Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Virginia Woolf on Second hand bookshops

Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

A quote from The Death of the Moth and other essays

I like most keen readers like to forage in second hand bookshops. They are great places full of surprises and often serendipitous discoveries.

My favourite second hand bookshop is in Alnwick. I found a pristine first edition of Flush by Woolf there.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bird Watching - a Woolf Perspective

She was becoming more and more interested in birds. It was a sign of old age, she supposed, as she went into her bedroom.
The Years, Virginia Woolf.

I found this fascinating quote today in "The Years". It just popped up without warning.

I have no idea whether she actually became a birdwatcher in latter life. Does anyone know? Just drop a comment on this post.

I'm becoming older but bird watching holds no fascination to me.

I do remember the birds in the garden when I visited Monks House in Sussex. The property had a lovely vegetable garden and the rest of the grounds and orchard are preserved as they were when Virginia and Leonard lived there.