It’s been chaos chez Nick and will continue to be. Nevermind, chaos means progress, doesn’t it? Of course, I did sleep like a hedgehog in winter again, but I still got a lot down. Two lovely ladies came to pick up one of the book cases already, so that’s excellent, because I have less standing around. That did mean, however, that I had oodles of books everywhere in messy piles. Plus too many books downstairs, because the new design will be much sleeker with less book space.
Since my books can be pretty much categories into:
- Costume history, mainly 17th century
- Costume making (sewing & patterning)
- General sewing
- Pre- and Post Migration Period Textiles
- Embroidery & Needlecraft
- Historical Dyeing
- Historical Jewellery
- Historical Arms and Armour
- History – 17th century
- History – Anglo-Saxon
- Historical Linguistics
- Anglo-Saxon Literature
- General Archaeology (and Mummies)
- 17th and 18th century fine art
- 17th and 18th century glassware, porcelain, pottery, pewter, silverware, etc
- Military – historic, mainly 17th century
- Military – contemporary & second half of 20th century
- My own books (my favourite row, I suppose 😉 )
- Bits and bobs of selected poetry
- Colin Dexter (all)
- Ian Rankin (many)
- Bits and bobs of contemporary fiction (very few)
I found it rather easy to sort out what I wanted to keep downstairs, and what, of those in the living room and in the sewing room. I schlepped a load of books into the loft, which I am less likely to refer to, where they will reside in the cardboard boxed the Expedits come in, neatly labelled. My inner labelling freak will have a field day. I am always eager to label and sort and after a short while my outer lazing slob comes through and all the good labelling and sorting work has gone up my non-existent chimney.
A bit more manageable, isn’t it?
Last but not least, I also planted some wee succulents into a few colourful mini buckets I found flying around in my display cabinet. Much better now, that they reside in the conservatory.