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19 October 2009


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Each one of our houses has been bought with the animals as much as us in mind. They are family after all. And often so much more dependable than humans...
I absolutely agree that Tractors was better than Caravans. I have to say I'm not a fan of thought tracking as a device in novels, nor first person narrative come to that. I know it's supposed to make one feel more involved, but it has the opposite effect on me. No idea why.

Phew, and oh dear, all wrapped up in one. Hope you get it all sorted soon, to your satisfaction, and that of Edinburgh Boy


This is a sobering reminder of why I'm hesitating for so long about getting another dog -- it truly is an all-in commitment which can have huge lifestyle ramifications.

Dear Mr Boy

Lovely to hear that you are well and looking forward to the trip up North. Do take good care of Madam 60. She may not travel as well as you.

An Admirer

Dear Mr E Boy

Everything changes and flexibility is all. The right place is the right place. The wrong place - however beautiful or convenient - is the wrong place. At least Madame Boots had you to give her the right cues.
And, between you and me, I couldn't get away with the Tractors novel so am not tempted by the Caravans - although people around me were saying I must, must like them. A matter of taste perhaps.
Have a refreshing time in the land of your forehounds.
In admiration

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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