As I write, it is a beautiful autumn day: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and there is scarcely a breeze. The view from my windows is glorious: the trees still have their autumn colours, there are swans swimming in the pond and I can just catch a glimpse of the cathedral. Where am I? In my new office in Elgin.
I’ve just recently been fortunate enough to be given the post of Senior Librarian in Moray. I have a varied remit including, I’m pleased to say, services to young people. It’s a great job and I’m working with friendly and helpful people. But, best of all, I’ve moved back to Lossiemouth after an absence of over twenty years. From my house I can see the sea and the view is wonderful!
As yet, I don’t have all my books with me which is clearly not a good thing. Deciding which titles to bring was tough and, in the end, I went for a random selection. I do work in a library after all! It’s been fun, though, reading my way through the books I brought. I’d forgotten all about some of them and they’d got hidden away in my collection. Maybe less really is more.
What did I bring? Well, some are books I can’t be without. Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery, Sisterland by Linda Newbery and Nancy Calls the Tune by Dorita Fairlie Bruce for example. I also brought some short series: the Carol books by Helen Dore Boylston and the Merry titles by Clare Mallory. And then there are some that I’ve acquired since moving. I love Ottoline at Sea by Chris Riddell and Big Bear, Little Brother by Carl Norac and beautifully illustrated by Kristin Oftedal.
I have others, too, some of them even for grown-ups, but to feel completely at home I’ll need all my books with me. The day can’t come fast enough!