The Fantastic Fellowship of Books and Help-Meets.

While I  had help on the farmy.


Feeding out.

aabeaut-020 Climbing up and down the ladder for me.


Throwing in straw for the piggies.  Sheila was thrilled and slightly dismayed as she had to remake her bed.


Making me lunch and trimming naughty Marmalade’s fingernails.


You were all in the Lounge of Comments creating a magnificent reading list. There is still time today if you want to add the books you have loved reading this year.aabeaut-039

I did not comment myself yesterday to leave you room for more BOOKS! I am never without at least one book on the go. Like most of you I think.


You are all stars for bringing in all your stories and books for us all to read. Words should be shared I think.  Thank you all so much.


I am the luckiest girl to have you all.


And tomorrow I shall spend my couch time making the list and hopefully posting it today or tomorrow, so we can all benefit from being One of the Fellowship.  I  am going to put the list in my christmas cards this year!  Then I will start reading.

Happy Thanksgiving! Lots to be thankful for here!

Love your friend on the farmy,


69 Comments on “The Fantastic Fellowship of Books and Help-Meets.

  1. The Duke is still looking a bit disgruntled and ruffled. Hopefully he’ll be feeling heaps better very soon… Marmalade is growing into a proper young cat, not nearly so generically cute, much more personality. I don’t think he enjoyed the nail clipping, eh? Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there, have a wonderful day, filled with family and gratitude.

    • I am not happy with The Dukes look. I had thought his medicine would be here by now, but the holiday is holding up deliveries.. bad luck.. but he is still eating and drinking.. c

  2. Happy Thanksgiving from across the Pond!! May the pain be bearable and love and togetherness abound! And methinks we all have new books on our lists – I know I have two already coming . . . .:) !

  3. This year has been a good reading year. Probably my fave books have been Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Rod by Rod Stewart, The Light Between Oceans by May Stedman , the Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you Celi. Little Marmalade naughty, never, I just can’t believe it. 😉
    Have a super relaxing happy day C.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • I awoke last night to the sound of lapping water by my ear. There was naughty marmalade stretched up on her back paws, with her front paws around the rim of my water glass and her head in there, having a drink. I guess my water looked better than hers.. c

  5. Happy Feast Day to you and yours miss c, and bless Kristy and Miss A and Mr N for coming to your rescue. Thank you for all your wonderful blog posts. Laura

  6. Has the medication arrived for Kupa
    it is good to know that you have some help…it will give your aching bone time to rest…
    without my Kindle to read I would be totally lost..I don, t do actual books anymore as once a book is read I rarely reread so its a waste of money , paper and trees. Kindle gives me freedom.
    I wish you and all the Fellowship a very happy Thankgiving from me xxxxx

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, c, and I hope your day is peaceful. Thank you for a ones year of peaking into your adventures. M xx

  8. Here’s wishing you a great and Happy Thanksgiving! I hate to hear that you are down, but you know your body better than anyone else. Hopefully you will get enough reading material to keep you on the couch.
    When my friend and I visited Natchez, MS last year, we discovered a local writer from there. Greg Isles writes suspense and so far the books I’ve read are based in Natchez and I am familiar with the areas he is referring to which makes the book even more intriguing to me.
    So far ‘the devil’s punchbowl’ has been my favorite.
    Looking forward to seeing the list.

  9. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I’ve enjoyed by Mark Billingham (Thriller, Mystery genre) Sleepyhead and Lazy Bones and am just about to read Scaredy Cat. Take it easy Celi 🙂

  10. Hey C; i hope you and John have a wonderful thanksgiving day and i do hope you behave yourself ya i know somebody has to do it . be a blessing to yourself too. tell John he is in charge today he will deal with it mike ps. have patience with him direct him if you must ok

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your John, and whomever else is wont to share the day with you!! Love the picture of Marmalade looking straight at the camera … he is just so adorable! Blessing to you always!!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving, which is odd because it’s not from your culture or mine, but I did enjoy it when I lived in America – it was a good excuse to invite people round for supper 😉

  13. I’m thankful for your beautiful blog, Celi. As soon as I have a cup of coffee in hand I open yours to see what has been happening chez vous everyday. Sometimes your news is tough –like Life–& brings me to tears. Sometimes it is joyous & I love to read it. I am “into” your farmy & its denizens & wish ever one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving from Asheville, North Carolina. My two best book recommends so far this year are Sara Houghteling’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a novel about the lost art looted by the Nazis in Paris during World War II, and “Citizens of London” by Lynne Olson, another true but very lively history the brilliant Americans who stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour. A ripping good story told & many juicy bits as these people were living life to the fullest on the very edge. I’m glad We were represented there by these Remarkable Characters. thank you for compiling this reading list. Maybe I won’t be long winter’s napping, but reading instead! And right now it’s also time for my annual rereading of Truman Capote’s Immortal “A Christmas Memory.” Surely his Masterpiece, about Buddy, his Friend, & Queenie & their adventures with the buggy to collect pecans & visit Mr. Ha Ha Jones to buy bootleg whiskey with their hoarded pennies from swatting flies (Oh, the Carnage of August!) to make their fabulous fruitcakes for such worthies as The Roosevelts. Two kites sailing off together through the skies. Love!

