Before I go further with today’s post, I’d like to mention blogs and as I don’t have a sidebar on my blog with others’ blogs, I really don’t know how I might do this (I will ask my computer man) so in the meantime, if you have a blog perhaps you could add the blog address to any comment and then readers of this blog will be able to access it.
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And so to today’s post. As my title says, it’s a medley of unrelated topics. I will start with the photo above. We were in the village of St Marychurch earlier in the week. That is where I lived as a child from the age of six to 17, my “formative” years, starting as a mere child and ending up with my boyfriend who became my husband. My parents had the village newsagent’s shop and there were several little alley ways connecting cottages close by. We walked through one of these alley ways from a car park to the shopping precinct and I noticed this little flower bed between a garden shed and an old wall. It wasn’t particularly tidy, but I thought it was rather pretty, and so took a photograph. It demonstrates that even in the most unlikely of places there is beauty.
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Next, the book Historium, another in the Welcome to the Museum series which I posted about a short while ago. I have to say that this isn’t quite the book I expected but the cover should have been indicative enough for me to assess its contents. It’s not about the Tudors, the Elizabethans, or even Medieval times. This book is about ancient history.
“Human beings are astonishingly creative. For over a million years they have been making and innovating – not merely functional tools but elaborate objects and intricate artwork.”
This book shows some wonderful illustrations of items from ancient civilisations, from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Oceania. The Curators (i.e. writer and illustrator) are Richard Wilkinson (illustrator), who is self-taught and has worked with The New Scientist, Intelligent Life, and TIME, and Jo Nelson (writer) has studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University and has been researching and writing non-fiction books for 15 years. This is about the only book in my rather large collection of books which deals specifically with the ancient world. and I am very pleased that I bought it.
Photo Credit: Historium, illustrator, Richard Wilkinson (Big Picture Press)
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A couple of months ago my local branch of a certain supermarket had Cleanolgy products on promotion. They had a large display stand showing all kinds of items in the range, and very nice it all looked. So nice that I bought one of the bottles of spray household cleaner, seduced by the sound of Wild Mint and Green Tea. It said that this product was non-toxic and made from natural oils. And what is more, I was very pleased with it, it did the job.
However, when I returned to this supermarket I could not find any Cleanology products. I made enquiries only to be informed that they weren’t going to stock them, they had only been on promotion. Perhaps they were a trial to see how many customers bought these products? Maybe they didn’t sell all that well? But to have them there and then not stock them seemed rather odd to say the least. But supermarkets’ ways are a law unto themselves.
And then I thought, perhaps these products are available online? And yes, they are, although I had to spend money on postage; I have been able to locate these excellent cleaning products which do not harm ourselves or the planet.
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Next, still with cleaning but of the human kind, I treated ourselves to this lovely box of Neste Danti Romantica soaps. I’ve bought them before and know just how lovely they are. These are a treat in store.
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Next, after writing the post on Children’s Illustrated Books I rather fancied a copy of Nicola Bayley’s The Patchwork Cat and found a very inexpensive one online, not the original edition one but a nice copy.
Photo Credit: The Patchwork Cat, illustrations by Nicola Bayley (Jonathan Cape and, this edition, Random House)
This is a lovely addition to my illustrated books collection.
Next, a lovely box of postcards, Botanicum, which are complementary postcards to the book of this name, a box of 50 postcards featuring Katie Scott’s illustrations.
Photo credit: Botanicum postcards, Ilustrated by Katie Scott (Big Picture Press, Templar Publishing)
Every postcard is different and each one is a miniature work of art. They would look lovely framed. I am thinking of putting some of them on the board I keep for displaying postcards in the summerhouse (applying them to the board with Blue Tack so that I may remove them at the end of the summer.)
And finally to this morning, when we paid our local garden centre a visit. We were on the hunt for a birthday present for my husband’s brother, and decided upon some blueberry bushes as he loves gardening and best of all, he enjoys growing things to eat. We had a quick look around but it was very cold, even though we were well wrapped up, wearing our winter coats; the weather is now different from last week when we were enjoying strolls in the Zoo and in Living Coasts wearing T-shirts. And so we quickly made our purchase and then enjoyed coffee and scones (cheese scone for me) in the café. What a pleasant way to spend a Tuesday morning.
As I said, a medley of unrelated topics!
Until next time.