… how I have neglected you. I didn’t mean to, but life got complicated.
Bookish thoughts were being crowded out of my head by practical concerns and worries. I found that the hours in the day were running out before could pick up a book let alone settle at the computer to read or write.
In time though I found a new equilibrium. I found a bit more time to read and soon I found that quotes, thoughts that I really wanted to share were floating around my head again.
A week’s holiday in a quiet Devon town was just what I needed. I made a point of only taking books I really, really wanted to read. One from Virago, one from Persephone, one from Greyladies, one from the Bloomsbury Group that used to be a VMC, and a Persephone in waiting. Each one a gem and I shall endeavour to write about them all sooner or later.
We also found some lovely secondhand bookshops too. I brought home out of print books by Margery Sharp, Kenneth Grahame, Monica Dickens, Geraldine Jewsbury, Storm Jameson. Plus Willa Cather’s collected stories that had been on my wishlist for ages. And a much newer book from the wonderful Bitter Lemon press that I had read about in another of their books and failed to find in library stock
I have tweaked the name (the url is the same as ever) to take the emphasis off books and reading. I shall still be writing about books, but I’d like to feel freer to write about other things too. My mother is quite frail now and so I am doing rather more knitting and a little less reading – it’s more companionable and it requires rather less concentration. Expect more Briar and more general rambling too.
And I’ve had the decorators in too. After nearly two years with the same theme it was time for a change.
So now I’m ready to go. Things may be a little different, posting may be less frequent, but I’m definitely still here!