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  1. what is everyone doing?

    I’m not surprised you thought it was euthanasia. I misspelt it. 😮 It’s echinacea. lol
  2. Man Booker 2018 prize

    From those you’ve mentioned above, MrHobgoblin, I’m tempted to read Everything and Under. I never could get into HilaryMantel’s prose.
  3. what is everyone doing?

    Hope your cold is better. I found the best remedy for a sore throat and a cough is licorice.Some people swear euchanasia spray.works best for them.
  4. what is everyone doing?

    11 years. That’s very optimistic. I suppose it’s better than nothing. 😎 It was 25c in London today. That’s very hot for October. Vineyards in the U.K. are producing red grapes for the first time. We might end up like the Mediterranean.
  5. what is everyone doing?

    Thanks, feeling much better. At least I’ll have a scarf ready when winter arrives! haha.
  6. Galleries, Museums...y'know kultcha!

    I was in the middle of writing in depth, about my day visit to Oxford, last week, but somehow it’s vanished! It’ll take me too long to re-write it so here’s here’s a quick summary, instead. I saw two exhibitions: J.R.R.TOLKIEN at the Bodelein Library. Very interesting for Tolkien fans. Exhibit included his art work, maps of his fantasy land, family photos, letters to his children and competed crosswords and lots of doodling. SPELLBOUND: rituals and WITCHCRAFT Exhibit included - a witch in a bottle 😬 a feathered garland, which when worn would cause death. A dried toad with pins sticking into it, a witch-weighing machine, a dried dead cat found under floor boards. ( to keep witches away) A rag doll with something sharp sticking through it’s head., manuscripts, engravings, bottles containing nail clippings, skin and hair. ....and loads more. Images of St Michael were used to keep the devil away....
  7. Galleries, Museums...y'know kultcha!

    I loved The National History Museum in Dublin, when I visited it once. The one in London is overwhelming.
  8. Libraries Week, 2018

    Wasn’t aware of library week. Good excuse to pop into mine. The opening hours haven’t changed in my local library, but the non-fiction stock has diminished tremendously, so has classic fiction. They are good at ordering books from different libraries, but it’s browsing the books on the shelves, that I miss.
  9. what is everyone doing?

    Sympathies, Luna. Hope you all get better quickly, but don’‘t go out too soon. I made that mistake last week. My cold started off with tickling throat and ended up in a full blown head cold. When I felt better and thought it had gone, I took a trip to Oxford. The following day I felt worse, and am only just getting over it now....in the meantime, I ended up knitting a scarf with wool I bought over 15 years ago! I’m sure I bought the wool to try and knit something other than a scarf, but never seem to manage it.
  10. what is everyone doing?

    I visited Greenwich once with a family friend. We walked about on a ship - must have been the Cutty Sark. Wouldn’t mind going again to see the Observatory. Where I live, which is at the opposite end ( West London) we have the river and loads of parks. I shouldn’t really grumble 😀
  11. what is everyone doing?

    Yes, I have, and agree it was very moving. I’d forgotten Daniel Radcliffe was in it, but vividly remember the actor David Haig playing Kipling. I thought he was excellent. Didn’t realise he’d written the play.
  12. Currently Reading

    Just started The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis. Letters from senior devil, uncle Screwtape, to his nephew Wormood, a junior devil.
  13. Currently Reading

    Wouldn’t mind reading that myself, but after reading the blurb I’ve got a sneaking suspicion I’ve watched the tv version. I’lol need to look into it more.
  14. what is everyone doing?

    Bateman’s is a great house. We we’re staying in Burwash ( husband & I )when we decided to walk across the fields. We saw the house by chance, from the top of the hill and walked down. I loved it, but was equally sad when I learned about Kipling’s son.This was about ten years ago. Somewhere amongst my books I’ve got a Bateman House book marker. I collect book markers from places I find interesting.
  15. what is everyone doing?

    You are lucky! A few weeks ago I went on a mini rambling trip. with my husband, somewhere in Oxfordshire. We crossed field after field into the woods. To see deer running across a field into the woods was a lovely surprise. Especially for someone like me, living in London. I don’t enjoy walking in London. At one point on our walk, we took a wrong turn and ended up on someone’s private land. They were very nice about it and showed us their prize pigs and black sheep before showing us the correct path. On the way back to the cottage where we were staying, I slipped and fell into a ditch/ stream/bog - not sure what it was, but I got very wet! 😂