Friday, May 18, 2012
abstract paper Plats du Jour
A splodge of black paint perhaps and the remains of a notice stuck on top of it, both imposed on the grey metal box which is the home of telephone links or such like. For me another abstract painting executed partly by people and partly by wind and rain.
Mount Sion is fairly steep and the walk up more exacting in recent years, so when I reach the bottom of the road and realise that I have left my notebook and pen at home, a sense of panic ensues. This blog which is a sort of minute by minute chronicle of the day, and other preoccupations require me to write down almost all the time the fleeting things I see and the thoughts which come into my head, before they fly out again. No alternative then, other than going back up the hill, but to buy the cheapest pad and ball pen I can find in the convenience store on the corner of Chapel Place. Once these are in my pocket I feel that I can walk on blithe and ready for almost anything.
Through the post comes a post card from an old friend. It depicts the cover of one of my favourite cookery books - Plat du Jour or Foreign Food by Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd. Illustrations by David Gentleman. A classic of its kind. It is subtitled A Penguin Handbook and bears the price 3/6 or17.5 p in today's money. It was published in 1958. Good to hear from a friend and to be remembered with a postcard, especially this one. It will go into my scrapbook. In a minute or two I will go down and search the cookery shelves for the original Penguin which I have long treasured.