Lucknam Park

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

I have a feeling that our times are equal interesting as Dicken’s time in his book ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’. The plot was centering on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror. Oh well, I cannot predict the future not even what is going to happen in the near future, the only I know is that we deserve a break from the bombardment of the bad news and the everyday anxiety of what’s next. For that reason I’m posting some photos from the Lucknam Park, a country house near Bath which  I visited recently. It is a lovely and serene place and transmits this calmness even through the pictures. Enjoy your weekend!

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18th-century Palladian Mansion

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Michelin star  Restaurant

 

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Minack Theatre : A Small Wonder In Cornwall

If you were asking me some days ago which is the most spectacular open-air theatre in Europe, probably my answer would be the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece or the Seebuhne in Lake Constance, Austria  but I didn’t know that there is a third one in the same league as the above! The  Minack(rocky place)  theatre is a really a small wonder  at the far end of Cornwall at Porthcurno, close to Land’s End. A small open-air theatre constructed on a granite cliff and overlooking the spectacular panorama of the Porthcurno bay in the Atlantic ocean. This theatre was the vision  and labour of Rowena Cade  who managed to construct this theatre at the end of her garden with the help of her gardener.  The very first performance, the Tempest was  on 16 August of 1932. The theatre opens between April-September with various performances (see the programme at https://www.minack.com/calendar-2/

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View of the theatre from the top.

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The name of each theatrical performance has been curved on the granite’s seats.

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View from the cafe of Minack Theatre

The place has its own microclimate and the view is beyond imagination. As I was admiring the view (pic. below), the beach with the gold sand and huge waves, one gentleman  next to me told me “I have never imagined that I can experience something like that in England. It seems to me that I’m somewhere in the Continent”.

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Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House (picture above), decided that the cliffs below her garden would be the perfect setting for a theatre  and over the winter of 1931 and into 1932 she and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, moved endless granite boulders and earth, creating the lower terraces of the theatre, much as they are today”(source at https://www.minack.com/our-history-1)

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Rowena Cadet (1893-1983) an inspiring woman who used her money, labour and influence during a very hard period in Europe (between the two World Wars) and left a remarkable legacy. Sometimes the willpower and determination of an individual can make wonders!

Bambi, A life In The Woods

A Sunday walk in the park with the deer! They are lovely companions when they don’t feel threatened! The latter can apply to everyone even to  humans!

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When Bambi has his first encounter with “He”—the animals’ term for humans— terrifies him. The man raises a firearm and aims at him; Bambi flees at top speed, joined by his mother.

 

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Bambi meets his Aunt Ena, and her twin fawns Faline and Gobo. They quickly become friends and share what they have learned about the forest.

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Bambi gets used to being alone at times.

 

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“When Bambi has grown gray and is “old”, the old Prince shows him that man is not all powerful by showing him the dead body of a man who was shot and killed by another man” -Bambi, a life in the woods.

 

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Have a great week !

 

Covent Garden’s best kept secret

It is a common knowledge that Covent Garden is one of the busiest place in the heart of London and the place of the Royal Opera House, but very few know that on the rooftop of the Opera  there is a cafe with the best view. So if you feel overwhelmed with the crowd  and noise of the market square, pop in the corner entrance of the Opera and have a relaxing time with a cup of tea and a panoramic view of central London.

 

 

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There is live music as you going up and down the escalators and has nothing to do with the ‘dentist/elevator  music’.

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Opera House restaurant

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P.S. Happy Easter to everyone  ! Καλό Πάσχα στα Ελληνάκια!

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Kate and Me : presents for the In-Laws:Special Issue

As you see, I’m trying hard to add value in this friendship with my fellow bloggers and followers of this blog. I never forget to carry with me my little Lumix and take interesting snapshots –Bloggers never sleep as the city of New York
This post could have a title :One day in London

The start of the day was a perfect festive Christmas start. Christmas Carols with the girls at the local church

Later, as I was browsing the shop windows I came across a very familiar person.For a second, I couldn’t work out where I know her. When I realized who is who, it was too late, her bodyguard said to her to turn her back

Her stature is quite impressive even from close up. I have to say, she had an anxious expression in her face. Who will not be in her case. Even me, I was anxious about my choice of presents for my in-laws.

Kate, I think, has a soft touch for bald men or bald to be..

On the way back, I bought two bunches of Mistletoe and I’ll hang outside the door waiting for Johnny.According to an ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss 😉

P.S. Και με λίγα- όπως ένα κλαράκι απο ένα λουλούδι- μπορείτε να χαρείτε αυτές τις γιορτινές ημέρες !

