Monday, December 15, 2008

The suitcase is always heavier when you return

A friend of mine asked to see the souvenirs I brought home from London. So here's a glimpse at what nearly made my bag overweight on the way back.

The books:

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Stephen Fry's new book, In America. It doesn't come out here until next May and, while I missed his book signing at Harrod's by two days (!), the copy I picked up at Waterstone's is signed. The Virago Modern Classic edition of 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. This is my second copy of the book, but there was no way I could resist. It's one of my all time favorites. And three Persephone Books. Persephone reprints beautiful editions of books by forgotten women writers. I only get copies of their books when I am in London, so they are a true souvenir. This trip's group are Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson, The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Consequences by E.M. Delafield.

The crafts:

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Two half meters of Rowan matrioshka fabric from Liberty. That's where I also drooled over the Amy Butler fabric, but it was simply too expensive. And a Shaun the Sheep knitting kit from iKnit London.

And the Who stuff:

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The Doctor Who lunchbag I justified buying by the fact that it was insulated and could hold a lunch, but which is now currently sitting on my dresser next to the mini-David Tennant.

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And the Doctor Who slipper socks. Oh yeah, like I was going to walk into Woolworth's and resist these? Hee!

2 comments:

glitterboy1 said...

Oooh, cool, I don't think I'd seen the books you'd got. I do like those Virago editions (that I like the Persephone ones goes without saying!)

Do you think you'll ever use the lunchbag for that purpose? It can presumably hold quite a lot... ;-)

Nell said...

Great souvenirs! I'm so coveting Shaun the Sheep.