Category Archives: Books

My Learning Relation: Attila the Nun (object no.172)

A few posts ago I featured the books written by a family friend, so here is another book written by a member of our extended family. The author gave me a copy some years ago, but I donated it to … Continue reading

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Common People (objects 157-159)

This lovely lino cut of a Dartmoor pony by Paxton Chadwick is one of my favourite pictures. It was given to me for my 18th birthday by the artist’s widow, Lee Chadwick. It wasn’t framed but she had added a … Continue reading

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Long Overdue (object no. 143)

I hate to part with books, but recently had to have a long overdue clear out (my blog name Hoarder of Babylon being dangerously close to the truth!) and realised that some of my childhood treasures are just too far … Continue reading

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All Clear Aft (Object 121)

Unlike me, my mother was athletic and sporty in her youth. I was one of those bright, bookish kids who was rubbish at P.E. or anything practical, like needlework or woodwork. I won few Girl Guide badges, in fact I … Continue reading

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The Book of Love (Object 117)

Today is Valentine’s Day, something that my parents never celebrated, for ideological reasons; there are no Valentine’s cards amongst my collection of their greetings cards to each other. Like Mother’s or Father’s Day, they saw it as just another example … Continue reading

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Poetic justice (Object 116)

Tonight is Burns Night, always a big event in our family (about which I have already written, here and there). My Dad  adored Burns and could recite even the longer poems, such as Tam O’Shanter, from memory. We always had … Continue reading

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“A still murmur runs…” (Object 114)

More books. My previous post told the story of my Grandad Lane’s early life, including his close bond with his uncle, Stephen Lane, squire of Worton Hall in Isleworth. This recent discovery at the Northampton regional branch of the Usmeum … Continue reading

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