January – 2011 – My new year last year started off with a flight to New England to see my grandbaby, Mackenzie, who had only been home from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the hospital for barely a month! Still an infant, I was looking forward to holding her – a simple joy welcoming this sweet new life.
I would need reading material for the plane ride – yet another simple joy I have precious little time TO enjoy.
Being buried in plenty of reading material pertaining to my work, I knew I did NOT want to take any work with me. My book collections overflowed with pleasure reading just my speed – cozy mysteries and 19th century novels – and I had my pick of them.
So, the last thing I did before running out the door to the airport was to grab a copy of one of the Cottage Tales by Susan Wittig Albert – a cozy mysteries series about the life of Beatrix Potter when she bought her beloved Hill Top Farm in 1906.
I had been collecting them for a while as a sort of “get-to-one-of-these-days” things. The series would consist of eight books – loosely based on historical fact – following Beatrix through many fictionalized adventures in the English countryside leading up to her joyful marriage to Will Heelis in 1913. I posted a little about this last March – my fourth post – read In the Garden with Beatrix Potter. For more on Ms. Albert and her works – and her marvel of a farm life in the Texas Hill Country – visit her at her blog Lifescapes, where you’ll find links to all her writing sites!
Oh, the joy of a satisfying and simple little story about beautiful places and noble individuals! As to The Tale of Holly How – the second of the series, but first of it that I read – I finished the book by the time I returned home later that week and couldn’t wait to read the rest of them! But, that was a tall order for a busy life like mine. Could I really afford the leisure reading time with so much on my plate?
YES! Oh, yes! I MUST! Really – don’t we all need to make time for pleasure reading? Just a little escape?
So, I made myself a promise – not necessarily a resolution – a promise.
I promised myself to read the entire Cottage Tales Series in one year! That’s eight books to read for no other purpose but to simply enjoy them!
To that end, it gives me great pleasure to report that – remaining committed to this promise – I made excellent progress. In fact, my husband bought me the final book of the series – The Tale of Castle Cottage, released in time for my birthday in September. Being the fellow who unpacks the boxes and sets the displays at a local Barnes & Noble store – he brought home the first one out of the box – hot off the press!
Gad! The simple joy of holding a brand new book that you love in your hands! It makes me feel PINK all over!
So, here it is, January – 2012 – one year later. I am happy to report that I am now well into the final eighth book, The Tale of Castle Cottage, and, even better – the cover is PINK!!!!
Happy Pink Saturday – and many happily ever afters this year to you in all your pleasure reading!!!
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