A treasure hidden in a book

The early summer wasn’t the only surprise I had this week.

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This book was bought in a bookshop in Tonbridge. A floor to ceiling of books, bookshop. A, books in every nut and cranny possible, bookshop. A quaint, but the space is probably substantial if the books towering everywhere didn’t close the place in, bookshop. Such a small and full bookshop that you fear anyone coming the other way for you’ll have to awkwardly breathe in, despite it making you bigger, and squeeze past each other, risking books flying everywhere, bookshop.

Places like that are true gems.

And it’s still on giving..

While reading on my knitting blanket in the garden, completely engrossed, I turned the page and a sheet of paper was neatly folded and tucked into the margin.

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I like to believe someone left a note for the future. I like to believe a whole fairy tale of things that I won’t list, but yes, some of the stories include a secret agent.

I think it was actually someone working out a Christmas card.

Greetings
     ’67

Harry
Bahar

Bahar
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A
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A true treasure from the past.

I slipped it back into my book and continued reading.

 

 

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Snapshot of my January 2018

Successfully did Veganuary with this guy…

emily and james

 

And ate a lot, a lot of food…

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Finally begun reading again, in hopes for some quiet…

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Scooted…

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And finally, my love for clay deepened…

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Reasoning

I’m going through a phase of needing quiet.

I suppose I need peace. But the next best thing is quiet.

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I struggle with the thought of ‘what’s the point in doing anything?’ Everything is trivial and meaningless really, once we die. I don’t say this to be a downer – though, naturally, it is a downer.

I fight this conflict all the time. It’s why some days I do nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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Today though I needed a walk in my favourite fields, to clear away the fog and cobwebs, and although it was freezing (literally freezing, it’s been snowing this week) it helped me hugely.

Just feeling the sun on my face.. it’s hard to explain. I don’t need to explain anyway.

I realised

there’s no point to anything but you can’t be happy doing nothing.

It’s simple, but as I’ve been realising recently, the best things are.

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I’ve slacked on reading for a while now and to get back into it I started with some Roald Dahl. I then went onto The Secret Garden. The quote ‘where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow’ has stuck with me. So for two packages I’m sending to friends for Valentine’s Day I included a postcard of this quote that I drew, with a note on the back reminding them to keep the magic within them.

Oh how gimmicks work on me

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A bottle of wine with rustic packaging.

A positive quote in fancy lettering.

Make up endorsed by a celeb.

A yellow phone.

Anything to do with Harry potter.

And now

Reading glasses that mention my favourite book on the packaging.

I don’t actually need glasses, but I went for an eye test and apparently my eyes aren’t as perfect as I once thought they were. Especially my left eye. I keep getting awful headaches and she suggested its working on computers all day and I can get weak glasses to give my eyes a break. I won’t be using them continuously, only when it starts to hurt at the computer or reading.

I wanted to buy some nice ones, rather than Poundland ones that my family buy that get thrown around and sat on daily. I had big, old, geeky ones in mind. You know the type, fashionable ones I suppose. Turns out I just can’t get them to suit me. I have a hat face, not a glasses face.

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is my number one, top dog, the bees knees, and the rest of them sayings, all time favourite book. My copy, which was bought from a boot fair when I was 18 for 20p, is falling apart and looking worse for wear. It’s probably my most prised book.

I don’t collect as much stuff to do with Jane Eyre as I do Harry Potter (it’s hard not to go anywhere without seeing something Harry Potter nowadays) but I do have a card on my shelf to do with the Bronte sisters – You’re On It Like A Bronte Bonnet! 

When I saw these in TKMaxx, and James told me time and time again that the smaller ones suited me better, it was like the stars had aligned and I could live my gothic, romantic dreams. Whilst James gives me strange looks out the corner of his eye. Just imagine it.

So what’s these glasses got to do with Jane Eyre?! 

I have no idea.

Other than that warm feeling I get in thinking I have something associated with it. That’s clearly enough to make me buy them.

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Hey, What’s New?

A few random things I’ve been up to in the last few weeks that I haven’t shared on the blog;

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I bought a place matt at a charity shop for 30p, with the sole purpose to paint it. Don’t question it. This orange explosion is the third painting. I keep painting over it every once in a while, and it feels good changing it and not becoming attached.

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It was my Dad’s 50th birthday. The big 5.0. I made him a canvas of ’50 reasons why I love you’. I love sentimental things, I’m an emotional being, but I don’t like cheese, so rather ‘because you’re the best Daddy ever!’, I went for ‘because it was always you and I going on the rollercoasters’.

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I read the book ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Wow. Just wow. Everything is different now, good different. I haven’t ever felt this good. I have had a lot of these thoughts before, but it wasn’t clear, I needed something to steer me in the right direction and clear up the path. I recommend this book so much, especially if you suffer with anxiety and depression like me. I high five this book so much. Not literally. Well, maybe. You will never know.

Have a great day, because today is great!