• Three books

    I looked down in my basket. Four small Wedgewood Avon cottage dessert bowls, in the deepest shade of blue. A white casserole with a thin blue border and ceramic cracked slightly enough to tell the wonderful story of dinners at an old pine table. An aluminium springform tin, with an opening mechanism I had never seen before; remind me to show you someday. The Phoenix glass sauce boat that I’ve been dreaming about.

    Surely that’s enough finds for a day?, I thought. I was wrong.

    Surely that’s enough finds for a day?,
    I thought. I was wrong.

    I ventured to the book section, the one by the far right corner of our local second-hand shop. There are mismatched chairs and thousands of vinyls under the table that stands at the centre of a labyrinth made of bookshelves that have certainly seen steadier days.

    And right there, I found these three books. Pages of illustrations and notes about the Swedish wildlife. Pages thatI fell in love with and will soon thumb through. Pages I thought you might like too!

    References

    Andersson S., & Svensson R. (1980). Det vilda Sverige. Bra Böcker.
    https://www.antikvariat.net/en/search/Det%2Bvilda%2BSverige?bookseller=all&letter=all&product_group=all&period=all&currency=USD

    Brusewitz, G. (1996). Dagbok från en sjö. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.
    https://www.antikvariat.net/en/search/Dagbok%2Bfr%25C3%25A5n%2Ben%2Bsj%25C3%25B6?bookseller=all&letter=all&product_group=all&period=all&currency=USD

    Pettersson, G. (1984). Europas Rovfåglar. Höganäs: Bra Böcker.
    https://www.antikvariat.net/en/search/europas%2Brovfaglar?bookseller=all&letter=all&product_group=all&period=all&currency=USD

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