Sorry, dear readers

Let me begin with an apology.

I'm sorry, but this is yet another post about The Waltons. Where to begin?

I'm a sucker for a fictional account of a factual event. Tell me a film or a TV programme is based on a true story and I want to know where the story takes over. Little House on the Prairie...Watergate...The Waltons.

So last night I pondered The Waltons. A TV channel is running two episodes every night and I'm sucked back into the life of John Boy. But what's the truth? I already knew that the grandparents were based on the maternal line, not as portrayed in the show. Were there more shocking revelations?

There's only one way to solve this puzzle. The Waltons is based on Spencer's Mountain - a film starring Henry Fonda.

So I clicked on Amazon, pondering the idea of buying a copy of the book that the film is based on.

The depression is well documented. No matter how hard this recession we will never experience those hardships - but Spencer's Mountain retails at about £50 - beyond my purse.

Depressed? Not a bit of it. I'll find a copy eventually and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll share it with you!