Through the microscope

Evenings at the Microscope by P.H. Gosse

I’ve been a little bit naughty. I’ve wanted a copy of this for a long time. It was written in 1874, it’s not a very rare book – I have seen it for sale on eBay and on AbeBooks and other sites popular with book worms on numerous occasions. I could have waited a bit longer but I didn’t. I’ve always thought it must be a very interesting book to have at hand and I reckon it will give me plenty of ideas and help keep me focussed.

The microscope nerds on the microscope nerd forum have been talking about having a monthly theme which I think is a marvellous idea. I have a feeling that this monthly theme thingy will start well but fizzle out because nerds are …well, they’re nerds. They can get very passionate and obsessive about something and nothing will stop them pursuing that interest.
If the theme is not what they are interested in at that time then the theme can go hang. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with this at all. It’s what makes nerdy people so interesting.


I also follow my own interests, but I think that a theme, or a handy book from 1874, will help me focus when I’m unsure what I want to do. Usually this happens because I am overwhelmed with ideas and not because I lack them so in actual fact it could just make it all a great deal worse!

There’s another possibility of course. There’s a possibility, a slight chance, that I am trying to justify my purchase of an attractive old book. Maybe I am not being entirely honest with myself? Here goes some honesty:

I wanted the fine, attractive, old book so I bought it!

That wasn’t so hard to admit was it, Penelope?

Comments on: "Evenings at the Microscope by P.H. Gosse" (3)

  1. This is beautiful. It wouldn’t be out of place on Sherlock Holmes’ bookshelf.


    • That’s a lovely thought. I have watched two different TV adaptations of Sherlock Holmes recently. Both are excellent. I have only ever read one Sherlock Holmes book though. As an 11 year old child I read The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and was completely captivated by it. I went back to my local library and asked what else they had by him. There were only Sherlock Holmes books. I read one Sherlock Holmes book and was terribly disappointed by the lack of dinosaurs! I should really give Conan-Doyle another try.


  2. I can empathise with the “overwhelmed by ideas” 🙂 I find myself starting out on track and then getting totally distracted with other ideas. A friend has just sent me some dead insects through the post (as you do!) and I made a start with them, only to get side tracked when I noticed that my butterwort had trapped lots of little gnats which took me down the looking at butterwort leaf path.


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