friday finds, journal, kim klassen, random 5
“November, December, January. From Moon Cottage we looked down on those flat, water-filled fields, water that gleams the colour of gunmetal, with a grey sky above.”
My Friday Find this week is another rediscovery. ‘The Magic Apple Tree’ by Susan Hill.
I first discovered this book when I was pregnant with my daughter, it was being read on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour radio programme. I loved it so much that Mark bought it me for Christmas. It tells the story of a year in Moon Cottage in Oxfordshire. It’s a beautiful book, one you can sink into;  she writes about the sights and sounds of life in a small village community through the four seasons and her experiments with gardening and cooking. This is a different book to ‘The Woman in Black’ and shows what a wonderfully versatile and talented writer she is.
Sadly no longer in print it can be bought secondhand from Abe Books. If you want to read about the British countryside in all it’s quirks this is the book for you.
And here are my five quotes of the week.
  • ‘Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats’ ~ Voltaire
  • Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air ~ Emerson
  • Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass any way ~ Karl Nightingale.
  • Don’t let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace ~ Dalai Lama
  • People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!”  ~ C Joy Bell

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  1. good morning viv,,,your friday find looks just delightful! the english countryside must just be so lovely…sigh… I love your quotes also, esp. the last one…that is such a good lesson for me! i hope you have yourself a great weekend!


  2. I've not heard of that book and am happy you scored a copy of it! Love your 5 quotes. The first one dovetails a little with the quote I chose for today. Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!Visiting from R5F and Friday Finds.


  3. That looks like a lovely book, Viv. I just love the name “Moon Cottage.” I'll keep my eye out for it in used book stores. I absolutely love your quotes this week. A couple of them really hit home right now. Thanks!


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