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Book Illustrations February 22, 2018

Filed under: Art works,Book covers — Janet @ 7:52 pm

28336655_10214540023589612_6338929805233291968_o  I couldn’t resist sharing this splendid book cover for a book published in the late 19th century by L. Prang & Co.

 

 

Reading Treasures February 5, 2018

Filed under: Book covers,Book Recommendations,Books,Illustrations,Reading — Janet @ 12:08 am

IMG_5128       IMG_5129     Apologies for the orientation of these 2 photos,  What a splendid book by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard – Winter.  His book Autumn came out a while ago, now Winter, and I’m sure Spring and Summer are sure to follow.  Just collections of kind of random essays appropriate to the season.  Excellent – and thought provoking.  Plus beautiful paintings.

 

Binge Reading April 24, 2017

IMG_3020   Alexander Hamilton – yes I finished it.  A bit slow at times ……but the concluding chapters made it all worth reading.  Now I want the music!

 

Good Reading November 1, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Books,Native Indian Tribes,Reading — Janet @ 4:36 pm

empire-summer-moon     This is one of the books I read while I was in Glastonbury Connecticut last week.  A lucky find on my son’s bookshelf.  It made for grim but gripping reading.  And it was sad too.  We whites were the immigrants pushing aside the Native Indian peoples.

 

Reading Surprise April 22, 2015

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Book Reviews,Books — Janet @ 5:31 am

stephen king 003   Joyland by Stephen King.  A good author but going by the cover I had my doubts about this one.  Much to my surprise it turned out to be a potboiler or a cheap thriller/horror.  It was a very GOOD READ.   I liked it a lot.  And it’s small size made it easy to carry about.  A good one to have for airplane travel.  I’m still an old fashioned reader of paper copies.

 

A Bit of Knitting August 15, 2011

Filed under: Book covers,Books,Knitting,Socks — Janet @ 5:17 pm

Nothing like thinking and writing about my ideas for doing a rug (see previous posts) to make me pick up the knitting needles again.  At last I’m getting around to knitting a pair of socks that I was supposed to knit some time ago – I won’t say how long.  Two balls of Mini Mochi Crystal Palace Yarn (80% merino wool, 20% nylon) have been sitting in my knitting basket for several months.  My knitting basket is actually a Janet Basket ,yes, that really is the trade name of my basket, a present from my brother-in-law in Canada.

 the yarn and the first sock, 7 inch bamboo needles no. 6 (4.0 mm).  The needles were purchased in Victoria when I went to that nice yarn store,  the Button and Needlework Boutique, and couldn’t resist buying a skein of green yarn and of course had to buy needles to use when I got back to the hotel, etc. etc.  I didn’t get around to the knitting on that trip but I’m now glad to have the needles for knitting the socks.  The yarn and needles are a joyful combination.

Add to the knitting a good book –  Henning Mankell’s latest Kurt Wallander  novel.

 

 

 

Curious Philatelic Activities June 26, 2011

  a curious book about an eccentric Englishman who enjoyed challenging the postal system

  if you can read the fine print on the back cover of this book, you can find out a bit more about this man W. Reginald Bray (1879-1939).  He really was eccentric.

My philatelic activities are a bit more mundane.  Here are several postcards I found recently.

  I don’t know what breed of dog this is.  For some reason I have a feeling it’s Belgian.  The seller of the card thinks the card dates from 1907 but there is no message or stamp to give any more clues.  It will go  into the album with my other dog postcards.

  “The Return of the Oyster Fishers”, original painting by Francois Nicolas Augustin Feyen-Perrin (1829-1888).  According to the inscription of the card, the painting hangs in the Luxumbourg Gallery in Paris.  Again no message or stamp on the back to give any further clues.

  this is a card of the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio.  I bought this card (for the princely sum of 50 cents) with Oberlin friends in  mind, but they are not postcard collectors so I am quite happy to keep it.  I think that building is just magnificent.