We had some errands to attend to this morning. First, a visit to the DIY store, B&Q, for bits and pieces for husband. We weren’t long in there and then we drove to Totnes to return two dresses I bought, rather rashly, a couple of weeks ago. Nothing wrong with them, they just didn’t suit me. I made the mistake of thinking that a shift-style dress which covered lumps and bumps would look better than a clingy one which showed the extra curves, those we weren’t born with but which we have acquired over the years. But no, a shapeless dress simply makes me look like an oblong on legs. Furthermore, one of the dresses had a small percentage of wool in it, and wool makes me itch. I thought I could get away with just a small part being wool, but no. The moment I tried it on again at home I realized that, too, was a mistake. So both have been returned.
We then decided to have a snack lunch in our favourite sea front hotel and as it was a nice day, then have a stroll along the beach.
The sun was pouring into the conservatory area, it was lovely in there. We only had a round of beef club sandwiches which come with a few chips and salad, just sufficient for a light lunch. And as I’m regaining my appetite after being unwell, we had a round each today, rather than our usual shared round.
As I mentioned recently, the Christmas decorations are already in place and it all looks very nice, but with seven weeks still to go until Christmas I’m sure the staff at least will be fed up with looking at them by the time Christmas comes.
There is one very tall tree in the foyer and smaller trees elsewhere on the ground floor, with garlands around the fireplaces and the archway between the lounge and the bar.
A view of the hotel from the Green between the hotel and the beach
The beach with just a few people today, walking their dogs
During the week, another magazine arrived, and now I have all four of the Christmas issues of my favourite style magazines. I really don’t know which one I’d choose if I wasn’t familiar with these titles and I were standing in front of a newsagent’s magazine stand … I wonder which you think is the most enticing as a Christmas read?
While we were in Totnes this morning I decided to treat us to two small boxes of chocolate. I adore rose and violet creams. Well, any chocolate creams really, and Beech’s have several flavours including ginger and lemon, but in the end I chose coffee and violet.
When we returned home, having had a walk and a light lunch, we decided to watch some more episodes of The Collection, a 2-DVD set that I received during the week. This drama series was shown on one of the pay-for channels, perhaps Sky, I really don’t recall, and so when it appeared on DVD I decided to buy it as we had been unable to see it. We have seen the first four episodes and have been very much enjoying it. It’s set in a couture house in Paris in 1947 but it’s an intriguing drama, about loyalties during the German occupation during WW2, and the two brothers who run this couture house and their indomitable mother (played by Frances de la Tour.) Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) also has a role in this drama series.
This 2-DVD set arrived by the same post as Homes & Antiques magazine and, once again I couldn’t help but notice how the colours chosen for both these covers were very much the same.
And so we enjoyed a couple of hours watching this lovely drama, with a cup of coffee and a couple of chocolates. My goodness, we know how to live!
I don’t know if any of you watch the Channel 4 programme Gogglebox? I’m not keen on ‘reality’ TV shows but this one is a little different insofar as it simply shows various couples and families watching certain TV programmes. It has been running now for a few years and I got a bit fed up with it after a couple of series, but since the arrival of a very witty couple, Giles Wood and Mary Killen, I watch it just to hear what they have to say. And I would add that some of the other families sometimes make some asute and witty remarks, too. But Giles and Mary are, without a doubt, the stars for me. And they have just written a book …
Giles is an artist specializing in portraits of rooms (rather than people), and Mary is a columnist/writer. They live in a thatched cottage in Wiltshire. Giles would rather garden than get on with his work and is forever seeking peace and quiet, and Mary is gregarious, loves to visit London and meet friends. This is a diary in a year in their lives and it’s both funny and moving. I absolutely loved it.
My current reading is Claire Tomalin’s autobiography …
I am about half way through this book, which reads as easily as any novel, with elements of the novel contained therein, i.e. equal quantities of triumph and tragedy. Her first husband, Nicholas Tomalin, was killed on an assignment as a war correspondent and she is now married to novelist and playwright, Michael Frayn.
And later I hope to listen to a CD which has arrived today. Yes, I still occasionally buy CDs. I haven’t a clue about ‘downloads’. This one is Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. I’ve loved the overture for years but I don’t know whether or not I know the rest of this music, but it will be interesting to find out. But how could I not enjoy his music when he wrote the marvellous West Side Story, surely one of the finest musicals of the 20th century?
This is a 1991 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Tomorrow it is Armistice Day and Remembrance Day on Sunday. A time of the year for reflection. May you have a peaceful weekend.
Until next time.