Happy 2019 [and Another Sweater]!

Happy New Year! May 2019 be a wonderful, healthy and prosperous one for you. I’ve just returned to London from two restful and quiet weeks in the Tyrolean Alps, with lots of sleep, reading, catching up with old friends – and also some knitting. Pattern: Chocolate Stout by Thea Colman Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes WorstedContinue reading “Happy 2019 [and Another Sweater]!”

Summer Relaxation [and Some Knitting]

Over the last months, I have spent quite some time on the peaceful island which is the garden of my South London home, trying to squeeze yet another PhD chapter out of my confused and tired brain. Writing was [and is] particularly difficult this time, which I guess has to do with the fact that the project isContinue reading “Summer Relaxation [and Some Knitting]”

Happy New Year!

I have just returned to London after my annual Christmas hibernation in the Tyrolean Alps, which this year, was even better than usual: On Christmas Day morning, we woke up to one metre of freshly fallen snow which over night, had covered the mountains, trees, houses and stables in its silent white wintry sheets. TheContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Three trips to Hungary

As you will remember, earlier this year I returned to Oxford 15 years after my first visit there. Only a few days later, [m] and I visited Brighton, and while we were there I realized that I’d first been to Brighton a whole 20 years ago, back in 1992. And, a little while ago, I wentContinue reading “Three trips to Hungary”

An old letter to the Christkind

Earlier this year, when I wrote a series of posts about My ancestors’ books, I left out one particular book, i.e. Das Buch der Erfindungen, Gewerbe und Industrien [The book of inventions, crafts and industries] published in 1895. Despite its title, this is actually not a single book but a 9-volume encyclopedia: It’s quite fancyContinue reading “An old letter to the Christkind”

My ancestors’ books, pt. 4: Stitches

I post this as the fourth and final instalment of My ancestors’ books, though technically it’s not about a book but about this little black box: This box, however, is stored with my ancestors’ books and obviously belongs with them. Its black colour and sombre appearance seems curiously appropriate, since its content is made upContinue reading “My ancestors’ books, pt. 4: Stitches”

My ancestors’ books, pt. 3: Kisses

If you looked closely at the images in yesterday’s post, you will have realised that the book with the clover isn’t a prayer book but a dictionary. More precisely, it’s this… … pocket-size German-Czech dictionary, published in 1923. Even though this was five years after the end of the Habsburg Empire, Austria still had closeContinue reading “My ancestors’ books, pt. 3: Kisses”