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Date: Oct 27 12:01 AM, 2020
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Smollett wrote:

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick response- computer keeps blue screening. V inconvenient as the need for Skype & Zoom etc is high for me in my work.

Here in Australia we are emerging from strict lockdown due to a (hopefully) containment of Covid in quarantine hotels with very few recent community transmissions.
Not the case elsewhere in the world , sadly.

I do hope you all stay safe & well.


 Hi Smollett

It's good to hear from you. You are in a better place than we are in the UK. Unfortunately, in England we have completely stupid and crazy politicians in charge and they are creating more problems than they are solving. 

I am hoping that soon we can get some discussions going here. Watch this space. smile



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Date: Oct 26 9:30 PM, 2020
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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick response- computer keeps blue screening. V inconvenient as the need for Skype & Zoom etc is high for me in my work.

Here in Australia we are emerging from strict lockdown due to a (hopefully) containment of Covid in quarantine hotels with very few recent community transmissions.
Not the case elsewhere in the world , sadly.

I do hope you all stay safe & well.



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Date: Oct 24 11:43 PM, 2020
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Hollyhock wrote:

Hello Stella and all,

Good to hear from you. I'm in the US and, as the world knows, the US is sadly a global leader in Covid-19 cases. So, I'm sheltering in place as much as possible.

While sheltering, I'm enjoying reading a wide range of books. My choices are somewhat eclectic, ranging from climate change to cozy mysteries. Stella, I agree with you. Of the Poldark saga, The Four Swans is my least favorite; there's that apology that Demelza never makes that spoils it for me (and taints the relationship in the following books).

In the meantime, while waiting for Aidan's "Leonardo" series to air, I've sampled a couple of his earlier series: "Desperate Romantics" and "Being Human." His performances are exceptional in both (including "Human" and I am not a fan of vampire shows).

The high point in all of this craziness is nature. I'm sooo enjoying it. It's amazing how many birds and butterflies are re-claiming their habitats; even fireflies were sparkling everywhere this summer. It's autumn here in the Midwest and a walk in the woods is amazingly therapeutic. The colors of the changing leaves on trees and shrubbery seem especially vibrant this year, with hues ranging from gold to ruby.

Interesting that Dickens' quote of over 150 years ago is so apropos today: "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

I hope the world emerges from this pandemic wiser and more humane. Stay safe all.

 


 Hi Hollyhock - it's good to hear from you. I am reading other books too but they are non-fiction and am just moving on to The Angry Tide which I recall from previous readings, is one of the better Poldark books. I have some other books by Winston Graham on my pile waiting to be read but most people seem to prefer to post only about the Poldark books.

I watched 'Desperate Romantics' and thought it was very good but 'Being Human' was not for me. I think it will be a while yet until 'Leonardo' airs.

I too am experiencing amazing Autumn colours and I think there are more to come. 

I hope that people in this group will soon return to posting on the various forums as the quality of discussion is good and it is always interesting to hear different perspectives... I miss the discussions.

 



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Date: Oct 24 6:58 PM, 2020
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Hello Stella and all,

Good to hear from you. I'm in the US and, as the world knows, the US is sadly a global leader in Covid-19 cases. So, I'm sheltering in place as much as possible.

While sheltering, I'm enjoying reading a wide range of books. My choices are somewhat eclectic, ranging from climate change to cozy mysteries. Stella, I agree with you. Of the Poldark saga, The Four Swans is my least favorite; there's that apology that Demelza never makes that spoils it for me (and taints the relationship in the following books).

In the meantime, while waiting for Aidan's "Leonardo" series to air, I've sampled a couple of his earlier series: "Desperate Romantics" and "Being Human." His performances are exceptional in both (including "Human" and I am not a fan of vampire shows).

