Monday, 9 November 2015

With Cauliflower and Motets

I had a free day on Saturday and  plans !
Nothing huge , just a Book Sale and then a quick visit to the local Porcelain museum and their exhibition of Popular 20th Century ceramics  ( I thought it would be fun to see how much of it rang a bell ! ) .
 The sale was in the big church nearby that has an entrance exclusively for royalty ... and a  'trade'  entrance round the back for the rest of us , which had been been gussied up for the occasion .

Friend and I had been to a Brocante fair there a couple of weeks ago and , with difficulty , resisted carrying everything home so I was rather hoping to be tempted by loads of nice vintage books and mags .
 All money raised was destined for a South American charity , the volunteers were all charming , the church looking nicer each year as the restoration of the pre-Reformation wall paintings reveals more surprises from under the whitewash , and the coffee was good but ....
The stalls only had the usual endless copies of well-worn bird books , gardening books , 1970's cooking with margarine books , Jackie Collins and Jeffrey Archer in Frisian  , Teletubbies board books , twenty year-old dictionaries  and the odd antimacassar pattern  . Still , I did find something I liked on the CD stall so at least didn't leave empty handed  , though not having made a noticable difference in South America , sadly . It had started pouring and the winds were picking up so I just went home and left the ceramics for another day .

A big bowl of Madhur Jaffrey's Gingery Cauliflower soup , some raisin bread , my new CD

the last few chapters of Maggie O'Farrell's The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox ( highly recommended ) , some desultory knitting

the storm raging outside and the prospect of Doctor Who later ... made for a  very nice Saturday afternoon indeed .

P.S. Can't resist including this advertisement just I've seen  for a dog coat from Pets Place ... an Oasis-style parka to keep your dog extra cosy on walks this winter ... but surely most dogs already have fur collars of their own ?


materfamilias said...

Oh dear, most damning of all, "1970s cooking with margarine books." Yes, I've been to that sale!

colleen said...

Love the dog coat though suspect that if one was to warm de winter in here there would be much canine fainting from the heat.

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

Love the flowers waiting outside the door. How welcoming somehow!

Friko said...

It’s not all bleak. Even a gale blowing outside makes for greater appreciation of a dry indoors.
Books, music, knitting, and a nice cuppa of whatever you fancy, who can ask for more.

Liz Hinds said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. Yes, it's curious how often the same books are to be found in charity shops/book sales. I think on the whole 'people' and I have different tastes.

I shall whisper this: I used to read Mr Archer on the grounds that he told a good yarn. Today no amount of good-yarnness would persuade me to buy his books.