Clothing of course make up a good part of the inventory but fortunately my weight loss has made it easier to pick out what will come to Canada with me and what will be left behind. If it looks like I stole if from my big brother's closet then off to the parish box it goes. And kitchen and dining "stuff" is not far behind. Do we really need 5 complete sets of diner service? And if not which ones do we get rid of and how? Do the parish poor really need porcelain finger bowels? Did we really need porcelain finger bowls????
|A work in progress - one of the bookcases has had the first go through - a second more ruthless culling is to come. The CD collection at the right will be next!|
But those choices are as nothing compared to sorting through the CDs and books. Though CDs do make it easier than it was with vinyl - oh my god what a task that use to be - and with downloads it seems to be becoming even easier. But the books - there is always the books. Though I have yet to try it I can see something like Kindle being great for novels but hardly the thing for perusing Allessandro Sanquirico - Designs for Opera in 18th century Italy. And besides there is something about holding a book in your hands - the feel and smell of the paper - that can't be replaced by plastic. But books do take up space - lots and lots of space. So today was "go through and weed out the books" day #1.
In some cases it was easy - that 12 year old guide to Warsaw was now, like many of the attractions it listed, just a curiosity; will I ever reread Harry Potter - I don't think so; the biography of Vincent Massey, of our first Canadian born Governor General - interesting the first time but... Others were more of a struggle - do I really want to keep all of Donna Leon's murder mysteries - yes! Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Lady Detective series - no! And so it goes - separating literary wheat from chaff, knowing full well that my chaff may be someone else's bread and butter. Hmm bit of a mixed metaphor but I'm sure you get my meaning. Fortunately there is an English library at Santa Susana where all books are welcome. And at least one friend wants to see what we have before we give them away.
|The book I have had the longest - Milton Cross's Complete Stories of the Great Operas. A Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law in 1956. Worn, torn, well-thumbed and used as recently as two months ago as research for a review.|
At the time I received it I believed that Mr Cross had written all 76 stories by himself - after all he was Mr Opera! Of course he was merely the editor but whoever did write it - probably a committee effort - did so with a good grasp of the music, a great sense of the dramatic, attention to detail and never talked down to the reader - unlike not a few books of the genre. And though I may know some of the stories by heart it still serves as a great reference and a good read. It won't be going to any ex-pat library anytime soon.
In the meantime 35 of the "chafe" have found a new home when our friend Cindi came over this afternoon to "just take a look". Next - the CDS!
03 aprile - San Riccardo di Chichester