Iris Murdoch: “The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
Grow up in a small seaside town, travel a million miles away and around the world and get lost in a huge city for ten years, eventually come back to a small seaside town. Will it be peace or an undoing?
“What was once limiting about seaside towns, their remoteness and melancholy ruination, when cities were still limitless and full of nooks and crannies to be colonised and quarried, is proving to be their salvation.”
I bought my first ever antique from an auction (ooooh). Well, my father-in-law did all the bidding for me, but still… I am the proud owner of an Arts and Crafts bookcase. It’s very beautiful. Made of oak, circa 1900 in the folksy, simple arts and crafts style that I love. It was £100 which I think is not bad.
There is a mark on the bottom of the bookcase saying the maker is JAS Shoolbred who had a shop on Tottenham Court Road but – my quickie research tells me – he didn’t survive the recession of the 20s.
all I need to do now is save up for this shoolbred sofa:
Only a cool £1,195 (wah ha ha ha ha, yeah right)…and eventually my room will look like Virginia Woolf’s bedroom: