Who Can Crack This Hard Nut?

Still Story #3 in The Big Book of Classic Fantasy: The Story of the Hard Nut, by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The king sends his watchmaker Drosselmeier to scour the length and breadth of the kingdom for the man who can crack the nut Krakatuk, which the court astrologer maintained was the only way to cure the Princess Perlipat of the misfortune of being ugly. If he fails in this task, the King declares, swinging “his scepter over his crowned head . . . Then you must be beheaded, as I said before.”

So Drosselmeier, accompanied by his friend the court astrologer, goes off on his quest, and in so doing, he keeps his head on his shoulders for a further 15 years (If self were Drosselmeier, she would never return to court, but apparently Drosselmeier doesn’t think that way)

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 16: Ocean Beach, Carmel

Self will try to post every day during the final days of the #TreeSquare Challenge for July: TREES.

Thank you so much, becky, for another fantastic Squares Challenge!

Currently on Road Trip # 3: CARMEL.

Took these shots of Monterey pines yesterday at Ocean Beach. It was a very cold day, but there were people in the water, and families on the beach, all looking like they were having a GREAT time! Kudos to the brave souls swimming without wetsuits! Water must have been freezing.

Story # 3, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

the King, with eyes flashing with indignation, entered the room of the princess; and, waving his scepter, he cried out, “Christian Elias Drosselmeier, cure the princess, or die!” Drosselmeier began to cry bitterly, but little Princess Perlipat went on cracking her nuts. Then first was the court watchmaker struck with the princess’s extraordinary partiality for nuts, and the circumstance of her having come into the world with teeth. In fact, she had cried incessantly since her metamorphosis, until someone by chance gave her a nut; she immediately cracked it, ate the kernel, and was quiet. From that time, the nurses found nothing so effectual as to bring her nuts.

The Story of the Hard Nut, by E. T. Hoffmann, translated by Major Alex Ewing

The stories self has read so far: about a Princess who has been pregnant seven years; and about a boy half-hedghog and half man, who wounds his wife with his sharp quills because her father, the King, tried to trick him.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 15: Misty Morning

We are in the final days of The life of B’s fabulous #TreeSquare challenge (The next Squares Challenge is in October) Her post today shows EMBROIDERY. Love it!

Since self is currently in the middle of Road Trip # 3 (Carmel and Monterey), her posts are all coastal trees and coastal gardens. It is cool here (refreshing change from the relentless heat of the South Bay) and there is thick morning mist.

She framed her shots this way because of course, she was thinking of the #TreeSquare challenge. She would never have used these angles otherwise. Thank you, Becky, for hosting!


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