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I really should have written this yesterday, but Comic Con and family time took precedence, as they should. WordPress wished me Happy Anniversary, with a notification that my blog is now 5 years old. How did that happen?!? I started writing as part of my preparations for my first visit to Canada, with this post. I couldn’t have foreseen at that point how much Canada would come to mean to me, or how I would make some very good friends through my subsequent visits. The blog’s name, The Victorian Librarian, has become my preferred pseudonym, if not my alter ego (which still needs some fleshing out). I even have my own crest now (below), featuring two of my favourite flowers, the iris and the bluebell, in addition to my absolute favourite thing, a book.

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The Victorian Librarian crest, designed by Lora Jones 

How should I celebrate my 5th anniversary? I think that the best thing to do would be to write more regularly here, to stop neglecting my blog. Working full time for the first time in four years, in addition to other real life commitments, has taken priority, as it must, but I don’t want to get out of the habit of writing. Will this be the year I sign up to NaNoWriMo just to keep me writing? Continue Reading »

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I have been horribly behind on my Iggle activities in recent months, but logged in yesterday upon returning from Resonate. The July theme has been heroes and villains, and the playlist seemed like an interesting idea. As today is the last day of July, without further ado, here be my music of choice. Continue Reading »

Regular readers will be familiar with Cherbourg, my regular travelling companion. I bought him in Prestwick Airport en route to Paris a few years ago, and he now goes everywhere with me, often in my daily life as well as when I am on holiday. If you don’t know him, here he be:

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I had a wonderful ten days in Toronto – much too little time! – and only arrived back this morning after a long overnight flight. Thus this post is brought to you by jetlag and a need to combat same by staying up till 8pm, all going well. I am nonetheless well aware that a detailed blog post, with the requirement of many coherent sentences flowing one from another, is beyond my capabilities today. You must content yourself with a list of some of my favourite moments; I’m certain to miss some out.  Continue Reading »

Four weeks today, at this time, I will be once again in my beloved Toronto! This will be my fourth visit, but it is the first time when I will be there in summer, not in autumn. As with all good holidays, sampling (or possibly gorging on) the food you don’t get for the rest of the year is crucial. Fortunately, my hosts (the Merciless, the Caliph’s Daughter (Lady Somewhat), and the Gentleman Gamer, will be spoiling me with their house speciality of barbecued pork! Happily, weather reports thus far are favourable, although I have had highly successful barbecues in the pouring rain. It will also be interesting to see how different the city may be in such a different season. I cannot wait for my holiday to be here; my townhouse is near the airport from which I will leave, and watching the planes fly out this evening, as I sat in the garden, has made me all the more eager to be on my way.  Continue Reading »

Yesterday, it had been 400 years since Shakespeare died. Today, it has been 74 years ago since Lucy Maud Montgomery died. I can’t believe that she died so comparatively recently! I’ve spoken about her a lot on this blog, and last year made a lifelong dream come true by visiting Green Gables and L. M. Montgomery’s own world on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  I really haven’t written as much about that as I ought to have done, but in this post I mention said visit to Green Gables.  I also grin as calmly as possible, so as not to scare the helpful friendly tourist taking my picture (see below). It really was a wonderful day. Continue Reading »

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today. as you may have heard. I’m watching David Tennant and Catherine Tate introduce Shakespeare Live! with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, as I type, and I’ve been wondering all day if I should write something here. But how can anybody write about a man who wrote so many wonderful works of literature? My words certainly will never compare to his, and I wouldn’t presume to try. It’s daunting even to think about trying to write anything that could do him justice.  Continue Reading »