Autumn is surely here when we experience sunsets such as this, albeit it a rather limited view. But even a glimpse of such colours is something to behold.
But before I go further, I must write about the problems that many readers have been experiencing on the Comments column. I have done my best to eradicate the problem of their personal details being published, and sometimes even names and emails which have nothing whatsoever to do with the person writing the comment have attached themselves to their comments.
I asked my computer man about this and he said it wasn’t my computer at fault – I have anti-virus software which is up-to-date and no virus has infected my computer.
I then got in touch with the host, Blue Host, and was on the telephone to Arizona for 3/4 hr, and it would’ve been even longer had not the battery in my phone expired, but they also couldn’t find anything wrong, they were unable to see any of these (what I shall call) ‘rogue’ email addresses.
I then got in touch with a webmaster who had transferred me from my previous host to Blue Host a few weeks ago, and for which I’d paid quite a lot of money. I how had to pay yet more to him, and he has done what he can to eradicate the problem, too.
So, dear readers, I have done my very best to get rid of this problem. Indeed, the webmaster has said the following:
“Well, it seems she [one of the readers I mentioned] had old site cache data. At this moment new users will not see autofill data. I told you if any user has enabled auto-fill in his browser (default) then it will populate data in input fields. Ask [this reader] to do hard refresh by pressing Ctrl+F5 and if possible then disable autofill in her browser by watching this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eU0Gttr8GU It is not your website or server issue, it’s the latest update in internet industry especially browsers to save time and act intelligently. Read this article here: https://www.lifewire.com/using-autofill-or-autocomplete-in-browser-4117435 Once user does hard-refresh of the website then they will not see this happening to them again. I’ll test this on different computers today to check if this issue still exists.”
Now, I’m no computer buff, so I really don’t understand any of this but I do hope those who need to can understand and follow his advice, and make the necessary adjustments so that their names and emails do not appear in the Comments column.
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And now, as they used to say on the Monty Python show, for something completely different!
I said I’d mention my latest (secondhand) book, and this is it. And what a lovely book it is. I read about it in a conversation between interiors photographer, Derry Moore, and interior designer David Mlinaric, in the latest issue of House & Garden, and then I searched for it on the Abe Books website. It’s an ex-library copy. How can a library get rid of such a book? Perhaps they might consider mounting displays of books that are rarely removed from their shelves in order to encourage borrowers, or in some cases to challenge borrowers! But their loss is my gain, and a double gain because it contains the most adorable illustrations as well as being written by historian, John Cornforth.
Of course, you already know of my love of paintings or interiors – not long ago I showed you some of the architectural prints I have in a portfolio – and this book is filled with such illustrations, both in colour and black and white. John Cornforth says:
“Many of the pictures have little claim to be considered as serious art, but that is not why they have been chosen. Of course there are exceptions: occasionally Turner painted marvellous evocations of rooms, as at Petworth. But he was not primarily concerned with the details that intrigued topographical artists or amateurs, and it is their work that provides the most vivid illustrations for those interested in domestic life or decoration in the first decades of the 19th century … The period is a comparatively narrow one, and these illustrations amount to a minor genre that owes something to the Georgian conversation piece, rather more to early 19th century narrative painting, and its virtual end to photography. However, simply because so many of the pictures are the earnest and rather artless results of the amateur’s patience they have a particular kind of appeal, bringing to life rooms that have been destroyed, altered or often left virtually unused for two generations. They are complementary to descriptions in letters, diaries, topographical publications and novels, and so form part of the patchwork of leisured life in England over a hundred [at the time this book was written] years ago.”
With the arrival of this book I have been encouraged to seek out another of Cornforth’s books (I already had one other) and that is on its way to me now. And I’ve not paid a king’s ransom for either. I might hate the internet when it lets me down, but oh, the infinite variety of books now available through the wonders of the world wide web is absolutely wonderful.
And so to today … first, we went to Lidl where (as well as the more mundane things such as washing up liquid) I bought three bunches of flowers as they were so inexpensive – where else can you buy four sprays of lovely lilies for £3.29? Also, a lovely bunch of spray chrysanthemums for £2.19 and a bunch of pink roses for £2.09? No wonder I pushed the fiscal boat out today!
