Other than that . . .
Please enjoy a nice browse through some of our favorite books and magazines below. Have a sweet day and thanks for coming - -
How is your October so far? Today was sunny and cloudy and chilly. Here I write this sitting on the sofa wearing my coat and scarf to stay warm-- ah and here's my new fingerless gloves, too. They only cost $1-something so I bought two pairs, black and grey.
I'd like to share a picture book for children from 1995 that I found one night at the thrift store. It's of a town called Saratov on the Volga River in the somewhat southwestern part of Russia.
My good friend and housemate (who also happens to be a plushie) is originally from Russia, so I bought it as a little souvenir for him to see some of his homeland, even if it's not exactly where he was from. A mustached marching band matryoshka is the only thing Russian that I had, so for his sake it was a really nice find.
(now if only he'd tell me what all the writing is about!)
The more and more we look at the just-about-300-pages of photos from the seemingly distant era of the time when we were both growing up, I become more and more enchanted by this new place. It's really too bad I can't show you more photos of it-- and even more too bad that I could hardly find another copy of this book anywhere online-- because it's so cool to look into the day-to-day of a country and town that seems worlds away to me here in my little town.
It's really baffling sometimes to think how old some places in the old countries really are. Around here, the oldest town is called Jacksonville and was built around the gold rush. The oldest buildings there date back to the late 1800s. It really seems old to me, but then I think about how that's when Sherlock Holmes stories were from (!) Most likely, no white people knew there was gold there (or just some crazy prospectors ^^) when the Dickens or Jules Verne books sitting on my shelf were written. We live in such a new place that it's a wonder that we even have those pretty Victorian style houses here.
It almost seems unfair at times that other people around the world get to live in such old and history-rich places. I really like old stuff ....... sometimes I have a fantasy of living in a cottage from the 1930s or 40s. Some of the houses and buildings in this book that people live in-- I can only image how old those must be.
There's something beautiful, something romantic, something melancholy about it......... I don't like to hear about the cruelties and hardships of history if I can help it, so I romanticize old things probably a bit too much. Oh well.......... if the world were split into newspaper reporters and poets, I think I'd opt to be a poet.
My favorite page in the whole book is of the brass band in the snow by the ferris wheel.
"Тёплое дыхание оркестра."
Or as google translate says it -
"The warm breath of the orchestra."
I'm so glad to see most of them wearing gloves-- the few times it was cold and I was outside in the cold playing clarinet in my school band (now that I think of it, I can't remember very well when it was or why......) it wasn't nearly as cold as that because we never get a good snow like that, and my fingers were very froze.
Also I plan to get a fur hat like that for winter hehe.
Also it reminds me of the ferris wheel in The Third Man(!) Not to change the subject too much, but I'm seeing about bidding on a zither like the entire music score to that movie is played on. It turns out that nobody in Ashland that the people in the music shop know of plays zither, and since that's quickly becoming one of my favorite movies, it seems like it would be nice to fill that void in that so musical town hehe.
Ah! But I get so nervous about bidding on stuff ~___~ I prefer things that say buy it now............ anyways, it's kind of a secret between mum and friend, so don't tell everybody please!
Oh! But speaking of music, I got out a little wooden flute found at a garage sale some summers ago and started playing it again. It has a lovely sound-- in fact, I found a great video of a guy playing one just like it ^^ want to watch and listen? http://youtu.be/i_Qapks3MhI << that's it. I liked the idea of making a movie in front of the window so nobody sees you, so I played flute a little too and made it into a mini instagram video http://instagram.com/p/e70jFUnTgL/ << that's mine. I love how it's an instrument you can play reclined and relaxed, too......
There's only a bit more daylight left so I might go on a bicycle ride to end off my day off.
I hope you look for and find lovely vintage picture books of amazing places if you want, too. They're good for traveling, I think... especially if your idea of travel is back in time, too ^^
September seems to be quickly fading past, so before it's too late, let me share with you the September issue of Liniere magazine! This issue highlights the changing of summer into fall ......
I wasn't so much a fan of the fashion in this issue (it's very cute though, isn't it?) because it was such hot weather this August/September and all I wanted was to wish for winter and look at bundled-up cozy clothes for cold weather hehe. (Perhaps in the winter I'll feel more like looking at warm-weather clothes?)
