Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Not getting home-delivered mail here means a daily trip to the post office. I was still malingering because of my cold. Allan went to the Ilwaco Timberland Library as well and photographed the garden there.
At home, Skooter and all the cats slept.
I read a book, just arrived from the library, one I had been looking forward to.
I am sorry to say that the book did not live up to my hopes. The author wrote about several Mass Observation diarists’ lives but without using enough of their words.
The diarist”Helen” was inspired by my beloved Nella Last, who had three Mass Observation books all in her own words.
Unfortunately, only a few paragraphs of Helen’s own words are in the chapter about her life. I would like her to get the “Nella Last treatment” with a book all her own.
After starting her adult life as a Tory, she became a “socialist firebrand.”
This reminds me of the recent postcard parties I’ve attended.
In her old age, she went out to Gulf War protests.
I would like to read much more in her own words instead of a few scattered paragraphs. If only I could spend months at the Mass Observation archives. I would hope that Helen’s handwriting is more legible than Nella Last’s.
Here’s a guest photo from Todd Wiegardt: