This is how I want to spend my time: Reading the third volume of Tales of a New Jerusalem.
I am pleased that Nella Last is sometimes quoted in Modernity Britain (as she was in the preceding two volumes). Because the published collections of her diaries ended in the early 50s, the passages chosen by Kynaston are new to me.
The weather remained freezing.
Allan made a foray into Long Beach for errands.
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Although I still had 400 pages left in my book and found it hard to leave it, Saturday was mostly devoted to holiday activities.
We attended two holiday bazaars to finish our Christmas shopping.
At the Sou’wester:
You can see some videos of Joe’s creations here.
At the Adrift Hotel:
I thought, I really should make more an effort with winter planters.
Who should we find at the Pink Poppy Bakery booth but our J9:
Some pottery and some soap rounded out our shopping list.
One comfort was that everywhere we went today and everyone I bought from was, I knew, on the same page…of horror…at what is going on in our country right now. Harmony Soapworks has a new sideline:
On the way home, Allan and I did some clipping back in the Long Beach welcome sign garden, where I was mildly annoyed at having to deal with broken glass.
I had time in the afternoon to read another 100 pages of my book. In the evening, we attended a party, albeit briefly. I had told our friend Jan that I was not able to muster holiday enthusiasm, and she had offered that we could just come sit and enjoy the sparkling tree. So that is exactly what I did, and beautiful it was.
Jan has a non-money raffle for the Christmas bags that you can see in the above photo. She takes donations for our local humane society and this year she raised $250!
I mostly sat and looked at the tree in the quiet, high ceilinged living room.In the late evening, at home, I had some fun with the tree in two different photo apps.
Sunday, 18 December 2016
I made my way through another 125 pages of Modernity Britain. I’m frequently distracted by reading snippets of news. I need to keep my iPhone by me when reading to Google photos of various buildings mentioned in the book. One running theme of the late 1950s in England is the tearing down of “slums” and building monstrous great tower blocks instead. (I may have a blog posts of some favourite excerpts from all three books later this winter.)
In the evening, we went with Melissa and Dave to see the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, at our local Neptune Theater. The film seemed to me (and others) like a parable for our times.From an earlier Star Wars movie:
Afterward, the four of us had a late dinner at the [pickled fish] restaurant at Adrift Hotel.
Over dinner, Melissa shared with us some photos she had taken a week ago, in snow, at THE Oysterville garden, so let’s close with those soothing images:
And, from us to you: