I am adrift with the blog - not from lack of ideas or energy but somehow I feel I've lost direction.
'What's it all about, Alfie? '
So here are some photos from my week with just a few words....
Reading too many books
But enjoying them all!
My hairdresser recommended it one day when he noticed how sad and tired I was. Nice man!
Ken Follett. No words can describe how much I enjoyed this book. Finished it this morning.
In the Garlic is written by two women who live in Spain/Catalunya. Written in dictionary form it is funny and informative. E.g. about the endless bureaucracy here, there is the law of Falta Uno. This means whatever papers you bring there is always one missing!
On the Kindle I am reading Caroline Myss - Sacred Contracts. Fantastic!
I've had this Derek Jarman diary for years and never picked it up. Now I am dipping in every day and loving it. The sort of person it would be great to know. The diary is a mix of gardening and poetry, poems, landscape and practicalities.
How does he know so much about plants and herbs and history in those days before the internet?
I've known people like that and envied them. He was alone in Prospect Cottage, writing and gardening and looking out over his life. At times he seems to be grieving, at others, deeply content and at peace.
I am making roses from the ribbon reels that fill the shelves in the backroom. It's easy and very satisfying but I have no idea what to do with them!
Starting my new vegetarian life - just like the old one that I strayed from 10 or so years ago but in a more challenging environment and with more flexibility when necessary. One of my goals is to be visible in restaurants and not just eat the bits I can, timidly accepting the meaty menus that dominate in Catalunya. In a typically traditional Catalan country restaurant I ordered the side dishes and it made a lovely lunch. Chips, white beans and samfaina!
The Kings are coming! Tomorrow I am going to see them in Barcelona when they arrive by boat.