Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Summertime, and … the Bookfoxes go on holiday.

3926242485_586236e0af_oOne by one, Bookfoxes have been seen leaving the den, their red-spotted handkerchiefs packed with sunhats, SPF50, buckets and spades, and lots and lots of books to read, so we’re taking a summer break here on Vulpes Libris for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be back with news of what we’ve done on our holidays (by way of reading, that is) on Sunday 18th August.

However, we’ll be leaving you with something to remember us by while we’re away. On Wednesday this week (7th August) Bookfoxes Moira, Kate and Hilary, each of whom wants to be Harriet Vane when she grows up, talk about what makes Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers so much more than just an accomplished detective mystery; naturally enough, they all have a lot to say.

Apart from that, it’s goodbye for the next fortnight. We wish you all a very happy summer!

The photo of fox footprints in the sand comes from the Flickr photostream of Patsy Wooters, and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence. Clicking on the image will load the source page.

5 comments on “Summertime, and … the Bookfoxes go on holiday.

  1. Jackie
    August 6, 2013

    I think the fox was running on the sand, as the toes are dug in deeper than the rest & there’s all that piled sand on the side, as if it was caused by impact. I’ve been thinking a lot about these footprints, because we usually don’t think of woodland animals on beaches. The images & thoughts provoked by this pic has been a bit cosmic for me.

  2. Hilary
    August 7, 2013

    That’s very touching, Jackie. I suppose a fox on a beach is in the open and may be feeling vulnerable until s/he finds a shady place to melt away into. I have to say, I love these mysterious photos of foxes that aren’t there – I found a wonderful one of footprints in the snow for a winter post, so footprints in the sand is perfect for summer.

  3. Lisa
    August 7, 2013

    Just to say that I once camped out under the stars on a local beach (no tent, just a sleeping bag) and woke up in the night to find a curious little fox sniffing my nose! There were several more at my feet and around the other campers. Probably five or six in total. I watched them for a while as they scavenged along the shore line – an amazing experience that I will always treasure. So, yes, beach foxes are definitely A Thing!

  4. Jackie
    August 7, 2013

    Oh Lisa, I’m so envious of that experience. I’m glad you had the sense not to start screaming, like some ninnies would’ve done.
    Looking forward to the snow print pic, Hilary!

  5. Lisa
    August 8, 2013

    No, I didn’t scream, as I didn’t want to startle them. I just kept very still until they moved away and then I sat up and watched them as they nosed through the washed-up rubbish. I think they were curious about a bunch of strange humans sleeping on their beach, and were probably checking to see if we had any food lying about. But I’ll never forget waking up to see a little foxy nose a few inches from mine. Hilary, I’m also looking forward to that snow print.

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