The Temperature of Books

In 2009 we moved here with box after box of books. For six years they have been stacked under beds, in corners of rooms and at one time we even made a little fort out of them but it is safe to say they have been a missing part of our days. We are all great readers, at our last home, Drovers, friends and strangers would always comment on the bookshelves we had running over two floors, landing after landing of books. It was never, 'Oh, great you're readers' more, 'Wow, you have a lot of books. Bet you have not read them all'. Books seem to miss certain people, they are seen as work rather than a way to escape or bring knowledge into your life. We would often joke with these people that we only had them for cheap insulation and that it saved us hundreds of pounds on our bills each year. Funnily enough they did, but by what was in them rather than their thickness. They do however make great sound proofing.


Books make a person think

Our books, our dreams and memories have been sat in corridors and under beds for too long and we are now dusting them off, sneezing our way through the best and worst of them. We wonder why we have carted crap from house A to house B. They go in the for sale, swap or fling at tourists piles. The latter grows quickly as we envisage our plans for new front herb garden with a giant catapult we can aim at rambling tourists who say such words as, 'quaint', 'look at that view, I bet you never look at it' and, 'it simply must be chuffing great to live here'. We have gone through around a third of our books with this thought in our minds and we have others glowering at us from beneath our bed.

Books make a person think

Books burn. Not in the sense of Ray Bradbury's novel or even the 1930s bake outs in Berlin. They burn with ideas. You can dip into them. You can make dream a reality. You can make a nightmare fade away in the lines of a poem. You can curl up in a book by a good fire and burn bright with ideas and dreams. Here you will find the forgotten words of long gone writers, poets and thinkers, ideas that are old fashioned, tips that we should all live our gardening lives by. We found our Dig for Victory dream in Mr Middleton. We found our unusual vegetables in the pages of Eleanour Sinclair Rohde.

Books burn with ideas. You can dip into them. You can make dream a reality

Bring books into your life, become a reader, join the imaginative, fun and liberating side. Challenge your ideas, your ideals and beliefs. If you don't like them, at least you can tell people who visit they are cheap insulation.

Books burn with ideas. You can dip into them. You can make dream a reality

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