A Holiday – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Wife
The house is like a garden,
The children are the flowers,
The gardener should come methinks
And walk among his bowers,
Oh! lock the door on worry
And shut your cares away,
Not time of year, but love and cheer,
Will make a holiday.

The Husband
Impossible! You women do not know
The toil it takes to make a business grow.
I cannot join you until very late,
So hurry home, nor let the dinner wait.

The Wife
The feast will be like Hamlet
Without a Hamlet part:
The home is but a house, dear,
Till you supply the heart.
The Xmas gift I long for
You need not toil to buy;
Oh! give me back one thing I lack -
The love-light in your eye.

The Husband
Of course I love you, and the children too.
Be sensible, my dear, it is for you
I work so hard to make my business pay.
There, now, run home, enjoy your holiday.

The Wife (turning)
He does not mean to wound me,
I know his heart is kind.
Alas! that man can love us
And be so blind, so blind.
A little time for pleasure,
A little time for play;
A word to prove the life of love
And frighten care away!
Tho’ poor my lot in some small cot
That were a holiday.

The Husband (musing)
She has not meant to wound me, nor to vex -
Zounds! but ’tis difficult to please the sex.
I’ve housed and gowned her like a very queen
Yet there she goes, with discontented mien.
I gave her diamonds only yesterday:
Some women are like that, do what you may.

Clash of Civilizations – A European way of having fun

From the account of Tavernier over South India
On both sides there are groves of *bamboo*. It is a kind of cane which is very tall, sometimes equalling in height our loftiest forest trees. Some of these forests are so thick that it is impossible for a man to enter them, and an enormous number of *monkeys* are found in them. Those on one side of the road are so hostile to those on the other, that none can venture to pass from one side to the other without running the risk of being at once strangled. While at Pulicat, the Governor told us that when we passed through these woods we should enjoy the opportunity, as he had done, of making the monkeys fight, and this is the way which is employed to bring it about…
In all these places rice can be bought, and those who wish to enjoy the amusement of making the monkeys fight place five or six baskets of rice in the road at forty or fifty paces distant the one from the other, and close to each five or six sticks, two feet long and an inch thick. The baskets being thus placed and uncovered, everyone withdraws a whort distance, and immediately the monkeys are to be seen on both sides descending from the bamboos and leaving the jungle to approach the baskets full of rice. They spend half an hour showing their teeth at one another before approaching the baskets; sometimes they advance, sometimes they retire, fearing to come to close quarters. At length the females, particularly those having young ones, which they carry in their arms as a woman carries her child, which are bolder than the males, approach the baskets, and when about to stretch out their heads to eat, the males of the other side of the jungle immediately advance to prevent them and bite them. Those of the other side then advance, and both parties becoming furious they take up the sticks near the baskets, and immediately a fierce combat ensues. The weakest, being at length compelled to give way, withdraw into the jungle, some with broken heads, others maimed in some member, while those who remain masters of the field eat their fill of rice. It is true, however, that when they begin to be satisfied they allow some of the females of the other party to come and eat with them.

A Cradle Song – William Blake

Sweet dreams form a shade
O’er my lovely infant’s head;
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams.

Sweet sleep with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown.
Sweet sleep, Angel mild,
Hover o’er my happy child.

Sweet smiles in the night
Hover over my delight;
Sweet smiles, Mother’s smiles,
All the livelong night beguiles.

Sweet moans, dovelike sighs,
Chase not slumber from thy eyes.
Sweet moans, sweeter smiles,
All the dovelike moans beguiles.

Sleep sleep, happy child,
All creation slept and smil’d;
Sleep sleep, happy sleep,
While o’er thee thy mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image I can trace.
Sweet babe, once like thee,
Thy maker lay and wept for me,

Wept for me for thee for all,
When he was an infant small.
Thou his image ever see.
Heavenly face that smiles on thee,

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,
Infant smiles are His own smiles,
Heaven & earth to peace beguiles.

Salisbury + Stonehenge

1. West Drayton to Salisbury(West Drayton-Reading-Basingstoke-Reading) – £37.60(2 persons with discount)
2. Try to catch the 9:30 shuttle to Stonehenge. The rush will be less at Stonehenge. Ticket cost is £12.00 ph. If you want to include the ticket for Stonehenge and Old Sarum, it is £20.00. Both of them are English Heritage Properties. It takes around 3 hrs for both Old Sarum and Stonehenge
3. Stonehenge is just a tick mark place. It’s neither impressive nor worth the time spent in reaching it.
4. From Stonehenge to Old Sarum, the route goes through a valley
5. Old Sarum is nothing but a few stones on top of a hill, which are the remains of a castle and nothing more. Only reasons why you want to go there are
a. You got a membership and want to get a RoI
b. Get some good hill top views of Salisbury
c. There are a few nice photographic spots from the top –
i. Inner ring of castle(nothing but a mound) from outside
ii. The outer moat
iii. Hill edge views of the local landscape(one from the outer ring, one at the back of the inner ring)
6. Tourist information office is back of the Guildhall, just in case. It’s a bit hard to find.
7. There’s an art gallery/shop on the way from the tourist centre to the Poultry Cross. It’s worth a look
8. Take the below walk mentioned walk of Salisbury. First half is in the guide attached(Salisbury Pocket Guide and Map by Visit Wiltshire)
9. Once you reached Odeon Cinema, proceed further till you reach the Cathedral. Make a round of the Cathedral Close. There are many houses to look at.
a. The Rifles – not needed. You will find such museums all over England
b. Arundel House – House of an ex-Prime Minister – not needed.
c. Mompesson House – 11am – 5pm. Go inside only if you are a National Trust Member. It has got a nice garden, the paintings are good as well. It’s good to look at, but not worth the money(£5.90 ph). You will come out in less than half-an-hour.
d. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum – Mon to Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 12 – 5pm. Not that great, but it’s good to pass an hour or so. Ticket cost – £5.40 ph
e. Salisbury Cathedral – There is no ticket for that. They’ll ask for donations though. Things to look at – The Nave and Magna Carta. Have a stroll in the main church. Again, Magna Carta is another tick mark thing. What am I supposed to do, looking at a 700 year old paper, if I can’t understand a single word out of it, how vital it may be for the world? I would rather look at an Egyptian papyrus which is atleast two millennia before this.
10. Once you are done with the Cathedral and surrounding areas, follow the map to Harnham and cut across the Harnham Meadows and across the Town Path back to the Cathedral. Just in case, if you think it’ll get dark by the time you reach the meadows, take a reverse route.