Mar. 10th, 2009

girlyswot: (happy)
I think it's a result of having been at boarding school that I always find the arrival of the postman to be one of the highlights of any day. So much anticipation, even if it's usually wholly unwarranted. I always open post straight away, even if I can see that it's just bills or circulars. And real letters make me so happy. But the best kind of post, of course, is a parcel.

Today I had a parcel from my old flatmate in the US. It's a very early birthday present which she has been excited about sending me since Christmas and clearly couldn't wait any longer. The part which I was expecting was a pile of fabric from the cutest shop that only opened last summer in Philadelphia (to my disappointment, though the great relief of my bank balance). She got me three half-yards of fabrics in bright pinks and oranges that I absolutely love. Pictures to come later, I promise.

She also sent a sweet little notebook with a green and pink cover (she does know me quite well). But my top favourite thing is a box of drawing pins with beautiful coloured heads: fuchsia pink, lime green, yellow, orange, blue. They are everything I like best - useful, beautiful, fun, well-designed.

I am a very happy girl today.
girlyswot: (festival of britain)
I've been thinking sporadically over the last couple of weeks...

And now I've written that sentence, I really want to end this post there.

...that it would be nice to be reading some Cambridge books while I'm here. I often like to do this - I took The Nine Tailors with me for a memorable holiday in Norfolk; Persuasion when I visited Lyme Regis; one of Bill Bryson's books about America when I was in the US; Outlander in the Highlands and so on. But I've been struggling to come up with any. Which strikes me as odd. I have several very much loved Oxford books - Gaudy Night, The Ready Made Family, The Subtle Knife, and so on.

What am I missing? What would you recommend? Preferably fiction, set at any time within the last 800 years. Though if you have a particularly splendid non-fiction book set in the city that you want to suggest, I'm open to that too.

ETA: Suggestions of Cambridge poems also welcome. The only one I can think of is The Old Vicarage, Grantchester.

Adopt one today!

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