Friday, May 6, 2011

A brother to dragons .







In London to speak to a group of shiny suited oil men. En route to dinner, caught in an unexpected downpour , I shelter inside a Wren church . I'm there out of practicality , not piety , but the words from an evensong reading catch my ears : " I am a brother to dragons , and a companion to owls ". Words with the mystery and beauty of a different age . Try slipping dragons and owls into a conversation today . While the language of Shakespeare may be superb , the poetry of the King James Bible is quite simply, divine.


Next morning , time enough before my flight to do some shopping. To Harrods for some ' blind dog ' toys for Wilf ( more about these tomorrow , so far a huge, huge success ) . Then onto Fortnums to buy a walnut and coffee cake, some sausages, and some of their old fashioned fudge. Home in the afternoon. The ever practical ' font ' examines these purchases and wonders outloud whether I had been shopping for a six year old . I ask Wilf what he thinks of my shopping skills. The old fellow points his nose towards the sausages and coffee cake as if to say " Brilliant ! Absolutely brilliant ! ". A boy after my own heart . He has half a pork and fresh leek sausage for dinner . A new toy, half a sausage and a reunited family. Can it get any better ?

19 comments:

  1. All men shop for 6 year olds!

    'Blind dog' toys sound interesting, looking forward to Wilf testing them out.

    xx (for Wilf!)

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  2. Quite like my shopping list.. a child at heart.. The bakeries draws me like magnets.

    Wilf's menu for the day is most delightful.

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  3. Ah London, such variety and contrast in so small an area. Your post makes me think of the Samuel Johnson quote 'when a man is tired of London he is tired of life'.

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  4. Sooo, a new toy, half a sausage and a reunited family, happy Friday Wilfee !
    Bisous my sweet, and amitiés to you Angus, and the Font.

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  5. When a dog is tired of pork and leek sausage, he is tired of life !! Lucky Wilf - I'm off to the butcher's right now !!

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  6. At first I thought, 'I can read all those signs today.' DUH!

    The delights of the EU, you can bring in food from other countries.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  7. Great shopping choices.... super to hear Wilfie you are enjoying your dinner - love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

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  8. Angus, I agree, I don't think it could be any better!

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  9. I think your shopping sounds superb! Shame that shepherd's pie doesn't look like it would travel. And please--more info on the giant ship-in-a-bottle, please?

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  10. Food and toys...a wonderful shopping trip!

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  11. The shopping sounds great to me! I agree with Wilf, I don't think it could be any better! :)

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  12. First, having just read Bertie's blog, I am intrigued by the relationship between walnut coffee cake and the bending of light chez Wilf.

    Second, that you can carry food purchased outside of security for transport on a plane brings back nostalgia for the pre-OBL days.

    Third, A.A. Milne would think your shopping skills were just fine! More details on the kind of sausage would have been appreciated -- along with photos of blind dog toys.

    xxx Joan

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  13. The one thing I miss about England...Cumberland sausages!!! You just can't get them here on the prairies! Shame really. Wilf is right, it just doesn't get any better....keep going Wilf!!

    With love your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  14. Yes, we cannot wait to hear what lovley toys you have found for Wilf to enjoy!

    Re: the King James, I couldn't agree more.

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  15. Glad you brought back necessities for Wilf, Angus.

    The last photograph reminds me of another King James Bible quotation, Psalm 91:11, "For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

    Wilf is angelic, as always...

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  16. The font makes me laugh. Family reunited is wonderful.

    I'm curious about "blind dog toys" but I'm very happy that they're such a big success!

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  17. Ah, beautiful words. But unlike Job, Wilf faces his trials with a smile and says, "Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant!".

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  18. It sounds to me like you did an excellent job of shopping - walnut and coffee cake, some sausages and old fashioned fudge. Yum!

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