Monday, March 29, 2010

La Hiruela; or, Change of Plans

We were going to go on holiday to Belgium, but research into how to get there (given the fact that allowing customs officials to take röntgen photographs of my testicles is not a vote-winner in this family) led to us discovering that we should have booked our train tickets much earlier. So we went away for the weekend to the Sierra del Rincón, in particular the touristic village of La Hiruela. Human population: about 50, including tourists. Staggeringly incestuous cat population (all with the same sweet little pink nose and pronounced limp in their left hind leg): about the same. Long healthy walks: three. Woodfires: two (would have been three, but we had to light the matchbox to get woodfire no. 2 to catch). Michelin starred restaurants: one. All in all, a relaxing weekend. And I've got the rest of the week off as well.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Codex Seraphinianus

Info., here. The whole thing, here. Worth an hour or so of anyone's time.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Domestic News

There is no photo to accompany this post, because of the ridicule to which such an artefact would expose me. So, let me start by saying that, thanks to an overexcited cat, we now have no kettle. This allows us to see how people lived in the time before kettles; the answer is, poorly. I spent a not insignificant amount of time yesterday evening ladling boiling water from a saucepan into a teapot in order to be able to fill our hot water bottle. This is not the technological revolution I was promised: tomorrow, the kettle shop.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Franz von Stuck (1863-1928)

I was wondering just how fin-de-siècle-ish you could get, and I don't think you can get fin-de-sièclier than Franz von Stuck.

More info here and here.