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We went to Southport yesterday to see my mum & dad. We returned with: 8 empty egg boxes a 2ltr ice cream tub of baked & crushed egg shells 4 20 year old gallon demi johns several small glass jars for preserving 5 or 6 children’s DVDs (newspaper freebies) We should have also brought back [...]

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I went on a bit of a book buying spree one evening last week – a combination of Amazon new & used, and Abebooks. Unusually for me, all of the books were fiction – I think I’m subconsciously preparing for a winter of reading in front of the stove. Six packages arrived one morning – [...]

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(Apologies if this is stating the bleedin’ obvious but it was a revelation to us! ;) ) Our rather nomadic friend Dan popped by our house on Saturday to meet the dog and the chickens and say a passing hello to us before he moves on again. Between various post-grad studies, jobs and that crazy [...]

Continue reading about Realising why we have so many books – and what we can do about it

Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend – we continued our fun/unfun activities from earlier in the week: blackberrying in the gentle rain (and then having to give up half my harvest to horses, to get them to let us out of their field) & relaxing on Saturday, 10 hours of decorating at the old [...]

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Another Saturday afternoon charity shopping in Shipley – and another few select purchases. It was, stangely, an afternoon for buying wooden fruit bowls. The first one – the bottom one – was £2.50 from Scope, the second (and to be honest, nicer) one was £2.40 from BHF. As soon as I got back to John, [...]

Continue reading about Charity shop finds: two fruitbowls and a vintage cookbook