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European Art History Meme:

Minoan Art: 

One of Europe’s earliest societies often painted frescos, made pottery, and carved stone sculptures while having great appreciation of the natural world around them. x x

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"There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later."

George Orwell

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Eartha Kitt - I Wish You Love

I wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your heart a song to sing

I wish you health, but more than wealth, I wish you love

And in July, a lemonade to cool you in some leafy glade

And then a kiss, but more than this, I wish you love

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"When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?"
— Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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"The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."

Ken Kesey

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Chet Baker - Everything Happens To Me

album: Chet in Paris, Vol. 2

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PEAR & ALMOND FRANGIPANE TART

5 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scarped out with the tip of a knife

1/2 tsp almond essence

peel from 1 lemon

3 Berre Bosc or William pears

Pastry:

1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup ground almonds

1/2 cup icing sugar

60g chilled butter, chopped

1 egg yolk (keep white)

1/2 tsp almond essence

1 tbsp ice water

Frangipane:

100g butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 egg and 1 egg yolk

1 1/3 cups ground almond

1 tbsp plain flour

1/2 tsp almond essence

1/4 cup icing sugar for dusting

250ml softly whipped cream 

1 tbsp Amaretto or similar liqueur

1 tbsp icing sugar 

(optional to serve)

Put all ingredients (including vanilla bean seeds) except the pears in a big wide pot and bring to the boil stirring for a few minutes to dissolve sugar, then reduce to a simmer. In the meantime carefully peel your pears then put all together into the simmering liquid, if they are not fully covered add a little more water to cover them. Leave to cook for about 10 minutes if you have already ripe pears, 20 minutes for almost ripe pears and 35 minutes for absolutely rock hard. Test for doneness by piercing one to ensure the it is just soft but not mushy. Once the pears are cooked, remove carefully with a slotted spoon and put in a container, standing upright, and pour poaching liquid around to cover. Once cool core and cut into eighths- you may not use every piece, but the left over slices are delicious!

"I am the soul stretching into
the furthest reaches of my fingers
and beyond"

Philip Levine, from Last Words

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Pursuit of Happiness by Andrea Benson

Pursuit of Happiness by Andrea Benson

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