I have a fair few craft books. Half a shelf, maybe? They’re mostly about either beading or patchwork. I very rarely make anything straight out of them; I tend to use them as a reference for techniques I can’t quite do yet, or just flick through looking at the pretty pictures. (This is not a pretty picture. Sorry.)
I had heard of this book, which is about St Teresa of Avila and St Thérèse of Lisieux, before. Until I picked it up in Oxfam a couple of weeks ago I had somehow managed to miss the fact that it was written by Vita Sackville-West.
When I was in my early teens, this book was one of my absolute favourites. It’s about a British teenager who finds himself in Romania just as the Ceaucescu regime is falling. I loved it for the idealism, for the music (the narrator is a member of a youth orchestra), for the sense of hope.
The lanyard came from a friend of my father’s who used to work for the EU, and is included with a certain wistfulness.
There is a lot of biting in this.
Some books, you know that if you so much as pick them up, the rest of the afternoon, the rest of the weekend, will just disappear. If they’re the first in the a series, make that a fortnight you’ve just lost. And yet you open them anyway…
(I didn’t get this in Asda for £1.99. I got it in a charity shop for 50p.)
There’s nothing like Timelord fashion. There’s nothing like Timelord fashion. And one of these days I will actually finish this jumper.