Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Henry Reed, The Naming of Parts.

This poem has always really stuck in my memory, war poetry is very emotive.


To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of parts.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Clocks Change to British Summertime

Saturday evening, we took part in the Earth Hour at 8.30pm we lit candles around the house, and I enjoyed a relaxing candlelit bath. Prince our labrador slept all through it, blissfully unaware of the peaceful protest.
We remembered to change most of the house clocks to British Summertime, for us here in the UK that means putting the clocks forward 1 Hour; Spring forward 1 Hour, Fall/Autumn back 1 Hour.
I guess that means Spring has officially arrived.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Saturday 8.30pm Switch off, WWF’s Earth Hour 27th March

Switch off and support WWF’s Earth Hour
On Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm, we want a billion people around the world to switch off their lights for one hour – WWF’s Earth Hour. Show you care about climate change, support people and wildlife threatened by climate change.
Why WWF cares
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent global action. Unless we prevent average temperatures rising 2°C above pre-industrial levels, we face a high risk of severe and irreversible changes in the planet’s natural systems.
Global impact
Watch the video,on this site below
to see how Earth Hour has grown into a global event and hopes to be even bigger and better in 2010

UPDATE....Earth Hour's success was down to people like you - individuals and families switching off at home, or companies large and small, local government, schools and community groups.
Over 3,400 cities and towns in 125 countries took part in WWF's Earth Hour 2010. Global landmarks switching off included Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Pyramids, Rome's Coliseum and Forbidden City in China.
In the UK, other landmarks included Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, the National Gallery and National Theatre and Wembley Stadium Arch in London; the Senedd, The Wales Millennium Centre, and Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; Stormont, City Hall and the Wheel in Belfast, Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Wallace Monument and the Falkirk Wheel, to name just a few.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Sunshine Award

I was honored to have received the Sunshine Award, such an upbeat blog Award,
A big Thank you to Dale Ann,who is a talented artist, writing and sharing from her own blog spot 'Chronicles of Whimsy', which is always a source of constant inspiration, and a pleasure to read and view.


In return I pass on this uplifting award to the blogs listed below as a thank you for sharing the Sunshine they create for others.
~And now, Sunshine Award Guidelines
1) Please thank the person who gave the award to you.
2) Copy the logo and place it in your blog.
3) Link the person who nominated you.
4) Name 6 things that no one would really know,about yourself.
5) Nominate 6 bloggers, or more, or a number 1,2,3, etc of your choosing
6) Post links to the blogs you nominate.
7) Leave a comment on each of those blogs letting them know you have nominated them for the Sunshine award.
Here are the nominees

This could have been a huge list, but time and tide...a lot of blog friends have already received this award,Congratulations to you All, or have tributes to Renee, or pressing issues on their own blogs at the moment...so straight on to.....
Six things, about me....
1. I had a bowl of Trifle for Breakfast Yesterday
2. I have so many projects and art things going on, Prince and I are being surrounded by boxes, as I have been working on altered art, and paint effects,and drawings of the white rabbit, which ended up in the WR wearing a harlequin suit, jewellery ,tags, and computer arting.
3. I prefer baths to showers.
4. I enjoy food flavoured with cinnamon, or rose, taste and fragrance.
5. When I read a book, I see the scenery, the characters,the smells, just as you would viewing a film, but more so, as you are there, when I am reading a book, I will not hear you, if you speak to me.
6. I really don't like being mortal.

Beautiful Letter

It was a lovely surprise, (as I've been away from blog hopping for a while) to receive this wonderful letter from Nancy, one of my winners in the OWOH Event.
Nancy a great blogger, with plenty of heart for all to share.


As Nancy's letter was shown on her own blog, I thought it not inappropriate to show it here too, and its such beautiful work.

Included was a great Chocolate coffee cozie,like the one pictured above, which I'm using it in a very unusual way as I've hurt my wrist and thumb, so its my little piece of woollen wrist jewellery at the moment. I'love it, Thank you so much. Your letter is beautiful too, as was all your packaging, a real treat.

Karen's Studio

Yes, The Postman rang again, I know, I fell out of the lucky tree at the moment!.
Karen's beautiful frame necklace from The OWOH event, arrived safely in the post.
Karen Ellis with her own blog, Go Scrapping which is also the name of her working studio in Kitchener, Ontario, that offers flexible classes, workshops and special events, hosting retreats and day crops for scrapbookers and card makers.
Even you aren't in travelling range to attend the wonderful courses and love all aspects of papercraft, a visit to her blog is fun and informative.
Tim Holtz fans and scrapbookers are in for a treat.


Thursday, 4 March 2010

Nancy's beautiful Print....

Nancy Donaldson's beautiful artwork....The cone flowers were a real treat I received today in the Post, along with 24 other lucky followers of Nancy's blog. Beautifully wrapped and packaged with a lovely card.
Beautifully presented and Titled 'In The Garden' , signed and ready to frame, and quite unlike any artwork I have seen before.
The enchaustic technique really adds a whole new dimension.
Nancy is a talented Mixed Media artist, and Photographer who mixes her camera talent, with enchaustic techniques. Her Blog, 'All Pulped Out' is an amazing journey, Please check it out,

Thank you so much Nancy its very beautiful, and will be treasured.
More of Nancy beautiful Photography can be seen in her Flickr Albumns.
Just a sample.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Busy Day..

Life has a way of filling up days with a montage of useless things one has to do, household chores just being one of them, but there are good days too.
One of the highlights of today was turning around at with surprise as galloping hoofbeats came tearing up to me in the field. Followed by a semi rear, a squeal and a buck, I was very pleased, and just a bit worried as my 34 yr old mare tore up to me, to tuck into her lunchtime feed. It was lovely to see a bit of the old spark still alive and well. Although a bit worrying, sort of like if your 90 year old grandmother jumped up and started dancing the Can can..

Another Treat well actually two arrived in the post as well, OWOH two videos from Wendy,WW, a mixed media crafts gal in Iowa, from her blog 'The life of Me', see http://weinkswonders.blogspot.com/
, to visit. She also has several Blogs including the Frog Palace, and an Etsy Shop, (thefrogprincess), do make sure to visit. Here is a piece of her work for sale on Etsy.. Sewn Heart..

The second was from Linda, a potter and sculptress living in the UK, with her Blog Rediscovering Art, See
,to visit, and she is literally doing what her blog title suggests, in a big way.
Here is one of her pieces in the making...

Thank you for the beautiful tiles Linda, They arrived safely, well done Royal Mail.

OSWOA (Original Small Works Art) Awards

OSWOA (Original Small Works Art) Awards