New Books and Ice Cream!

I trip into Narberth a few weeks ago left me with a bumper crop of acquisitions to add to my swelling bookshelves. The Paul Sartori charity shop was having a book clear out, and at five for a pound it felt like Christmas had come early. Here’s my haul.


Across the road, I discovered that House by Betty has started selling Blackwing pencils – hooray! You can buy full sets of twelve, replacement erasers, sharpeners and – best of all – individual pencils. I couldn’t resist trying a couple of varieties that are new to me.


I’ve also made a few on-line purchases recently. I’ve been keen to read The Yellow Wallpaper for a while now after reading too many glowing reviews to mention. Also, after watching the film Testament of Youth, I’ve been desperate to read Vera Brittain’s memoirs. I bought Bodies of Light as it’s this month’s book group book – which reminds me, I need to crack on with that if I’m to finish it in time!

Last, but not least, a trip into Cardigan wouldn’t be complete without a quick snoop around the community bookshop ‘Leafed Through’ and I came away with a nice clutch of books to add to my collection. Weirdly enough, reading Leaping Life‘s blog post earlier that day, I’d discovered that Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth was the best-seller in the year I was born, so clearly I had to have it.


If that wasn’t enough to put a smile on my face, I managed to catch the Ice Green van outside the Guild Hall on their last day of trading for the summer. They are purveyors of fabulous vegan and gluten-free ice-cream, and one cone of blueberry cheesecake loveliness later and I was a very happy lady.