The impending visit by storm Dennis determined that we batten down the hatches and stay indoors.
In the event the morning was quite mild so Jackie ventured out to Everton Nursery to purchase a couple of
double hellebores that she had heard they were stocking. One even held up its head at the prospect of being photographed.
I occupied myself reading more of The Pickwick Papers, from which
here are another half dozen of Charles Keeping’s splendid drawings. I will write more when I have finished the book, but this illustration of Sam Weller labouring over a love letter epitomises the artist’s adherence to the author’s description, even to the extent of resting his head on his left arm in his efforts to follow his letters across the page. (It may be helpful for anyone reading the text accompanying this illustration to know that ‘mother-in-law’ is an archaic term for stepmother).
This evening we dined on fine fusion fare consisting of tasty tempera prawns; a rack of pork ribs doused in plum sauce; savoury rice jam-packed with finely chopped omelette and vegetables; and tender mange-toutes, followed by moist and crunchy baklavas, with which the Culinary Queen drank Peroni and I drank Clos des Batuts Cahors 2017.