Yet, I feel,If someone said on Christmas Eve,'Come; see the oxen kneel,'In the lonely barton by yonder coombOur childhood used to know,'I should go with him in the gloom,Hoping it might be so.'Thomas Hardy
I particularly like that quote, it certainly captures the desire for a bit of magic in the world.
I hope you have a relaxing break and a delightful merry Christmas!
Thank you, I hope yours was good too.
I do love your books and alcohol pairings. Someone gave us a 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape for Christmas and I paired it with Alice in Wonderland . . .Happy New Year and thank you for your fine blog.
Now I wouldn't have thought of pairing Chateauneuf du P with Alice in Wonderland (with Laurence Durrell's Avignon novels maybe) but I shall try it next time I go through the looking glass.Once I drank a bottle of Normandy cider while reading John Bunyan's The Death of Mr Badman (Hesperus).Bunyan's prose felt as dry and icy as the beverage.I prefer the taste of cider to Calvinism.J Haggerty
Thank you, Mary - that's very kind of you to say. Chateauneuf with its hint of spice, and dark fruit flavours suddenly feels very queen of hearts. I hope you have a lovely new year too.Jack, its an interesting comparison! Probably because I work with wine I find it surprisingly helpful to think about it, and other drinks, in relation to books - it's certainly turned out to be a useful way to remember wines.