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Barbara

At the Market

For a while, I’ve been going to the market and coming home with nothing. Today, I picked up some books and a stamp album (as if I need more books or stamps!)



I was attracted by the pretty cover of the railway book.



The title you can’t read is Highland Pony Trek by Patricia Leitch, which I thought I’d like to read again. It’s ages since I read any Jalna books, so I added these two to my pile. I’ve just been re-reading Nancy Mitford’s The Blessing in which the intellectual ladies of Paris fire questions at poor Grace about Mazo de la Roche, and seem to regard the loss of access to Whiteoaks as one of the greatest hardships of the war. These books cost me £2.30 in total, so I can read them and give them away again.



The stamp album was my first purchase and I had to haggle for it.
Me, ‘How much is this?’
Seller, ‘That one? Let’s have a look. £10.00.’
Me, ‘Five?’
Seller, ‘I’ll meet you half way. £7.50.’
Just like The Antiques Road Trip but without the handshake. It’s quite an interesting album; thematic and painstakingly written up. I shall only be keeping the Commonwealth stamps. I also bought a couple of craft essentials, which I can get any week. A short but successful trip.

Comments

(Anonymous)

Bargains galore, B. I like your bargaining skills, the stamp album looks interesting :)
H.
Ha, ha! The album is devoted to minerals and prehistoric animals so yes, it is interesting.

I've already started Alan Johnson's autobiography This Boy. As he was born in 1950, there's plenty of 'compare and contrast' going on in my head.
Oh, I love the intellectual ladies of Paris! I should reread more Mitford.
I just re-read four, one after the other. Bliss!