Friday, August 25, 2006

Reading Geography

It's Friday! Yippee! I'm hoping to pick up my Quaker Garden from the framers later! The pic for that will have to wait though as here's Image hosted by

"So, last week, we asked if you ever feel compelled to cook or eat the kinds of food described in the books you read.

This week, the question is about the locations of the books."

1. Have you ever wanted to travel to a place described in a book?
Yes, all the time! That is, if the book is good and the descriptions sound realistic. A quick glance in the cupboard at the books nearby brings up Egypt (Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries), the Alps (Elinor Brent Dyer's Chalet School series), San Francisco (Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series), Glastonbury (various Arthur stories) and many more. I'd love to visit Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover too - so my wish to travel isn't restricted to just real places!

2. Have you ever ACTUALLY travelled to a place because of the way it was described in a book?
I don't think I've been anywhere JUST because of the way it was described in a book, but I have taken extra interest in places I've found myself anyway. And I have been to the Bronte Parsonage and Jane Austen's house. I've also noticed particular London streets and remembered them being mentioned in books. And I took special interest in this abbey because I thought it might have been like the abbey of Elsie Oxenham's Abbey books. (I know those are based on Cleeve Abbey but I've not been there - this is Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland.)

3. And if so, did it live up to the expectations, feelings, emotions you expected from the book? Did you feel like Anne was going to come romping around the corner of Green Gables? Was it as if Jo was upstairs at Orchard House, scribbling on a story? Or was it just a museum, or just a city street? Like Abbey Road without the Beatles?
I could really see the Abbey Girls at Dryburgh, dancing on the garth...


  1. Can't wait to see your Quaker Garden framed!

    And yes, I am on a pinkeep "roll" lately. Now that I've figured out how to make them I can't stop! LOL

  2. I can definitely see the Hamlet Club at Dryburgh as well.

    Thanks for mentioning the Haunted Bookshop, I've spent many a happy hour drooling over the EJO's in their upstairs room (all of them way out of my price range these days unfortunately). it's even more dangerous to my bank balance than a US LNS if such thing is possible LOL