For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2019

The Gown by Jennifer Robson: Historian-turned-novelist Robson sets her latest historical release in 1947, when times are grim: so many have lost so much, war rationing continues, Britain is in ruins. But in a bleak year, there’s a bright spot: Princess Elizabeth’s royal wedding captured the hearts of a nation, and was a beacon of … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2019

Currently Reading | September 2018

Everything I read in September was in 'real book' form. There was a biography, a novel and a compilation of letters. Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown: In this rather irreverent look at the life and times of Princess Margaret, Brown serves up 99 tales, some funny, some cringeworthy and some simply awful.  I never met … Continue reading Currently Reading | September 2018

London’s Independent Bookshops

Sadly, the UK has just one national chain of bookshops left.  Thankfully, there are numerous independent bookshops around the country that are managing to hang on and keep their doors open; London has some real gems. Here are three of my favourite: John Sandoe Books can be found just off the King's Road in Chelsea (nearest Tube: … Continue reading London’s Independent Bookshops

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to join in with the lovely Sian and share something that I've learnt over the weekend ... Tree plantings are emotional things. That's not something I'd ever considered before.  I mean, it's not as if you ever see HM The Queen looking misty-eyed as she plants her … Continue reading Memorandum Monday

Scrapbooking National Events

Back in early May, when The Brainy One and I went to vote, we took The Boy Child with us.The Boy Child was very interested in the proceedings.The Returning Officer was very interested in knowing thatI hadn't allowed a minor to mark my ballot paper. I hadn't.I don't often include national or international news stories in our … Continue reading Scrapbooking National Events

Wardrobe Malfunction

Following on from yesterday's post, I discovered at the 11th hour that I could no longer fit into my 15 year old LBD.Nor could I get into my even older LBD. (worn to The Queen Mother's Christmas Cocktail Party in St. James's Palace in 1997.) So I went with my Christmas party dress.And I was completely overdressed.