petal name

November 25th, 2009 Comments 0

I wonder why I haven’t done something like this before?

The words 'Acts of Beauty' spelled out in rose petals on the floor, with a cat sleeping nearby, and some other bedroom mess.

A special rose:

Rose petals, white with pink edges, some are old, faded and crinkly, others are fresh

Pumpkin! Late Halloween no.2

November 23rd, 2009 Comments 0

I went to three different shops on October 31st looking for a pumpkin to carve, but everywhere had sold out.  So I was really pleased when I found some quite by surprise at the end of November.

I had lots of fun carving this:

a carved pumpkin with a lotus flower and diamonds design

carved pumkin with curves, wisps and tiny teardrop windows

carved pumpkinwith lotus flower design

carved pumpkin from above with an irregular lid-hole

Late Halloween no.1

November 22nd, 2009 Comments 0

I love Halloween (even though it has been irritatingly commercialized, and I don’t like the orange plastic crap in the shops, trick and treating is a bit lame, and the American way of dressing up in unscary outfits that seems to be bleeding into Britain now is clearly wholly rubbish).

I like Halloween because it feels a bit magical, and it makes me think of hanging upside down from trees at midnight, and making strange theatre with friends.

Anyway, I didn’t do anything on Halloween this year, but I caught up.

A wire rack of orange muffins in white paper cases, some eaten.

I made carrot, apple, celery and parsley juice, with apples from the garden, and found a recipe to turn the leftover fibre into muffins.  And the muffins looked lovely!  (They tasted nice too – lots of crystallised ginger).  Then Cosmo turned it into a Halloween moment, like a well trained familiar.

A wire rack of small orange coloured muffins, with a black cat walking past, seen from above.

No, Cosmo isn’t quite clever enough to be a familiar, she has only just learned how to use the catflap.  Thank GOD.

Autumn Garden

November 21st, 2009 Comments 0

Right now as I write this I have ‘stereo cats’, one sleeping on either side of me.  It’s my first time.  I recommend it.

Anyway.  The garden may not look like so much, but to me it is autumnal opulence in all its glory – dying, decaying, yet still lush.

An autumn garden, with bare trees, yellow, orange, brown and green leaves.


November 20th, 2009 Comments 1

I was awake so early, and trying to get back to sleep, but the sunrise was spectacular,

A beautiful sunrise, with blue, orange, pink, purple, white and gold, and silhouetted trees, grey sea.

Whenever I see skies like this, I think to myself, “I can understand why people thought there was a heaven, hundreds of years ago, when God was an old man sitting on a cloud.  It looks like heaven.”

The thing is when I took this picture the sunrise was all around me.  You can’t quite convey that in a photo.  The memory is still in me.

I wish I could motivate myself to get to bed early every night.  I would happily watch the sunrise every day.  It’s my favourite part of the day, when everything is quiet, and you feel like you have the world to yourself.  I think they should make sunrise watching an official therapy.

It’s actually a great idea – we have an inbuilt response to birdsong in our brains, which was created when we lived in trees and caves and jungles.  When the birds were singing everything was fine, and our nervous systems could calm down.  When they stopped singing, a predator was about, and everyone went into fight or flight mode.  This is according to Julian Treasure’s Ted Talk, and he recommends listening to at least 5 minutes of birdsong a day to make you happy.

Home for berries

November 15th, 2009 Comments 0

A birthday walk, and some entwined berries,

red berries wrapped around black iron railings, with spiralling twigs

everything has a home.

Spinning dress

November 12th, 2009 Comments 0

I bought a dress for my birthday, and had an idea for it,  This is what became of that idea.  You’ll also see the shoes I allegedly said goodbye to, which in fact lived to tell another tale.

Each of these pictures expresses the idea in a different way.

spinning blue dress with large juicy red apples on the tree behind

Teifi walking in a pale blue dress, in a woody clearing

flying -

a blurry girl in a pale dress in the woods, making the shape of an angel, quite by accident

the waves -

pale blue dress caught mid-movement, it makes waves as the wearer stikes a pose

Then my favourite -

blurred pale dress, arms in the air, looks like a fairy

Finally, incredibly, we managed to capture a rare, curious gremlin, who turned up to discover what all the fuss was about…

blurry dress and dancing wearer, with a small black gremlin on the ground with bright shiny eyes.

Thanks to the loveliness of Rob who took the pictures.

Bitten leaves

November 11th, 2009 Comments 0

Something had a tasty snack here.  Or maybe many snacks.

green sycamore leaves, growing, with large holes bitten away all around the edges, making them more beautifulMaking the whole thing more beautiful.

And that was the end of my leaf-play-day.  Hope it made you happy too.

Path pattern

November 11th, 2009 Comments 0

I had a bags of leaves to play with and here is how it unfolded… (many pictures to follow)…

they come to life,

and more,

some are so amazing they get their own portrait,

a line went walking,

pink leaves wiggling awaythis is some kind of mulberry-lotus,

spiralling ginko leaves,

pink leaf jewels,

beautiful pink leaves lying on asphalt, some agingafter I finished I shaped the rotting brown leaves around it.  This made me very happy.

many multicoloured leaves placed in a pattern on asphaltWhile I was sweeping, three men came down the path and they stopped to talk.  Two of them asked what I was doing and made sure I would take a picture, and the other one leaned on a railing, the leaves literally at his feet, just waiting.  Then suddenly he looked down and realised why his friends had stopped to chat, he laughed and became quite embarrassed as he admitted he hadn’t noticed it.  Funny.

And here it is:

a finished pattern of leaves of many colours and kinds, on an asphalt path. The pattern is full of spiral and curves and fan shapes.

Red shiny leaves

November 11th, 2009 Comments 0

Today I played with leaves.

I had collected lots yesterday, and found more today:

These ones were so shiny and red, it was like playing with jewels in a shop and choosing which ones I wanted to take home, but for FREE!  They also made my fingers go numb…

I added some ginko leaves from my collection:

a pattern of red leaves and ginko leaves on the grass

This is like a formation of geese, or planes, or plankton (?).  (Plankton is now officially my word of the day) I know plankton doesn’t actually go in formation, but it would look good if it did.  And the whales would get dinner more easily.  Ahem.

Then I admired this birch tree for a while.  Birch the silver lady.

peeling birch bark

You see how nature teaches us that falling-apart things are perfect?  Yes.

So I did more today in my next posts.  More with leaves.

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