Boats against the current

Boats against the current
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”, Ch. 9

May Day

May Day

Ever since I moved things have been a bit of a whirlwind. Staying with S at the moment and so far so good. Have a fair bit of space which I need as I still have quite a lot of stuff. No word from the tenants so am assuming they’re getting on OK, one week in. I shall endeavour to find out, in due course, via my old neighbours who I’m chummy with and who still live there.

Had this Thursday as a half day and then Friday as a full day’s leave. Needed to use up holiday as the leave year comes to an end and I’m already carrying 5 days into next year. 25 days leave is not ungenerous but it can be a struggle finding time to use it all.

I used the half day Thursday PM to go on a shopping expedition as it’s been ages. Bought summer jackets, mostly, ranging from smart to casual. Also two pairs of jeans, one of which were skinny (yeh, I should know better, especially as I’ve gained a stone in the past year).

On the Friday S and I went to the Imperial War Museum. It’s probably 8 or so years since I last went. An interesting place. The Holocaust exhibition is quite substantial over many floors. Is powerful stuff. And I do like the old aircraft, tanks and missiles. Some of them not so old, for example there is a Polaris missile. A few photos:

imperial war museum

imperial war museum

imperial war museum

imperial war museum

On Saturday did a big food shop, also went to a Modernist furniture fair and also to my favourite antiques shop. Good browsing but didn’t buy anything. Watched Avatar in the evening on DVD, for the first time. I thought it was a good film. That evening I’d made a beef casserole in Guinness which we both thought came out great (one of the few totally reliable things in my repertoire).

Sunday fairly quiet. Did more cooking. A leek & potato soup and sultana muffins. I’d indulged myself on the Saturday and bought Super Street Fighter IV for the PS3, so enjoyed playing quite a bit of that. I do like button-mashing beat’em’ups, it must be said.

Today we drove down to Knowle House in Kent. S is a big fan of country estates, history, etc, so I was happy enough to go as I don’t mind the period myself. Built between 1456-1486, it has a tonne of character and has been well preserved. The Other Boleyn Girl was filmed in part here. The large estate is part owned by the National Trust but the world-famous gardens and half of the main estate are still in the Sackville-West family, who reside there. Vita Sackville-West grew up and lived at Knowle where she would entertain, among others, her lover Virginia Woolfe.

knowle house

knowle house

There was a little second hand book sale going on in an out building so I bought 2 old editions (well, 1970s, but I liked them) of some F.Scott Fitzgerald classics that I haven’t read before, a pound each.

f.scott fitzgerald book covers

Back to work tomorrow following the Bank Holiday today. Then heading off at the weekend for a few days at the French house en famille. Won’t be very long (just 3.5 days in my case as I have work commitments) but a break is a break so I’m not complaining.

And I must, in earnest, knuckle down to the tedious and time-consuming task of flat hunting!