The weather has become colder and today I had a few jobs to do before leaving to go south and then fly to Spain on Friday.
First, a quick trip to the post office.
It was not, in fact, a quick trip. It took over an hour thanks to me not reading the instructions properly on the stickers I had to fill in and having to re-line-up several times. Oh well!
Still, a literal weight was lifted when I passed it all over the bench and I went off to the museum.
The Keswick museum is small but contains some very interesting items.
A little tree hung with people’s methods of getting through lockdown.
And a giant musical instrument that was like a xylophone but made of pieces of slate. They had buttons you could press to hear the music, which was surprisingly ethereal.
Next I was going to buy myself a pair of hideous but comfortable hiking sandals (Spain being a lot warmer than Cumbria) and I like to think I succeeded and then some.
They fit perfectly, why do they look so huge? Like I’m about to go snorkeling.
I stopped in at the Oxfam shop too. No matter where you go in the UK there seems to be a plethora of second hand clothing shops.
I was excited to find a copy of The Idler, a book-style magazine that was the forerunner of one of my favourite books ‘How To Be Idle’. The magazine is full of articles on idleness. I’m a busy person and I live a busy life, but after I read this book years ago (and got two of my book clubs to read it, with mixed results) I re-examined my attitude to life. I make much more time to do nothing now. I used to love doing nothing when I was a child, just pottering around, or even staring into space. Now I don’t feel guilty if I do nothing for half the weekend.
Anyhow, the magazine serves two purposes. First, I can read it, and second, I can cut it up to make some mail art. A few years ago my friend Fish and I did a collage course at a library. It was fun to just mess around with shapes and images. I thought I might make something to send to Kat, a friend of mine who hasn’t been well (and will read this and think that I have just made the understatement of the year).
So I later spent several happy hours in the lounge of the B&B cutting and sticking, using receipts and fliers and bits and pieces I’ve collected in the last week to make a little fold-up collage that I could send tomorrow.
Other than that, I bought some insanely-priced socks and a couple of tiny bottles of the other Kin flavours so I could try them while I was here. A little toast to the first chapter of my journey ending and being such a success.