    • I think I may begin with A Christmas Memory.! And excellent suggestion! How remiss of me not to have read this before. and thank you so much for sharing your morning coffee with the farmy.. it honstly makes my heart sing to know you are all out there.. reading in those first quiet moments.. . c

  14. Happy Thanksgiving.
    books/authors I enjoy are Ian Rankin – the Rebus novels, John Rankin – the Resnick novels, Kathy Reichs – Temperance Brennan novels, Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels and the odd Lee Child Jack Reacher novel. As you may guess I do rather enjoy detective/ forensic novels never been one for the chick lit girly books!

    • uh, i might have to try some of those =) did you ever read inspector jury by martha grimes? or lynley by elisabeth george?

      • I have seen some of the drama series based on the Elizabeth George books but he seems a little too gentile for me but then Wexford was, but will give reading one a go and I know nothing about Inspector Jury so need to read some of those. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  15. I’m so glad you have help! It’s hard to sit–er, I mean lie–on the couch and let others “do,” but it’s necessary sometimes. I hope you have a lovely, restful Thanksgiving. As for books, hmmm… The Orphan Master’s Son, The Suicide Index (a memoir by Joan Wickersham, whom I discovered not long ago and read everything of hers I could get my hands on), Wolf Hall (that’s already on the list, right?), The Orchardist. I could go on, but I won’t. I’m off to turn on the oven! Sending good healing vibes your way, Celi!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Celi! I am one of the loud joyous choir that loves reading your blog the first thing every morning!

    You might add the The Ghost Bride: A Novel
    Yangsze Choo, to your collection,

    Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline,

    The Last Runaway: A Novel
    Chevalier, Tracy

    A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
    Harkness, Deborah

    Once more Happy Day of Thanks!


  17. Hello my names Janet I’m from the U.K. I love following your blog, and love reading! so I thought I would add a couple of fun reads. A load of old bones by Suzette Hill there are five of them in all and they are funny, also the hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson another light hearted fun read, to cheer us up on grey days!

    • Hullo Janet and welcome to the Lounge of Comments. Thank you for your titles, I have added them to the list. Have a gorgeous day! c

  18. Saints be praised that you have such lovely helpers. I’m looking forward to the book list.
    I’m shattered after going shopping to buy shoes. NOT for me! for Jock…
    also trying to sort out which 6 poems to submit for the Second Light Anthology of women’s poetry “Her Wings of Glass”.
    love, ViV

  19. Happy Thanksgiving Celi! Wishing you good health and joy! Love the photos today! Oh Marmalade you are soooo darn cute!!!!! Kupa you look good today…are you feeling better? I sure hope so. Fluff up your feathers and stay warm! It is SNOWING HERE!!!!!!!! Looks pretty! 😀
    Thank God for people who help!!!! We all take a turn needing some!
    Love you! See you tomorrow! (((Celi)))

  20. I hope the medicine will come tomorrow!!!! Fingers and toes crossed. Please hang in there dear Kupa! Saying a prayer for you!

  21. I recently enjoyed Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. At least I think I got her name right. Also Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kirsten Gier.

  22. I noticed that you referred to Marmalade as a she this time. Is he a girl or a boy? So…that is you up on the ladder? That doesn’t look like a couch to me. Happy Thanksgiving,….we all have so much to be thankful for.

    • Oh dear, no Marmalade is a HE. slip of the finger! And that is my friend Kristy up the ladder, she was throwing down hay for the cows.. c

      • Well, I always figured he was a little boy, full of mischief and delight….I could see it in his eyes. That slip of the finger threw me for a loop, though. Ah, give Kristy a hug from me….you had me concerned. Always so nice to have a friend help out.
        We have to watch you like a hawk (smile).

  23. So glad you had some more help.
    Tess Gerritson writes crime – she is really good; and Erika Burmeister has written just three books so far and they are beautiful. I think you would really like her.
    I wish we had Thanksgiving here. I think we could all do with a special time to celebrate everything we are thankful for 🙂

  24. Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your helpers are making the dinner for you. My daughter has to have a water bottle with a lid for her bedside water as her ginger cat will drink from a glass. For book recommendations, I second “The Dirty Life” by Kristen Kimball. It is wonderful. I have also enjoyed all of Charles Todd mysteries (post WW1 England) and all of Allen Furst’s books (pre-WWII Europe). I look forward to the list. Keep resting and healing.