Where it all happens: Penelope’s Bath

Η Πηνελόπη Οnline “γυρίστηκε”-εκτός από τα κανάλια του Διαδικτύου- στη όμορφη πόλη του Μπάθ: Παρακάτω είναι μερικοί δρόμοι,cafe, μαγαζιά, σπίτια όπου η Πηνελόπη και οι υπόλοιποι χαρακτήρες κυκλοφορoύν (και οπλοφορούν)/
The Penelope Online setting- except the channels on the internet- is the beautiful city of Bath. The following pictures are a kind of trailing the path of the characters in the city.



Tο περίφημο Circus cafe όπου η Πηνελόπη γράφει το βιβλίο της “Οταν το σουβλάκι συνάντησε τα Φις εντ Τσιπς” .. The famous Circus cafe where Penelope writes her book “When Souvlaki met Fish and Chips”

Milsom Street : ο κεντρικός δρόμος του Μπάθ με τα περισσότερα μαγαζιά. Απαραίτητο σουλάτσο, τουλάχιστον μία ή δύο φορές την εβδομάδα, για να μας δούν και να τους δούμε, όπως εκείνα τα παλιά καλά χρόνια που δεν είχαμε facebook/ Bath’s high street.Walking up and down the street in order to see and to be seen as the olden days when we didn’t have the facebook.


John St: το τυράδικο Paxton & Whitfield όπου η Πηνελόπη αγοράζει τα τυριά της εκτός από φέτα. Την τελευταία την κάνει ειδική παραγγελία στην θεία Ευταλία/ Paxton & Whitfield-the famous cheesemonger- where Penelope buys her cheeses except feta. The latter, she orders from her auntie Eutalia


Μilsom St:Paperchase : To μαγαζί όπου η Πηνελόπη προμηθεύεται την γραφική της ύλη, όπως κάθε καλός και ‘παραδοσιακός’ συγγραφέας (με χαρτί και με μολύβι)./ Penelope buys all her writing stuff from Paperchase like all the traditional authors (with paper and pencil).


Μilsom St : Vinegar Hill(διακόσμηση για το σπίτι και είδη δώρων) : Tακτικός θαμώνας του είναι η Μπέα, όπου σε κάθε της επίσκεψη σηκώνει σχεδόν όλη τη βιτρίνα. Αντιθέτως, η Πηνελόπη μόνο χαζεύει και ακουμπάει τα αντικείμενα του μαγαζιού τουλάχιστον μια φορά την εβδομάδα. It’s a shop for house decoration and presents. Bea is a regular customer there, most of the times she buys the whole shop’s window. On the contrary, Penelope is just browsing or touching the objects at least once a week.


Αssembly rooms : To μουσείο μόδας στο Μπάθ όπου γίνονται οι περισσότερες γιορτές της τάξης Δημιουργικής Γραφής που παρακολουθεί η Πηνελόπη./This the fashion museum in Bath and a meeting place for celebrations, such as the Writing course which Penelope is following.


Catharine Place St: O λιλιπούτειος αγαπημένος δρόμος της Πηνελόπης και δρόμος που οδηγεί προς το μέγαρο του Μεγάλου κύριου Νικ./ This Liliputian street is Penelope’s favourite one. The same street ends up to the Great Nick’s mansion.


Old King st: Bonhams :Αντικερί και κέντρο δημοπρασιών έργων τέχνης. Τακτικός θαμώνας ο Μεγάλος κύριος Νικ./
Bonhams is the famous auction house where Great Nick is a regular.


Royal Crescent : Απο τις πιο ακριβές διευθύνσεις στο κόσμο. Στο σημείο της πρασινάδα(φωτο) είναι και η είσοδος του ξενοδοχείου Royal Crescent – λόγω διατηρητέου δεν επιτρέπονται ταμπέλες κλπ.- όπου η Πηνελόπη δίνει όλα τα ραντεβού της….. /Royal Crescent is from the most expensive address in the world. The spot with the greenery is the hotel’s entrance -there is no signs because of the scheduled buildings rules. And Penelope’s meeting point.


Queen st: Eνα άλλο μικρό δρομάκι μέσα στο κέντρο του Μπαθ με μικρά μαγαζάκια και cafe όπου η Πηνελόπη συναντάει την φίλη της, την Αννέκ, για να μιλήσουν, όπως συνήθως, σχετικά με την θέση της γυναίκας μέσα σε αυτήν την “άτιμη” κοινωνία του 21ου αιώνα./ Another Bath’s little street with little shops and cafes where Penelope meets her friend Anneke to talk, as usual, about the woman’s status in this infamy society of 21st century.


Gay st: Jane Austen Μuseum : Λίγο παραπάνω από το μουσείο είναι το πρώτο διαμέρισμα που νοίκιασε η οικογένεια της Tζέιν στο Μπάθ. H Πηνελόπη περνάει συχνά από εδώ./Further up from the museum, Jane Austen’s family had its first rented apartment in Bath.


