Four weeks today, at this time, I will be once again in my beloved Toronto! This will be my fourth visit, but it is the first time when I will be there in summer, not in autumn. As with all good holidays, sampling (or possibly gorging on) the food you don’t get for the rest of the year is crucial. Fortunately, my hosts (the Merciless, the Caliph’s Daughter (Lady Somewhat), and the Gentleman Gamer, will be spoiling me with their house speciality of barbecued pork! Happily, weather reports thus far are favourable, although I have had highly successful barbecues in the pouring rain. It will also be interesting to see how different the city may be in such a different season. I cannot wait for my holiday to be here; my townhouse is near the airport from which I will leave, and watching the planes fly out this evening, as I sat in the garden, has made me all the more eager to be on my way. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Merril Collection’
For the past month or so, I have been receiving emails from Goodreads, asking me to choose my best books of 2014. I never did go to their website to make my choices, as I simply haven’t been reading enough new books thus year. The results of the votes cast by those who did take part are now in, so I have some ready-made reading lists available!
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Readers mine, I live in Scotland once again! Life since May began has been decidedly hectic, when I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I have been the Assistant Librarian since January 2008, within a week of returning from France (the two events are not causally related, merely temporally adjacent). Since leaving work at the end of June, I was packing up and saying “Cheerio, not goodbye!” to the six and half years of my London life, and for just over a week now I have since been living in Scotland once again. I didn’t leave the Institute to work elsewhere in London; I left it as part of a larger change in lifestyle. Having been asking myself the question “where do I want my life to be, in the main?”, for a couple of years now, and the obvious follow-up question, “what then must I do to achieve that?”, moving to Scotland was the first part of the answer. It’s about life, not just about work. London was never a permanent move, I always knew that, and I cannot express how strongly I disagree with Samuel Johnson’s famous quote as given below
when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
There is a significant difference between not wanting to live in London and being tired of it. It’s always accessible, always there, and I’ll never stop visiting it. I’ll never stop missing my friends who live there. But there is so much to do, so much to see, here in Scotland. Besides, I needed to get back before September 18, after which the borders will of course be closed :). I jest, of course, but it’s definitely an interesting year to be in Scotland, and I want to be able to have a say in the future of my country. (more…)