Friday, May 4, 2012
Books, Buck House and Buckets
I also wanted to stop in to Nicholas Hoare after receiving an email reporting the closure of two of his shops, one in Montreal and one in Ottawa. The rents are rising by a ridiculous amount and I heaved a sigh of relief that one of my favourite bookshops in Toronto hasn't been affected, yet. Too many times have I enjoyed all the glory of this fine establishment and then bought the titles that caught my eye on The Book Depository to save money (mind you, their prices are creeping upwards since Amazon's buyout). I can't continue to have my cake and eat it too so I dished out for Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson, a book I've been coveting for quite some time. A few weeks ago I pulled out my copy of Sisters at Arms about nurses during several conflicts and was so upset by the treatment and rape of these brave women at the hands of the Japanese that I had to set it aside. Usually I wouldn't shy away from tales of horror but in that book it was unrelenting, hopefully Nicholson's book will have a lighter side at least some of the time.
Oh, and I had an email yesterday from The Heiress. She was in London with a friend and the Duchess of Cornwall rode past in a car just outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. And not one mention of what she was wearing, nor any description of a feathered hat or shiny brooch. I will just have to use my imagination while giving the floors the wash they need so desperately and then there is the weeds to see to. This exercise in procrastination has come to an end. Happy Friday!