Now, I want to begin by saying that I fully understand that not everyone has such a love of books as we do. I have one dear friend who has few books in the house. But we have always been bookworms: book collectors and also book recyclers. Just before we left Aberdeen, my neighbour leaned over the wall one summer evening to say, “I didn’t know you had an interest in Gaelic – I saw one of your books in the Oxfam shop!”
The photo above is from our living room in Aberdeen: the built-in bookshelves, in this room and two others, were a feature of the house that we always appreciated and put to full use. Although our house in Glasgow does have one lovely glazed built-in bookshelf, new bookcases are needed – and in fact it’s the timing of the arrival of these bookcases that have determined the date when we will move in! (End of the month, all going well.) I know that might seem ridiculous to some people, but it’s pretty typical of our lives.
I’ll leave you with another curious coincidence (to go with the Dafter’s teacher also recovering from ME): across the street from us in Aberdeen lived a very sweet three-legged dog. And next door to us in Glasgow lives a friendly three-legged cat! Weird and wonderful. It reminds me a bit of our flat in New Haven, Connecticut. The day we first saw it, there was a praying mantis on the fence beside the front door. We didn’t ever see another one – until the day we moved out!