September Plans

Saturday, 1 September 2012



It has been a delightful August but I am glad it is September. September is my favourite month. New beginnings, new term, new season. I have bought a new diary and written important dates in it..


I have a stack books to read (see my reading list on the sidebar), there's the new Nigel Slater arriving soon and there are the three books below. I used to borrow them from the library when I was about 12 have been trying to track them down for years. A difficult task as I could remember neither titles nor author until last week when the words 'Emma's Island' popped into my head and google did the rest. 


I shall continue to be fascinated, educated and amazed by the Paralympics. I am watching as much as I can*. I hear that in America they are broadcasting just 5 hours of coverage. Fortunately we have all-day everyday coverage. 

Hannah Cockroft

Hannah Cockroft, Paralympic champion, women's 100m T34 Picture from here

I haven't forgotten that I promised apple recipes. The local apple season is just getting under way. Recipes are being pondered.

*The irony of an able-bodied person sitting on their bum all day watching paralympians push themselves to the limit is not lost on me.

27 comments:

  1. Lovely mosaic. Like you I always think of September as a time of new beginnings even though it is over 50 years since I went back to school or college! I had an e-mail from a French friend who says she is ashamed that the French media don't seem to be much interested in the paralympics - sad as I think these athletes are even more amazing than their able bodied colleagues in the Olympics.

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  2. Over the summer I noticed my old 'Emma' books, which I loved and which still sit on the bookshelves at my parents' house, and was wondering how my nearly teenage daughter would fare on the books I read in my teens...Miss Read, Rumer Godden, the Poldark books, and Emma, etc. I'll be interested to hear how you find them, now you're a few years older than twelve...

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    1. I've just read the first one- High House. I enjoyed it, but it's not great literature by any means and nowhere near as good as Rumer Godden or Penelope Lively for example -both favourites then and now.

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    2. Signed in under the right identity now! Enjoying the trip down memory lane as far as reading is concerned...Mary Stewart, Josephine Tey...it's all coming back...R F Delderfield, the Sue Barton nurse series...ah, those were the days!

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  3. I saw Hannah being interviewed last night; she was delightful. What I haven't seen is the race she won, so must rectify that. The coverage for some countries is either pretty poor or non existent. I am not much of a sports fan usually but the Olympics is different.

    Mixed feelings for me about September, just a month to go before I'm a whole year older. I looked forward to going back to school myself with mixed feelings but never wanted my daughter to go back as I enjoyed the holidays. Just as Spring is my favourite month for the promise it brings, I love the actual season of Autumn but it heralds winter and I just can't afford that!

    The Emma books I am not aware of, so I'm off to investigate those. Like the previous commenter, I also loved Rumer Godden and Miss Read and still do. As an adult I've tracked down a couple of much loved books - The Children who lived in a barn ( I didn't know who wrote that and got the name wrong, it's Eleanor Graham) and Clover by Susan Coolidge. When I finally got hold of them a few years ago I enjoyed them so much.

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  4. I enjoyed all your August shots. I'm looking forward to September too - mainly because I'm going to visit my son in Canada for two weeks!
    The Paralympics are very badly covered over here which is a huge shame. The only things I can see are on the British news programmes - so it's frustrating to say the least. All the participants are incredibly awe-inspiring to me.
    Looking forward to your apple recipes - I just adore anything with apple in it! Have a great weekend.

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  5. Did you enjoy the Norman Collins? I loved that book.

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    1. It's on hold Mary. I'm a devil for starting books and then getting distracted by other books. I bought it on your recommendation.

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    2. I know, I'm always doing that. Half-read books and good intentions on every flat surface. And you can't even put them back on the shelf or you'll forget all about them.
      Hope you enjoy it. Our book group read it and it's one of the very few books we've unanimously liked.

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  6. I've booked to hear Hugh talk about his new book etc in Bristol's Festival of Ideas in October. I'm embarassingly excited at the prospect.

