Monday, 31 January 2011

On a day with a glimmer of sunshine (at last),
I glimpsed a flash of lapis blue as last year's hyacinths begin to open (and felt glad they'd been reprieved from the bin).
I squeezed lemons into a bowl of pasta
And tore a bunch of green, peppery basil.
Poured a glass of cold wine
And settled down to a book
That evokes the colours and scents of Corfu.
A high-quality beach read is exactly right for grey days
Spent on the sofa
Instead of a deckchair.

8 comments:

Sue said...

Mmm.. blue seas and golden sands, sounds good. Corfu seems a popular setting for novels. I've read My Family and Other Animals of course, and a Mary Stewart whose title I can't remember but not this one or any of the others Amazon recommend.

Sue said...

Remembered it -This Rough Magic. Which reminds me that The Tempest is also supposed to be set on Corfu.

mary said...

Sue, this one is loosely - very loosely - based on Lawrence Durrell, but it's not much more than a woman's magazine-read with a literary gloss. I did try reading him many years ago but found him heavy going. Maybe I should try again with Prospero's Cell.
I'm definitely in the mood for blue seas and golden sands.

Sue said...

I tried Lawrence Durrell once too and found the same. He's much more fun seen through the eyes of his younger brother -maybe it was that image of him that made it difficult to read his novels.

mary said...

No, those two images of him don't really tally, do they? Though I think I read somewhere that Gerald took some artistic licence.

Darlene said...

Oh, I've never had pasta like that before...it sounds delicious! Enjoy your book and any sun that comes your way, Mary.

skirmishofwit said...

What wonderful colours you describe! I'm so happy that today was another sunshiny day - spring seems to be in the air!

mary said...

Hello Miranda, nice to see you back! Are we all coming out of hibernation?