    • HI Cheryl! I LOVED “The Dirty Life”!!! What a fabulous book! It did scare me a little as I read it right before we began our farm adventure! 🙂

  25. An extraordinary detective/mystery English writer, Susan Hill, has been my bedside reading the last few weeks. Susan Hill has been short listed for The Booker, so you know her books are wonderful reads Her Simon Serrailler series is about a family whose members are all doctors except Simon. Lots of twists and turns. Definitely not your ordinary mystery novel. There are eight books in this series. The first one The Various Haunts of Men. Fab reading. V.

    • thank you V, my mother in law LOVES detective novels, maybe I can get number one for her for christmas..(hopefully she has not read your comment already!) thank you!

  26. I’m reading Twice Born, by Margaret Mazzantini right now and really like it so far. The following books I have read and really enjoyed every one of them!!! Change Me into Zeus’s Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss (a memoir); City of Thieves by David Benioff; Don’t Let Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller; Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey by Geraldine Brooks; Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls; Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks; Two Old Women by Velma Wallace; Unbroken: A World War II story of survival, resilience & redemption by Laura Hillenbrand; White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse; Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Happy American Thanksgiving to you Celi and everyone on the farmy and to The Fellowship of the Farmy!!! 🙂

  27. White Sky Black Ice, by Stan Jones, a detective story set in Inuit Alaska.

    I also enjoyed The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. Passionate, energetic and slighty bonkers Mark is so inspirational At one point he tells Kristin who is reluctant to give up all her worldly goods and take the leap of faith with him “What really do you have to lose? We are young and healthy and money will come and go, this is America, things will not be so bad that we will starve but we will be living a life we truely believe in and that is what matters”. I found this perspective so refreshing, his views on wealth and having “things” versus quality of life. After reading this book I wrote a wish list of what I wanted from life, I have not achieved the half of it, most likely because I dont have half of Mark and Kirstens energy but I did make some changes and take a different path because of it.

    Perhaps “Books that have inspired or influenced us” could be a new thread one of these days?

  28. I just followed you on Pinterest and the photo where Boo has his nose in your iPhone and is looking at the camera is priceless. It was almost alien to me though because for some reason I always feel like when I read your blog I’ve taken a step back in time or to some other non-stressful wonderland where iPhones and modern technology don’t exist. LOL But really, of course I know better. 😉

  29. Love the pics today! Sheila is always such a “busy” piggy, such a good housekeeper 🙂 And every kitty needs a mani-pedi every now and then…..Marmalade is such a bright-eyed feline…love the pic of him looking straight at the camera! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family …..I’m thankful you’re healing and hope it continues to improve everyday!

  30. Unbroken! Yes, a terrific book of the courage to bear great pain and deprivation and not give up. Not only is this a great book about someone, it is also a testament to the courage and resilience of Laura Hillenbrand the author. She also wrote Seabiscuit, and she suffers from that debilitating disease tha t causes you to have zero energy. How she manages to do ANYTHING is remarkable in itself. I can’t think of the name of it, but it’s not mononucleosis. It’s much more serious.

  31. I really enjoyed Bird of Passage by Catherine Czerkawska. In fact I have read several of her books and enjoyed them all. I also recommend The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.

  32. Glad you had help with the chores, Celi. They look a little familiar. 🙂
    I had a cat once that liked my water, too. I cannot tell you how many times she spilled it on me. I can laugh about it now but, back then? It was an entirely different matter. I eventually stopped bringing water to bed with me. Still don’t.
    I had a great Thanksgiving and hope you all did too. 🙂

  33. The Sacred Power of the Sun by Beinsa Douno and Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by Buckminster Fuller

    They are word-lovers books. Read them for the poetry and wordsmanship more than content – though as a sunlover you will like Sacred Power, too.

  34. Simply smiles to add today
    (and once the discover the water glass by the bed…one with a lid and straw braced well so it can’t be knocked over during explorations or swinging paw play. …but we’d miss their antics if they weren’t nearby!)

  35. What a lovely post… and for some reason I’m fixated on Sheila lately. She’s a marvel isn’t she? She’s quite photogenic, and always seems to be busy! I think I love her! Keep mending my friend… soon you’ll be doing those chores with gusto!

  36. So glad you’ve had some help. I hope it goes on happening.
    And so glad you’ve been pointed in the direction of Truman Capote’s gorgeous Christmas story… I can offer you another Christmas story – very vivid descriptions of England – The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper … young adult but gripping to this old adult…
    Love Marmalade’s drinking your water, my pussy cat always did, even when I put a second glass there for her, and covered mine with a tissue, she’d push the tissue aside and drink mine… little rascals…
    Do hope you won’t push yourself, and take it easy until AFTER you feel better.

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