The high point in all of this craziness is nature. I'm sooo enjoying it. It's amazing how many birds and butterflies are re-claiming their habitats; even fireflies were sparkling everywhere this summer. It's autumn here in the Midwest and a walk in the woods is amazingly therapeutic. The colors of the changing leaves on trees and shrubbery seem especially vibrant this year, with hues ranging from gold to ruby.

Interesting that Dickens' quote of over 150 years ago is so apropos today: "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

I hope the world emerges from this pandemic wiser and more humane. Stay safe all.

 



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Date: Oct 23 11:26 PM, 2020
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Little Henry wrote:

Nice to hear from you.  I live in Vancouver, Canada, and we are fairly well off here compared to some other provinces but every day there are more new cases of Covid and it just never seems to stop.  It was getting worse for awhile but now I believe it's going down a bit.  My daughter is in quarantine right now as she just got back from England.  Her boyfriend has family there and they really wanted to visit them.  They went straight to Jersey as for some reason they didn't have to be in quarantine there and they had a lovely two weeks there.  In London they did get to see family but then England got more restrictive and they couldn't visit any more so they came home early about a week ago.  My daughter said the plane was about one third full.  I had a river cruise planned in September from St. Petersburg to Moscow and then 5 days in London so very disappointed to have to cancel.  We've already re-booked for next year but I wonder if it will be possible. 

I'm in the middle of reading "Bella Poldark" now and it will be the end of reading all 12 books again.  This is the first time reading them with all 4 of the Ward Lock editions I now have.  I started a long time ago but I do read other books besides.  Quite a while ago I bought and read WG's "My Turn Next".

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother Tabitha - glad you can be with him/her so much.

Take care everyone and I'm always game to play the Poldark game anytime others can join in.

 

 


 It's lovely to hear from you Little Henry. I am sorry to hear that you have had to cancel your holiday but it is good to hear that people are managing to travel in spite of the virus. We have such a chaotic government here that I think the virus will be with us for quite a while yet. On a positive note I think Cornwall is a lot safer than almost anywhere else in the UK. 

Like you, I have the Ward Lock editions of the first four books which add a great deal to the story and our knowledge of the characters I think. 

I, too would like to play the Poldark game so I am hoping we can get others involved to make it possible. So let's keep in touch. I am hoping that we can resume our discussions of the books soon. 

 



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Date: Oct 23 11:13 PM, 2020
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TabithaB wrote:

Yes, it has been awhile.  I live in the US, in Southern California.  The lockdown has been more restrictive than elsewhere but we have 43 million people in this state with several crowded cities.  We have done much better in keeping number of deaths down than elsewhere.

I became a grandmother in January so I have spent most of my lockdown time caring for the baby when my daughter returned to work (working from home but still requires full-time help). I have also added Britbox and Acorn to my TV subscriptions.  I was surprised to find the old Poldark TV program from the 1970's.  I thought the acting was good but the costumes were very much lacking.  Storylines drifted a bit from the books as well.

Most frustrating part of this virus is the inability to travel.  My husband and I like to leave our country at least once a year for some foreign place.  I had just selected a transatlantic cruise to take last April but had to cancel.  It included a port stop in Falmouth and I was eager to try to visit Truro from there.  Someday I'd like to arrange to read the short story of Christmas at Nampara 1820.

I have read Four Swans twice.  My take at first read was that it was very depressing and it was one of my least favorite of the 12 (right behind Bella).  But after some thought, it seems that in this novel, Winston Graham is describing four major problems that negatively impact a marriage.......adultery (Ross/Demelza), spousal health problems (Dwight/Caroline), domestic violence (Morwenna/Ossie) and suspicion jealousy (George/Elizabeth).  In the following novel, Angry Tide, all of these issues get resolved one way or another.  So taken together, these two novels are sweeping and powerful.  

Hope everyone is staying safe.  I'm looking forward to when this is over.


 It's very good to hear from you TabithaB especially as we don't get to hear about people personally in these groups. I live on the edge of London and have been involved in a number of things during lock-down. I try to have a walk most days and to go to a local park to feed all the swans, ducks, geese and other birds. The best thing about this situation is that it has given me more time to read. 

