The Big Pym-Re-Read:A Glass of Blessings

April was balmy and delicious, and cruel in the way the poet did mean, mingling memory and desire. The memory was of other springs, the desire unformulated, unrecognized almost, pushed away because there seemed to be no place for it in the life I had chosen for myself.

One day Rowena and I met to have a cosy women’s shopping lunch together. She had come up to town to buy new clothes for the children, but when I met her in our favourite restaurant she admitted that she had spent the whole morning buying things for herself and nothing for the children at all.

‘And this afternoon we’re having our hair done,’ I reminded her, for we were going together to my hairdresser who was to create elegant new hairstyles for us.

‘Oh this weather,’ Rowena sighed, pulling off her pale yellow gloves. ‘It makes one so unsettled. One ought to be in Venice with a lover!’

‘Of course,’ I agreed. ‘Whom would you choose?’

There was a pause, then we both burst out simultaneously, ‘Rocky Napier!’
and dissolved into helpless giggles.

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The Big Pym-Re-Read: Jane and Prudence

jane and prudence(This is definitely going to be less rambling than the post I wrote for Excellent Women! I shall try to keep it short.)

Jane and Prudence are friends who met at university when Jane was Prudence’s tutor.

The book opens with Jane and Prudence at a college reunion. Jane is forty-one, Prudence twenty-nine. The former is married to her university sweetheart, Nicholas Cleveland, now a Church of England vicar. Prudence is personal assistant to an academic, Arthur Grampian, and is in love with him.Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: No Words

I wasn’t feeling the prompt for this week’s Top Ten (book merchandise — 10 different kinds of Moomin merch would be rather boring, no?) so I’m doing my favourite wordless /nearly wordless picture books.

I’ve cheated and listed eleven books, but with Sunshine and Moonlight by Jan Omerod, you really can’t have one without the other.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Girl.

Caturday: No More Twist!

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Simpkin returns with a ‘penn’orth of bread, a penn’orth of milk and a penn’orth of sausages. And the all-important penn’orth of cherry-coloured silk.

Is it really Caturday again?

I know I just featured a Beatrix Potter cat a couple of Caturdays ago, but here is another one, called Simpkin.

He is from The Tailor of Gloucester and is the tailor’s cat, and sort of assistant. The tailor sends him out to buy food and thread, but Simpkin’s fondness for mice gets the better of him.

All ends well though, with Simpkin properly repentant.

The Tailor of Gloucester in available to read and download at Project Gutenberg.

 

Caturday: Dayan

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Dayan and his shadow in ‘Chibikuro Party’.

Dayan is a fluffy little cat with exceptionally large eyes. He lives in the countryside, in a village called Wachifield, where magical things happen.

As far as I know, there are just four Dayan books (by Akiko Ikeda) that have been translated into English: Dayan’s Birthday; Thursday Rainy Party; White Eurocka; and Chibikuro Party. Yes, he does seem to be a bit of a party animal.

Dayan’s shadow, Chip.

My favourite is Chibikuro Party, which is about a party for shadows. You can read more about Dayan and the books here.