Bath over Brexit

My sister is in the UK at the moment. It certainly is an interesting time to be there – witnessing the Brexit vote, the Boris maneuvering and the subsequent buyers remorse or as they now say – Regrexit (The German-based #HashTagNow listed #regrexit as a trend).

While it’s been a few days since the historic decision, I do not feel inspired to create a Brexit wrap for 26 June nor any other day – the whole Brexit thing is more about unwrapping really. I am much more uplifted by witnessing the travels of my sister and her family and top of the pops was their visit to Bath. I have been to Bath and simply loved it – the Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre, the Roman Baths, the terrific Tearooms, and the glorious gardens on the banks of the River Avon.

Judging by the photos coming in, my sister is having a whale of a time. Mind you – she could have a whale of a time travelling anywhere and anywhere would be happy to have her, because she is great for any local economy. She loves coming across special, quirky and never seen Down Under gifts for people. Witness one of her Bath purchases – namely the book titled Gimson’s Kings and Queens – Brief Lives of the Monarchs Since 1066.

This book is worthy of mention because:

  1. It received good reviews – From Amazon…”There have been many popular ‘stuff you learned at school’-type books, of course, but none that has dealt with the Royal Family in such a sweep and certainly none written with such élan (I love the word elan). Gimson’s Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs, to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery. Written in Andrew Gimson’s inimitable style, this is both primer and refresher for all those people who can never quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or the reasons so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin.”
  2. It has has a Foreward by man of the moment Boris Johnson, who writes, with typical Boris flourish ” Totally gripping – a factually accurate version of 1066 and all that.”
  3. The author Andrew Gimson’s also wrote the biography “Boris: The Rise of Boris Johnson” ahhhhh – now I get it.
  4. My sister picked it up in a very cute bookshop called Mayther which has great books but more importantly a gift wrapping station.
  5. The bookshop offered to wrap the book and knowing of my gift wrapping obsession (some would say she is an enabler) my sister said Yes Please!
  6. The lovely lady who wrapped it was only too happy to be photographed for The Daily Wrap.

Maythers wrapped my sister’s book in a lovely blue pattern which speaks to me of the pattern on a teacup at a Jane Austen afternoon tea. this was paired with a cross over ribbon in floaty white chiffon – presented with the ribbon tails nice and long and flowing romantically. Just goes to show you can use the length of the tail on a ribbon to create different effect. I like the look and if Boris had time to comment he would no doubt say      ” Totally gripping – a factually accurate version of 2016 gift wrapping and all that.”




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