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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? (more…)

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A more unusual rendering of the partridge in a pear tree. (Still haven’t identified the artist).

One more post after this one – the post that actually belongs to today – and I will be all caught up. It’s been surprisingly difficult to choose what to put in this post, but I have gone with a scene from one of my favourite children’s books, Lucy M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe (1954). It’s a wonderfully imaginative ghost story, one of those in which the house (based on Boston’s own childhood home) is a character in its own right. (more…)

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Lovecraftian Christmas lights (my photo, December 2014)

Lovecraftian Christmas lights (my photo, December 2014)

On my way to and from work for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been quite fascinated by the fairy lights in the trees on the corner of the road, in one tree in particular. These trees are on the large side, but are still rather low and sprawling. This one tree, in the dark, its branches illuminated by various coloured lights, seems rather Lovecraftian in form, as a result, as I hope you can see in the photo above. It’s possible that the shapes created by fairy lights are a festive version of the Rorschach Test. This tree also scares me slightly as it makes me think of the tree Green Noah which attacks Tolly in The Children of Green Knowe, by Lucy M. Boston, which, incidentally, is a perfect book to read at Christmas in particular.

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