My favorite for fashion was the street snaps at the craft fair-- couples and guys and families! It's cool seeing when couples/families match so well and so cute ^^ a little wish for someday .......
It's always fun to see foreign street snaps in Paris, too.
I found myself google-searching every street snap that had illustrator written as their occupation. And super curious about the one lady who had writer as her occupation......
That's one of the fun things that you can't really appreciate in camera pictures of the magazine-- all the little details here and there of interesting things ^^
There are some articles on vacations, and one for taking a little camping trip that's incredibly unbelievably cute and hints on making great food for camping and general camping in supreme style. Using Japanese camping as my inspiration, the first time I went camping, I brought a little bit of string lights and stuff to decorate and my family and friends thought it was amazing (?!). I guess they don't camp like this in Oregon.
Well..... why ever not? Aesthetics count in camping, too, does it not? I definitely agree hehe.
One last thing that was neat in this issue was the article on cooking delicious dishes using everyday canned foods. Canned tuna, crab, peach, spam, mixed beans, etc....... hehe it's so fun ^^ and the dishes look very nice, don't they? Canned foods make meals easier, and there's something definite and retro feeling about opening up a can. Like, I love peeling back the anchovy can lids.
Hopefully this cold season I'll stop being lazy and start cooking and baking again....
That's all for now! I hope you enjoy and please do support this magazine by buying an issue sometimes, okay? It's so much nicer to look through a real magazine and this one has a lot of pages of even more nice things for you to discover.
Today I have a special book-treat to share with you!
The day before yesterday after going to the camera shop in town, I thought it'd be nice to go to the bookstore nearby, too. The Book Wagon was closing in a few minutes, but all I wanted to do was look for some rare Jules Verne stories that I can never find anyways. (but still hope to look because treasure hunting is maybe more fun than finding treasure ^^)
On the rare off-chance, mum found a book there! It's a lovely little Taschen Paris black and white photo book. We're both getting inspired to be shooting a lot of black and white pictures come autumn, and this book and the movies we watch are very much making me wish for frosty mornings and falling leaves. Hmmm maybe I could show that book to you, too, sometime.......
This is a gigantic Japanese nature book for kids-- found on their sale shelf outside the door at the very last minute when the book man was closing up shop ^___^ You know I love nature books, and especially from across the world-- and especially if it's for kids and I can read lots of parts of it.
Funny enough, there's plants in there that I've only now begun to identify in our backyard because of this new book-- even with the help of so many books before they were left a mystery!
The book is separated into seasons (I love the Japanese love for seasons and everything seasonal.......), and of course my fingers wander toward the pages of fall-- and to my great satisfaction, the wonderful ginkgo tree has a prominent place in the book ^ ^ ...... I hardly ate any of the nuts harvested last year from the trees downtown...... I can't wait to roast some and have a yummy treat! But-- must wait until fall.....
There is also a section on seaweed (it helped me figure out aonori is probably the kind of seaweed I found on the beach last Sunday and brought home and hung up to dry in my room hehe), and mushrooms, and preserving plants and leaves, and even taking home souvenir seaweed and growing it in a jar of water.
This book causes me to remember how cool Japan really is. I may be a fan of other countries and places...... but Japan is still my favorite.
How I'd love to wander down her little roads and walkways again in the midst of the last of the summer humidity and the first of the autumn chill. Smile at how cute the school children are, be shy about waving hello to another stroller and then say hi after all, walk by a sweets stand and buy zunda-mochi.......... it's funny how in saying these things, I am brought back to those last couple days spent with my sister wandering around Kakunodate in northern Honshu. Maybe because that place reminded me the most of our temperate climate here up in the mountains..... or maybe because the first fall colors were just then showing up-- and cosmos blooming on the side of the road......
Maybe because the omiyage shop owner gave my sister some fresh, home-grown delicious apples,
Maybe because for once we weren't shopping all the time and were relaxing and just going where our feet were taking us.......
Maybe because they were our last days and we were soaking up every bit of memories possible.
Now then, how much money do I have in my savings-- and may I spend it all on a return pilgrimage to that little samurai town this October? Would it be enough? hehehe ... then again, the future looks dim as usual so I guess I'd better try and save as many pennies I can for when it's really needed. That's why I don't look to the future, just dream up the future in my own little way.
A return to Kakunodate is in order now-- if written into a story is the best I can do, then so it will be.
Thank you for giving me something new to dream about.....