Saturday, 31 December 2005

Cousin Lesley

We had a telephone call today from my father in law's cousin Lesley. She a descendant of the Worship family and used to be an actress. Now in her mid 80s, she sounded very elegant and I intend to find some of her films and watch them!

Thursday, 29 December 2005

Top 10 books for 2005

In 2005 I read a total of 108 books.
You can see the complete list HERE, but the following are my top 10 reads, ranked in no particular order.

1. Home, The story of everyone who ever lived in our house By Julie Myerson
2. Magyk by Angie Sage
3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helena Hanff
5. Stasiland by Anna Funder
6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
7. The Guests of War Trilogy by Kit Pearson
8. I have lived a thousand years, growing up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
9. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
10. The Namesake: a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
Books read in 2006

Sunday, 25 December 2005

BookCrossing UK Not So Secret Father Christmas


I have unwrapped my wonderful NSSFC pressie and I am delighted. I received:
1 bottle of Italian olive oil
1 packet of Italian speciality spagettia
box of Almond Biscottia
set of coasters in a beautuiful lilac bag
a big bar of Whole nut
Indexers & Indexes in fact & fiction by Hazel Bell
Blowfly by Patricia Cornwell
Christmas card

Thanks so very much Tehuti. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

BookCrossing International Secret Santa


I took part in this and received several books from my huge wish list. Inside the parcel was a lovely card and a peice of Christmas cake.

Inside the card was the details that the cake was made using a receipe that originated with the lady's husband's grandfather, who had taken the receipe with him to Canada from England. Family history says that the same cake receipe that was served at the Wedding of Queen Victoria, and that it was fitting to send a peice of the cake back to England. Isn't that just lovely, especially as I have an ancestor who worked at the Royal Household and who emigrated to Canada in 1903.

Thanks so much Wendy, the books are great and the cake tastes wonderful!


Cheeky me, emailed Wendy and asked if I could have a copy of the receipe; and Wendy very kindly sent it to me. I'm going to try the receipe and see how I get on.




Saturday, 24 December 2005

Jennifer Chiaverini

Published Order

The Quilter's Apprentice (1999)
Round Robin (2000)
The Cross-Country Quilters (2001)
The Runaway Quilt (2002)
The Quilter's Legacy (2003)
The Master Quilter (2004)
The Sugar Camp Quilt (2005)
The Christmas Quilt (2005)
Circle of Quilters (2006)

Chronological Order

The Sugar Camp Quilt (2005)
The Quilter's Apprentice (1999)
The Christmas Quilt (2005)
Round Robin (2000)
The Cross-Country Quilters (2001)
The Runaway Quilt(2002)
The Quilter's Legacy (2003)
The Master Quilter (2004)
Circle of Quilters (2006)

Author's web page - http://elmcreek.net

Friday, 16 December 2005

Scotland

We're in Scotland, just for weekend collecting my inlaws who will spend three weeks with us in Devon, so they will be with us for Christmas & New Year and a week of normality! The motorway was horrific, It took us 10 hours to get to Southwest Scotland, and thankfully only 6 and a half hours to get back to Devon.

While in Scotland, we went to the cinema to see The Nardia Chronicles: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, in, what has to be the smallest cinema I've been in, In Annan. Lovely friendly community and a super film. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, as during my childhood I couldn't get into the books and don't remember any television series. It was an excellent film and well worth watching.

Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey

Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey by Lou Monte 1967 - MP3 Song

Now you can sing along!

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Santa's got a little friend,
His name is Dominick.
The cutest little donkey,
You never see him kick.
When Santa visits his paisons,
With Dominick he'll be.
Because the reindeer cannot,
Climb the hills of Italy.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Jingle bells around his feet,
And presents on the sled.
Hey! Look at the mayor's derby,
On top of Dominick's head.
A pair of shoes for Louie,
And a dress for Josephine.
The labels on the inside says,
They're made in Brooklyn.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Children sing, and clap their hands,
And Dominick starts to dance.
They talk Italian to him,
And he even understands.

Cumpare sing,
Cumpare su,
And dance 'sta tarantel.
When jusamagora comes to town,
And brings du ciuccianello.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Hey! Domini

Buon Natale

Friday, 2 December 2005

Worship One Name Study

I Registered with the Guild of One Name Studies the name of WORSHIP, which is the name of my husband's paternal grandmother. I've also registered the varients of WURSHIP, WORSHIPS, WORSHIPP. The database is a new one, but is gathering information from all across the globe.

Thursday, 17 November 2005

I've been given BookCrossing wings!

Today, a very generous, unknown Book Crosser gave me wings! - Thanks so much for your generosity. Please drop me an email, so I can say a proper thank you.

Annual Christmas Ornament Exchange


Here is the lovely gift I received from Canada.
Thanks Lynda & Happy Christmas!

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Genealogical Journal Book Ring

Recycling Stamps for Charity

Guide Dogs for the Blind
P O Box 130
SLOUGH
Berks
SL1 4PU

OR

Post Pals
PO Box 278
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT23 4WN

OR

Handicap International UK
Waterman House
101-107 Chertsey Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 5BW

Monday, 31 October 2005

NSSS Pressie



Here is my lovely NSSS Back to school & Halloween pressie. Thanks Kittiwake!

Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Spode Santa Mugs

This set is no longer made

2004 - American Santa


2003 - French Santa

2002 - Norwegian Santa

2001 - Russian Santa

2000 - Bishop of Myra

1999 - German Santa

1998 - British Santa

Friday, 21 October 2005

Guildford after the storm 1906

This is the latest additon to my collection of Guildford postcards and memorabilia.

