Who’s Going to Know?

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 50th Anniversary Edition

If you have been absent from your writing for whatever reason remember that it is fine to just begin again. As the inimitable American cookery writer Julia Child said, ‘If you drop the lamb, just pick it up. Who’s going to know?’ No agonizing, no guilt. Just pick up your pen, open your notebook … who’s going to know?

Yes, I’ve been missing from my station here for a little while, caught up in other projects that are whisper secret for the moment. One project has meant spending some time in Waterford City Library, searching through microfilms of nineteenth century editions of the local newspaper The Munster Express, looking for specific information and being wonderfully sidetracked by all sorts of  fascinating items. Most of which were, of course, entirely unrelated to my quest.

But I stayed with it, kept going and struck pay dirt on Monday last and, even though it’s not the done thing to holler and cheer in a library, I let out an excited, whispered ‘YES!!!’. And here’s three cheers for the local library service, ‘Hip, Hip, Hurrah!’, arguably one of the best uses of taxpayers’ money.

So, I haven’t been posting here for a couple of weeks, breaking all the rules of social media regarding keeping oneself visible and engaged with as many people as possible. But, as an introvert, a wee bit of quiet time in a place like a library is soul balm, refreshing, re-energizing. And I am also getting acquainted with a couple of amazing nineteenth century women!

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