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Five favourite things

I am so sorry about the unexpected intermission in activity here at Chestnut Book Blog. Real life got a bit hectic for a while, with a new job, travelling and a few family things. However, I am back now on and raring to go! To celebrate, I thought I’d share five of my favourite things at the moment.

1. London in the sun

We’ve had a few house guests recently and so have been into central London a little more than normal on a weekend. This photo was taken from the Royal Opera House terrace, looking down into Covent Garden. A blissful view accompanied by a very blissful cold drink!

Covent Garden, London

Covent Garden, London

2. White roses

So Richard of York will be buried in Leicester after all it seems. The flower of my native county was his badge, but is also one of my favourites.

White rose

White rose

3. Warsaw

I went to Warsaw for the first time a few weeks ago. My new job involves a lot of travel in Europe and this was one of my first trips. Not only did I see what I think was Joseph Conrad’s house (the sign was in Polish, so who knows really but it looked likely! If you read Polish, do let me know what it really says!)

Joseph Conrad's house?

Joseph Conrad’s house?

but I was made to feel very welcome by this surprising and vibrant city.

Warsaw

Warsaw

4. French Sole Marseilles Ballet Flats

I live in ballet flats. I do love heels but. in London, a girl needs to be able to run. I treated myself to this pair a few months ago and I have hardly worn anything since. They are comfortable, chic and go with everything. They are a little pricey, but are lasting well and there is 15% off at the moment if you fancied treating yourself too!

French Sole Marseilles Ballet Flat

French Sole Marseilles Ballet Flat

5. My Kindle

I was bought a Kindle for my birthday a few months ago. It will never replace the joy of real books for me but it has a place in my affections now. With travelling so much for work, it is such a comfort to know that I have as many books as I need at the touch of a button. It is also light and convenient; gone are the days of  my luggage weighing a ton!

What have your favourite things been this month?

Kindle anyone?

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Kindle, Kobo, E-Reader? Have you got your e-book reader yet? Or perhaps you are more of an iPad person? This issue was thrown into sharp focus for me recently as my husband lifted my holiday suitcase up. He groaned and moaned at the weight. The source of the problem was my hardbacks. He asked, quite reasonably, whether it was really necessary to take hardbacks on holiday with me and why didn’t I get a Kindle? I’d be lying to say I haven’t thought about it a lot. However, I just love books. I can’t help it. I don’t think swiping my finger over a dull screen would give me the same experience I have when opening a fresh book with a satisfying swish, sniff and crunch. I do realise I sound like a Luddite, and I do think e-books have their place (Fifty Shades of Grey being an excellent example and no, I haven’t read it…yet). The main thing that is putting me off is money, as I know I would buy an e-book for my e-reader and then still buy the real book if I enjoyed it. A double whammy! So as my husband keeps hinting that a Kindle might be a good thing for me to ask Father Christmas for, I will keep thinking about it and let you know if I succumb! In the meantime, this post from A Little Blog of Books sums up the pros and cons very well, with a great discussion in the comments as well.