Last night we went over to our neighbors' house for drinks. We were they till almost midnight. What great neighbor's!
Lately I've been trying to eat better...since I had my cholesterol checked a few weeks ago and it was a little high. So, for breakfast I've been having:
This morning our landlords came over to pick up their mail and remove a couch they had left here...They are the best landlords we could hope for...we are very blessed!
Today we spent a good part of the day shopping! We bought a nice rug for the living room.....
We looked all over for a coffee table and side table for the living room...but nothing has hit us as being "it" yet...so we're still looking. Last week when we were in Belgium we bought a tapestry for the wall and some pillows for the couch:
Still Life attributed to David Davidz. de Heem c. 1660 - 70. National Gallery. London.
|The Montacute Tapestry|
History, heraldry and horticulture
Apollo, June 1993
One of the rarest treasures of the National Trust is a millefleurs tapestry of a French knight on horseback at Montacute House in Somerset. The tapestry has nothing to do with Montacute, having arrived there recently and by chance, but the knight was involved in a turning point of European history, and the tapestry made at the end of his life in 1481 celebrates his triumphs in fifteenth century war and politics.
The knight has been identified as Jean de Daillon, Seigneur du Lude and Governor of the Dauphine, by the coat of arms in the top left hand of the tapestry - 'Quarterly, in the first and last azure, a cross engrailed argent; in the second and third, gules fretty or, a canton argent charged with a crescent sable; and as an inshield, gules, six escutcheons or.' Jean de Daillon's parents were of noble extraction, the crosses of Daillon he inherited from his father and quartered them with the crescents of his mother's family, but they were not eminent and no text explains why, as a child, Jean came to be a playmate of the dauphin - the future Louis XI. They understood one another well. If Jean of necessity outdid Louis in charm, and Louis was the master of intrigue, they shared the same self-interest. In his letters to Daillon the King repeated what must have been a childhood catchphrase, part affectionate, part cynical, 'Take care of Maitre Jean and I'll take care of Maitre Louis'.
We put it all together:
We went to the furniture stores downtown Haarlem, but nothing struck us, so we came home empty handed (except for some kaas-cheese!). We had a nice dinner at the Doria Cafe and then went to a movie. That's it for today!!!