Wednesday, 28 December 2011

I was out in the garden before writing this page, and out there today. I did a bit of tidying and weeding. Lots of things need attention-the decking seems to be rotting, the fence needs sealing or the same thing will happen to that, the path is mud and needs to be made into a proper path, and the shed is falling down. It was lovely to be outside though. Cassie and Lily came out with me. It is mild today with an invigorating breeze. I tidied up old pots and moved the fatsia japonica and the bay tree (both in pots) up the steps ready to plant them in the garden. There are a few gaps that need a medium to large shrub, and both of these have been stunted in pots for years.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Friday, 23 December 2011


A woman from an article in a book about the 1940s. It showed gas masks for glasses as the caption says. A singer on a late night music programme. I took pictures of the television to capture her earrings which I really liked. They seemed to be laminated pictures of and eighties type digital watch. I am trying to be more observant and true to what I actually see when doing faces, rather than my stock face-though I do like doing my stock face!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Too Many Obsessions

I take after my Dad in that I flit from thing to thing, obsessively really, until the next thing comes along. I always have to be doing something-like an addiction-but one I prefer to smoking, which is my former addiction. Like my Dad, I go through phases of doing one thing, then put it aside, then do the next and so on. I come back to all my interests eventually but can't stand to do the same thing forever. I did that thing where you pick a word for the year. I thought about how I am, and thought of a word that would try to correct it (self criticism ruled there!) I picked 'focus'. I picked it, thinking it would help me to become really good at one thing, rather than dabbling all the time. In terms of that it was a failure, but in terms of understanding myself better it was great! I now realise that I definitely need to flit from thing to thing to be happy. I try to do things well, and I like to learn new things. I am happy with that.
For me, anything can start off an obsession. In the summer I bought 'Water for Elephants' from the charity shop. I enjoyed the story, and the film which I watched later. But the best part of the book for me, was the author's notes and interview at the end of the book. This is where I learned about her obsession for the circus, and how she had fed that with two particular books of old photos, both of which I now own too. A fascinating world.

What I really want, is endless time! Don't we all?

These are the few pages that came out of the circus fad.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Weird Face and Two Copies

Weird imaginary face that turned out to look a bit Egyptian. I like the eyes, but that is about it!

Picasso from a painting in a book of Tate exhibits-a lovely second hand book with lots of beautiful art.

From the same book.