The bells, the bells!

I have just read the last words of Dorothy L. Sayers’ “The Nine Tailors” and right glad I am to come back to myself in a warm room and to lay the book down.. The wild, terrifying waters of the floods are closed between the pages and Lord Peter can disappear back to London in his Daimler.
I love the sound of the bells here in the village – especially across the fields on a frosty day. No frost today – and no bells tomorrow, as the services are elsewhere. In fact today has been a mixture of mild sunshine beaming through a tapestry of gold and red autumn leaves, hanging bravely from the nearby trees, and sudden soaking showers.
OV and I improved the shining hour as dusk swooped upon us, junketting about moving stuff from one attic to another and generally working up a truly epic thirst. Good old Mr Mangers’ cider sorted that out, as we tucked into plates piled high with pork sausages and roasted vegetables.
And now, contented, book finished and the next sitting near my elbow in case I yearn for a new read, the peace of a busy day ending, settles around me.
Whizz, whizz, crackle, pop, bang, sizzle!
Ah, fireworks.
Poor Sherpa doesn’t know what to make of them and edges uneasily to the corner of the room to undertake some high-intensity washing.
Oh for the bells – far more predictable and less terrifying for kittens.


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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2 Responses to The bells, the bells!

  1. Susan in TX says:

    Sounds wonderful. We’ve been working all day here as well – just catching up on household chores that have been neglected this week. I’m looking forward to putting my feet up and picking up my current read – The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Reading a post like this puts me in a “Miss Read” mood, though. 🙂 She, too, seemed not to far away from the bells. Enjoy your rest!

  2. Willa says:

    Sounds like a nice day – i like it when all the chores are done and you get to settle down with a book. I never got past the chores yesterday so spent most of night cathching up on reading with a flashlight under the duvet trying not to wake up my poor boyfriend 🙂

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