Reading Again

sks41aSo, here we are, The Bears and I ensconced in a spacious if, at the moment, over warm flat in the small Worcestershire market town of Bromsgrove.  However, on sunny days like today, we have a beautiful garden to sit in plus the indescribable comfort of knowing that it is someone else’s job to look after it!  I may come from a long line of market gardeners but the green-finger gene most definitely missed me.  The uncertainty associated with any house move combined with my Aspergers has played havoc with my concentration really since the end of January when I first put an offer in for this place and so I took an executive decision not to attempt to read anything new other than those books that I would need for my two book groups; instead I have been spending time with old literary friends, people/characters that I knew I could depend upon when I just needed to get away from all the pressures that were mounting up. Of course, this has meant that all the projects I set up for myself at the beginning of the year have gone completely by the wayside.  In fact, I am going to have to go back to my earlier posts just to remind myself of what they were! But I am back now and hope to be writing at least twice a week and, just as important, visiting all my blogging friends again.  I have missed you.



29 thoughts on “Reading Again

    • Café Society June 3, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      It is frightening how quickly you loose the habit of discipline. I need to take myself in hand!

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  1. Café Society June 3, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Typically, the one thing that hasn’t yet arrived is the bookcases. Fortunately, I have a bathroom the size of the Taj Mahal which at the moment is full of boxes of books. Everything else is pretty much settled now but actually feeling like it is home is going to take a bit longer. The Bears have their sofa so they are OK.


  2. Kazen June 3, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    It’s lovely to have you back! Here’s hoping the bookcases and any other stragglers arrive soon.


  3. BookerTalk June 4, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Moving home is a hugely stressful event for anyone but I think you were also downsizing? Glad to know that’s behind you now and you can look forward to settling into your new home. I was thinking of you the other week when we saw Duchess of Malfi at Stratford and I was wondering what you would have thought of it,


    • Café Society June 4, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Not only downsizing, Karen, but also moving into a complex where there are other people around all the time when apart from the three years I was away at College I have always lived a very solitary life. It is going to take a lot of adapting to.

      I did see The Duchess. Maria Aberg is one of my favourite directors and I have yet to see one of her productions that I haven’t enjoyed. However, of all of them I think this was my least favourite. I thought the production itself was excellent, but I wasn’t certain why I was watching it. Everything else she has done for the company has seemed right for the moment. This didn’t quite work like that for me.


      • BookerTalk June 4, 2018 / 4:50 pm

        We didn’t care much for the play itself but with all that blood around it was certainly an experience. The ensemble dancers were amazing. Didnt care for the actress playing the Duchess at all..


  4. Helen June 4, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Welcome back. I’m glad you’re settling in and I hope The Bears like their new home!


    • Café Society June 4, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks Helen. It will probably take a year, when I know how everything here works, before I feel really at home, but on balance I know I have done the right thing in making the move. Most of The Bears are settling well but Toseland Bear is still very edgy. He takes a long time to feel comfortable anywhere.


  5. Rohan Maitzen June 4, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Good to have you back and to know you are making yourselves happily at home now. A beautiful garden that someone else takes care of sounds perfect, speaking as someone else who just doesn’t have the gardening gene.


  6. Café Society June 4, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    It is amazing how much more comfortable I feel now I’ve started back blogging. It’s a bit of my ‘normal’ world that is coming back into place and that is what I need right now.


    • joulesbarham June 4, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Blogging can be addictive! It’s good to have you back; I had begun to wonder.I hope that your books get unpacked soon, then you will really feel at home.


      • Café Society June 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

        The bookcases arrive next week, Joules. At the moment I have a very crowded bathroom!


  7. Laila@BigReadingLife June 4, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    So nice to see you back here! I hope you feel settled sooner rather than later. It’s always good to check in with old book favorites when one is feeling anxious or has a lot going on.


  8. Margaret June 5, 2018 / 8:29 am

    I’ve missed you – so glad you’re back on the blog! It took me ages to settle in when we last moved – everything seemed so strange. I hope you adjust quickly to having people around you – that’s what I would find so different, I think.


    • Café Society June 7, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Funnily enough what seems to be most difficult is having moved from over 600ft to just about sea level; there isn’t enough oxygen down here.


  9. mlegan June 5, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Welcome back! Glad to know the move went as well as could be expected!

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  10. Jeanne June 5, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    I thought of your house move while dealing with my office move, which is way less unsettling (ha!) but was and will continue to be a major shift in perspective. I hope you get enough sense of being alone at your new place. That’s sometimes a hard thing to stake out.


    • Café Society June 7, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Oh office moves are terrible, especially if you are moving into a smaller space. I still have nightmares about my last one.


  11. helen June 7, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Congratulations and welcome back! I hope your bookcases arrive soon too, and that Toseland Bear is already feeling better. Would it be rude to ask what books/authors you comfort-read? I am quite curious about what people choose for this at the moment. 🙂


  12. Café Society June 7, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I mostly re-read long running crime fiction where I had got to know the characters over the years; Rankin, Robinson and Jardine. Toseland Bear Thanks you for your concern. He has always been the most nervous one of the family. Most of them are revelling in having new people around to admire them!


  13. FictionFan June 10, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Good to see you back, and I’m glad you’re settled now in your new home – and I envy you those gardeners! Re-reading is always great for those stressful times – sometimes all the shiny new books get in the way of us visiting our old friends…


    • Café Society June 10, 2018 / 11:57 am

      Thank you FF. my first shiny new book has proved to be a tremendous disappointment. Back to the old friends?

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  14. Jenny @ Reading the End June 10, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Welcome back, friend! I’m so glad the move went smoothly and that you now have a garden you don’t have to care for. That’s the dream! And I hope you’re able to quickly get back into the swing of reading new books and enjoying them, now that you’re starting to get settled in.


    • Café Society June 10, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      I shall feel better later in the week, Jenny, when the bookcases have come. I keep wanting a book that is buried deep in one of goodness knows how many boxes at the moment piled up in my enormous bathroom.


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