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Linda Lane Thornton

We have recently moved into the house we have been renovating in the village of Altares on the north coast of Terceira. The cottage is small, but Andy has built me what I call my wendy house in which I can undertake some dyeing projects using local plants - oxalis and pokeberry, for example. The second bedroom is going to become a workroom for us both, but at present it resembles the pre-sorting that goes on before a jumble sale!

I have recently taught a Somerset Star Patchwork Box class at the Museu do Angra do Heroismo. the museum has a marvellous educational programme and I felt privileged to be asked to take part. It was a super day, with six ladies and a good time was had by all.

On the bright side all of my books have been unpacked and I have been both astonished and dismayed at what I have found: two copies of Dorothy Osler's book about the Amish-Welsh connection (ordered 18 months apart but one sent to England and the other to South Africa); two copies of Averil Colby's "Quilting" - one bought at Barter Books in Alnwick, the other at a jumble sale in New Zealand; another of Dorothy's "Traditional British Quilts", which I have been delighted to read again; three copies of "L'Etranger" by Albert Camus - probably my favourite book and all bought in second-hand shops.

Life is good!

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