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Amaryllis’ Choice

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Long time readers of my column will know that I am not of the glass half full type at the best of times.  Nevertheless, it is at times like these that one’s inner metal shows and I am determined to come up gold!

So below I list my reasons to be cheerful!

Cleaner air – a marked reduction in car use is good news – less emissions in China as my son reminded me

Skylarks – I was out walking on the weekend and seeing them wheeling and chirping without a care in the world is truly uplifting

Maltesers – there has been a tragic dearth of these in the shops due to some factory malfunction but my dear rep has just bought me a large box and made my day

Friends – texting, emailing to see how I am, sending pictures of violets in the wood, chatting about books read – invaluable!

Empty trains – unheard of in life B.C

Mayerling on i-player – my ballet classes are sadly cancelled but at least I can watch this fabulous ballet and remind myself of what could have been…

Cats – blissfully ignorant of anything but a warm lap and their stomachs!

Books – of course I can see my daughter’s eyes rolling as I write.!  A bit weirdly I find crime novels rather comforting at times like these especially those of the golden age.

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About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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