Monday, 31 March 2014

coffee, letters and a delightful novel

Do you ever experience moments when you are going to sleep and are already looking forward to waking up in the morning to enjoy good coffee? Anyone? For me it happens quite frequently but this weekend I was wondering if moments like that were more likely to occur if you are reading something really good. On Friday I entered a bookshop to buy stationery and this book that a dear friend in Iceland had told me about and praised. It's called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. (I told you in a post that I would get back to you on my spring 2014 novel and this one is definitely it.) Lately I haven't really been reading any novels, only coffee table books and magazines, and it felt so good to return to novels with such a delightful one that I was hardly able to put down. It takes place in 1946 and is mainly about life on the island Guernsey during the German Occupation, described in letters written after the war.

There is a lot of letter writing in the book and I'm glad I bought stationery and air mail envelopes as well on Friday because on Saturday I just wanted to write letters in between reading. I posted them this morning.

Post offices can be extremely charming. The one in my neighbourhood is small and it will never win any design awards but all the customers seem to know the names of the clerks and the clerks greet you with: "How are you, my love?" or "Is everything alright, my love?" Tacky post office for sure, but the most loving I have ever entered.

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt


  1. Yes, I have the same feeling sometimes I just wish I had more quiet mornings to enjoy it - instead I rush out of bed and off I am in the packed metro on the way to the office. Phew, what would I give for more quiet coffee time in the morning (side note: I can not wake up earlier to enjoy it. I just can't LOL).

    1. Change the setting on your alarm clock!!!

      PS. I don't do metros in the morning ;-)

  2. Oh yes, I know that feeling when I can't wait to go to bed to get up in the morning, looking forward to enjoying a delicious breakfast, a good book or a cafe date. As I've already told you, I haven't been in the mood for novels either lately, but I'm hoping that Jean Renoir's book, "Renoir, My Father", which I received this past weekend and can't wait to read (Jean Renoir's "My Life and My Films" is one of the best autobiographies I've read), will help me make the transition from coffee table books to novels. :)

  3. I just look forward to getting some sleep, but I must admit that first morning coffee is the best.
    We have a lovely post office too, one of the few remaining in a beautiful old building.
    The staff are so friendly and it is really nice to be greeted by name and have a chat. That is something I love about the inner city villages where we live in Sydney, the friendly shopkeepers.
    Happy reading Lisa:)


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