Suggestions box

Election Day dawns bright and sunny; despatch children, walk dog and head with undeniable excitement to Village Hall where am pleased to find a) Queues and b) Very Clear Instructions on what to do with ballot papers; confirm over-anxiously with Helpful Young Man that am indeed putting correct papers in correct ballot boxes, then set off to town with pleasing sense of having Played My Part.

Have added Address Book and Reading Diary to blog; realise that latter gives all too accurate picture of self as Grumpy Old Woman, and resolve to find new book that might actually like. Any suggestions very welcome.



19 thoughts on “Suggestions box

  1. Oh your Reading Diary made me laugh – delightfully ‘Mrs Ford’. Thank you for cheering my day. I am about to read Ali Smith ‘How to be both’ – I was lured by the 3 prizes and 2 shortlists on the jacket, and that Frances Wilson (New Statesman) says it’s ‘Dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance’. I’ll let you know if it does.

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment and for your suggestion – I’ve heard Mixed Reports on “How to be both” and will be very interested to hear your verdict. I’m not sure that a book has ever made me want to dance, but there’s always a first time, I suppose…

  2. Self became very confused when arrived at Polling Station ready to partake in the Democratic Process only to be told that I was “in the wrong place”. Omitted to tell Helpful Older Man that I had recently moved home and forgot to check address on Polling Card. Exited from P.S. in a fluster of blushes and mutters.

    • I’m quite sure that the Helpful Older Man had seen it all before, and hope that you managed to vote in the end. Tomorrow should be interesting…

  3. I know exactly what you mean about Mr Rochester. Glad there were queues for the whole voting thing. Not long left now, then we just have to get through the next bit. CJ xx

  4. Voted at very busy polling station, Inserted ballot papers into correct boxes, but noted confused neighbour who was unsure of what to do. Did not offer assistance as feared might be against some voting rule or other. Noted interesting split between residents in village, all either walking to or from polling station or playing football on village green. Wonder why this was. Note to self, must recommend book Good Husband Material to fellow blogger. xx

    • Yes, probably safer not to Get Involved in anyone else’s voting, even in the most minor way! Hadn’t heard of “Good Husband Material” but have just Googled it and it looks fun – thank you very much!

  5. Perversely upset that proper ballot boxes have been replaced by fabric boxes and wooden booths discarded in favour of flimsy fabric and pole structures. Ballot paper slipped from narrow shelf, through gap in fabric and floated to the floor revealing my X to waiting voters. Much grovelling to retrieve paper to embarassment of Husband and Elder Son.

    • Understandably rather than perversely upset, I should say; structures should at very least ensure you can vote properly and in secret! Systems a bit more robust here, thank goodness.

  6. Good turnout for once at our local polling station. Officious young man waiting outside wanting to take our card numbers before we even got inside the building.
    Just finished reading Kirsty Wark’s first novel ~ “The Legacy of Miss Pringle”. Must say, did enjoy it very much, light and not too intellectual (suits me!)

    • Yes, I’ve met some rather officious tellers in the past as well. Thank you for the recommendation – sounds like an ideal antidote to all this election business!

  7. Started Polling Day with walk in lovely London park, spotting encouraging queues of voters; ended in own village, where officious chap handing out cards told me that voting “has been steady” – I suspect this meant 4 or 5 elderly folk per hour. Dismayed but not surprised the next day to find that seemingly-much-hated incumbent had been voted in again. Us doesn’t like change round these parts, oh no us doesn’t.

    Tried to hunt out some books for elderly neighbour to borrow, found that they were almost all dismal and/or about grief and loss during the war. The Gardener’s were more up to date but most unsuitable for elderly lady unlikely to be familiar with Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave…..

    • Perhaps quite a few people vote along the lines of Better The Devil You Know…Hope you managed to find some suitable books for your neighbour in the end. She may of course turn out to have been Leonard Cohen’s best friend.

  8. I am having trouble finding an interesting book, too. Struggling with A Blackbird’s Year by Miles Richardson who seems to think that everything should be told in similes and doesn’t know that the past tense of spin is spun, not span. Nor does he know the difference between sat and sitting. It annoys me so much that I suspect I shall not finish it.

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