Friday, June 19, 2009

rose, stone, safe

Posted by Picasa Today's rose, a little over the top, could be made of sugar, must be the sort of thing that Dorothy Parker had in mind when she wrote :
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose".

I have two knives, which I use in the garden, for cutting lettuces and other vegetable, pricking out seedlings, pruning and the like. Just recently I notice how blunt they are becoming, and after searching around for that most delightful of tools, a whetstone, and finding one that I have mislaid, I have the pleasure of restoring a fine edge to the blades. Slow steady movements, first on the coarse side of the stone, then on the smooth side, to the job nicely. I blow away the pattern of dust which has collected on the surface of the stone. It is rather like completing a sudoku to sharpen the mind.

In a bar, they want to take your credit card while you run up a tab. Objections to this practice, which can be open to abuse, are overcome by a simple "safe" arrangement, where your card is locked into a draw beside the cash machine and only released, upon delivery of a key, which you take to your table, and return to reclaim your card when you are ready to pay your bill. Neat, but dubiously reassuring if you worry about such things.


Lucy said...

I can't resist taking those perfect sugar rose photos time and again. That one is a honey! I like rumpled-looking ones too.

Remember the old chaps, half-way to being old-fashioned tramps, that came round sharpening knives etc on a wheel on a bicycle.

Unknown said...

We had some round here only two or three years ago, with a grinding wheel mounted on an old bike.