Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What better start to a Tuesday ?

The artisanal bakers in the little market town has shut down. This was the place that made 'The Fonts' birthday cake. The owner was a sweet girl but not at all business minded. The market for delicate, expensive cakes tends to be limited in small rural farming communities. Angus was often the only person in the shop and may have been the target demographic. So sad to see dreams shattered. There again a business plan might have been a good idea. Looking through the window everything has quickly been cleaned out, counters and oven included. 

A couple of doors down someone has attempted to turn an old jewellers shop into a ground floor apartment. The large plate glass window replaced by a smaller wooden frame and a stone infill. With e-commerce killing the High Street converting old shops into apartments is going to be a thing. I've yet to see anyone get the proportions of the conversions right but this one ain't too bad. Street front privacy is always an issue.

Returning from our morning expedition Sophie is looking frightful. She is just the right height to collect wet grass and mud on her undercarriage.Time for a grooming. She settles down on the table in the morning sun. Within seconds she's asleep. With such a hectic lifestyle the family diva's soon oblivious to the world.

After a shared croissant could there be a better, if inelegant, way to start a Tuesday ? Sophie is a snorer.

Prague 1937. There is something very art deco about the worlds largest filing cabinet : https://www.vintag.es/2020/01/central-social-institution-prague.html

Another sign I've become my father. These young people seem very cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCpvmHi1gxU&list=PLy_wKxVmWb4ZW30M-Dh7GrkVrOtkGMsmm&index=3&t=0s


Lisa in France said...

The filing cabinet photos somehow remind me of Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter. Not quite sure what to say about the other link! It is very sad to learn that the artisanal baker has closed. It seemed from your posts that she is talented, and it would be nice to imagine she may have found a more promising location for her business. Our old neighborhood in Tokyo is chock full of small entrepreneurial businesses. Some, like the toy store and the yakitori shop, have been in business for more than a hundred years. Others open and you just wonder what they were thinking and wait for the inevitable.

WFT Nobby said...

With Union Street in Aberdeen full of boarded up shopping premises, the brave suggestion to convert one half of the street to residential use has occasionally put forward. Civic pride, a lack of vision and a refusal to accept that online shopping has irrevocably altered the retail environment means that the city council has never taken the concept seriously, although it seems to me an idea worth investigating.
I hope the young baker finds a more profitable outlet for her talents.
Cheers, Gail.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Throughout town we have many converted neighbourhood corner shops. One can always see where the 'corner shop' in the renovations.

Coppa's girl said...

How sad that the little bakery has closed down. Perhaps the girl has found somewhere more suited to her talents - I do hope so. If everything has been cleaned out, maybe she has.
There's something rather H.G. Wells and George Orwell about the Prague filing system. Somewhat horrifying to realise that the entire population was catalogued, and all information available to an invading army just a few short years later.

Poppy Q said...

It is a shame to lose little shops and the character in small villages and towns. I do agree that people maybe don't have a plan going into these things, and it is tough to make a small business profitable.

Teena and Lala said...

It's a great shame when local shops are closed and must be such a struggle to keep them open.
I thought the filing cabinet was rather lovely. It had a serene quality.
I also quite liked the vocals in link 2; not mad about the video but thought the stained glass windows were pretty.

Bailey Bob Southern Dog said...

I am amazed at the World’s largest filing cabinet! After watching the Grammys, US Sunday night, the music video for today is lovely! Sophie soaking in the sun rays is a comforting sight, I can almost hear her snoring!