Monday, 22 August 2016

self indulgence; part three, addendum


video of The Corpus Clock & Chronophage



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verb  in·dulge \in-ˈdəlj\
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Simple Definition of indulge

  • : to allow (yourself) to have or do something as a special pleasure
  • : to allow (someone) to have or do something even though it may not be proper, healthy, appropriate, etc.
  • : to patiently allow (someone) to do or say something
Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
 I had promised one or two of you I would display all I had bought during this trip, embarrassing as it may be considering just how much it is! So here goes, apart from the very interesting assortment of paper bags and whatnot, there are many items of interest; I have attempted to sort the wares according to various themes, thereby circumventing, one hopes, confusion in the face of so many variables.

I simply could not resist this particular book, although I have no idea if I will actually read it as there are so many more books I will want to finish as well (see below)


In Scarthin Books* in Cromford we bought this book and magnificent ordnance survey map, the latter practically saved our lives out on the peak tops!

There are many things to love about the Brits, one thing being their lack of placing path signs where you would expect them, or if you do happen to stumble upon a wooden pointer in the middle of nowhere - desperate for a cup of tea, realising the village you expected to have reached by now is probably a long way off - it has decayed to such an extent the words have become completely illegible. Hence the saying 'if you know where you are, the broken down sign will only confirm this; if you don't you are lost' which is a phrase the husband and I reiterated at least five times every hour during our five-hour hikes; we got lost as often as we could, that was of course part of the fun, if not the plan. Thank goodness we had the OS map to eventually lead us out of the wilderness to civilisation and a soothing cup of tea.


The guide was no help whatsoever; the author might just as well have given us this advice: 'after debarkation from the ferry, please remember to drive on the lefthand side of all roads; enter the first book shop you happen to find in the region you are likely to go hiking; please buy this book (or any of the others I have written) ignore everything I have written as this will only confuse you, thank you for buying my book'

Truly, I love this.

sorry a little rant:
One of my pet grudges against Dutch society in general is how infantile we have let ourselves become in regards to signage; the Dutch are completely bonkers when it comes to signposts, we have for reasons unbeknownst to me as a nation a complete and utter fear of getting lost; I bet you if we were to get rid of 75% of all the signs in the Netherlands we wouldn't miss them, seriously. Think about that.
We had been away for just over a week, I kid you not, and there on the signposts in the woods round the corner there was an added disc marking out yet another footpath on every signpost (of which there are way too many to begin with) throughout the entire wood! the so-called Klompenpad i.e. clogs path, though how on earth someone would want to tread miles on clogs is beyond me....but we have signs galore marking the way


* by far the most exciting book shop I have visited ever! more on this later as I dedicate a post to all the book shops we visited


12:15hrs sorry, posting cut short as I have to get to the office in time; my first afternoon since we got back....continued next day Tuesday 23 Aug:




13 in total





edibles and beverages

mugs! read the book in 1993 according to my 'books-I-have-read-notebook'
it is now the second of it's kind in our possession (the start of a collection?) the first one's Virginia Woolf's A room of one's own, which we also bought in the UK a couple of years ago at Charleston, summer of 2012; I found the dog in the shop named
Blue Dog in Clare, the rustic one was bought in Scarthin Books.
apart from a couple of books in Harris and Harris Bookshop in Clare I also bought these very cute milk jugs/vases; the friendly shop owner explained they were made by her mother who is no longer with us and she would have been delighted that they continue to sell, as she very much favoured the idea all that she made was actually used; I'm holding on to the two top ones and the other two are gifts for two dear friends, so I'm not keeping everything! The butter tub comes from Hudgie's Hardware store a few doors away from the book shop; it's a delightful shop with a wide assortment of both table/kitchen-ware and garden utensils, as well as lots of other stuff you would expect to find in a traditional hardware store.

one of the books I bought in this particular book shop is The Art of Mindful Baking, not that I'm baking a lot these days although I have done so in the past, but because I find it hard to resist such a visually pleasing and stimulating book; the fact that the press is named The Leaping Hare Press of course only adds to it's appeal



two magnets of interesting spots we visited but I didn't happen to take pictures of: the Corpus Clock & Chronophage in Cambridge, see video above for more info
The bottom magnet is of the Winter Garden with Himalayan silver birches at Anglesey Abbey, a mesmerizing experience thanks to the eerie light reflecting off the white tree trunks

almost forgot this dish cloth by Sam Wilson, who also designed the postcards and the bird-shaped birdfeeder; what I meant to say was I had forgotten about the bird feeder too, it's not a Sam Wilson design


Monday, 8 August 2016

part two: first day in the uk


first stop Grayson Perry's A house for Essex in Wrabness Essex, I visited his exhibition in January of this year 








it was still very early as we had left the ferry at 7:30!! and so we traipsed around Manningtree in search of a café open for breakfast, nothing like the sea air to whet one's appetite













I should be able to manage a couple of plants in pots!





after breakfast (which consisted of scrambled eggs and excellent coffee for me and a full english variety for himself) we trotted off to the Beth Chatto gardens in Elmstead Market near Colchester; I love visiting other people's gardens, not just to get inspired (f.e. lots if different succulents in lots of different pots) I can relax a lot more than in my own garden as I don't have to be worried about all the work involved. Plus there's a fine reward at the end of it all: tea and something sweet, in my case a gluten free scone followed by a visit to the shop where we tend to spend more than we should. I'm considering dedicating an entire post to all the stuff that we have bought on this trip, although it might prove too embarrassing, in which case I won't.

We arrived at our first B&B in Streetly in time for yet another walk before dinner, this time along a Roman road, the most one can say about it is that the Romans sure knew how to draw a straight line, the views fortunately were very fine indeed. I forgot to take photo's so you'll just have to take my word for it.

to be continued



  


Friday, 29 July 2016

summer holidays and how to enjoy them, part one

 the best thing, or one of the best things about a holiday, is not having to get up when the alarm sounds, of being able to linger in bed slightly longer than the body requires......after a prolonged breakfast where one has had time to read the entire newspaper from front to back, including the more obscure article on the recent discovery lichen consists not of two but three living entities, one succumbs to the dog's impatient whimpering and at last wanders out into the woods for a very late morning walk
 In the afternoon there's time to drive eldest son to Leiden to collect his last stuff there, it is in fact a farewell for him as he will be studying and therefore living in Wageningen for the forseeable future. Whilst he was packing, which he preferred to do by himself, I visited the botanical garden the Hortus Botanicus which was most enjoyable. I intend to visit a lot more gardens the coming week, not by myself however as my husband and I will be in the UK for a week; just the two of us, 'how romantic' our eldest exclaimed! We're looking forward to a trip by ourselves, been a long time since we did such a thing and the boys, both home together for a brief period, will have free reign of the house.


















 another very nice thing is drinking an excellent cappuccino in the pleasant company of one's son