A picture that sums up my reading habits

If you read the same blogs as I do, you will have already come across Simon T of Stuck in a Book. Recently he asked bloggers to post a picture that best described what they are like as readers. Well, better late than never, here’s mine.

This is a picture of Maud, my cat, my current knitting project, a book (The World of the Short Story edited by Clifton Fadiman, now out of print but very worthwhile tracking down a copy), a peony (my favourite flower) and a beer (which could be substituted for a cup of tea, a glass of chilled white wine or water). My favourite thing is sitting outside in the sunshine with a good book, the scent of the garden and birdsong threading through the breeze. Our cats (we have two, the other is Izzie) invariably come and join us.

Usually they’re not so accommodating.

We named Maud after Tennyson’s ‘Maud’, especially the first line: ‘Come into the garden, Maud’. She’s got a bit of the Victorian lady about her, don’t you think? Lounging about on books notwithstanding.

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