Then we drove on to Wellswood so that husband could visit his barber and while being shorn I popped into the hospice boutique to give a basketful of items that I know I shall never wear again – and that included a scarf I bought only last winter (a mistake, the colours just aren’t ‘me’).
The manager and the volunteers in this shop should be awarded for their imagination, bearing in mind they only have the donated items to work with …
From Wellswood we went to Waitrose for the main food shopping, and then took our sandwich (which we share) and our free Waitrose coffee to Ilsham Valley. By now the early morning sunshine had vanished, but the view from the car, with just a glimpse of the sea, is still a pretty one.
As I say in the title of this post, autumn is here, and that is reflected on the covers of the October issues of the glossy magazines. I bought this one so that I might be encouraged to ’embrace’ autumn (spring being my favourite season) which is what we are being encouraged to do, with lots of features on rustic cottages with rooms with unplastered stone walls, log burning stoves, and so forth, and adverts for heather-coloured throws and velvet cushions. Indeed, they just fight shy of writing “101 things to do with a pumpkin”. But, oh, even I have to admit that the rooms do look invitingly cosy.
Embracing autumn, I have bought three bundles of Sarah Ravens lovely candles. Yes, I know. I’ve said I don’t like lighted candles, they are a fire risk! They also pollute the air when lit. I still believe they are a fire risk and a pollutant, but mainly I bought these for their colour! Daft, or what? I don’t think I will be lighting them any time soon, but I love to have coloured candles now whereas until recently I thought they were the height of naffness, and only had those lovely creamy ‘church’ candles or pure white ones in our candlesticks. But right now, everything is brightly coloured, with lime green, bright orange and purple being very popular, oh yes, and mustard. And all together, too. The good thing is, people are at last brave enough to venture out of their neutral comfort zone.
Before my autumn mini makeover (only a very slight makeover – see if you can spot the differences with the photo below …
Indeed, this is only a partial makeover, as I think I might delve into my Resources Cupboard and extract some copper lustre jugs and give them an airing; also, perhaps my Dickensian Toby jugs. They might end up on the kitchen windowsill – Mr Pickwick and Sam Weller can watch me wash up.
But for now, this chap (below) is watching me as I take his photo. It’s a bit of pure 1960s’ kitsch which my mother bought, but actually, half a century later, I really like it, and the painting on this chap is really rather nicely executed. She bought a number of these items in the early 1960s, and while I’ve parted with some of them – there were really far too many to keep – I kept this one and a few others. Sufficient, at least, to have a change around of ornaments, and he certainly adds colour to the autumn mantelpiece.
And his costume goes rather nicely with the two Royal Doulton vases in a pretty celadon green.
Which brings me to the flowers …
Some of the spray chrysanthemums with foliage from the garden
Some from the same bunch of chrysanthemums, these are in the kitchen – see how far a bunch can go when you break up the sprays (which tend to be rather stiff and wooden looking if just plonked in a vase as they emerge from the wrapper – yes, making up three vases takes a bit of time and effort, but it’s worth it, I think.)
And a small posy of the chrysanthemums on the hall table
Also from Sarah Raven I bought this tin plate. She has a range of these and I thought the background colour was white, but it’s more a very pastel blue and really I can’t find a suitable place for it yet, but I think it will be fine in the summer for use in the garden. I had it in mind to do a re-shuffle of the items on my dressing chest in the bedroom, but the colour just isn’t right in the bedroom even though I’ve photographed it on the pastel blue bed cover. While the plate decoration is very pretty, the background colour is rather dull.
While in Wellswood, I went into the pharmacy to buy nail polish remover and couldn’t help but take a peek at the Mavala nail polishes, and decided that I liked this one, called Cadiz. I’ve photographed it on a favourite silk scarf.
And when we arrived home, a book had arrived. I read the first novel by this author a couple of weeks ago and really loved it, so I’m looking forward to her second novel (yet another rear view of a woman in a red dress … can’t book cover designers devise any other scenario?)
If I were a betting person, I’d bet a £1 to a penny that this scene isn’t in the book: a woman in a red dress, running down a landing stage. We shall see!
I do hope that if you are kind enough to leave a comment, your details won’t be published. If you can follow the instructions my webmaster has given, this should prevent that from happening.
I hope you will have a lovely weekend,
Until next time.