Sometimes when you are feeling a bit down in the dumps, people try to cheer you up by pointing out that there are always others who are worse off. I don’t know about you but I have seldom found that to be terribly helpful; it just makes me feel even more miserable – for being so self-centred and thoughtless, not to mention feeling bad for all those other poor buggers as well. Intellectually I know that my problems are minor in comparison to many others but emotionally, knowing that doesn’t really help to lift my spirits. What does lighten the mood though is humour, always. So when I read Louise’s comment: “Come on Brian, look on the bright side” I immediately felt a stirring of wellbeing. What better way to cheer one up than Monty Python, not just because the sketch itself is so funny but it conjures up all those wonderful memories associated with that time in my life when my friends and I could, and would, quote Python sketches verbatim (and I bet Chris can still can do it). Sometimes I catch myself using a Python phrase and am aware that the person I’m addressing is totally oblivious and looking at me as if I’m stark raving mad. Hello? I wish to register a complaint; this she calls “using her intuition”, I call it “crap”; it’s shuffled off its mortal coil and so on. And how many of you reading this heard those expressions in your head exactly as they were originally uttered?
Eddie Izzard is another favourite comedian of mine. Alex first brought his humour to our attention a few years ago and we went to his show in Durban. It was fun listening to the younger Izzard devotees in the audience repeating his lines back to him, like you do. I’m afraid I just can’t retain stuff like that anymore! There are some people that I’ve never met that I feel a connection to, that I sense if we did meet we would get on like a house on fire, Eddie is one of them. I have this innocent fantasy that he comes for dinner, we have a rip-roaring evening of scintillating conversation and we part as the very best of friends. Ah well, it will have to suffice that I’m going to see his new show in Cape Town in June. I also have a fantasy concerning Paolo Nutini but that one is rather X-rated. “Oh Mother”, I hear Kiera say, “that’s disgusting; you’re way too old for him!” At least, that’s what she said when I confessed that I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was a bit of all right.
I think I’ve mentioned before that Peter and I were invited to join a wine club. There are 20 members and we meet once a month at our local to taste different wines, eat fantastic food and get to know our neighbours better. We attended last week and had a very enjoyable evening tasting sauvignon blancs and chardonnays. Matt, the owner of the restaurant, prepared a delicious starter of tomato and mozzarella stack, drizzled with basil pesto and croutons. This was followed by a melt- in-your- mouth belly of pork with crispy crackling, mash and creamy mustard gravy. It was an outstanding meal and the wines were good too. The members take it in turns to present the wines and work out a complementary menu with Matt and I have to say I’m quite looking forward to our turn. I’m thinking of doing a “wining and dining on a budget” theme! Peter has a nose for bargain wines that taste good and I’m currently doing lots of research for Alex on budget meals, not to mention how I had to juggle our being broke not so long ago with our predilection for good food. Alex has, after 3 years in res, moved into a house in Stellies with 3 other lads. They take it in turns to cook supper and have a budget of R100 for the meal. I got a call from him to say it was his turn coming up and he needed help. So I sent him my recipe for spag blog, which I think every student should know how to cook. Although he couldn’t afford the parmigiano, the other ingredients came out to almost R100 on the dot and fed all 4 hungry guys perfectly. So now I’m on a roll – how to eat well without paying through the nose, although I somehow don’t think that our wine club buffs will take too kindly to mince with their vino. Perhaps I can dazzle them with some home grown veggies.
Finally, as I’ve come to terms with the fact that if I don’t live my life, no-one else is going to, I’ve plunged myself into rejuvenating the allotment (which has been sorely neglected for about 3 months now). I bought a copy of The Ultimate Moon Gardening Guide, studied the calendar and supporting info, downloaded Stellarium.com onto my laptop so that I can chart the moon’s phases and started planning when and what to do according to the waxing and waning of the moon. I’m keeping tabs on what we planted before the new moon and will compare with what we have planted now during the first quarter which is (and I quote from the before mentioned guide) “the first growing moon phase, and is a productive phase as energy and moisture levels rise and produce balanced leaf and root growth. This phase is considered as the spring season of the moon”. My brother, Mike, has just bought a telescope and I am terribly envious. I’m just going to put it out there that I have a birthday coming up in a few months’ time and see what happens.
It was very misty today, perfect weather for taking photos.