here it is........
the dangerous side of having an almighty shouting match with the one you love most....
after i had finished screaming then sobbing i turned to the dreaded Amazon for comfort :)
.... actually not all of this pile are purchased - two are from my fantastic library - each week (if i remember) i go online and view all the new books purchased for all the libraries in the Highlands - i then put in a request for them and a week or so later the ever so charming man at my nearest library emails me to say that a delicious pile of books are waiting - yipeee!!!
now - i love the library, but i do often think of all the grubby hands that have been around the book before me, and i do, as a rule, shake the book out over the bin before i start reading - just to remove any loose debris created by others ......
out of this pile of books which i pretty much devoured over 3 days, these two are my favourites.
Francine Raymond writes with such beauty about her hens, garden and lifestyle - the book is full of the most amazing photographs which quite take your breath away and leaves you with a definite feeling of hen envy!!
the book is laid out month by month, so as well as being informative it is also full of lovely recipes using eggs and home grown garden produce.
i love this quote from Francine.....
" Home, as mole in Wind in the Willows recognizes, is a special place, an anchorage in everyone's existence."
so, so true.
this is a library book and i will take it back as soon as my very own copy arrives!
Elspeth Thompson is inspirational - just take a peek at her website and her blog.....
nothing short of beautiful x
i have been following the progress of the renovation of Elspeth's railway carriages in to a family home with awe - what an amazing project - a project that if left in many other folks hands would have been a complete disaster.
this family have managed to transform the carriages from a disused, unloved, yet still beautiful object in to a home that retains all that character and history that must be saved.
the book "the wonderful weekend book" is not full of fancy photography but this did not stop me reading it from cover to cover in two sittings.
instead it is full of suggestions for reclaiming time for you....
this quote from Elspeth sums this fantastic book up nicely....
"the opening chapters are divided in to year round and seasonal pleasures that reconnect us to the earth, to our friends and families, and to the real meaning of age old festivals and celebrations....."
full of fun, delicious recipes and advice on how to be a little "greener"
a perfect book to give to a family that always seem to be chasing their tails - hopefully it will make them sit down and look at the bigger picture, enjoy a slower pace of life whilst having bags of fun together.
this book is mine all mine, and one that i can see myself dipping in and out of many times x
the rest of the pile are also rather good - especially the Christmas book from Sarah Raven, but i will save that for another day.
the only slight disappointment for me, and it is only my opinion, is the book from Cath Kidston.
it is well laid out, pretty to look at and contains a tote bag all ready for your own sewing project -
it is full of templates for projects and very clear instructions...
i was only left feeling disappointed as it seems to be aimed at folk just starting out in sewing.
does anyone else feel the same?
i do however love the slipper idea and will be searching for some plain slippers to embellish!
ok - that's enough talk about the joy of books.... i must settle down to a spot of sewing and upload some new stock to NOTHS.
sadly i have not found the time to work on my own website this week - i have been kept busy with orders from NOTHS - but i do still hope to be up and running before Christmas.
this weekend will see me once again as a builders mate - we are preparing the ceiling in the sitting room ready to have the large plaster boards nailed in to place next week - this entails climbing up very high scaffolding and holding my breath.......
we are also expecting winds of up to 80mph - so these guys will be holding on tight to each other :)
back here next week but i will pop an update over at Sea House this weekend x