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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 29 Aug 2015, 09:52 
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Oh, poor Purdy, lizco. Is he ok?

While I was on retreat in Alton Abbey I read Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April, which is also in some ways about a retreat, albeit a secular one, and is thoroughly lovely and charming.

I have a little stack to read while I'm home alone this week and I'm rather looking forward to it! It's nice to enjoy reading again.

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2015, 11:23 
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Elizabeth von Arnim is one of my all-time favorite authors...there are quite a few on Project Gutenberg including two I see I haven't read....how exciting, I thought I had devoured them all.

I recommend Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther.

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2015, 12:28 
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Does Mr Anstruther pronounce his name the same as the place, I wonder (locals tend to call it Ainster)


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(Finn) - Purrdy has a respiratory infection possibly picked up in his recent sojourn in a chatotel! He is sneezing well and feeling very sorry for himself and wants lots of cuddles but he is responding to the antibiotics and anti-inflammatories prescribed. Thank you for your concern.


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I'm glad he's feeling better, Liz. That must have been very worrying.


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cestina wrote:
Elizabeth von Arnim is one of my all-time favorite authors...there are quite a few on Project Gutenberg including two I see I haven't read....how exciting, I thought I had devoured them all.

And mine, cestina! Elizabeth and her German Garden features quite a lot in ND. Hilda's a fan of hers. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2015, 17:10 
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cestina wrote:
Elizabeth von Arnim is one of my all-time favorite authors...there are quite a few on Project Gutenberg including two I see I haven't read....how exciting, I thought I had devoured them all.

And mine, cestina! Elizabeth and her German Garden features quite a lot in ND. Hilda's a fan of hers. :mrgreen:

She had a very fascinating and at some points, including the end, a very sad life. Many of her novels are based on things that happened to her.

I have just downloaded the two I mentioned above and have also found a lot more Angela Brazils on Gutenberg since the last time I looked. Any minute now my Kindle is going to shout "Stop, I'm full to bursting!"

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PostPosted: 30 Aug 2015, 14:35 
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lizco wrote:
(Finn) - Purrdy has a respiratory infection possibly picked up in his recent sojourn in a chatotel! He is sneezing well and feeling very sorry for himself and wants lots of cuddles but he is responding to the antibiotics and anti-inflammatories prescribed. Thank you for your concern.


Poor old thing, and after his ordeal getting lost earlier in the year too! I hope he's better soon.

Though if my cats were CS girls they'd be as poorly as Purdy all the time, given their penchant for playing in the rain and getting soaked through! They're outside in it now, having spent all of the (dry and sunny) morning under my bed…

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I've just finishing reading 'The Year of Living Danishly' by Helen Russell and thoroughly recommend it. The author (a journalist) moves to Jutland with her husband would has been offered a fixed term contract of a year by the Lego Corporation. She is intrigued by the fact that the Danes, as a nation, score highest on the happiness indrx and tries to find out why as well as describing her trials and tribulations adjusting to life in Denmark.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 09:43 
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I too very much enjoyed 'The Year of Living Danishly' and, since I have Danish relatives, (who actually live very close to the Lego headquarters in Jutland) know how accurate most of it is....

And oh how I long to live there....

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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 10:42 
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D'you mean actually in Lego headquarters, Cestina :)

I'm back on to Margery Allingham after a brief (but lovely) diversion into Nancy Mitford. I had to read Love in a Cold Climate for book club, so thought I'd start with In Pursuit of Love, then gobbled up The Blessing and Don't Tell Alfred. I'm saving the early ones for a forthcoming weekend away :)


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And oh how I long to live there....


D'you mean actually in Lego headquarters, Cestina :)


Well I wouldn't mind that either actually :D

Shame Titania's Palace is no longer in Danish Legoland, though it is still in Denmark.

Good heavens, the man in the video is being allowed to actually touch things and take them out of the Palace!

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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 12:34 
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I'm back on to Margery Allingham after a brief (but lovely) diversion into Nancy Mitford.


I finished Margery Allingham's biography this morning while I was at the hospital for a steroid infusion. I think I need one of her novels to fill the rest of the day.


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Is the biography worth reading, JB?


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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 13:00 
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I have been reading books to use with a year 6 group next year (next year actually starting on Thursday) and have just finished "Hero on a Bicycle" , Shirley Hughes' first novel. I thought it was excellent- really gripping and with a lot of depth. It is set in Florence in 1944 in the lead up to liberation. Lots for the children to think about.
Only thing, I will have to wait until we have finished the WW1 topic, as the children tend to get confused as to which war is which!


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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 13:19 
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Is the biography worth reading, JB?


Definitely.


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PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 15:54 
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Thanks - she sounds quite an interesting character, if not exactly likeable :)


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Thanks - she sounds quite an interesting character, if not exactly likeable :)


Interesting and quite sad, I thought.


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 Post subject: Re: What We're Reading III
PostPosted: 31 Aug 2015, 19:13 
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Ooh, quite looking forward to it.


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I just want to say thank you so much to whoever it was who mentioned Helene Hanff and 84 Charing Cross Road. I devoured it. I think that's the only word fitting, I'm now almost finished the Duchess of Bloomsbury St which is the second half of the book. It's one of those books that just makes you smile, that on the first read of it I already knew we we're going to be old friends, and that I will probably have re-read it by the end of the year. The only reason I am not currently reading those last few pages is that it's dark out and I am sitting in a car waiting for SLOC. So thank you! Reading this made my day.

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