Friday, 20 June 2014

Freebie Friday

You might have seen my posts about visiting Thomas Hardy's birthplace and house. Seeing where he wrote and learning more about him made me keen to read more of his books. I've just discovered that lots of them are available free, so I've downloaded a good collection. (If you don't have an ereader you can download a free app to read these and other kindle books)

Maybe I'll sit out in the garden tomorrow and read The Mayor of Casterbridge. I studied it at school, but that was a long time ago. I lived in a cottage back then, just as Hardy did as a boy. Like him I had a grandmother living next door who told me stories.

All this gives me a feeble excuse to post another picture from my garden. The one at the top was taken at Hardy's cottage. The other in my garden. What do you think? Are they the same?

15 comments:

  1. Have fun reading in your garden! :)

    And those flowers definitely look similar to me!

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    1. I did spend some time in the garden, Heather. Then I had to go in for ice cream.

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  2. Thanks. Just downloaded Under the Greenwood Tree to read in my garden.
    Can't say for sure if the plants are the same. Just bought what I thought was geranium Walter and it turns out to be the same as my ever spreading pink geranium except perhaps a little more compact and upright. That's why gardening (in Forest Gump's words) is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're getting.

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    1. It can be really hard to tell when we see them in different places can't it, Linda.

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  3. I'm not much for classics. I find literary fairly dull (don't hate me)...but I'm willing to try a new (to me) author. What would you recommend to the male reader, something with a little more action, maybe?

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    1. We all have different tastes, R Mac. That's a good thing.

      Older books tend to be a bit slower paced, and some of them have too much intro and description for modern tastes (not so much in Hardy's case) Desperate Remedies is apparently his most fast paced and has a lot going on. I've not read it myself (yet) so can't exactly recommend it, but as it's available for free download at the moment it might be worth you taking a look.

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  4. They look the same to me. Are they pelagonium, the tropical type of geranium? Thanks for the link. Will get one as well.

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    1. They're both hardy geraniums, Suzy. (Geranium Pratense, I think) They are a nice tropical blue.

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  5. Look like cranesbill to me, Tosh, which is indeed a type of hardy geranium. Was the word Hardy the link? Love your pictures, wish mine would come out like that. I can't even blame them for moving as I can with the horses. Must just be a carp fotagrafer

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    1. They are and it was, Celia.

      I've had photography training from an expert and he makes me practise a lot. That helps.

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  6. One of my favorite places to read, my back deck a few feet from my garden.

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  7. Hardy's look older and heavier and yours are bright and cheerful. :)

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