Bibliophilia or bibliophilism is the love of books, and a bibliophile is an individual who loves books.

Too many books on the go. Too many different genres. I can’t tell if I’m deep and dark or light and creamy, like frosting. With sprinkles. What a problem to have! I had a massive blitz at work today and tidied and organised like a demon, boxing up five boxes of books for Oxfam to collect. I only had one colleague in the office to terrify with my whirling dervishness today and she wanted to hire me to do the same in her house! It’s been a trend recently. Massive amounts of sorting and shedding and de-cluttering. And schvitzing, because it is finally summer, but English-style. Pure humid in London.

I rode the wave of hyper-tidying and weeded the garden, sorted out the sweet peas, trimmed the honeysuckle (damn, it smells good!) and totally eviscerated the creeping ivy which was threatening to take over my solar twinkly lights. I have earned my chill time this weekend!

united-kingdom-flag-41978_1280Tomorrow is the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration, and I have to say, despite not being a monarchist, I’m excited about the change in topic in the news. I’m sick of talking, hearing, discussing, analysing and fuming over Brexit. For my non-European followers, the UK is holding a referendum on whether to leave the EU and become a lone wolf in the North Sea. Voting happens on 23 June. The entire country is agog. It’s incredibly stressful as I don’t get to vote in this referendum, but a Leave result could mean that my family and I have to make some very tough choices eventually. I am staunchly European and despite its many flaws, I believe we are better in the Union than out. Enough said.

Back to the Queen’s party – how lucky are we to live in London at this time, and share in the jubilation? She’s an epic lady, and I am going to raise a glass to her tomorrow, along with the entire nation. I’m going to disregard the hundreds of extra police people patrolling the streets, the barricades and cordons, and blithely run on the assumption that the events will go off with nary a hitch.

And last, but certainly not least, to guarantee a memorable weekend, Bretonne Bestie is whooshing over from Paris for the weekend. Fantastique!

So, what do you think? Are you in or out? Could I make a living being a declutterer / organiser? How hot is too hot?


  1. I like 12-16C, 20 tops, and really, with a breeze and shade. This is not my favorite time of the year!
    I don’t have an opinion about the Brexit, but I will say my English friends seem to deny that the UK is part of Europe. Apparently this offends them. I understand that the US is in North America, and this doesn’t offend me. If anyone could explain this sensibly to me, I’d be grateful.
    I don’t know why you couldn’t be a paid organizer. So many people haven’t the slightest idea how to start. I could never do it. I can organize, of course, am very OCD, but it seems one would need a great deal of tolerance and compassion when convincing someone they don’t need to save every greeting card they’ve received since 1954. I couldn’t manage that.

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    1. I am quite happy around the 17-20C mark. Any hotter is just painful. Where we go in France has lots of shade and trees, so we are quite happy most of the time. The rest of the time, I’m under the sprinklers.

      I think there are a lot of Brits who still labour under the delusion that Britain rules half the world and the Commonwealth upholds that delusion. If the UK chooses out, I think it will be a rather rude awakening for a lot of people.


  2. Hop on a plane and I’ll definitely hire you to do some organizer around here 😀

    Anything over 80F/26C is miserable. We’re looking at around 97F/36C today. I ain’t leaving my house if I can help it.

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