Simply 6 minutes 6th September

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This is a picture of a wall of books with a door tucked in the middle. The door has some sort of caution or police tape on it warning people not to go in the door.

I must admit I didn’t know where to go with this, but when I thought about it, a library is a means of escape for many, to cast aside their daily lives and bury themselves in fact or fiction for a few hours. I was a librarian in my final two senior years and in my free time, you would usually find me in the library.

In later life, I used to love the old bookshops with rows of shelves and a few battered but comfy armchairs, a badly ringed table or two, and maybe a coffee machine if you were lucky. Add a log burner for those cold chilly days and you were suddenly transported to the times of Dickens or something similar.
In fact, it was an idea Hubby and I toyed with when we retired, especially with all the books we had before we sold the cottage and ended up on the boat.

Perhaps this picture isn’t about keeping people out so much, but more of keeping the characters contained where they belong, in our interpretation of the written word and the depths of our imagination.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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23 Responses to Simply 6 minutes 6th September

  1. Carol anne says:

    Yes! I agree! I liked where you went with this Di! πŸ™‚

  2. willowdot21 says:

    You are most definitely right πŸ‘

  3. Prior... says:

    Really enjoyed your take on that image and you just have got rid of a lot of books to go from a cottage to a boat!
    And liked this a lot

    “more of keeping the characters contained where they belong, in our interpretation of the written word and the depths of our imagination”

    • Thanks for commenting. In the cottage Hubby built in floor to ceiling bookshelves on one side of the fireplace. We had something similar in the hallway housing our DVDs and videos. When we moved, we gave over 300 of the latter to a charity shop. I have very few books now and don’t read as much as I used to.

      • Prior... says:

        Thanks for sharing that and I bet the charity valued the donation and maybe some folks were able to use them!
        And your reply reminded me that “there is a season for everything” and it can be nice to downsize and release stuff!
        I a down to about 275 books (that is low for me ) and it feels so good

      • I had 78 by the same author! They were really pleased with the DVDs though as they had absolutely none. We gave them the first 9 seasons of the original CSI and they sold them as a job lot for Β£75…….. in less than ten minutes!

      • Prior... says:

        That was a fast sale! And how cool they were so in demand
        And I forgot about the 100+ Louis l’amour books I have in the attic – was hoping to read his paper back westerns eventually
        And so who was the author you had 78 from?

      • Sandra Brown. The first book of hers I read was Where There’s Smoke and I did not anticipate the twist at the end. Envy is also good, as is Breath of Scandal (always made me cry) and Mirror Image. I wasn’t into romance as such, but liked hers as it was easy reading and often amusing. I haven’t got a single one now.

      • Prior... says:

        Thanks – my step daughter is always in the lookout for books like that and I will consider Sandra brown the next time I want to get her a book
        And also thanks for a couple of titles to consider – that helps even more

      • Good luck. Charade is another good one IMO as is The Witness and Lethal.

      • Prior... says:

        Oh thanks
        And as much as I love books – I sure feel lighter without a massive library

      • Some might be available as kindle books I don’t know how they all work as I prefer a paperback.

      • Prior... says:

        Thanks – and i like paperback too – but don’t mind kindle or digital for some

  4. murisopsis says:

    I love libraries! Sparky works in one and they are magical places. The only way to prevent the escape of the characters is to never open the book! Once the book is open and being read they are free and fly thought the imagination….

  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Books are a great form of escape 😊

  6. Definitely a different perspective but it makes so much sense. David and I used to love this one restaurant that was a bookstore too. The main level had books everywhere and if you ordered a meal you could pick any three books for free. Downstairs they had rows and rows of books that were for sale, mostly used I would say. Then when the kids were little there was this place in the town we lived called The Book Barn. It was on someone’s property and had a bunch of small out-buildings, each one housing a different genre of literature. I always like the horror one in the back but there were plenty of areas for kids books so mine would hunt for good books too.

  7. Reblogged this on Stine Writing and commented:
    Di has made a good point here…

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