Saturday, February 9, 2013
A day of odds and ends!
-- I am reading the best book: "Wild," by Cheryl Strayed. I know some of my readers have read it because they've mentioned it on their blogs. I literally cannot put it down. It's a combined memoir and outdoor adventure story about a woman who's been through some rough patches (and, it must be said, made some poor life choices) hiking the Pacific Crest Trail solo. The interesting thing is, I'm not sure how much I like her, but I still love the story. It makes me want to hike and camp myself! (If I do, I'll have to do it solo, because Dave would never go for it.) It's really about the transformative experience, the personal purging that goes with dropping everything and striking out on something new. Having done that several times, I can relate!
-- Have you seen the news about horse meat creeping into the ground beef supply in England? It's been all over the news here. Beef or beef products purchased from suppliers in Ireland and on the continent have been proven to contain some degree of horse meat. In one case, it was nearly all horse meat. Personally, I haven't been too upset about this, even though we buy ground beef. I don't particularly want to eat horse, but is it really all that different from eating a cow? Frankly, I'd rather make lentils.
-- Here's our little avocado plant, complete with some fresh growth for spring. It came through the winter just fine. When the weather warms up I hope to put it out on the balcony so it can get some outdoor time.
-- And finally, here's the shopfront whose evolution I tracked in a post a couple of weeks ago. Looks like they're finished with it now. I think it came out pretty well, and I'm glad to see they kept their potted bamboo, though they have pushed it off to the side.
(Top photo: Notting Hill, last night.)