Monday, January 16, 2017

January According to Miss Read


The first days of the New Year were mild and still. The naked trees stood motionless against a grey sky ...

Indoors, bowls of hyacinths and tulips gave hope of spring to come ...

It was a time to relish one's home. In the dark of the year, when curtains were drawn between four and five, and the long evening stretched ahead, the people of Thrush Green turned to their fires, books, knitting, needlework and, sometimes, television to amuse themselves. Domestic comforts became doubly precious: a warm bed, a hot drink, the snugness of curtains shut against the night's chill, all brought comfort in the dismal days of January. From Celebrations at Thrush Green by Miss Read







Hygge anyone? I've read only two of the many books on hygge, but as I read them I couldn't help but thinking that any of us who have loved the cottage life and the simple life for years have known hygge all along.



Alas, sometimes nature makes herself known even in our cozy surroundings:




Tons of tree damage here, with loads of cleanup to be done. My yard isn't too bad, though, and so far our power has held so we are grateful.

I pray that January's storms will be kind to you and that you'll have many cozy days throughout.  Be blessed!
Bess

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Comforting Word


I have a rock that I keep on the windowsill beyond my desk and laptop. It's my Ebenezer stone so that every time I look at it, I recall the help that God has given me in times past. It helps to reinforce my trust that He will continue to help me in the days and years ahead. 

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 
1 Samuel 7:12

If you're expecting ice or other bad weather this weekend, stay safe!
Bess

Monday, January 9, 2017

Miss Read First American Editions



I've borrowed both of these books from the library and thought you might want to see the original First American Edition covers of what became known in later years as The Caxley Chronicles.

I have read The Market Square (American 1967), but for some reason I never got to The Howards of Caxley (1968). So I'm rereading the first to refresh my memory.

As I have said before, I am so grateful for our library system. If our local library hadn't had these, they would have found them for me somewhere. Going through my library saves me sooooo much money and space. And I have donated beaucoup books to them for their shelves or book sales over the years, making for a very symbiotic relationship!



This teacup was one of my mother's: Royal Crown Arden, Staffordshire England. The plate is perfect, but the cup pattern came out flawed. No matter, and I'll be ready for a cup of tea any minute. Will I last until after this is posted? 

Sometimes when I'm reading the posts on other blogs, I come across one that seems like it will be so wonderful that I stop and tell myself, "This is going to deserve a cup of tea!" I prepare my tea and return to sip it while I enjoy reading the post. And for some reason, those posts are always wonderful! Is it my radar ... or the tea? 



For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.
Psalm 48:14

Enjoy your day!
Bess