Well that went well, didn’t it! I did think restrictions on movement were coming, but went ahead anyway. In light of the government edict, we won’t be able to do our book deliveries and mail order parcels. However, I think we can still do our Cicero Boxes, and this is the perfect time of year to order one. This is our monthly subscription scheme: two second-hand novels, a few flower seeds from Higgledy Garden, a bookmark and some sort of treat in the post each month. £10pcm inc P&P. Bargain! And April is prime time for sowing flower seeds.
Why can I do this but not the other? Well, I can go and retrieve a stock of books from the bookshop and at just two books per person, it will be easier to manage. I can print off postage labels here and go to a post box as my daily exercise or food shop without having to go into a post office, as the boxes I use fit through a letterbox.
Normally I charge extra for a one-off box, but I won’t be doing that during this strange period. So if you would like a box, let me know – contact form below. Easiest just to do that in the first instance, and then we can discuss further details in email (you can still give me ideas about the sort of books you like/don’t like). Also makes a lovely gift for a friend or relative you might not be seeing for a while. The seeds can be grown in pots and windowboxes if you don’t have a garden.
A word about Higgledy Garden. This is a wonderful little company – really just Benjamin Ranyard and his Viszla hound Flash, who live on a narrowboat. They have a bit of help now from one or two others, as the business has grown. Ben sells British flower seeds, and gives guidance on growing them, to create lovely cut flowers in your garden – though you don’t have to cut them of course! Do have a look at the website, it’s lovely.
And why do I call them Cicero Boxes? Well, Cicero, the great Roman orator, said that if you have a garden and a library, you have all that you need. I think he forgot the single malt, but maybe that was assumed. According to a Classicist friend, he actually said ‘a garden IN a library’, which sounds amazing, but no one quite knows what it means. Maybe he had a very big library. Anyway! That’s why.
Get in touch below for any further info – or look at the Cicero Boxes tab, and ignore the bit about the different price for a single box.
Stay safe people! For me, three weeks of enforced staying at home is a gift, but I am very lucky, as someone who lives alone, has a garden and is a natural introvert. I know others are not so lucky in many ways. But reading books and growing flowers are lovely things to do during a crisis.