Joined Saturday, August 07, 2004
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I'm a bookaholic, with a 5 or 6 book a week habit, and a very well used stash of library cards.
I love poetry, fantasy, history, and books about plants and gardening.
I've a lot of books on my shelves - a good many of them have to go, so I'm steadily saying goodbye to old favourites, but the gaps just seem to fill up again!
My other great passions are classical music, art, poetry, history and the theatre - opera and ballet in particular. I'm an historian by training (although I've never earned my keep with my knowledge) and hold degrees in mediaeval History and English Literature. I'll happily argue history, politics, comparative religion, ethics, music, books and the state of the environment with anyone silly enough to give me half a chance.
I love birds, and mountains, and little bush streams with quiet pools and ferns growing around them.
I'm 64 years old, retired (alas!) and currently live in the South Australian capital, Adelaide.
My native land is New Zealand, which I miss fiercely - particularly when the hot desert winds blow here, but I'm gradually growing accustomed to the climate, and the differences between my native an my adopted homes. I think I'll always miss the cool, damp bushland, the freely running waters, and the crisp, spicy smell of the trees, but Australia does have its compensations: the birds are wonderful, and the stunning contrast between the hot red desert sands and the grey-leaved plants is something I'll never tire of, but I'm glad I live in a more temperate region, despite the austere beauty of the desert!
I have hobbies: gardening, writing, drawing, making patchwork, sewing, cooking (when I'm in the mood) and reading (of COURSE). I also do volunteer work in the special collections section of my university, and teach English as a second language on an ad hoc basis to overseas students, new migrants and refugees.
"Farm Woman" by Ray Tindale
The Whodunnit collection:
A Guilty Thing Surprised - Ruth Rendell
Monk's Hood - Ellis Peters
The Echo - Minette Walters
Jerusalem Inn - Martha Grimes
Murder on the Orient
Express - Agatha Christie
Devices and Desires - P.D.James
Aqua Alta - Donna Leon
Playing For The Ashes - Elizabeth George
This bookbag's rules:
I'm not entirely certain what the usual procedure is, but I'd like people to either read and pass on to the next member, or take from the bag what they want to read, replace it straight away with something of a similar nature, and post to the next member. Hope this pleases everyone, if not, you can always PM the people before you, and ask that your preference be left in the bag.
Thank you, all.