Tiddley-Bits tea

Tiddley-Bits tea

Thursday, 19 March 2015

{quotable thursdays}

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but if it was possible for my workload to get any bigger, it just did, on top of an MA study day I'm organising and chairing all day Saturday. yes, SATURDAY...
So no quote today, just a picture of some daffs on my mantle to remind us all of spring and make us all feel cheery:

Thursday, 12 March 2015

{quotable thursdays}

snowed under with work at the moment, so let's keep this brief...& to the point:
{wise words from Clive Lewis}
{the load can be light}

{& if not,  learn to bear the load in a way that doesn't break you... & carry on}

Friday, 6 March 2015

{quotable thursdays}

Today's quote is a medieval riddle:

An enemy ended my life, took away
My bodily strength; then he dipped me
In water and drew me out again,
And put me in the sun where I soon shed
All my hair. The knife’s sharp edge
Bit into me once my blemishes had been scraped away;
Fingers folded me and the bird’s feather
Often moved across my brown surface,
Sprinkling useful drops; it swallowed the wood dye
(Part of the stream) and again travelled over me,
Leaving black tracks. Then a man bound me,
He stretched skin over me and adorned me
With gold; thus I am enriched by the wondrous work
Of smiths, wound about with shining metal….

(trans. K. Crossley-Holland, The Exeter Book Riddles, Penguin Classics, revised edition 1993- I found it on the web here))

Can you guess what it is?
It is a book! Of course in the Middle Ages books were made from animal skin (made into parchment).
{Antonello da Messina, St Jerome in His Study, National Gallery, London. Wikimedia commons)

I realise that this is a day late, but yesterday was World Book Day and I had a very busy day of back to back meetings so couldn't get up a quote but wanted to make sure I celebrated books!
If you read my blog regularly you'll know I love books!

Happy Reading!