Better than pistols at dawn any day metaphorically speaking.
Back to our local Auction House, Tennants of Leyburn, today, past the mini covered in old pennies that I featured in a post last week, and into the Cafe with friend S for a chat and a friendly lunch.
Two hours in which we ate paninis with salad (mine was ham, gruyere and piccallili), drank coffee and covered a wide variety of topics. We never run out of things to chat about.
During our lunch we could sit and look on the big screen too, the screen showing details of items in the forthcoming Sale with their estimated value. I must say that there was a time when I would have positively drooled over some of the Chinese porcelain, some of the beautiful jewellery, paintings and furniture. Now I no longer have any desire for any more 'stuff' whatever its value.
Because the sale is a very important one and is starting this Friday the Auction House was abuzz with dealers all taking the opportunity to assess the goods and mark their catalogues prior to auction day and then come into the Cafe for lunch and a bottle of wine.
Now to the latest Salley Vickers book I have read. I have already recommended two - Miss Garnett's Angel and Aphrodite's Hat. Now here is another one to add to the collection - equally brilliant so do look out for it - 'The Cleaner of Chartres' - an elegantly witty story full of intricately woven patterns and such interesting character studies. Do try to get hold of it.