A Christmas Wish as We Wait...

As we sit here, metaphorically pacing the room in anticipation of the election results, I shall distract us with images of rich British men and hunters!  This 19th c. beauty - "The Squire and the Gamekeeper" - is attributed to James Lobley and is expected to fetch GBP 20,000-30,000 at Sotheby's London on Nov. 19.  Proceeds from the sale of the Sir David and Lady Scott collection go to benefit the Finnis Scott Foundation.  

Dear Santa, 

Please fix the economy and bring me a painting featuring a turnip, an Oriental rug and a shot gun. I'll never ask for anything again.

With warmest affection, 
The Very Very Good Hollister


  1. Leciawp says:

    Very funny! I too am pacing the floor. I was quite emotional driving home from taking my kids to school this morning, seeing all the folks on the street corners with their signs in support of various candidates and initiatives.

  2. You know...if they can do gallup polls leading up to the election, could they not just give us some tidbits? I don't even care if it's total lies! The polling number vortex is killing me! 7 p.m. cannot come soon enough.

  3. i am not worried.

    and i prefer parsnips.

  4. Anonymous says:

    why'd you want this piece of shit painting?

  5. Because I do! At least we won't be competing for the same presents, Anon. Think of it that way.

  6. columnist says:

    I like the picture too, although the activity is "curious". I'm not sure why the gamekeeper would be offering turnip to the squire. For that reason alone it's interesting. But not GBP20-30k interesting. Unless I was very rich, which sadly these last few weeks has not rendered me, so the trifles one once enjoyed will have to be allowed to slip away.

  7. Michael says:

    From Wikipedia:

    Dangers connected to wild parsnips

    Wild parsnip causes phytophotodermatitis and must be handled with full-body protection. If your skin is exposed to wild parsnip you must go inside within the next 10 minutes and stay there for 6-8 hours. Skin will not be affected by artificial light.

    When picking wild vegetables it is easy to mistake poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) for parsnip with deadly results. All parts of this hemlock are poisonous: leaves, stem, roots, and fruit. Poison hemlock contains volatile alkaloids that have been used as poisons since ancient times. The best way to differentiate it from parsnip are purple streaks and blotches on a smooth hairless stem. Other ways include the small wispy flowers and fernlike leaves which vary slightly from those on the parsnip.

    Perhaps the gamekeeper is hiding something outside.

  8. Hahah! The nefarious parsnip (and gamekeeper)! I love it. Adds a nice bit of mystery to the mix, for sure.