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 ?