The peace and quiet of solitude is a great pleasure when it is chosen rather than imposed. Rain drops tapping on the window and the hum of the computer keep the silence at bay whilst ginger bread has done the same for hunger. I shall deal with thirst later. Speaking of bread and wine I have just noticed that the German bishops have broken their silence on what will become of those strays from the flock who have decided to take a break from the government’s 8% religious tax. Their suggestion is that this relief will be merely temporal rather than eternal. A difficult choice between carping the diem or the apparently more promising aeternam. Rather non commercially the powers that be have decided that you pay your money and then they take your choice. It’s hard to imagine a restaurant thriving on the offer of a 25€ menu, the composition of which would only be revealed after the bill had first been settled. It may turn out that the composition of the 25€ menu is several dishes of thin air or on the other hand…..
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Clever, well informed Roger. Buying one’s way into heaven !? I’m amazed that any believer could be blackmailed in this way.
Like the photo, a lot.
Apparently, Germans are trying to get “unbaptised” to avoid the 8% religious tax!
I find it hard to believe that anyone believes, in this day and age 😉
That’s my view as well. Religion and politics are pretty much the core of the problem – and then, of course, there’s people:)
Love the photo – we have glasses just like that, and I just had a piece of toast with Strawberry Preserve on it, on bread just as in your photo!
They are my favourite glasses that we bought in the little town of Soller in Majorca in the 80’s. There was a little hardware shop in a back street that sold kitchen stuff as well. We shipped back a pile and still have some of it:)
I can smell that gingerbread from here, Roger.
It’s good, I can tell you:)
Hmm…if that glass holds something of an alcoholic nature, then I wouldn’t mind that kind of fasting.
I can follow that reasoning:)
I love ” A difficult choice between carping the diem or the apparently more promising aeternam.”. Tickled me, that did. Might have to adopt that one.
I envied you your quiet sanctuary today.
I can’t imagine that teaching today offers much sanctuary. I did a small spell as a lecturer at Hornsey Art School in the 70’s – I lasted a term. I think Haringey Council thought it was a term too long:)
“The peace and quiet of solitude is a great pleasure when it is chosen rather than imposed.” Ain’t that the truth! and a beautiful photo as usual.
There would be a lot of unjustly imprisoned people who would go along with that, I guess.
My I choose ‘carpe diem’, please! I know that is here 🙂 ! [Religious tax? This ignorant child cannot believe such exists! With full respect to those who think otherwise! In Oz it would be ‘laughed out of court’!]
And so it should be in Europe. It’s ridiculous.
The bread has an amazing colour!
Deep, dark real bread:)
I’d no idea there was a religion tax and in Germany, no less. You taught me something new today, Roger, and treated me to a fine photo as my reward. Thanks.
Crazy times, John:)
Solitude, outside of sleep? Sign me up…
Gingerbread sounds perfect…off to the cupboard, to see if there’s any molasses!
First time I’ve eaten gingerbread in a long time. It was delicious.
Well if nothing else those Jesuits sorted out your diems! c
But have I carped enough of them?