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08/26/2013

A Book Break

So . . . . while our fingers & machines are stitching unendingly, I thought I'd try to distract you with some entertainment.  No, No, not that!  Not even a movie - enough of those!  Nothing on a screen.  How about a BOOK!?  I've got one that will make you drift away day-dreaming.  

This is the kind of book you'll want to read right next to the fireplace in your recliner, so throw your legs over an arm - get comfy now - and be sure your cream soda & popcorn are right there, and you'll probably need a down-filled pillow for something later (a shoulder or an elbow) . . . . (OK, go get your phone, but only because it's so terrible to have to move when everything's this perfect).  Now then, got everything?   Oh, yes, THE BOOK!

It's Susan Branch's year-long+ awaited "A Fine Romance" !!!!!!  It's finally here, and I ordered a copy.  You can see it below:

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What a delight to see, read . . . did I say read?!   It is written in her own special hand - yes, as usual, the whole thing - and is FULL of photos of England and her totally delightful watercolors!   If you've read her blog (or follow it, as I do) you'll understand what I mean by saying you feel like you're right there and haven't missed a thing by being in your recliner!  Written like a journal, it takes you on a journey through the English countryside in search of insight into the lives of our most loved authors & artists, stopping at pubs, antique shops, gardens, homes and much more along the way.  It's a look at a part of England that happened centuries earlier, yet you see those very places in her pictures & watercolors.  She captures the feeling of a time long past, much of which is amazingly still in the present to enjoy.  But then that IS England!

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A couple pages with pictures, her handwriting & touches of watercolor.  She provides a wonderful, interactive Appendix on her website, you won't want to miss it.  You can read it as you go (there are painted stars in the text where the Appendix contains further information, pictures, videos, etc.), or read through first in order not to interrupt the prose, then be sure to look at the Appendix later.

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See her beautiful watercolor?  You can get her book on her website right here.  You can read her blog to find the closest place to you for her book signings & so many other things.  On her blog yesterday, she & Joe - the book is about their meeting & romance (charming) and their common desire to travel to England by ship - arrived at a small town for a book signing.  They parked at the town hall where she was scheduled to speak, but they noticed there was hardly anyone in sight; the streets were empty!  Now they began to wonder if anyone had come.  When they stepped inside, they realized Everyone had come - and emptied the streets!

The book is full of quotes and endearing comments, just like her blog . . . . just like her!  You won't want to miss it.  I am treating myself to a series of 'reads' where I find a quiet moment and plop into my chair for another installment.  Not too fast, I want to have something to look forward to for the next plop.  I'm already sorry it will be over, but thoroughly enjoying the now!  Part of that for me is having lived in England for a couple years.  We lived in a little village called Patrington in the north of England in Yorkshire.  I had the blessed opportunity to see village after village, take picture after picture (not as digital as today), and meet person after person.  I have not gotten over it.  If I had lots of $, I'd buy a cottage (or larger) around Thirsk or in the Dales and spend the summer there and the winter here in Texas!  That would be a dream come true!

So much for day-dreaming - see I told you it would happen!  So I'll leave you with this last picture - of Susan's book and one of the antique clocks we purchased in England.  It's now 124 years old!  

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Don't they look perfect together?

Yours Always!

Pat


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