The Art of Seeing of Aldous Huxley

Ain’t I proud of my wife!!! 😉

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Yvonne de Wit, an artistic jewellery designer and the delightful wife of Herman, our blog manager, visited our Hemingways of Hermanus Bookshop yesterday.  In conversation, she enquired about The Art of Seeing written by Aldous Huxley – an out of print and rare book, which we have only had on our shelves once.  Huxley, the eminent author of A Brave New World having been temporarily blinded by illness in his youth, in 1939 encountered and became a strong advocate in supporting the Bates Method for better eyesight.   For the first time in over 25 years, he was able to read without glasses and without strain.  This led to him writing The Art of Seeing outlining his success in using the Bates Method.  It was published in the United States in 1942.

Noel Hunt (left) and Jewellery-Artist Yvonne de Wit have a common ground Noel Hunt (left) and Jewellery-artist Yvonne de Wit have a common ground


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King of the Kitchen (with a movie at the end)

My favourite bookshop!

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realmealrevolutionOnce upon a time the Queen of Cuisine reigned supreme in the land, from Mrs Beeton to Nigella Lawson.  But today there is ample evidence to prove that testosterone has captured the castle’s culinary quarters.  Princes, who once slayed dragons are coming out of the gastronomic closet; whipping up a storm from tasty casseroles to copious dishes of delight.  Flexing muscles and producing meals fit for a king, the Jamie Olivers of the world are spinning their straw into gold.  While in the past, Papa may have shared an interest in the castle larder and lager, knew the difference between an artichoke and a zucchini; it was usually what’s for dinner, Ma?

The stove and other gadgets needing an electric plug were largely the domain of the female.  However, the notion that gender dictates a woman bake and a man change the light bulb is as outdated as loose…

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Confucius in the Bookshop

People who like the quirky and books: this bookshop is a must!

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NotErnest“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

A passion shared at Hemingways besides books is to take excursions to interesting secondhand shops and flea markets.  There is a wonderful sense of anticipation in making a serendipitous discovery especially when it is some item you may have been dreaming of, an object you would like to acquire that comes to mind or something you know you have to have as soon as you see it.  There’s a sense of magic to be found foraging amongst other people’s throw-aways and as writer and photographer, Mary Randolph Carter notes: The whole thrill of junking is that you just know the next table will have what you’ve been looking for all your life.

I was witness to this good fortune just the other day when, at a local charity shop, a young woman came upon an…

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