Thursday, 25 October 2012

Simple things

Amongst the chaos and the roller coaster ride of every day life, there are simple things that make me smile. My head always seems to be such a whirl of information, spilling out in all directions like a tangled web of confusion. The simple things in life give me to time to focus and clear my head of complications, contradictions and complexities. It allows me a moment to just stop and appreciate how amazing simplicity can be.

I did get a copy of a vintage  Penguin publication of Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh and the classic design is perfection. It arrived wrapped in brown paper and everything about this book makes me happy.

There's the imprint of someone's hand written notes on the cover and I love that I can't really read what it says or will never know who wrote them or when. This book has a secret history, that will remain forever hidden and I may even add to that mystery, if in the future this book is passed on to someone else.

This reprint is from 1953 and as a result the pages are delightfully yellowed in colour, coarse and thick to the touch. I love this book for it's look, it's age, the story it hides and the one that it tells. Held within the pages are an escape route to days gone by where life was so wonderfully fabulous and filled with parties, telegrams and luncheons. The written and moreover the printed word are the simple things in life that have made people happy forever and will continue to do so.

Thanks for reading my words, it would love it if you could leave me a couple.


  1. That is a book that tells 2 stories, the one of its author and the one of its owners. I like it!

  2. I LOVE classic Penguins. All the more if they've done some 'living'. Haven't read this one yet, but sounds as though I should!


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