Two summers ago, whilst in Exeter, Devonshire, I made a purchase at the local market, held on a Saturday in the Exeter Cathedral close.
The purchase? Three jars of delight from a shop in north Devonshire: Proper Marmalade.
At Sunday breakfast, I finished the last jar.
I saw this marmalade for sale at Borough Market in London last month, but didn’t purchase any. My suitcase was already at weight, and I had little wiggle room to bring home delectables. (I did, however, find some room for a brick of Caerphilly cheese.)
I’m now regretting this Proper Marmalade decision.
You see, this brand is not sold here in the USA, and the small operation in Devonshire does not currently ship to the USA. I tried to order this week some of their flavors: blood orange, quince, Seville, lemon. All to no avail.
I may have B find some and ship it to me.
And now I’m off to Dierberg’s to peruse their selection of international jams.
Exeter Cathedral, England, before singing Evensong.
My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.
Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.
But summer holiday is filled, as usual. I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research. Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.
The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends. I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!
But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .
JC outside the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni. Prague 2009.
2005. On Nanjing Lu, the main shopping street, Shanghai.
At Exeter Cathedral, England.
Esterhazy, Austria. The tomb of Haydn.
From the Church of St. Konstandinos, Hyrda, Greece.
I was looking for one particular photo this weekend, and in doing so was struck by the loveliness of some of the snaps from July 2016 on my UK tour.
Here are some of the nature and architectural photos I took in England this last summer:
Apparently the water table is high in Truro, since water was running in stone gutters all over town.
Train tracks at Cromer
Bucolic pasture scene.
Not Truro, but Cornwall.
Swan, with four cygnets, each preening.
Flowers in The Shard, 60+ floors up.
Notice the stuffed animal in the organ pipes.
A pre-new-year photo:
Noodles with beef.
Hong Kong Island carousel:
A carnival, viewed from the carousel.
Sky 100 building.
From the carousel.
On the carousel.
Before the carousel.
Hong Kong Island, from the carousel.
Other random shots:
Skateboards as wall decoration in a shopping mall.
Aboard the harbour ferry.
The view from the hotel entrance.