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Why I don’t use the library

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011

As someone who reads quite a lot, people often ask why I don’t use the the library more.  Before I was married, my answer was that my commute was so long each day that I got home too late to use it in the evenings, and my weekends were taken up with visiting the Old [...]

A Spot of Housekeeping

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The observant among you may have noticed that I’ve been shamefully neglecting the blog in recent weeks.  This is partially due to time being spent on more pressing needs (I have no idea how the Old English Thorn and I have accumulated so much stuff but, thanks to our loving parents, it is all now [...]

Booking Through Thursday: Hard

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011

What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation? The hardest book that I’ve ever read is without a doubt by Daniel Defoe.  This wasn’t because the book itself was particularly challenging (it’s actually incredibly straightforward, if a bit wordy in [...]

TBR Lucky Dip: October

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Those of you with long memories may recall my TBR lucky dip project which I spoke about in my reading plans for the new year.  Despite my best intentions, it failed to materialise in August or September as blogging took a back seat and getting married, going on honeymoon and settling into our new home [...]

Commonplace Quotations: Forgotten Rooms

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Now, no beauty blushed and dimpled along the sides of the Cranford Assembly Room; no handsome artist won hearts by his bow, chapeau bras in hand; the old room was dingy, the salmon-coloured paint had faded into a drab; great pieces of plaster had chipped off from the white wreaths and festoons on its walls; [...]

Library Loot!

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Since I started reading book blogs I have gazed enviously at posts reporting the books that bloggers have got out from their local libraries in the weekly Library Loot posts, hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.  At long last, I finally live in a place [...]

Reader, I married him

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, September 19, 2011

After eight years of being together, two years of engagement and several incredibly stressful weeks when the church lost our paperwork and declared we couldn’t get married unless they had it (we eventually received permission from the powers that be a mere eight days before the wedding) the Old English Thorn and I finally got married [...]

Wedding Congratulations for Verity and Ken!

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery Congratulations to Verity of CardiganGirlVerity and her fiance Ken who get married today in Austria.  The Old English Thorn and I wish them all the best, both for today and for the rest of their lives [...]

Silent Running

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011

  My apologies for the relative silence here at Old English Rose Reads over the past few weeks.  In the chaos of moving house (during which ongoing process I am coming to the realisation that I have far too many books), arranging a wedding, jumping through a succession of Catholic hoops and generally preparing for a [...]

TBR Lucky Dip: July

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, July 22, 2011

As I explained in my post about reading plans for the new year, each month I’m going to be using a random number generator to select a book from my TBR pile for me to read, to help me read more widely from my shelves. This month, the deities of have ordained that I should [...]