Comfort reading

Crumpets and milk

One of my strongest sensory memories is the smell/taste of buttered crumpets, which takes me back to being very young (primary school) and sitting at the breakfast bar in the kitchen eating a snack while listening to an audiobook on cassette. My favourite audiobook was The Secret Garden and, even now, certain words (“wuthering” and “daffydowndilly” come to mind) can only be said in the voices I remember from that tape, with their Yorkshire lilt.

The Secret Garden

I don’t own a cassette player anymore, but I do still have that cassette because I couldn’t bear to throw it away. Thankfully I have the actual book too, for times when I really need comfort in my reading. (Like now – can you tell I’m feeling a bit lupusy? Yes, it’s a word.)

4 thoughts on “Comfort reading

  1. Shaista July 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Audiobooks have been a lifesaver for years 🙂 An absolute delight for when you are feeling particularly horrid, is Winnie the Pooh… The Yorkshire accent of Eeyore cheers me up every time!

    Do hope the cloud has passed? Even if it returns another day, I wish it away today.

  2. Nose in a book July 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Shaista Thank you.

  3. gusset July 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I have a cassette deck in the studio if you want any tapes ripped to MP3s btw.

  4. LizC July 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I think I had the same tape! As far as I can remember it had some brilliant flute music in between chapters – though I may be very wrong.

    (And hurrah for hot buttered crumpets, one of the best comfort foods!)

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