Friday, 30 April 2010
Reflecting since 1765.
It saw me today in the V&A.
I was just passing through.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Green shoes, white wall
Well worth the wait.
What do you mean 'they're just plimsolls' ?
I bought them specially because
they are a perfect match for this
I don't do heels.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I am not happy.
Blogger has ordained that I can only recycle
photos already on my blog for the time being
and I was so looking forward to sharing with tout le monde
pictures of my new green shoes (not these old things)
and the wall (this one)
I painted white (yes, white) today.
Only time will tell whether this was
or only fit for the bin.
being satisfied with what you have
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Wallflower, Wallflower, up on the wall,
Who sowed your seed there?
"No one at all:
Long, long ago it was blown by the breeze
To the crannies of the walls where I live as I please.
"Garden walls, castle walls, mossy and old,
These are my dwellings; from these I behold
The changes of years; yet, each spring that goes by,
Unchanged in my sweet-smelling velvet am I!"
A Flower Fairy Alphabet
by Cicely Mary Barker
Monday, 26 April 2010
for Meatless Monday
Fun with tulips
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Blue sky and brown earth
over the last few days.
The Freemasons' Hall in London,
venue for the City of London Choir
and the London Mozart Players
performing Mozart's Requiem, Serenata Notturna,
and this for you to listen to
instead of listening to me...
There may also have been cream teas
and remote country pubs.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Happy Earth Day
Heard about it
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
for more on the
slow death of handwriting.
(And spelling very probably -
I see I have left an 's' out of dissolve!)
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
The problem with reading a huge blog like Zen Habits
is that the very act militates against its central message
which is about
disconnecting, minimising, focussing.
I have been lost for at least an hour
in a maze of posts and links
which while offering me the key to a
saner, simpler, happier life
has simultaneously spawned
another monstrous time devourer.
So, after I'd plucked away the many suckered tentacles
of seductive prose
here's the basin I managed to clean
and here are the flowers I picked.
And just in case I'm tempted to go back there
here's a photo to remind me
just to get on with it.
Monday, 19 April 2010
The silence in the skies above us has had me thinking about
the value of solitude.
Even when alone,
I am never disconnected.
I am constantly aware of
the pressing and urgent business of other people's lives.
As planes sweep restlessly overhead
carrying their many hundreds of unnaturally seated human beings,
as emergency vehicles announce their presence
with variegated alarms,
as people shout and gesticulate
on their mobiles on trains and in the street,
I am diverted from the simple matter of being me.
My thoughts are tempered, even if only slightly,
by the need to react to others
yet they are not even communicating with me.
talks of the lost art of solitude
and has much advice to offer.
Nobody who knows me would think that a blog called
would have much success in detaining me,
I am a multi-tasking, easily distracted flibbertygibbet,
I do increasingly feel bombarded by information,
harried and rushed through each brief day
and anxious about 'getting it all done'.
Perhaps it is time to take stock.
Time for some blue sky thinking.
out of my comfort zone
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Would you like to ride
in my beautiful balloon?
Up, up and away.
Way up in the air.
The world's a nicer place.
Suspended under the twilight canopy.
For we can't fly.