The Place where I just chuck all the stuff that comes to mind... and a few walks too
Friday, July 30, 2010
I’m reading Coryat’s crudities at the moment (full title- Coryat’s crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneth’s travels) and the very first page has these wonderful lines which are now emblazoned on my mind: forever -
“I was imbarked at Douer, about tenne of the clocke in the morning, the fourteenth of may, being Saturday and Whitfun-eue, Anno 1608, and arrived in Calais (which Caefar calleth Iclius portus a maritime towne of that part of Picardy, which is commonly called le pais reconquis, that is, the recouered Prouince, inhabited in former times by the ancient Morini.) about fiue of the clocke in the afternoone, after I had varnished the exterior parts of the ship with the exerementall ebullitions of my tumultuous stomach, as desirirg to satiate the gormandizing paunches of the hungry Haddocks (according as I have hieroglyphically expressed it in the front of my booke) with that wherewilh I had superfluously stuffed my felfe at land, hauing made my rumbling belly their capacious aumbrie.
I just love his style. I mean, you couldn’t get away with writing such wonderful lines today, the publishers would go nuts. Even the title, which is what attracted me to the book in the first place is just pure class.
I'm an English ex-pat and together with my wife and two chldren (dog and five cats too) run a small B&B called La Vignassa in the foothills of the Italian alps in a place called Torre Pellice. The House, which dates from the early 1600s is tucked away in the woods at the end of a private gravel road so life is peaceful and unhurried.
I used to be a translator/teacher but thankfully managed to give it all up to learn a bit of building and do-up the house. This took me about 4 years and it was great fun. Now we are up and running i'm starting to sort out the two and a half acres of land which surround the house. I live in a lovely area and have a lovely family and a lovely house surrounded by lots of interesting people and places and as i love writing and particularly ranting it seemed a shame to keep it all for myself hence this blog.