Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I also had a nice conversation with Roy Macgarva in his furniture store. I saw a little secretary desk that would have been perfect for my writing and laptop storage, but alas, I couldn't ship it overseas. However, Roy did give me a lovely doily.
I bought some books at the Houston - Bush Airport, before I left to the UK.
52. F451 - Ray Bradbury
53. Foundation - Issac Asimov
I guess that I won't need to buy books for a long time.
Before and after going to Wigtown, I made more book purchases.
A Book Discount Store (can’t remember the name.)
26. TheConjurer’s Bird – Martin Davies
Borders – Islington (I can’t find either magazine at home.)
27. Time Out Magazine (about the Tube)
Books, Etc. –
New regulations from the
30. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
31. Bloody Foreigners – The Story of Immigration to
http://www.moleskineus.com/storybook.html (I hadn’t seen this one yet either. Great for journaling.)
British Library Shop
33. Oscar Wilde – Shorter Fiction
34. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories – Robert L. Steveson (a present for a relative)
35. Aesop’s Fables (I think that my sister has the kid version of the book; I can’t find it.)
I also got a lot of vintage buttons that the owners found in the
37. Simply Knitting Magazine
Oxfam on Bloomsbury St, near the British Museum
38. My Dream of You – Nuala O’Faolain
39. Star of the Sea – Joseph O’Connor
40. The Two Pound Tram – William Newton
41. Good Women – Jane Stevenson
42. A Dead Language – Peter Rushworth
43. The Children of Men – P. D. James
Persephone Books on Lamb’s Conduit (love the name of the street)
44. William – An Englishman – Cicely Hamilton
45. An Interrupted Life – The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941 -9143
46. The Victorian Chaise Longue – Marghanita Laski
47. Journal of Katherine Mansfield
Southbank area of
48.The Life of Sir Ernest Shakeleton – Hugh Robert Mill
Tate Modern Gift Shop
49. What’s in a Name – Cyril M. Harris
50. The Guardian Newspaper
51. The Times
Here are the books that I got in Wigtown, Scotland, with a brief review of the stores:
The garden is fabulous, and the inside is cozy. I loved sitting in the chair made of branches.
1. The Pretenders and Two Other Plays – Henrik Ibsen (I hang around the Norwegian Seaman’s Church to swim in the summer; I think that I better know something of their culture)
2. Angus Macvicar - Lost Planet (Scottish novelist)
3. Magnus Mills – The Restraint of Beasts (Booker Longlist – Funny, funny; I read it on the bus/train ride from Dumfries to
4. School Girl’s Pocket Book – 1961 edition (a present for a relative; has some Girl Guide information; she is a Girl Scout)
AA1 Books at Windy Hills
A very organized bookstore. I ran into the bookowner about an hour later; he was taking his dog on a walk.
5. Through the Lens – Glimpses of old Wigtownshire with Notes by Jack Hunter (most the the buildings look the same; the people’s clothes are not.)
6. Ward Lock’s Red Guide – Highlands of Scotland (Guess where I want to travel?)
7. Blue Guide of
Unfortunately, they are going out of business in the next few months.
I bought some watercolor supplies and
8. 19th Century Costume booklet from the
9. English Embroidery Booklet
10. Melin Wlan Brynkir – Brynkir Woolen Mill (in
It is really on a corner. I loved exploring both floors.
11. F. M. and L.T. Duncan – Plant Traps and Decoys (great pics to use edit onPhotoshop and use for collage)
12. Human Geographies – The
13. Ward Lock - Western Scotland – Skye,
Plus four great postcards from National Scottish Day
and the knitting one from 2005 http://www.spl.org.uk/card_npd/index_2005.asp
14. I got a three volume, hardback set of War and Peace by Tolstoy. I remembered that Work in Progress was having so much trouble keeping her copy together, that I decided to get when I am ready to read W&P.
(My poor little paperback copy is starting to show wear and tear. I just had to glue part of the cover down as it was peeling off! I don't suppose anyone has decided they must now go out and read this? I really do recommend it. Now to find out what the last 500 pages bring!)
If I hadn’t bought alpaca yarn before my trip, I would have been tempted to buy some of the Shetland wool. There were also a couple of nice bookcases that I couldn’t buy and take home, large baskets, and handmade scarves. journals and soaps. Maybe next time…GC books – Unit 10 Warehouse
Located in an old creamery, it’s one of the coolest (temperature-wise and bookish-wise) bookshops in town. The books are in order by number, since most of the sales are via internet on abebooks.com
15. I did manage to find Sir John Hammerton - ABC of the RAF, which has a transfer sheet for RAF badges (and I also discovered that there was a major RAF training base in Wigtown during WWII.)
M. E. McCarty – a small shop run by a very nice lady.
16.Charles Dicken – Barnaby Rudge (never heard of it; a must read)
17. Van Gogh booklet
The Old Bank Bookshop
This building was a bank in its former life. The vault is still visible. They have great selections of history books, and it’s open and airy. One of the owners is a hometown girl who returned home.
18. Adam the Gardener – Week by Week Gardening
19. Thomas Pickles – The Bristish Isles (another great, tiny textbook)
21. How to care for your dog (for a present)
Wigtown Newsagent (also houses the post office and sells toys, ice cream, candies, post cards, greeting cards, lottery, etc)
22.Amateur Gardening Magazine (for my mother)
23.Daily Telegraph (
24. People’s Friend magazine (with a fab sweater to knit and lots of short stories)
24. Galloway Gazette (news of the county)
25. Riding Magazine (as a present)
Monday, April 16, 2007
The last book that I bought in Wigtown was a paperback copy of Magnus Mills', The Restraint of Beasts, a shortlisted 1998 Booker book. Funny, funny. Two very hapless guys and a somewhat hapless foreman are putting up fences in Northern England. I was laughing a lot during my train ride.
My friend, K, let me borrow one of her Surrey County library books. Falling Leaves by Adeliine Yeh Mah. A very insightful memoir that shoes how a family was separated by political forces in China and Hong Kong. It also relays the sorrow of the author, because she is the unwanted daughter. Book review will be upcoming.
I made a short stop in Manchester and went pubbing with Andy and Kev. Interesting cultural experience. I enjoyed being with my guy friends. The pubs were neighborhood pubs, so it was not touristy and I was able to participate in authentic living. Andy's parents also came into Manchester; his mom made one of the yummiest cakes that I have had. All of us also went to the Lowry Museum and saw very cheerful Chelsea soccer fans before the semi-final game with Blackburn at the Manchester United Stadium.
I am now in the London area. I hope to make one more trip into London. I am taking the touristy bus ride and getting off at a couple of bookstores to check out the new books.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I missed the London plane from Houston.
So, I did a lot of reading:
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Foundation - Issac Asimov
haven't started yet - Ray Bradbury - F451
I bought the following in London:
What's in a Name? Cyril Harris (names of tube stops)
The Life of Sir Ernest Shakleton bye Hugh R. Mills (on South Bank of the Thames from used bookseller - outdoor stall - 1924 edition)
Martin Davis' The Conjurer's Bird (I read the first 20 pages, good so far)
My friend K lend me some of her Surrey county Library books. I finished Minaret by Leila Abeoulela. Very good.
I have enough room in my suitcase to buy more books at Wigtown, Scotland.
Write more later!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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I have three book reviews to write, but I think that I will wait.
bye for now.