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Parish Notices

Time is running away with me somewhere, I have lots of things to blog about and books to review and just general stuff to share,  but by the time I get home in the evening, I have lost momentum to open the laptop and to start typing. Especially when I have been staring at spreadsheet and the like all day. But I have found so momentum, so there is no stopping me at the moment..


I held a giveaway at the end of last month for M.L.Stedman’s – The Light Between the Oceans. I had not forgotten and I am pleased to announce the winner is Pat (sorry no knitted mermaid this time)

  1. Pat
  2. lindylit
  3. jessicabookworm
  4. davey

Timestamp: 2013-06-29 10:10:00 UTC (Courtsey of

Pat I have emailed you, but please contact me if you see this!


It is Wimbledon time and I think we are going to have an interesting second week, as a number of well-known and well seeded players tumble out of SW19. Do pop over and read Elaine’s musings on the matter.

I must just mention WHSmiths – over the last couple of weeks, I have had cause to pop into one and see if they had a book, (Waterstones did not) and I promptly came out again, disorientated by the lack of organisation and the fact that all the books seem to have been shoved on shelves with no rhyme or reason. I felt so dizzy I came out, shaking my head and wondering why? Is it just the two local ‘Smiffs’ near me like that or do you have a similar experience. Oddly enough when I go in charity shops and look at books I do not get the same feeling and their books are generally not in any order either?


Expect some posts on knitting and baking soon as well as my day out at newbooks magazine Reader’s Day. And if you were here around a year ago you will remember the 6 in 6 meme I started. Well I am going to bring it back this year so I do hope you join in.

4 thoughts on “Parish Notices

  1. I have heard a few people having a dig at W H Smith’s recently, yet apparently in business terms they are doing quite well, largely on the back of their transport outlets (airports, railway stations and the like). Given the top-down way in which national chains tend to be run, if one shop has apparently random shelving then the chances are that others will be similar. Charity shops, on the other hand, still leave considerable scope for local volunteers to exercise their own judgement. If there are any trends in charity shop shelving standards then this is probably just a coincidence. Maybe Age Concern shops could arrange books by the decade of the authors birth and Woodland Trust shops (if there are any?) could arrange them by the type of tree from which their paper was sourced? I am only joking, of course, I doubt that even the WHS which left you dizzy would do something that bizarre.

  2. Thank you Jo, it was a lovely treat when I finished work today to read that I was the winner! I shall look forward to reading the book in my summer holiday.
    Now I’m going to find what this 6 in 6 meme is, because I wasn’t here last year.
    Thanks again. x

  3. I have to agree that W H Smiths is not well organised in my experience of my local store. Although my favourite charity shop is beautifully organised. I will definitely be joining you for your 6 in 6 meme. I have already started writing my own post!

  4. I completely agree with you about WHSmith’s. The books don’t seem to be arranged in any logical way and trying to find a book in there is not a very enjoyable experience! Since my local Waterstones closed though, I don’t have much choice.
    I’m looking forward to taking part in the meme again!

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