Saturday, 15 November 2014
It's Fleamarket time again, and whilst I don't have any of these lovely beauties to sell tomorrow (I SO WANT that Arab bust in the front!) I do have several Beswick horse and dog pieces, and also two very nice cast iron statues of a mare and foal, and two Pointer dogs which I am hoping someone will fall in love with.
I have just been cleaning two old brass shell cases - well, getting them as best I can anyway - and cleaning and polishing some English leather driving reins. Everything is packed - though only thanks to my husband's VERY creative packing did we manage to stow in the two rocking horses, Cobweb and Tommy, AND umpteen other things. Let's hope it goes well tomorrow.
Whilst I was baking some Chocolate Blackberry Brownies to take tomorrow (by popular request!) I was listening to a wonderful programme on Radio 4 (Soul Music) about Shropshire broadcaster Sybil Ruscoe talking about the loss of her great uncle in WW1, and the programme also looked at her, and of 2 other people's responses to A E Houseman's poems set to music, primarily George Butterworth's setting "A Shropshire Lad". It was such beautiful music, and a very interesting and timely programme. I'd never heard of Butterworth before, but will seek him out now.
What I really wanted to do was to sit down quietly by the fire, and read Derek Tangye's book "The World of Minack" which I discovered in The Works yesterday (£4) and treated myself to. Well out of print, and just a diary with extracts from his books, but good illustrations and I have wanted to re-visit Minack in the last year. After Tea I shall . . .
I will be up at 5 a.m. tomorrow, so it will be an early night tonight and fingers crossed that it is a good day.