......after a mundane hour doing the weekend
shopping. I am still always astonished to see, from the conservatory window, a bird as exotic as this cock pheasant parading around. He and his girlfriends are very evident in the garden at the moment - like the smaller birds, they are all stoking up energy in the form of seed and fat from the bird table, before the important business of egg laying begins.
Inside the conservatory, I enjoyed a cup of tea as I browsed though some
old auction house catalogues. I am immensely lucky to be able to buy
these old catalogues for the princely sum of one UK pound each ($2.00).
Originally sold for sometimes £40.00 each, printed on the highest
quality paper in the most intense colours, I buy those of lesser
interest so that I may cut them up and use them in collage work. But the
more interesting are on a par with the best art and antique books - and
in fact are printed in greater detail and with much more extensive
descriptions than any coffee table tome will offer.
Amongst them, I have the catalogues from the Sale of Gianni Versace's
mansion, the Vivien Greene collection of dollshouses, and today I
acquired a superb, almost inch thick catalogue of the contents sale of a
small French chateau, decorated by Alberto Pinto. Packed full of
exquisite tapestries, furniture and objets d'art, the catalogue is also
an exemplar of strikingly tasteful work by one of the 20th centuries
finest interior decorators. So much to learn, especially about
upholstery and soft furnishings, in this catalogue - and not bad for the
price of 1/3 a glass of wine!