Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Michelle W. says,

It’s the first photo challenge of 2015, and the theme is “new.” Cliché? Perhaps, but clichés develop for a reason. For many of us, the year’s beginning is time to take stock of the past and plan for the future; this week, let’s get excited about those plans by celebrating what’s new.

Well, I’m expecting something new and really exciting this week but meanwhile, for me, these are pretty cool!

My new Christmas books, with their bright paper and sweet scent, tempting me into their pages, but I’m resisting until I’ve finished my current read.

new

Got something new to photograph? show us all here, https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/new/

Book Cycle, from tree to book and back again

I’ve just had a trip out to my favourite book shops – well one of them, a book lover could never have just one favourite could she? Book Cycle is a charity shop with a difference, the buyer decides how much to pay. In my case that is to their benefit, because if I gave too little I would feel mean. I imagine that there are people who can only afford 20 pence and that’s okay too. They welcome donations and when I have books I can bear to part with, that’s where they go!

They send some of the donated books to Africa, see the photo, some of the profit goes to paying for the shipments, and they also plant trees . They have a small seed bank and occasionally have planting and fundraising events.

The other wonderful thing is the building they occupy. It’s in one of the oldest parts of the city, in a lovely Tudor timbered house, right next to Mathew the Miller and the House that moved (I’ll post about that one day).

The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers, of all ages, and they have Shelf Cycles in community venues around the city.

Today I found three books, the maximum allowed in a day, all short stories to help me with my creative writing course, and spent less than I would on one new one.

Book Cycle

What do you think of the shop?

The Sunday Post: Famous Movies

Jake this is so hard this week!

You haven’t quite beat me though, my photo was taken on the Cobb at Lyme Regis in Dorset where in the film, The French Lieutenants Woman, played by Meryl Streep is seen standing in her cloak. I love Lyme but I’m afraid my photo doesn’t have the same romance.

Jake requested an article about the chosen film so here is quite an amusing one. Sharon if you haven’t read the book you  might enjoy!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/04/french-lieutenant-s-woman-john-fowles

Do visit http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/sunday-post-famous-movies/ for some more interpretations of his challenge.