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  7. Thanks for the tip off re Nigel Slater book. I love his recipes. But he makes everything look so EASY. And he's so calm. Now why can't it work for me like that?!

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  8. Emma's Island...now there's a blast from the past! Loved that as a teenager. I think it was a first foray out of my beloved Ruby Ferguson and Pullein-Thompson pony books. Scandilicious Baking, the new title from Signe Johanssen now sits beside my bed, making me literally drool. (Thanks to Worcestershire Libraries who bought it at my request)
    Luscious photo mosaic as usual Sue, I was sad to "leave" Aug 2012 on my Quince Tree calendar, but September is always a new start, sorting out kind of month and I love it.

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    1. I was sad to leave Aug 2012 too as it was one of my favourites -must make that chorizo and broad bean dish again soon.

      Have you visited The Hive in Worcester yet? -pretty fabulous

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  9. I intend to visit as soon as the troops are back to school and university, heard good reports!

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  10. Anonymous3:54 pm BST

    Hi Sue,
    First time I've commented here. Sister-in-law has done so, but I've just blog-stalked you for ages.
    God, I remember reading Honor Arundel and 'The High House'. Also 'Emma in Love'. Just loved them. Noted, too, 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' on the sidebar. Adored this one - bought it myself quite recently for my daughters to read. A little nervous handing it over to them, as loved it so much would hate for them not to.
    Looking forward to the new Nigel Slater myself. Have recently taken it upon myself to cook my way through Kitchen Diaries 1 (adapting where necessary, of course).
    Kim.

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  11. I love September too - I've started as I mean to go on by having a me day out (Bailey's nr Ross on Wye where I browsed and didn't spend, then the gardens at Hampton Court nr Hereford ). There's something so satisfying about re-reading favourite books, I was given some Mary Stewart and The Franchise by Josepine Tey - really nnostalgic reading!

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    1. I love Mary Stewart -I've just ordered a box of ten of her novels for £5 from the Book People.

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  12. Well I was sorting out my cook books, then I saw the new Hugh, Nigel and Nigella, one click is such a damned temptation.

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  13. No paralympics shown on our TV service here in the US that I am aware of! Our regular Olympic coverage is crap!

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  14. Shock horror I hadn't really noticed it is September! That is, it hadn't quite registered, but your lovely mosaic reminds me to think about it, and enjoy, and plan....thank you Sue.

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  15. It's been such a crazily busy week that I only sat down to watch some Olympics yesterday. I was gripped.

    What a beautiful mosaic this is.

    Looking forward to some apple recipes!

    Happy September Sue x

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  16. Hi Sue,

    Was in the Olympic Stadium to see Hannah win her gold and saw the heats at the aquatics centre this morning. All I can say is - I need to find a better excuse than 'I can't be bothered' when I decide not to go out for a run. Off to see the 'murderball' on Wednesday - although from what I hear I might just end up hiding behind my seat! Enjoy September - hopefully new starts all round. Belinda

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  17. I have two books from my childhood I doubt I stand a chance of finding ... my Aunt worked for a printer and would bring unbound proofs so there was no cover art to act as a mnemonic and as a kid the names of authors passed me by. Your Emma books are new to me. But I too read Josephine Tay, Mary Stuart and Rumer Godden.

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  18. Eek, I hit post too soon, was just about to admire your practically edible mosaic :)

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  19. Delighted to see that someone else likes the 'Emma' books! They've always been favourites of mine. Those and the 'Miss Happiness and Miss Flower' books by Rumer Godden still sit on my bookshelf :)

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  20. Pati from London8:37 pm BST

    Dear Sue, I had never heard of the Emma books (most likely because of my nationality) but have researched about them and they seem delighful for when my girls are a bit older. Thanks!! I think that mosaic is just BEAUTIFUL with capital letters.... my favourite mosaic of yours ever. Enjoy the sunshine! x Pati

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