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October 07, 2016

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Mary Lou

"a charming story in which nothing terribly dramatic happens, but you like the characters and you want them to be happy." could be any of her books, almost! You introduced me to her, and I've enjoyed it. Oh, Nature Wool. So pretty. So pilly. An aside - you occasionally have a quote on pedants on the blog header, which I meant to save. Can you send it? Thanks!

Toffeeapple

That is another book ordered, thank you!

I remember knitting patterns like the one featured, they used to be so cheap, just pennies each; and each one saved to re-use or share with friends.

Susan D

Thanks for sharing these pics, Jeanne. I always find the best pictures of D E Stevenson characters on vintage knitting patterns, since they are more like to be real-looking people than posey models.

Indeed, Five Windows is a true gem, and well worth tracking down.

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  • "'Then I am the first,' cried Pullings with infinite satisfaction. 'Let me wish you and Mrs. Aubrey all the joy in the world.' He grasped Jack's limp, wondering hand, wrung it numb, and showed the printed page, reading aloud, '"At Ashgrove Cottage, Chilton Admiral, in Hants, the lady of Captain Aubrey, of the Boadicea, of a son and heir,"' following the words with his finger.

    'Give it here,' said Jack. He grasped the magazine, sloped the page to the light and pored over it intently.

    '"At Ashgrove Cottage, Chilton Admiral, in Hants, the lady of Captain Aubrey, of the Boadicea, of a son."

    'Well, I'll be damned. God bless me. Lord, Lord … upon my word and honour … I'll be damned to Hell and back again … strike me down. Killick, Killick, rouse out a bottle of champagne -- pass the word for the Doctor -- here, Killick, there's for you -- God love us all -- ha, ha, ha.'

    Killick took the handful of money, put it slowly into his pocket with a look of extreme suspicion and walked out of the cabin, his lips pursed in disapproval. Jack leapt from his seat, took several turns fore and aft, chuckling from time to time, his mind filled with mingled love, happiness, fulfilment, and a most piercing nostalgia."

    -- from The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian

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