone, I had company. The company of a family called Stevens.
Oh... I had such a fine fortnight! (But in July, not September!)
A simple fortnight.
Nothing untoward happened. Indeed there were no big dramas.
It reminded me of my very early childhood holidays or trips to the 'seaside'.
Do you know, my recent 'holiday' was a holiday which brought tears to my eyes.

Pure simplicity.
The author said :
'I wanted to write about simple,uncomplicated people doing normal things'
The Fortnight in September by R.C.Sherriff.

This is the past, preserved for us in the form of one of the most wonderful books that I have ever read.
There is just something about this book and I can only deduce that it must be the fact that it is so unique in its ordinariness. I love it!
Simple and uncomplicated ....(you could say tis a bit like me!)
As is...
Talking of simplicity, I won this one for a snip , having looked out for it for a while...all good things come to those who wait!

I've had books on my mind this week as it's my mum's 84th birthday on Saturday!
She loves to read and so I always look out for a variety of reading material for her.
Here's a glimpse of what she will be getting..I hope she enjoys them! I have tried to vary my choices... as she likes to vary her reading!

Finally, Newton Abbot has many charity shops but the one which I love is the one where I do believe they make a big effort when it comes to display.

It's the Oxfam bookshop in Market Walk.

They do lovely vintage displays... and change them frequently.

So...gold star to them... ''well done!!'' ;-)
These caught my eye as I passed by the shop, yesterday.





17 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I'm a great believer in "Things come to those who wait". I live by that adage and things do come to those who wait....... I love books too.

Floss said...

Lovely, Sal. Despite being here in Edinburgh with my boys and my parents, we are all on holiday in the Lake District in our minds. Can you guess what the boys' bedtime book is at the moment?

Swallows and Amazons, of course. My mum still thinks she's Titty, I think, and Son 2 has decided he's Captain Nancy, while Son 1 is Captain John. I'm not sure where that leaves me...

The Weaver of Grass said...

The book that gets me like that Sal is Anne of Green Gables - if I am not well and can't face up to doing anything other than lying on the settee - then that book is my favourite companion. I bought it at Lucy Maud Montgomerie's home on Price Edward Island, where it was written - and it conjures up that holiday for me every time.

Surfer Rosa said...

That's a fine recommendation - I'll bump it to the top of my reading pile! I've just started 'Little Boy Lost - M. Laski' which is looking like another excellent Persephone title.

MelMel said...

What super books, the pictures are so great....real lovely old vintage!

Happy 84th Birthday to your Mum....hope she has a super day!xxx

Carol said...

Your banner and pictures really do take me back in time. Such a long time!
Tonight it is pouring down and with a very bad thunder storm...so tonight i feel like I am getting ready for autumn now!
Happy Birthday to Mum.
Well worth waiting for indeed.
CX

Guenievre said...

Hello !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mum !
I like vintage books and have got some too, French and ... English !
I always buy books when we spend holidays in GB, most often in charity shops. Last year we went to Hay on Wye, my God, all these bookshops ! I brought back a lot in France : Enid Blyton,K. Graham, E. Petters and others... I have to read them now .......
Have a nice week-end with family !

Menopausal musing said...

As always a lovely blog posting. That "Eleven Minutes Late" book looks highly enticing. Hope your mum has a wonderful birthday. x

sue15cat said...

Lovely display in the Oxfam shop window, and what a lovely selection of books you have for your Mum, I hope she has a lovely birthday.

Sue xx

JackieM said...

Another lovely post Sal and agree with you so much about A Fortnight In September, it's such a sweet and gentle read, so touching and one that I also return to again and again. Many Happy Returns to your Mum and what lovely, thoughtful presents you have chosen for her. JackieM xx

Flower Girl said...

Hi Sal, Firstly, I must say that I think your mum looks fabulous for her age - I would never have guessed it from the anniversary picture a few posts ago - I hope she has a very happy birthday! Thank you for the R.C. Sheriff book recommendation - I think I might also enjoy 'Tout Sweet'!! Rebecca x

Diane said...

What a lovely post. I loved your post on Dartington Hall - Ive not been there for years, but it is one of my fave places in the whole world - because of Dartington Glass, Cranks (I always did love Cranks) and the general ambience of the place - and I only ever went there in the rain - so it must be good!!!

Rosie said...

The Fortnight in September sounds wonderful - I'm going to order it from the library if they have it. Earlier this year I read and enjoyed The Lodger - hope your Mum enjoys her books:)

Josie-Mary said...

Happy birthday to your mum, hope she has a great day :)
I'm liking the look of thoses books, I'm off to amazon to check them out :)

IsabellasCloset said...

Hello Sal,
I'm having my "400th post give-a-way"..stop on by and enter!
Hope you have a great day! ~Mary~ :-}

sharie said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum!

Lovet eh window display. I really wanted to go in and look at those vintage books

THIS'N'THAT said...

I see what you mean re the display. I'll look them up next time I'm in NA. Like Floss I'm just about to tuck into some nostalgic Arthur Ransome. Treated myself to Swallowdale at the second hand Ways With Words bookshop last week. I'm aiming to collect the set asap.
Lesley X