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I don’t know what’s better, the mere fact of the existence of this marvellous sounding, marvellous looking bookstore or that Jeff Vandermeer has made this wonderful rambling little piece about getting lost in it. I could think of nothing more fun than spending a day (or two) lost in these stacked and packed shelves.


What have I been up to lately. April is whizzing by in a daze of chocolate, parties, dinners, drinks, more chocolate, school holidays and, yes, more chocolate. I have indeed made a few things this month. I made some bibs and a kitty softy for a new member of the family (the very beautiful daughter of an old friend and his equally beautiful wife), but I was in such a rush to get them finished and pack in time to get to the airport, I forgot to take photos. The bibs were great fun to make, though, so expect to see some here soon.

I’ve made another annual bag, trying to get the thing right. I made a Barbie annual bag for my daughter. I still haven’t got that base right though, and my husband tells me it’s too flimsy. So it’s back to the drawing board with that.

The most fun I had this month was going shopping at the Durban SPCA bookshop and then at the Alexandra Park market in Pietermaritzburg. Look at these gorgeous books I found:

Gorgeous vintage children's books from Alexandra Market

Gorgeous vintage children's books from Alexandra Market

Finally, all done. I’m not sure that the contact on the outside is going to work. Wear and tear … We’ll see. But it looks great. The photo below shows the lining being inserted, glued and pegged into place, and then the final bag with clear contact wrapping the outside. It looks so cute!

Twinkle bag being finished off. Can't wait to carry this around!

Twinkle bag being finished off. Can't wait to carry this around!

The Flexform Oltre sofa

Oh, I want this…. See more pics here.

April 2009: Wow, this is by far the most popular post on my blog. And it’s a scant one line long (well, it was until now). And it seems most people find this blog by searching for this very sofa. I’m glad to be in such voluminous company. Please do add a comment on what you think of the fabulous Flexform Oltre, and if you know of other similar bibliophile furniture, add a link.

The New York Review Children’s Collection. Don’t they look like wonderful books? I don’t know if I can hold off but I’m not allowed to spend any money until August. It’s a long wait…

Thanks to the good people over at Metafilter, I was directed to the utterly gorgeous Digital Scriptorium. A feast of medieval and renaissance manuscripts nicely scanned for your delectations, from collections just all over the place. I could spend hours here…

Right, I’m going to try for at least 10 of these:

The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
Fury – Salman Rushdie
City of God – E.L. Doctorow
Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
News From Nowhere – William Morris
Rabbit Run – John Updike
Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Temptation of St Anthony – Gustave Flaubert

I’m also signed up for the 50 Book Challenge over at Librarything. I’m going to cheat slightly by counting books I read for academic work – but that still counts as reading, doesn’t it?

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