Daunt Books – Book bundles

I’ve never really thought about Daunt books before reading the new Dash & Lily which features the London branch quite prominently.

I now follow them on the socials and saw their Instagram videos of the book bundles they sell. Three books on a theme all handed wrapped in kraft paper with a ribbon for a set price.

I melted and bought their Christmas bundle even though if Amazon had had them all in stock it would have been a lot cheaper.

I also love their Japanese bundle, two of the books I had wanted anyway but when i priced them all on Amazon they came to £36 ( one was a hardback) but Daunt are charging £50 bar a few pence! Plus over £5 postage on top! How can they justify that?

I know that Amazon discount books which publishers dont like but its not hard to see how popular Amazon has become if you can save £14 or in my case £20 because i have a Prime subscription.

I dont want any indie bookshops to go under in these weird times especially ones with long pedigrees but they do charge too much for their books and people will always want bargains.

What do you think?

Cyclamen are bloomin’ luvverly

All four of them are looking splendid right now, full of buds and nice healthy leaves.

I have to admit that i never expected the two frilly edged ones i bought at a market to survive once the flowers had died but they have and i love them loads.

I still dont have a white one so need to add that to my small collection

baby elephants feet

Full name is Frithia Pulchra but i love the name baby elephants feet and you can see why.

I’ve been growing this from seed planted on 8th May 2020. Its not easy to grow so there is a chance it’ll kick the bucket anytime soon with my non green fingers.

I’ve never grown a succulent from seed before so here’s hoping it makes it.

Summer 2020 flower photos

I am so glad I went back to using an iPhone again, the camera is just great compared to the two years i had to use my Sony which took mediocre at best pics.

I am really pleased with all the flower photos ive taken since late June when i became an iphone owner again (i’m never, ever, ever going back to Android)

Those beans are running

I can’t believe how quickly runner beans grow once they start. I didn’t do any watering for a couple of day due to rain and suddenly the biggest bean had doubled in size.

What a whopper!

I adore the scarlet flowers too

I’m still not convinced that gardening is the best hobby though as most of its done during warm or hot weather when I want to hide away not be outside tending to plants.

More postcards

First postcards i’ve bought for ages now. I’ve decided to collect ones of Herne Bay in Kent. We have friends who live there and I’ve only visited for the first time recently and fallen in love with the town.

Its full of original old Georgian terraces anong other great architecture and has the best seafront too with the huge (77ft) clock tower, beach and Neptunes Arm. A breakwater built in the 1990’s to help prevent flooding which is great to walk along, you get a fab breeze and great views out to sea too.

I’ve bought 5 in total but only 3 have arrived so far

I love the rough sea images, must have been scary but very invigorating to watch (from a safe distance of course)

I’ve had a look at the messages on the back of course but havent been able to find them on census returns sadly.

One is dated 1906 which is right in the middle of the censuses so they could have moved by the 1911 and another is dated 1927 which is 12 years before 1939 Register where i may have found them. When you think about it, unless the person has lived in the same house for decades it is hard to trace them between censuses.

Messages are nothing special just holiday talk as I imagine most of them were.

They make a great start to my collection though