Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Home from Home

Poem of the Month

Liz shares a ‘dittea’ as we move forward with the expansion on the business, a purpose-built office for the central team at Beatons is underway. Known in-house as the new ‘POD’ our ‘premises, offices and distribution centre.’

Home from Home

Tisbury’s always been the place that we call home

And ‘though one day you may well find a Beatons in New York or Rome

‘Beatons Central’ – where we work with figures, words and

problem solve by day (and sometimes night) remains in Tisbury – 

but, to our delight we’re moving into somewhere

into which our growing team can fit…

Along with all our stuff (there seems to be awful lot of it!)

© Liz Darcy Jones

April 2017

How to Eat a Lobster and other Edible Enigmas Explained

Ever sat down at a dinner table, received a intricately arranged plate of food and wondered, how on earth am I supposed to eat this?!
Learn the answer to how to eat a lobster and other edible enigmas in this delightfully funny and practical book.

For food lovers everywhere, How to Eat a Lobster is the perfect handbook for handling every tricky dining situation you have every been in and perhaps ever will, with elegance and style whist avoiding embarrassing faux pas!

With easy-to-follow instructions and helpful illustrations, you’ll learn the answers to 50 food-related questions you’ve been afraid to ask...
 ‘What do you do when crayfish arrive?  Twist and snap off the head. Peel the tail and pull out the meat. Then suck the juices from the head. Seriously: you’re supposed to!’

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Beloved Bottom

Poem of the Month

At Beatons we love people of all shapes and sizes, here is Liz’ most popular poem celebrating this at the chocolate lovers favourite holiday, Easter! 

A Beloved Bottom

It dented the air –
great bellows of a bottom
begging to be squeezed

I watched in wonder as it filled the door
bumfounded by its beauty
all curves and soft it wore

its trousers clung on courageously
as it gently swayed from side to side -
an elephant came to mind

and its owner never knew
how her shy heart
kissed each of us...  from behind.

© Liz Darcy Jones 2005 edited 2016 with help from editing via Happenstance


Book of the Month

If you have a passion for classical music, a love of history and sense of humour, then this is definitely a read for you.

Brilliantly researched and written in a somewhat original format, Stephen Deutsch has hit all the right notes with his novel, Zweck.
We follow the somewhat promiscuous story of musically talented Bernard Robbins, who unintentionally meets his great uncle Hermann Heinrich  Zweck in London in 1972.

Zweck who is almost 100 is quite an eccentric character, he has a lot of  history to relate in a most opinionated but witty and engaging manner.  He tells of his disappointing experiences in the war and his own personal musical history. 
We also learn a lot about the history and quirks of other famous composers who were his contemporary's, although seemingly not much liked by Zweck.
The author Stephen Deutsch is obviously a lover of words with a great sense of humour. Definitely a book to add to your list this year.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Mother Tongue, poetry by Liz Darcy Jones

Poem of the Month

Mother Tongue

Matru, when you birthed the earth's first Mother tongue

What instinct put the silent hum of being in your name?






The sound is just the same in almost every language:

Chapped old or young lopsided lips suckle on a breath of warm

And what comes next is too familiar to express

Represents a constant that we're bound by forces far too strong

Ever to remember...

... yet she's all that we come from.

© Liz Darcy Jones

March 2012

Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all

Author of the Month
This novel by Jonas Jonasson doesn't disappoint, just as quirky and brilliantly written as hugely popular The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
We have a hitman, Anders, recently out of prison, doing small jobs for gangsters, he meets female Protestant vicar, Johanna, who has lost all faith in a God, they join forces with a homeless receptionist, Per Persson, a ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire.
Three unlikely companions, all searching for something better, they hatch a madcap plan which starts well until Anders discovers Jesus and starts to dwell on the meaning of it all.
A fast-paced, hilarious plot that explores the consequences of allowing our rather imperfect human desires to lead us down a path that seems correct at the time. But realising that it's never too late to make amends and start a new journey in life finding redemption in unexpected places.

Blandford Book event: Cecil Beaton at Home

Blandford Book Event

Sunday the 26th March at 4.30 pm

Cecil Beaton at Home, written by local Author Andrew Ginger. Tickets are £6.50 which includes a Cream Tea.

Tickets available from Beatons Tearooms in Blandford, or just give us a call to book on 01258 269515

Book signing, readings and a question and answer session also your opportunity to purchase this beautifully presented book with 10% off.

Cecil Beaton at Home, written by local author Andrew Ginger, focuses on two homes that Cecil Beaton loved and spent many years in.
Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, located in Broad Chalke, another village in beautiful Wiltshire.
We also discover some of the splendours at London's Pelham Place and Beatons New York hotel suites.

We see that Beatons country homes were not only havens to escape and seek inspiration for his photography and other artistic pursuits.
But also, and maybe more so, they were designed to provide a theatrical, fanciful yet always beautiful surrounding for Beaton to entertain his equally artistic companions.

Against his often-extravagant interiors, Beatons private life unfolds his unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality, and the uncertain pursuit of love.

As Cecil Beaton himself puts it;

'One can't get on at all if one doesn't have a little glamour about one's home'

This lavishly illustrated visual biography brings together original photographs, artworks, and possessions from his interiors to present an intimate picture of Beaton s extraordinary life.