16 September 2021

Hello and welcome!

large bookcase packed with books

Well, hello and welcome!

Let this be the first of many get togethers! When I was making a list of my favourite books on my home page I was reminded of just how much re-reading I do. Oh, and that list of favourite books…not even nearly complete! I find the familiar comforting, that sense of being at home. When travelling I enjoy return visits, really like staying long enough in one spot so that I get to know my way about. Like self-catering, so I could go grocery shopping and experience that odd intimacy of chatting in a queue or by a fruit stand. And so I love those books that have become good friends, old friends, trusted friends. Some of my favourite books are simply a good place to go to breathe out, somewhere to take a rest from the world. Others are that but more importantly than that, they can be a visit to people who do the right thing, who remind me that what I think and do carries weight. What a pleasure to find an author who entertains one while doing all that! For me Olivia Douglas and Elizabeth Goudge are the open sesame to that happy place. But the D.E. Stevenson books are something else again. Books that manage a happy outcome however rocky the road may be.

small bookcase filled with books

But reading is not all there is by a long shot! Life is full of joy and pleasure. I wanted to say even in the time of covid, but it is ESPECIALLY in the time of covid! Watching movies, cooking something nice to eat, being out and about in the great outdoors and talking to the people I love. Oh I get downhearted, I get scared and sad but I am learning to remind myself of what is good and beautiful sooner rather than later. And you know what? Those books of mine help me do that!

Earlier today I saw that someone had described a book as being about life as it is lived. And that is what I would like to write about, life, in the larger sense, and MY life as it is lived.

Three stacked books

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Thea
Thea
11 months ago

I’d like to add my thanks – as an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for a considered recommend.

It is great to have your blog on my radar (thanks #SueHepworth). I shall be looking forward to your thoughts and updates.

Donna Brown
Donna Brown
11 months ago

Di-Thank you for your uplifting blog and your comments about your reading life.. I have been an avid reader; my mother had to lock me out of the house as a child to get me outdoors! Will look forward to reading your blogs.

Sue Hepworth
Sue Hepworth
11 months ago

Thanks for the tips – I will check out your favourite authors.
I also return to books again and again like old friends.
I very much look forward to reading your blog.

Jennifer Stead
Jennifer Stead
11 months ago

Love your library of books & want to hear more

Heather Stead
Heather Stead
11 months ago

Thanks Di! Looking forward to more posts!