Guildford after the storm 1906 - showing the approach to Woodbridge Avenue, where there was sadly two fatalities.

Monday, 17 October 2005

Annual Bookcrossing Ornament Exchange!


I'm taking part in this and sending this ornament along with a book (of course!) across
the Atlantic. HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Wednesday, 12 October 2005

Two Years with Booker

This is very ambitious - Good luck!

A fellow Book Crosser is attempting to read all the Booker Prize Winner books. Having just watched the awards on the TV recently for the recent winner, I am always amazed at just what books are nominated.

Anyway, I have a few of these books on my overwhelming to be read mountain; and will send possibly send them off.

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Monday, 10 October 2005

BookCrossing Birthday RABCK Experiment


Recieved from my Birthday RABCK buddy from Finland a lovely book from my wish list and a beautiful bookmark along with postcard.

Wednesday, 5 October 2005

Walkies!


We've just taken Monty, our beautiful Border Terrier into town for a walk. He is not very good with other dogs, so we usually take him to the Heath at Haldon where there are not many people or dogs, but thought we'd try something different today. He was so good, and to celebrate I released a book for Book Crossing for World Space Week. Now, Monty and I are both shattered!

Current mood: happy.

Tuesday, 4 October 2005

Barnes & Noble University

Book for October - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling

Thursday, 29 September 2005

Excerpt from ' The Little Prince '

"And at night you will look up at the stars. My star will just be oneof the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch all the stars inthe heavens. In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them Ishall be laughing. And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes allsorrows), you will be content that you have known me."

Antoine de St. Exupery, The Little Prince

Thursday, 22 September 2005

Book Relay - A Kiss from Maddalena


This arrived today with a super Book Crossing logo book mark from sally 906. To follow the book's travel's click HERE

Sunday, 18 September 2005

I found four boxes of books in the garage today and registered the lot onto my bookshelf at BookCrossing.

Current mood: exhausted.

Book Quotations



A Pound of Paper by John Baxter

Page 51-52."Collectors abominate lending libraries. ..........Restoring a library book to collectable condition is like trying to return a Kentucky Fried Chicken to the state of health where it can lay an egg"

Page 86."To me, bookshops have always seemed as rivers do to a fisherman; maybe it's a reflection of Melville's comment in Moby Dick that all thinking people will find their way, sooner or later, to running water."

Page 191."The best fishing, as every angler knows, is found where other fisherman are not"

Patience & Fortitude by Nicholas Basbaines

Page 71
What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers, that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here, as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard."~~~~Charles Lamb, Oxford in the Vacation

Thursday, 8 September 2005

Book Crossing wild release

My first ever wild release is caught.

We went over to a local pub for dinner with my cousin. On the way in, at about 7pm, I left a book, A twist in the tale by Jeffery Archer, by the time we left the book had gone. When I got home at about 10.30pm I had a journal entry timed at 7.40pm to say the book had been caught.
If you click the link above, you can see what happens to the book and where it is now.

Saturday, 4 June 2005

Reading Wish List!

The list is never ending; and is bound to get longer! These are books that I want to read, or if they are more historical, its because I want to look at them for something I'm working on. I just got fed up with piles of post it notes and slips of paper with names of books on, so I put the lists together in one place and the wish list, which will contain no more than 200 hundred titles is located HERE.

Thursday, 5 May 2005

The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


This wonderful quote is from the book:

"Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens ..."

The Journal Entries for this book, which made my top 10 of 2005 is HERE

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Patience and Fortitude Snippets


I borrowed a copy of Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas Basbanes through a BookCrossing book ring. I came across this wonderful quotation and just wanted to record it......

"What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers, that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here, as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard."
~~~~Charles Lamb, Oxford in the Vacation

Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas A Basbanes, Page 71.
ISBN 0 06 051446-9

Saturday, 2 April 2005

DVD Rentals

We somehow came across renting DVD's from Sainsbury's ~ here are those we have borrowed ~ http://www.sainsburysdvdrental.co.uk

Rented during 2005 ~

  • Bridget Jones, the Edge of Reason
  • Open Water
  • 50 First Dates
  • Ladies in Lavender ~ Excellent
  • Terminator 3
  • Garfield ~ Excellent
  • Before Sunset
  • Wimbledon
  • I Robot
  • How to make an American Quilt ~ Excellent
  • The Santa Clause
  • Santa Clause, The Movie
  • Santa who?
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Terminal
  • Spiderman 2
  • Another Time, Another Place ~ Excellent
  • American Cousins

Monday, 28 March 2005

Italian Snippets


I borrowed a copy of Patience & Fortitude by Nicholas A Basbanes through a BookCrossing Bookring. It is a fascinating book, with far too many snippets that are worth remembering.
ISBN 0 06 051446-9

Here are some that have an Italian slant to them:

"Don Fabrizio Massimo in the archive storage room of Rome's PalazzoMassimo, which contains records documenting more than five centuries of family history; the bookcase in the background [of the photo] was designed for the Massimo family by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680), a leading exponent of the Baroque style in Italy"
(Page not numbered; but a photograph and text are on the pages that are between page 44 & page 45)

Monday, 14 February 2005

Anglers Rest BookCrossing Bookshelf

Here you can see some of the books on the Bookshelf....These are registered with Book Crossing.

Anglo-Italian Family History Society


Formed in 2002 for those who wish to research their Anglo Italian ancestry.

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