Tag Archives: books

Oh the weather outside was frightful . . .

. . . but I still managed to brave the shops in my post evil flu haze!

Bookish. . .

As promised – here are some pics of the books I bought in Hay on Wye – I love it when they have inscriptions from the previous owners on the inside covers. Lovely. I found some classics and I also stumbled across some of my childhood faves – Noddy and Mallory Towers.

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Here are a few pics from my jaunt to Wales. Hour upon blissful hour spent browsing second hand books. I found some gems (pics to follow soon) – – I’ll also post about some awesome bits I picked up at a Welsh car boot sale.

After all this time . . . ?

As you know I am starting a PGCE course in Sept – and the other day was my last day at work before it starts in Sept. I can’t really say what I did or the name of the company – but what I will say is that it was Harry Potter related. Being a H A R D C O R E HP fan for the longest time, it was an honour and a privilege to have been involved with this literary phenomenon. It is a time I will always cherish – and I will always remember the fantastic experiences the role afforded. I have made some dear, dear friends and I will miss them terribly.

I had a fabulous (but emotional) leaving party, and received some great pressies.

But, it is time to move on – as Dumbledore so rightly put it – “let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

ps. Those in the know will recognise that the title is an HP quote.

pps. Thank you to Jazzabelle for letting me use her signature round photo corners.

100th Post Collage. . .

Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. But here I am – and here is a collage of my pictures that I love that haven’t made it on the blog yet.  Happy 100th post Peachy Keen Jelly Bean!

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Wishful Wednesdays. . .

Wow – been quite a long time since I did a Wishful Wednesday post.

This Wednesday (thanks to Where is Harriet) I would like to be in Hay on Wye, Wales. The only place in the world with more bookshops than people! Nothing to do but browse old books, potter in vintage shops, ramble, eat pub lunches and drink tea. Bliss.  


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{Photos – Where is Harriet?}

Cloud Nine

You may remember some mysterious comments I made in a previous post. Well I’ve had some good news so I can dispense with all the cloak and dagger. . I have been offered a place on a course to become a secondary school English Teacher. I am so pleased and relieved – W O H O O ! Really happy about the prospect of passing on my passion for a subject I love. I hope my classroom looks like this . .

Hogwarts much?!

 . . . and I hope I’ll be able to make books come alive, like this . . .


 ps. If you like that last picture – you might like this. . .


It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

 All the upcoming excitement about the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie made me want to read the book again – – but I realised I don’t have a copy.  And to my horror I realised I don’t have a copy of Peter Pan either.  Boo. So I promptly ordered both today. . can’t wait for them to arrive. 

If only they were these editions –  

Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party


Peter Pan and the tick - tock croc

This is papercut art by Su Blackwell. S P E C T A C U L A R . 

(image source – See Hear Say)


It’s been a really quiet weekend. I’ve spent most of it holed up at home reading. I attempted rainbow bookshelves recently – I wish I had more space for my ever expanding book collection. . .

My Bookshelves

Some of my old, old books.

My friends and family always buy me old books – I love them, they are so beautifully crafted and pretty. . . they just don’t make them like this any more. . .

Tennyson - circa 1935

Right, I’m off to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Happy Sunday.