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From the library this morning …

November 30, 2016

Working, in the Cole Library on a little section of very early books about the anatomy of animals 16th and 17th  century just about … lots of lovely illustrations … mind blowing in detail …. these images are barely an inch square …

horses

In the Garden …

November 29, 2016

quinceI have a beautiful garden. For nearly 30 years I have lovingly tended it; planting anything that will cope with semi shade and those that will attract wildlife. It has been mostly successful, although I grumble at the pigeons, neighbour’s cats and a pesky squirrel.

I sit for many hours even after dark with a little brazier  enjoying the peace and quiet.

This weekend I bought some bare rooted hedging and a little quince tree.  The hedging will fill a few gaps and attract a few more birds and the quince is loved by bees I believe; but I just love the fruit and already looking forward to harvesting them next autumn.  I am now looking out for a crab apple to plant along side; it might be  a bit of a squeeze … but I will find space.  

Silent Sunday …

November 27, 2016

Silent Sunday

Thursday’s Alphabet … B is for Black Tea and pot

November 26, 2016

Just thought this was nice …

Living, Libraries and [Dead] Languages

2015-11-25 15.21.33I don’t have  favourite tea; all, even those I have yet to try are special and hold a happy opportunity.  Black tea, I take when I return home from work at 5.30pm or a little earlier at the weekend when the afternoon begins to fade at about 4pm; sometimes, with a cake or biscuit. The one I have at the moment is called Tippy Yunnan.  It is a very forgiving tea and allows me merely to use boiling water (others are a little more tender and prefer 80 degrees) and steep it 2 or 3 times.  While it is deliciously smooth; the first steep simply sparkles.  Thereafter, the flavour softens and becomes comforting as the night draws in.  Black tea is known for its anti inflammatory qualities, so lately after the leaves are completely steeped I add some camomile flowers, that also has healing characteristics along with aids to a…

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Silent Sunday …

November 13, 2016

November

A snapshot from the library …

November 10, 2016

Came across this little 2 volume work in the Cole Library; these wonderful engravings just cheered me … so timeless …

from ‘Prosperi Alpini Marosticensis, philosophi, medici, in celeberrimo Lyceo Patavino pharmaciae professoris ordinarii, hortique medici praefecti, Historiæ Ægypti naturalis : pars prima. Qua continentur Rerum Aegyptiarum libri quatuor’

Prosperi Alpini Marosticensis(Alpini, Prosper, 1553-1617), was a philosopher, physician, professor of the ordinary,  a regular visitor to the Lyceum at Padua physic gardens that represents the natural history of Egypt.

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Ends and new beginnings …

November 7, 2016

Away from blogland for a while. I return after a few weeks of ups and downs, celebrations and deliberations that have left me or not.  Who am I to dare to suggest that life should return to normal or whatever normal is.  So, after a little break from my full-time employment I have ‘enjoyed’ 5 days of facing the above mentioned phenomena; which has had mixed results.

One day I spent the day sightseeing in London and the evening at the Palladium with Grayson Perry.  The next day I returned to London for the Small Publishers’ Fair at Conway Hall.  Following that, I spent Saturday at a Private View of my joint art exhibition at a local art gallery.  Then, Sunday morning I spent helping to set up another exhibition; my work and others in the corridors of a nearby hospital. Today, I am meeting a colleague at the University to talk through the ways I which I can begin using my press,  although I have made some inroads, it is like going into the lion’s den so I need some tuition.  

It has been a full and exciting time and underlines the previous time of difficulties and achievement and catapults me into an ocean of unknown … this image not perfect ; represents the flaws and difficulties of life and the jewels and shape of fulfillment and future …   

Xmas?