Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Reteach a thing its loveliness by Galway Kinnell
stands for all things,
even those things which don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing
as Saint Francis
put his hand on the the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow
began remembering all down her thick length,
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine
down through the great broken heart
to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking
and blowing beneath them;
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.
PS Anyone tell me how to change the spacing to single - I didn't intend this to be in double spacing.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
This plate belonged to my aunt - pretty design isn't it?
Nothing special I don't think and chipped but I love it.
Probably from my Great-aunt's home but I'm not sure - I got it from my Mum. It is so delicately shaded with blue on the interior and I just love that understated effect of the exterior being just white but with a raised design.
Another pretty delicate cup and saucer probably from the same great-aunt.
And the same with these little dears. Not sure why some are one size and the others seem to be much smaller although in the same design almost like a doll's tea set.
This one is Havilland made in Limoges although I bought it here in Somerset in an antique shop. It reminds me of our time in France when we lived not far from Limoges and this maker is one of the really good ones - you'd need a mortgage to buy a dinner service from them these days.
My best friend in France had a pretty antique cup and saucer (Limoges porcelain naturally) on a little console table in her hallway so I now have this on my little hall table too and am reminded of her when I see it there.
Yesterday for lunch I tried out a recipe from the BBC Good Food website which I had been meaning to try for ages - Roasted Summer Vegetables with Chick peas. It was so easy to make - simply cut up an aubergine, a courgette, a red pepper and an onion and put them into a roasting tin. Add a peeled cubed potato and some garlic. Toss in some corriander seeds as well as seasoning to taste and roast in a hot oven for 45 minutes turning once or twice during cooking. (This is the amount I used for 2 of us ie half what the recipe stated)
Remove from the oven and add a tin of tomatoes and some tinned chickpeas drained and sit the tin on a burner to bring it all to a simmer - stir gently. When it is all piping hot add chopped fresh corriander and it's ready to serve - how easy is that?
Serve with some crusty bread fresh from the local bakery.
For dessert some of the lovely berries served with some amaretti biscuits and ice cream - mmmm!
I noticed that we even had amatching design on the table mats - but of course!!
Don't you just love my little vintage plate? My mother-in-law gave me several of these together with a couple of cups and saucers many years ago and I find the plates really useful. The cups are not really good enough to drink out of now but I have some flowers in one of them and they look good too. I just love really old china and I have quite a few pieces - I feel an idea for another post coming on!! Watch this space.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Pity about the car! Isn't that shop next door amazing - I do hope whoever takes it over will keep that fantastic tiled facade don't you?!
After we had had our coffee and a good natter we wandered down to the Cathedral - one of the loveliest in the UK I think - and joined a guided tour which was really interesting even though we didn't have time to stay till the end as we had booked a tour of Arundel's and we still had to have lunch!
When you realise that this building was made before modern devices like scaffolding and cranes it is all the more amazing. All that carving done by hand.
These are the cloisters - again a very tranquil place and I think of how many people must have wandered here and whether they like us had problems and joys - for me an ancient place like this makes me realise that in the greater scheme of things any problems I may have are as nothing really and these stones have seen it all before!
We had our lunch in the refectory at the Cathedral with this stunning view of that amazing spire through the glass roof. The spire it seems was added much later and since the building was never designed to support such a weight the pillars inside began to buckle! It has been shored up with flying butresses (whatever they are!) and so on inside but the spire is not exactly vertical now and is in fact 29 inches out of true - our own Leaning Tower of Salisbury!
Isn't this a tranquil garden? The lawns sweep down to the river and the water meadows beyond and on a sunny day it is so beautiful - I know because we were there at the beginning of summer on a sunny afternoon but sadly didn't have the camera with me that day.
and in another little shady spot this stone seat - can't you just imagine sitting here with your crochet or a good book for a while?
When you turn back towards the house this is the view - imagine having that fantastic cathedral view from your garden!