Category Archives: London

I’m moving

Hello readers and friends– My site is moving, but will be the same, with a new address. Look for me at  www.booksandbuttons.com. You’ll see my usual page with a row of books at the top. And there is a new … Continue reading

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Book Review: Smith by Leon Garfield

Smith, the story of a pickpocket, was written by Leon Garfield (1921-1996). Garfield wrote over 50 novels, most of them classified as children’s literature, although many reviewers acknowledge an interest by adult readers as well. Garfield wrote the book in … Continue reading

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Buttons for the Royal Baby

Hurray for the new baby prince!  Everyone has been waiting and now he’s here!  William and Kate must be very happy parents. I thought it would be fun to sort through some buttons for baby and pretend I’m going to … Continue reading

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What Did We Do in London?

We rode the tube!  We rode the tube everywhere we went. It’s so easy.  One time we took a bus—that was the first day when I arrived.  I took a little nap, even though the books tell you not to … Continue reading

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The Final Buttons from London (Covent Garden Market)

While we were touring antique flea markets and asking people about buttons, we’d often heard people tell us to look for ________and __________.  That’s all they have is buttons!  I don’t want to use the real names, so let’s call … Continue reading

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The Books I Borrowed and Bought in London

Very early in my visit to London we went to two libraries–one a university library and the other a town library.  At these I borrowed The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie Forty Years On   by Alan Bennett Cathedral by Raymond Carver Box of … Continue reading

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Punch and Judy Fayre in London

Hurray!  It’s the Punch and Judy Fayre in Covent Garden!   A dream come true! They had to take me there—it was what I wanted for  Mother’s Day! Gorgeous day and a “good crowd”. (You were the only one not … Continue reading

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A Little Art from the Tate Britain in London

The Chalmondeley Ladies at the Tate Britain Aren’t these gals wonderful?  According to the inscription on the front of the painting, these women were born on the same day, married on the same day, and gave birth on the same day. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Forty Years On by Alan Bennett

I’m going to give you a quick review of another fast reading selection—this one a play by Alan Bennett—-the prolific Alan Bennett.  I have formerly read by him The Uncommon Reader, about the queen learning to enjoy reading novels for … Continue reading

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Book Review: King George and Queen Elizabeth

I would like to show you some nice old photos of Queen Elizabeth when she was a young girl.  I found them in a copy of “King George and Queen Elizabeth”–a hardback with a red and blue cover–a nice deep … Continue reading

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