Another lovely poetry afternoon, hosted as usual by friend W. Two regulars were ill with one or an other of the various bugs going around and two more regulars were out on a visit somewhere else. We had one new member and there were eight of us. We had a lovely afternoon with a great selection of poetry - lots of Roger Mcgough today for some reason,several bits of Longfellow's Hiawatha, which friend J reads from the most beautiful leather-bound book with each page edged in gold leaf - a joy to look at and a joy to listen to.
Interestingly we got to talking about books we had read and enjoyed and found that one of our members just didn't 'do' books at all. I personally cannot imagine life without several books 'on the go'. I really have quite an eclectic taste I think.
I like good novels and am always on the look out for new authors here - so if anyone likes to recommend a new author (to me) I shall be grateful. At present I am ploughing through Salley Vickers and enjoying her books immensely.
I also love travel books. One of the first travel books I ever read was Maurice le Toumelin's 'Kurun Around the World' - about a solo voyage. I must have read it a dozen times until my father remarked that he thought I was always going to be an 'armchair traveller'. (sadly when I had enough money to travel he had already died, so he never knew the places I went to).
Colin Thubron, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and many others have caught my imagination. I just couldn't manage without my books - they are as important to me as food.
Friend W demonstrated a marvellous window vacuum cleaner she has bought to clean the windows (and the shower) inside - a window cleaner comes to do the outside. I came straight home and suggested to the farmer that we buy one and have just send an e mail to friends P and D, who are coming for the week-end, to see if they can collect if I do 'click and collect'. It is so easy now that we all have computers - old methods have become so laborious.
The bug I have been fighting for several days seems to have been almost defeated - so hopefully my body's fighting mechanism is up to full strength.
Until tomorrow - keep warm.