Saturday, May 24, 2008

Quieter day - NT stuff - Hannah's star system

Knowing that I love 'water' pictures John sent me another. This is a little stream running into Lake Thun, Switzerland and what can I say? Well spotted and beautifully composed in my opinion. The tonal-recessions work well to give 3D depth.

I know I'm biased but I really do think his work is good. Unbiased opinions would be welcomed !

We finally managed a more-or-less 'at home' day but have found plenty of NT work to do, minutes, agendas, a note of the guest-speaker's speech at The Annual Dinner.

The printer at Burton Joyce has conked out and Hannah asked us to print some forms for the star-system she has devised for Miles and Millicent. They each have a background chart on which Hannah sticks stickers depending on good/naughty behaviour. Maybe she will be a school teacher !

My photo-project was some flower studies. But, with a 25mph wind, it was more like 'sports photography' and trying to avoid subject movement.

I particularly wanted to capture these Iris Sibirica because I grew them from seed several years ago. Y has periodically dug out a spade-full and planted them somewhere new. At the moment these are just outside the back door.

Another plant that seems to have a wanderlust is the Evening Primrose. In our garden it refuses point-blank to settle in one place. It is quite fun each year wondering whereabouts it will appear. Most of the pages google found for me wanted to tell me about the PMT symptom reduction of taking Evening Primrose Oil, and the rest insist it is a weed. We treasure it as a flower !

Comments ......Bungus ....... We also miss Morrisons Gold tea and have struggled to find an acceptable substitute. At the moment we have stayed with PG Tips for at least 4 boxes. Certainly unsophisticated but possessed of a robust and reliable strength......

In haiku terms :-
"Where to turn for tea,
So many brands we know, but
PG Tips for me"

Re Panoramas. No I can't do the movie effect. I suspect you need a video camera on a sturdy tripod.

Thanks for the Wisteria info. It seems they are best left to get on with it.

I agree about Wallace Stevens' hidden depths. For me this is a fascination about poetry. One seldom unearths all the 'wisdom' of a poem at first reading or even in the first decade. Unless of course one is intended to, like Pam Ayres, Roger McGough, John Hegley etc., and even then the full sharpness of satire can take a while to dawn. Often I think, the poet him/herself doesn't always realise the power of their own words until later.

Wendell Phillips was correct about the printing-press ! Ultimately even more powerful than war. I knew nothing about him until I opened that Wikipedia page. He sounds our sort of chap. (God bless Wikipedia and all who sail in her).

Quotation time ...... I'm sure this could have been written in easier English, but I agree with what he is saying :-

"Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression".

Amos Bronson Alcott

Again, a big big man. He carried clout with both Thoreau and Emerson which is enough of a reference for me.

Roast beef dinner to cook tomorrow. With all the usual tracklements. I shall enjoy doing it.

I thought, - you've got to be due for the fish -.



Jill said...

The last entry but one - it looks like wild mustard to me, but I've not seen rape flowers up close? What a gorgeous wisteria.

Your roast beef sounds as if it is going to be good. We've got a roast chicken with the trimmings. Do you freeze meat, joints, chops etc? I try not to, I think the texture suffers, but it may be my imagination! Fish seems to freeze very well though.

Not so keen on this sepia one, possibly because it doesn't feature a whole building, don't think trees etc. look so good in sepia. But do like the water one with the mountains.

To keep you up to date with the great metropolis, at Oxford Circus Station yesterday the police were busy separating the sheep and the goats, almost every male under say 25 was being made to walk through a portable metal detecting arch, presuming looking for guns/knives. Never seen that before.

I went on to spend the evening with Debbie Bliss at her home in Walthamstow (Y will know, she is a well-known knitwear designer) and coming home we had to get off the train and 'evacuate the station NOW'- I was surprised how people ran, almost in a panic, up the escalator while the police were running down the down one. Turfed us all out onto the road, where police were preventing buses from stopping, helicopter over head, etc.etc. Took me ages to get home, on an overland train to Liverpool Street. Bet you are glad you don't live in London! (or Exeter, come to think of it....)

There's an article in the Review supplement of DT about an artist Michael Palin is fascinated by - one of his traits was to paint people from the back. Am sure our Blogmeister can give Bungus the link?

bungus said...

I agree that John’s photos are excellent, esp if, as I believe, they are from a phone!

Yes, Evening Primrose comes up in all sorts of different places each year. I like that.

Yorkshire Blend suits me
For a cup of tea
But Morrisons’ Gold better


I remember before, during and just after the war, a field of yellow was always (referred to as) mustard. Now it is always rape, in abundance. So I think the chances …

Re the artist Michael Palin is fascinated by – there’s always somebody else wanting to get in on the act, isn’t there?

Haiku (I’ve decided they’re fun):

That is a long word;
Have I spelt it correctly?

roy said...

John's picture of Lake Thun has promped me to have another go at a comment (my last one failed again!)
I like it very much, with lovely recession presumably untouched by the dreaded sharpening tools in Photoshop. The lighting on the stream is excellent, contrasting as it does with the still lake. I would like to have taken this one.

Some time ago someone mentioned the Clough/Francis story and for what it's worth here is an extract from Cloughies autobiography.

Francis was ineligible for the League Cup final and the opening rounds of the European Cupheso so he brewed the tea - simple as that.Players travelling with team, but not picked for whatever reason, were expected to muck in and help out. Shift the skip, pass the tie-ups, hand me my sweater - that sort of thing. And if you are doing nowt else you make the bloody tea! Anyway Trevor Francis made the tea at the League Cup final.
I wonder what the likes of Rooney, Ronaldo etc would have made of that?