The Idle Woman’s 2nd Birthday

2nd Birthday Cake

Today is this blog’s second birthday and so I just wanted to take a few lines to say thank you to all the lovely people who read The Idle Woman, leave comments and send me emails. You have no idea how much it brightens up my day to hear from you, so please keep it up!

This last year of blogging has been great fun. I’ve finally started to dip my toe into joint readings, which have turned out to be an unexpected pleasure: Isi and Heloise have both been brilliant companions on that front, helping me to draw so much more out of a book than I’d have managed on my own. I’m really looking forward to doing some more joint readings in the coming year and in fact I have a couple in mind already… I’ve also been able to meet some online friends in real life, whether that was at the immensely enjoyable Dorothy Dunnett Day in November, or more recently at an art-focused picnic in sunny St James’s. Thank you to all concerned for turning out to be just as enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable in reality as you are online.

Fingers crossed that the blogging year to come will be just as rich and exciting as this last one has been – I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

With love,


11 thoughts on “The Idle Woman’s 2nd Birthday

  1. The Idle Woman says:

    Thank you so much Charlie – yes, my random historical geekery is at your service. 🙂 In fact, yesterday evening I spotted posters for a Jacobean masque exhibition at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, which I am *definitely* going to have to get to. As I said before, let me know if you make it to the Tudor exhibition. I've already seen it twice but would love to go round it with you.

  2. Charlie says:

    Congratulations! I'm glad to have 'met' you and in addition to what wayspooled has said, which I completely agree with, you've introduced me to many events that I wouldn't have heard about otherwise. Having your opinion on them is very useful. (Still yet to go to the Tudor costume exhibit but it's going to happen.)

  3. Isi says:

    Happy birthday to your blog 🙂
    You know I love your blog, your wonderfully written reviews and the recommendations you share with us, that are quite uncommon, so I discover new books and authors that I NEED to read!
    I also enjoy a lot with the joint readings and the comments about the books, which start talking about a book, but nobody knows how they will end 😉
    Hope you keep on writing for a lot of years more!

  4. The Idle Woman says:

    Quite right about the comments starting off in one direction and ending up in a completely different direction. They usually end up being about Viggo Mortensen in some form or another, don't they, Isi? 😉 But that's what I love about doing this – it's the virtual equivalent of having a chat with your friends, with all the unpredictability that implies. Here's to many more conversations about whistling swordsmen, the Spanish inquisition and the fact that the English are irredeemable heretics. 🙂

  5. Heloise says:

    Congratulations on two years of what to me is one of the most enjoyable blogs around, consistently joining an in-depth, always enlightening look at it subject with a very personal, often enthusiastic but always charming voice. 🙂 – I hope you'll enjoy writing it for many more years – I know I'll enjoy reading it for as long as you do.

  6. Helen says:

    Congratulations on The Idle Woman's second birthday, Leander! I love your blog and am so glad I found you via Dorothy Dunnett. 🙂 I always enjoy reading your posts, even if I don't always have time to comment as often as I would like to.

  7. The Idle Woman says:

    Thank you Helen! – And it was such a treat for me to find She Reads Novels as well, even though quite often I don't have anything sufficiently insightful or intelligent to add as a comment! Following your blog, like Charlie's, has been fantastic proof that there's some really exciting British book blogging going on, and I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. 😀

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