για να φτάσει στη μεγάλη πλατεία Circus-έργο του αρχιτέκτονα John Wood- να στρίψει αριστερά για το στέκι της το Circus cafe./ to arrive in the big circle-by the architect John Wood-to turn left for her regular coffee place.


Μια από τις πόρτες που μπαινοβγαίνει η Πηνελόπη και οι φίλοι της./ One of the doors which Penelope and her friends use regularly.

To σπίτι-μέγαρο- του Μεγάλου κύριου Νικ και της Μπέας όπου παίρνουν μέρος τα ωραιότερα πάρτι στη μικρή πόλη του Μπάθ./ Great Nick’s and Bea’s mansion where the best parties in town are taking place.


Το χώλ του σπιτιού του παραπάνου ζεύγους./The couple’s house great entrance

Y.Γ. H έκδοση του βιβλίου Πηνελόπη Οnline προγραμματίζεται για το μήνα Οκτώβριο, την ίδια στιγμή, ίσως και νωρίτερα, θα προβληθούν διαφημιστικά σποτάκια στην ‘τιβούλα’, Αnt1, Αlter… Η ίδια η συγγραφέας προγραμματίζει να κάνει την παρουσίαση εντός και εκτός Αθηνών 😉

P.S : Penelope Online is going to be published in October, the same time even earlier, there will be advertising trailers in the main Greek TV channels Ant1, Alter… The author will launch the book in Athens and some other cities of Greece.

The virgin of the Chelsea flower show

‘You cannot carry on being a virgin’ , my friend, Richard, told me the other day and he managed to upset me. Of course, I defended myself with the obvious argument : my two children are my living proof of my marriage’s consummation. Later, Richard was more explicit by explaining my virginity in terms of my exposure to   the Chelsea flower show. So many years in England and  I had never paid a visit to the biggest flower show on earth-the annual celebration of the British middle class hobby, aka gardening. The only reason, that I didn’t  visit  it so many years, was because I didn’t want to abase my status so early. I left this activity  for my pension years.
But Richard, the ultimate social organizer human being, judged that the time arrived for me to be exposed in one of the British social miracles. He managed to get a ticket for me, his mother (putting her in the wheelchair for comfort), brother , sister in law and three other  friends. And the team of 8 people was ready, in  front of the gate of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, to queue in order to enter into the garden of Eden.  But the Greeks even in the paradise-let alone the bankruptcy- want to go alone and so I did. It was inconceivable for me to follow Richard’s team spirit and somewhere, in the middle of   strolling around the gardens cooing phrases like ‘ how sweet’, darling….’, I took my own way to  experience all by myself-as every Greek who honors his/her genes- the sense of paradise in this corner of London by the river.

 

Είπα να μην το ξεφτιλίσω από τόσο νωρίς και αρχίζω και επισκέπτομαι εκθέσεις με κήπους και λουλούδια. ΄Αλλωστε τι θα κάνω στα χρόνια της σύνταξης; Αλλά ο φίλος μου, ο Ρίτσαρντ, είχε διαφορετική γνώμη και μου είπε  ότι ήρθε η στιγμή να χάσω την παρθενιά μου όσον αφορά την Εκθεση Κήπων στο Τσέλση. O Ρίτσαρντ είναι το πιο οργανωμένο και κοινωνικό άτομο που έχω γνωρίσει ποτέ. Κατάφερε και έβγαλε εισιτήρια για μένα, την μαμά του (την έβαλε στο καροτσάκι για να την μεταφέρει με πιο άνεση),τον αδελφό του, την γυναίκα του αδελφού του και τρείς άλλους φίλους! Και όλοι μαζί- ομάδα 8 ατόμων- περιμέναμε στην ουρά για να μπούμε στο κήπο της Εδέμ. Αλλά οι ‘Ελληνες ακόμα και στον παράδεισο-αφήστε την χρεωκοπία κατά μέρος-θέλουν να πάνε μόνοι τους. ΄Ετσι και εγώ στα μεσά της διαδρομής, θαυμάζοντας τους κήπους και αναφωνόντας διάφορες αγγλικές φιλοφρονήσεις, τους εγκατέλειψα για να ζήσω αυτήν την εμπειρία  μόνη μου, όπως κάθε Ελληνας που τιμά τα γονίδια του. Και είδα τα παρακάτω θαύματα που πήραν μέρος σε μία γωνιά του Λονδίνου κοντά στο ποτάμι.


 

The next post will continue with more flowers and  gardens for warm climates.

Το επόμενο πόστ θα συνεχίσει με περισσότερα λουλούδια και κήπους για θερμά κλίματα.