Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lyme Regis, a short tale


I'm looking at town names on Google Maps as we make our way to our yurt campsite (wouldn't you like to visit Puddletown?) when I notice how close we are to Lyme Regis.  We decide to make an unplanned stop.  Jane Austen wrote about this seaside town in Persuasion, and I find her descriptions online and read them aloud as we near the roundabout for our detour. 

The first thing I notice from The Cobb car park is a bright pink building, first in line of the long row above the bay.  The beach is made up of small brown, white, and gray stones, but there is a small strip of sand running into the sea as well.  The expanse of sand is probably much bigger when the tide is completely out. 


Three children are laughing and squealing as they swim in the sea, one last swim before summer vacation is over perhaps.  It’s not too windy in this protected bay.  Big boulders are piled along one side, and I can see tall rolling hills of green and brown in the distance.  They disappear slowly into the mist.


I spy a promising looking corner bookshop on the main road.  It is filled to the brim with stacks and shelves of books--so many books!  But there aren’t just books in the shop; it is filled with all kind of things.  Random things.  There are lava lamps, old paintings, and a trombone leans against a bookshelf in the corner.  Rickety wooden steps invite you to go downstairs, but I’m afraid the shop is about to close, and I don’t go down.  Ella finds an ordinance survey map of Scotland K.J. is looking for, and I give the preoccupied shopkeeper a two pound coin before stepping back onto the main street. 


Red, white, and blue bunting hangs across the street joining the two rows of shops and restaurants.  It’s a low uphill climb to the top of the street.  When I look back I can just see a rectangle of blue sea and sky beyond.  It starts to rain lightly.  It lasts just long enough for me to put my camera in its bag to keep it dry.  We turn around to walk back down the street, and shining through the rectangle is a rainbow curving gently toward the water.  I’ve almost forgotten what a land of rainbows England is, with its constant shift of rain, cloud, and sun. 


Suddenly a man steps quickly out of a bakery on the opposite side of the street with a big bell in his hand.  I'm just beginning to wonder what he's up to when he raises his arm and rings the bell loudly, calling out in a deep voice:  “World-class quiches one pound fifty!”  Clang!  Clang!  Clang!  World-class quiches one pound fifty!” and walks back into the shop in two long strides. Ella and I look at each other and burst out laughing.  She supposes that it’s closing time, and everything is marked down.  I love the idea of a small town crier coming out into the street every night to let everyone know the price of bread is now reduced. 

The rainbow lingers over the sea as we meet back up with K.J. and James at the public toilets and get back into the car.  It’s just a quick stop, but I'll always remember it.


"A very strange stranger it must be, 
who does not see charms in the immediate 
environs of Lyme, 
to make him wish to know it better."
- Jane Austen - 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Days

This August we soaked up the last days of summer vacation and stayed busy with friends.  We spent a lot of time in the woods and jumped into the school year full force.  We're packing for our family vacation and celebrating E's birthday.  These are the good old days.

August 1 - Spending time in the Woods with James


August 2 - Zoo Visit


August 3 - a re-read


August 4 - After-Church Fun


August 5 - Mediterranean Lunch with Friends


August 6 - When in Paris...


August 7 - Reunited with Old Friends


August 8 - Polly Girl


August 9 - Family Wedding Mail


August 10 - Garden Party


August 11 - A (literal) Walk in the Park


August 12 - Looking Out the Window


August 13 - Daisy


August 14 - The Park with Friends


August 15 - Evening Walk through Town


August 16 - Hollyhocks


August 18 - Leaving Lunch in a Parisian Apartment, Marking the Moment When This is Our Normal


August 19 - First Day of 8th Grade


August 20 - Local Wildlife


August 21 - More Fun with Friends at the Park


August 22 - Bought a New Cheese at Costco


August 23 - Sunny Summer Afternoons


August 24 - Afternoon Walk


August 25 - A Bookstagram Challenge


August 26 - Dinner in the Garden


August 27 - Two Readers in the Garden


August 28 - Day in the City


August 29 - Experimenting with Portrait Mode


August 30 - Late-Night Baking


August 31 - Early Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July

Our July was filled with all the good things summer ought to have:  cousins, swimming, fireworks, camps, and heatwaves.

July 1 - Cousins, Numbers 1-9


July 2 - Cousin Love


July 3 - Shopping with the Cousins


July 4 - Independence Day Celebrations


July 5 - Movie Night


July 6 - Jump!


July 7 - Fresh Tomato Sandwich


July 8 - Cute Kids


July 9 - Delta One!


July 10 - Unpacking


July 11 - Summer Nights


July 13 -  Dog-Sitting


July 14 - Bastille Day Festivities


July 15 - Home, Sweet Summer Home


July 16 - Treat with a Friend


July 17 - Summer Blooms


July 18 - Scones + Sherlock


July 19 - Another Garden View


July 20 - BBQ Pizza for the Returning Swiss Adventurers


July 21 - Katt's Farewell Sunday


July 22 - One More Farewell


July 23 - Forest Walk


July 24 - Morning Walk before it was 100 Degrees


July 25 - Heat Wave!


July 26 - A hot week is good for reading books set in winter.


July 27 - The River Seine


July 28 - Allez, Allez!


July 29 - E made a red velvet cake...


July 30 - ...and I made an asparagus quiche.


July 31 - Wishing Harry a happy birthday with Ella


I hope your summer is filled with good summertime things, too.