My son just had a lovely birthday. He became in years what has always been my lucky number. St Patrick's Day just passed - the luck of the Irish..
Spring, daffodils, lambs gambolling and mewing for sustenance. Emerging from a long winter. A wonderful coloured, scented bloom in the garden.
This makes me think of luck. I am a huge believer - call it what you will. Fortune, good luck, karma, fate, coincidence. I have a great friend and mentor who is a lifelong sailor and yachtsman - he has so many lyrical superstitions and tales - I am endlessly enchanted.
I had a wonderful conversation yesterday on how lucky we are to be aware of the blessings of that which money can't buy - I hate to sound all worthy - it was mainly a conversation about the untold joys of Radio 4 Extra - currently with an adaptation of one of my favourite books Sons and Lovers.
I thought I might add the books I have on the go, I seem to have a particularly engaging Spring Selection :
Every Contact Leaves A Trace Elanor Dymott
Tales of Unease Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Happiness By Design Paul Dolan
I'll report back as I go.
I also can't get enough of the Shakespeare's Restless World podcasts. I play them on my Mac whilst I am working.
Tobias Smollett was born on this day in 1721. The link is to his work The Adventures of Humphrey Clinker. There is also a great Guardian piece from 2013 about the sad in my view demise of his influence and popularity. Got to love the name Roderick Random. He would of course be a huge influence on a certain Charles Dickens.
Today is also the birthday of David Livingstone , in 1831. He seems to have certainly established a connection between mosquitoes and malaria and enjoyed a good strike rate with his 'Livingstone's Rousers'.
Rembrandt's Titus was sold by Christie's for a record 760,000 guineas on this day in 1965.
March the 19th is the feast day of St. Joseph always falling during Lent and therefore a period of abstinence - dishes without meat are traditionally served.
Which leads me to the rather marvellously named sfinci di San Giuseppe traditionally prepared in Southern Italy on this day.