This is my third reading of The Four Swans and I have, on each read through, found it depressing although, as you say, it is part of the story of several very different marriages with the main one being Ross and Demelza. Demelza's behaviour with Hugh has never really felt real to me although infidelity happens in many marriages. 

My favourite book is the first one followed by 'Warleggan'.

If you do get to go to Truro and The Royal Cornwall Museum Library you will need to contact the archivist there to book a time to go. She will have the 'Christmas at Nampara 1820' short story ready for you. The email address is enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk  but you need to be aware that, although the library is in the same building, it is separated from the museum. 

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! smile



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Date: Oct 23 10:57 PM, 2020
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Nice to hear from you.  I live in Vancouver, Canada, and we are fairly well off here compared to some other provinces but every day there are more new cases of Covid and it just never seems to stop.  It was getting worse for awhile but now I believe it's going down a bit.  My daughter is in quarantine right now as she just got back from England.  Her boyfriend has family there and they really wanted to visit them.  They went straight to Jersey as for some reason they didn't have to be in quarantine there and they had a lovely two weeks there.  In London they did get to see family but then England got more restrictive and they couldn't visit any more so they came home early about a week ago.  My daughter said the plane was about one third full.  I had a river cruise planned in September from St. Petersburg to Moscow and then 5 days in London so very disappointed to have to cancel.  We've already re-booked for next year but I wonder if it will be possible. 

I'm in the middle of reading "Bella Poldark" now and it will be the end of reading all 12 books again.  This is the first time reading them with all 4 of the Ward Lock editions I now have.  I started a long time ago but I do read other books besides.  Quite a while ago I bought and read WG's "My Turn Next".

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother Tabitha - glad you can be with him/her so much.

Take care everyone and I'm always game to play the Poldark game anytime others can join in.

 

 



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Date: Oct 23 8:45 PM, 2020
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Yes, it has been awhile.  I live in the US, in Southern California.  The lockdown has been more restrictive than elsewhere but we have 43 million people in this state with several crowded cities.  We have done much better in keeping number of deaths down than elsewhere.

I became a grandmother in January so I have spent most of my lockdown time caring for the baby when my daughter returned to work (working from home but still requires full-time help). I have also added Britbox and Acorn to my TV subscriptions.  I was surprised to find the old Poldark TV program from the 1970's.  I thought the acting was good but the costumes were very much lacking.  Storylines drifted a bit from the books as well.

Most frustrating part of this virus is the inability to travel.  My husband and I like to leave our country at least once a year for some foreign place.  I had just selected a transatlantic cruise to take last April but had to cancel.  It included a port stop in Falmouth and I was eager to try to visit Truro from there.  Someday I'd like to arrange to read the short story of Christmas at Nampara 1820.

I have read Four Swans twice.  My take at first read was that it was very depressing and it was one of my least favorite of the 12 (right behind Bella).  But after some thought, it seems that in this novel, Winston Graham is describing four major problems that negatively impact a marriage.......adultery (Ross/Demelza), spousal health problems (Dwight/Caroline), domestic violence (Morwenna/Ossie) and suspicion jealousy (George/Elizabeth).  In the following novel, Angry Tide, all of these issues get resolved one way or another.  So taken together, these two novels are sweeping and powerful.  

Hope everyone is staying safe.  I'm looking forward to when this is over.



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Date: Oct 22 4:57 PM, 2020
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It has been ages since anyone, apart from Ross, posted to the forums. I am curious to know what has happened to people. Are you still reading the Poldark Books or any of Winston Graham's other books? How are people coping with the lock downs? What has life been like in the US?

I have been very busy even with restrictions. I am currently almost at the end of 'The Four Swans' - not a favourite with me as I would have preferred the Saga to not have included Hugh Armitage. 

 



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