"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Interested in apricots these days?  I find the fresh ones are nice but they have to be the perfect texture.  The truth is I prefer to cook with them, I'm going to bake these ones into some kind of tart later today.
 I put out some apricot jam for breakfast when our good friends Wendy and Barry came to visit.   Is Bonne Maman the most perfect jam or what?  I know I am swayed by those darling red-checked lids, but still, it is a jam with a true French taste.
I made myself busy last week sewing up some silk draperies and I did a really dreadful job at it.  I made one drapery panel about ten inches too short!  Well at least I have a set of fetching tie-backs for the drapes.   I bought those in France, I think I wanted to bring a little of that Versailles attitude home with me.
 Would you like to meet the newest addition to the Mop Philosophy garden?  This is Rebecca.  Isn't she beautiful?  We find her very calming and we enjoy looking at her in different light as the sun moves across the garden.
Rebecca with the urn is a symbol of kindness and generosity.  She's a good reminder of worthy priorities, don't you think?

Have you been wondering what we'll be reading for the next Mop Philosophy Book Club?
Wonder no more.  We'll be tackling To The Lighthouse.  I hope you'll join me.  It is a slim book which has a reputation for being a bit difficult.  I have never read it and I think it will be very satisfying to know that we can discuss it together.  Especially when I am feeling confused by it.
Let's give ourselves plenty of time, shall we?  We'll have our meeting to discuss this book on Saturday September 21st.

I hope your week is off to a pleasant start.  We might even have our Royal Baby today!
xoxDani

28 comments:

  1. I love Rebecca and all she represents! How beautiful and serene! Am thrilled that we will be doing To the Lighthouse as I've never read it...loved Mrs. Dalloway and A Room of One's Own, but never ventured beyond for some reason! Have a lovely week everyone!

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    1. Rebecca... lovely name and meaning. One of my favourites! I am so happy you'll be joining us for the book club, it should be an interesting read and discussion. Hope your own week is excellent.

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  2. I can vouch the beauty of Rebecca - I wondered if she puts down her vessel in the middle of the night, pulls up one of your chairs and lights a smoke? It would be tiring, I think, to look so beautiful and be so hardworking all at the same time... hey wait - that's all of us!

    I love Bon Maman - we buy it too! I made strawberry jam two weeks ago, but really, it became Strawberry sauce/jam - it didn;t set due to my own carelessness... sigh... Hoping for better luck with the blueberry or raspberry...

    Yay for the next book selection - have to dig it out of the back room! I have not read it for 25+ years - it is tough going at times, but so worth it!

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    1. Wenders I'll be relying on you for your expertise in the next book club.. I can't wait. Now I have the image of Rebecca up to shenanigans, but maybe she waits until our solar lights go out... about 4am?
      I'm terrible at making jam but I did put up some pickles yesterday, much easier!

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  3. I will reread it but I remember liking it a lot.

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    1. Naomi good news, I'm looking forward to your take on it! I hope things are going well at the spa, you must have a week or so left, are you feeling incredible?

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  4. I loved Virginia Woolf's novels which reminds me that I need to retread some of her work.
    I made curtains many years ago and it was a difficult and tedious job but one that stretched my skills and I am happy with the end results which hang in our bungalow dining room.
    Your garden statue is quite lovely! All the grand gardens that I have visited have interesting ornamentation and it is something that I need to look into for our wee patch.
    Have a fun week dani

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    1. Hi Hostess, I wasn't careful with my measuring and it shows, oh well I think I have an idea on how to fix the drapes.
      I think statuary in a garden is an excellent finishing touch, it's the juxtaposition of classical form and changing landscape.. really beautiful. I don't think we'll be able to stop at one statue!

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  5. I'm looking forward to rereading this.

    Funnily enough, I am making my annual batch of apricot honey jam today! The heat has gone so the pots are firing up. Nothing but apricots, honey and lemon juice. Next, on to the blueberry jam-- just berries, sugar and lemon. I'm teaching a friend how to do it later today.

    Rebecca seems a lovely personage to have about.

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    1. Lane hands up here on the lesson! Your jam sounds beautiful. I'm happy you like Rebecca, isn't she elegant!

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  6. I'm looking forward to rereading this.

    Funnily enough, I am making my annual batch of apricot honey jam today! The heat has gone so the pots are firing up. Nothing but apricots, honey and lemon juice. Next, on to the blueberry jam-- just berries, sugar and lemon. I'm teaching a friend how to do it later today.

    Rebecca seems a lovely personage to have about.

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  7. My father has a beautiful water feature that looks roughly like Rebecca. We call her The Lady with Two Jugs...it ain't because of the two jars she carries ;) I will give the book a go. I do need something to read.

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    1. Blue Booby, well, that is the thing about some statues... I find Rebecca quite modest but there have been some remarks about her body nonetheless. This water feature sounds quite nice, I've got my eye on a three tiered fountain, the sound of the water bubbling would be quite calming I'm thinking.
      I'm very happy you'll be joining us for the book... you know I enjoy your take on things!

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  8. Oh! To the Lighthouse is one of my favorites. So much so that I made it a major text for the third chapter of my dissertation.

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    1. philosophotarian, well I hope you'll mark the date for the discussion, please come back and weigh in!

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  9. LOTS TO LOVE Babies (previous), a new book club selection, apricot treats. Lots to love this week Dani. Just popping in to say "hi" and put me down for a virtual tart slice. Lane's jams sound lovely and homely too - rivalling Bon Maman.

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    1. GF I'm sure Lane's would be better than Bonne Maman which is high praise! Yes Babies! Wish you were closer for the apricot treat, hope your week is off to a brilliant start!

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  10. Rebecca is a beautiful addition to your garden! Love apricot jam as well. As a kid, I used to collect the mini pots of Bon Maman from hotels. We are going to attempt making jam from our black raspberries - with the heat and humidity, we got a bumper crop and the fridge is filled with piles of raspberries which we must do something with before they spoil. Hopefully it won't go awry, I have never made jam before!

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    1. Louise I still collect those mini pots I can't help it. Ooooh good luck with the jam, I bet it will be perfect, you will have a firm grasp of the science of canning!

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  11. Oh! You know how to pick 'em! I bailed on the last book club deadline (but cherish the fact that the discussion is still up there for me to read when I'm done). But this! This book is my own! I can't not participate!

    Thank you, Dani!

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    1. maqsad so happy you are pleased with the selection.... looking forward to your thoughts on it!

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  12. Just stopping by to say hi. I envy those that have time for reading. I can't wait for the day I have a little freedom & concentration to do so ;)

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    1. Gigi you'll have time when MiniG is older and she's busy with friends etc, but right now I can understand the time is not there, especially as a working Mom!

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  13. I've never been able to get the lids off of jars of Bonne Maman jams. Does anyone else have this issue?

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    1. Susan try whacking the lid with a butter knife all around the perimeter, that usually loosens the seal for me. Another trick I use is to wear rubber cleaning gloves to open the jars, good traction! Hope you're well, I was thinking of you as I'm reading that Astrowives book right now and so much of it takes place in Texas!

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  14. I am three days late to this post, so behind on my blogging and reading! I love apricots but I prefer to eat them fresh. I started to salivate just looking at the image of them in your post.

    Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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  15. Hi Dani,
    My last purchase of Apricots were a bit on the woody side so they were baked in a tart. I prefer them picked fresh from the tree. Yum Scrum.

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