I spent much of this morning dusting and cleaning some of the older books on my bookshelves - I found some nice surprises and one rather nasty one.
From the pages of a beautiful old atlas fell some old papers.
One is a 1917 receipt for a baby carriage - an expensive one, for it cost the princely sum of £6-6s-0d...a lot of money in those days
The other, far more interesting, was a bill from a general carter to a Mr Adams, for work undertaken in April, May and July 1908, some in 1909 and then yet more work in August 1910.
The work undertaken was for hauling 'muck'. cutting hay, carting hay, ploughing, more work with hay, carting oats and straw, etc. It took two and a half years for the carter to finally get his money - all that work was done for the sum of £3 10s 0d. I hope he charged interest.
Yet again it shows you just how expensive that baby carriage was!
An old cookery book which I purchased recently had a clutch of four-leaf clovers held within the pages.
Another book yielded this very pretty card...
I have replaced it, let it be a lovely surprise for someone else further down the line.
I didn't take a photograph of the nasty surprise. It was a large spider which had settled on the back inside cover of a rather nice book...and had been squished at some point. Most annoyingly it has left a large black mark.