Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Scrubbing the Tiles"

"There was something rather satisfying, she found, in scrubbing the tiles of the kitchen floor. The clean, sweet-smelling wetness, which grew as she retreated backwards from it on her knees, delighted her, and although she doubted if anyone would ever notice the result of her labors, she was content with her small reward of a job well done."

--Miss Read, No Holly for Miss Quinn

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I do love Miss Read!
Sarah

melissa said...

thank you for this, it's been so long since I read Miss Read! Must look one out again.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how we here love Miss Read. She is wonderful gentle escapist reading!
Amy F.

Rose said...

Anna, in 1985 both Miss Read and I had a 30th anniversary -- for me it was my birthday and for her it was the 30th year of her first book being published. I wrote to her via her publisher Michael Joseph and we enjoyed a plesant exchange of letters. She was an absolute delight, a very charming lady.

Jeannie B. said...

I love Miss Read too! And do you know the books are available on CD at the library? I love to listen as I stitch.

Di said...

What a great quote! Thank you.

And I want to tell you what a welcome addition to my blog reader the return of your posts is! I missed them during your sabbatical.

Lisa said...

Do you know how many times I pass her books at work, and *intend* to read them one day? Hopefully, I'll really get around to it!

Lisateresa

Polly said...

I had never heard of Miss Read. But I appreciate the goodness of doing an unseen chore and knowing you've gone a fine job, so I think I may have to seek her out now. Thank you for the reminder!

Bending Birches said...

beautiful...I have just found your blog and I am so happy to have done so!! Inspiration and beauty abound here---just what a young mother needs for her everyday:) Life is beautiful, thanks for sharing:) love, rebecca

appledapple said...

Rose, what a wonderful way to celebrate your 30th birthday!

I love your quotes so very much!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

This is one of my favorite Miss Read books. :)

I had a friend who always scrubbed her kitchen floor by hand. She felt nothing else got it as clean and shiny.

I must admit, I love all things clean but I'm satisfied with my mop.

Katya said...

Delightful quote. I so agree!
So glad to see these new posts.

Sarah said...

Oh hooray, you're back! I've missed your blog these last few months. You're always an inspiration to make my home beautiful and inviting.

Rebecca said...

I love Miss Read! And No Holly for Miss Quinn is a beautifully written book.

Daisy said...

love Miss Read!

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