I hated school, but when I left I was finally at liberty to read and learn what I was actually interested in - which was quite a broad spectrum really. History, but NOT taught as it was in school, and totally different periods. Firstly through novels and then through interesting text books. Archaeology, folk tales and myths, Botany, wildlife and nature, crafts and when I started work, I began to collect Antiquarian Horse Books. I even began to study English Literature - which I loathed in class as I just wanted to enjoy reading a book then, and not dissect it to understand it further. Then I discovered Thomas Hardy and have been hooked ever since, and likewise the Brontes and have many novels and biographies about them and TH. (Tam told me off for having 33 biographies about him and said this was FAR more than was necessary!) Anyway, I have been listening to a lovely programme about him first broadcast on Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on a Thursday morning, back in January (on the computer link). I think I heard it then too, but no harm in listening again as I prepared tonight's (and tomorrow's) evening meal, and the cheat's chilli with Taco beans for Tam and I on Friday after we come in tired and late on Friday night after setting up at the Antiques Fair.
I try and learn something new every day and today it was about a designer called Adolf Loos, who died in 1933. He hated any embellishment and Art Nouveau was something he loathed with a passion, and he became an architect whose design influenced 20th C modern architecture. This came about by me going round the house looking for furniture we didn't use/need and when I was cleaning the little oak and leather fireside chair which lives in the hall and has a box of newspapers for recycyling usually sat on it, I found a Registered number on the back, and in researching it, came across MY chair on 1st Dibs (think of a number when it comes to the price put on stuff on there). Turns out it is a Secessionist style chair and was designed by Adolf Loos. Well . .. I shan't be pricing it at a 1st Dibs price, but it is definitely worth a good bit more than the £50 or so I had been going to ask! Etsy Ireland has one for £195 and so somewhere between my out-of-the-air price and that one will go with it. Here's a link anyway, in case you are interested: https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/armchairs/antique-fireside-chair-model-used-adolf-loos-vienna-1930s/id-f_15918372/
Now I am going to sit and relax as I haven't stopped all day. I probably won't be posting much until early next week because of being busy with the Fair.