My Gran A book lover and teacher

As this post goes up I m up in Scotland at My Grans funeral ,she had a love of books ,was a English teacher .From my Richard Scarry book as a small child through books on Irish Myths ,Saki ,Heyer and even Lord of the rings .There were many books I first saw and found out about at Gran’s .My greatest memory thou is drinking soda steams from glass bottles on a beach in Donegal whilst we made peat fire as a kid this was wonderful as we toasted our soda farls on the fire .

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  1. Chinoiseries
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:33:57

    My condolences, I did not know you were heading to Scotland for your grandmother’s funeral. Sounds like she was a remarkable woman in life.

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  2. The Book Whisperer
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:45:25

    Sending you love on this day, Stu. What wonderful memories of your Gran to cherish.

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  3. Bellezza
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:09:55

    What first caught my eye is your words “book lover and teacher” for that is what I am as well. Then, I saw you are at your Gran’s funeral, and I want to offer comfort at her passing. It’s hard to be separated from those we love. I don’t know what those soda steams are you wrote of, but I, too, have found memories of sodas with my Grandmother. She was the one who let me have my ears pierced, she was the one with whom I giggled, she was the one who taught me fortitude and strength and so much faith. I love this post, may peace be with you.

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  4. Teresa (Lovely Treez Reads)
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:46:45

    And I’m sure you were out on those Donegal beaches, come hail or shine – as is the norm with our Irish weather! You will treasure your memories of your Gran, Stu.

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  5. Lynne
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:10:16

    Stu, I’m so sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are so important. My 94-year-old grandmother (who is Scots and English) is still an avid reader. When I was about nine, the librarian didn’t think I should check out a Pearl S. Buck novel. “Let her have it,” my grandma simply said. And from that day on, I was allowed to check out adult novels without question.

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  6. Gavin
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 14:28:17

    Stu, what wonderful memories you have of your Gran. I know you will carry her with you always. And that peat fire, how magical! Sending you hugs and warm wishes.

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  7. Petty Witter
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 16:44:59

    So sorry to hear your news. A wonderful tribute to your gran, please accept my best wishes.

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  8. Rob
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 18:36:40

    It’s clear where you got your profound love for books Stu. May you carry your gran’s passion for literature with you always.
    Warmest
    Rob

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  9. Heather
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 18:51:30

    So sorry for the loss of your grandmother.

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  10. kimbofo
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 21:42:19

    I’m sorry for your loss, Stu. Your grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

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  11. Richard
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 01:15:28

    My condolences, Stu–sorry to hear about your loss.

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  12. cousinsread
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 03:12:45

    It’s great that you have so many lovely memories of your gran. May she rest in peace.

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  13. Sarah
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 09:14:39

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your gran. Thinking of you.

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  14. Annabel (gaskella)
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:02:27

    What nice memories. Big hugs – thinking of you.

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  15. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 14:13:42

    All the best in Scotland… my condolences too…

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  16. amymckie
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:45:29

    So sorry for your loss Stu.

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  17. Parrish
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 21:47:33

    Condolences mate, It seems we all have an individual who nurtures that spark in us, that with a little love grows into the all emcompassing passion we share. So a glass raise to you and your gran.

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  18. Meike Ziervogel
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 22:57:40

    I am sorry for your loss, Stu, but what at beautiful memory to keep. Best wishes Meike

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  19. Tom Cunliffe
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 08:13:14

    Sorry to hear about your Gran Stu. Its marvellous that she set such a good example to her grandchildren about reading. I hope to do the same for mine. Hope you got back alright

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  20. chasing bawa
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:34:13

    So sorry for your loss, Stu. How lovely that she introduced and nurtured your love of books (especially Richard Scarry).

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  21. Lisa Hill
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 05:02:57

    I’m sorry to hear about this, Stu. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

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  22. Violet
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 06:40:59

    I’m glad you have some lovely memories of your Gran. Now we know where you get your love of books and reading! I’m sure she would be so proud of what you’re doing to promote translated literature. Rock On, Stu.

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