One of the compensations for the end of summer is the early autumn fruits. Al has had a lot of fresh figs brought in, and someone has had a fabulous crop of peaches this year – huge and juicy and really delicious. A few weeks ago, the Kent cob nuts were ripe and Al still has the last of those for sale, but today I ignored them, because he had something even better – fresh “wet” walnuts. I’ve come home with a big bagful. I’ve also come home with a punnet of autumn raspberries – I do have some autumn raspberry canes in the garden but they’re a bit overwhelmed by nettles and I’m leaving them to the birds. Yes, think of me what you will, but I can’t do much gardening at present.
This morning was the inaugural lecture of a new branch of this society – I’ve just come off the committee of one of its branches in Norwich. It was held in the local theatre and there was a very good turn-out, they had to bring in an extra row of chairs. It was an excellent lecture too – she’d come in at short notice as the original lecturer booked became ill and they had to scout around. It was about this picture, the subject and artist and why it caused such a scandal on being exhibited for the first time in Paris.
Oh, by the way, how do you pronounce ‘eccentric’? “Essentric” or “excentric”?
Anyway, if enough people want to join it’ll start up in January. I’ve come home and asked the Sage if he would join too and (once I mentioned a friend of his who was there whose wife is on the committee) he agreed. So that will be something we do together, which will be something of a novelty. Well, something that we go out and do together, that is.