Monday, 30 August 2010

Memory Lane, such a rosy place...

I have been working on my allotment, and while working there I always have a memory rush. Today I was thinking about my favourite books. I had a vivid memory of when I first read 'The Lord of the Rings', my 'bestest' friend Maxine Esson and I were in the library at school, and she handed me a book and said' read this section it is amazing'. It was the part where Boromir is killed, and his funeral ritual was described so vividly it was breath taking. I read it and immediately went to find the other copies of the trilogy. I read it all in a few weeks, and have read it several times since, it still remains one of my favourite books.
Maxine was also responsible for the discovery of another of my favourite reads,' Nurse Matilda',by Chrstiana Brand, this was when I was about ten years old. I have asked other people about it and they look at me blankly, until Emma Thompson created Nanny Macphee, Ms Thompson cites Nurse Matilda as the inspiration for the films. Hurrah for Emma T. It is a wondrous tale of naughty, unruly children and truth and love and all the things that make a magical journey, read it yourselves oh fairest friends, I thoroughly recommend it for the child within us all xxx

Friday, 27 August 2010

Dark Fairy Tales

I have been reading old European folk tales recently,they are a fascinating read. The Russian one's are particularly interesting, all the principle men are called Ivan, and all the heroines are called Vasilisa. 
It seems that in Russian Fairy tales the women called the shots... and the men loved them for it! x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time...

This is a quote from Mr. John Stuart Mill, 1859 - 'On Liberty'.

According to a medical study , eccentrics have a much longer life-span than 'ordinary' mortals, due to the degree of happiness they experience.
Long live the eccentrics!!

Back to Never Land

HHello dear ones, I have had a tiring week, new grand daughter, my son and his girlfriend stayed over for a few nights, I forgot how demanding little ones can be! However I enjoyed it, but am feeling utterly exhausted.
My brain seems to have forgotten how to function!!
Never fear - normal, or what passes for normal, services will be resumed as soon as possible. I am strolling through cyber lanes exploring all the wonders of the imaginary world. I remember having an invisible pet when I was younger, much younger, I was around five years old, and I had an imaginary dog.
I wonder at the mind set of children, they are so much more accepting of eccentricity and adventure than 'grown-ups'. Children adopt their prejudices from us, the parents, luckily my children are tolerant and accept people for who and what they are. Three cheers for eccentricity I say, where would we be without it?
Vivienne Westwood, Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde, poets, designers, architects, inventors, artists, scientists, writers, film makers, we need creativity and individualism. 
My goodness, how enjoyable it is to express ones self, much love to all you individual bloggers xxxxx

Friday, 20 August 2010

The Next Best Thing to a Bird House is .....

II stumbled upon these wonderful Arborial Dwellings whilst meandering down the wonder web, who wouldn't want to reside in one of these glorious contraptions.
When I was a child of about seven I had a tree house, well more of a tree platform. Stiill, it was my little refuge, no one could see me in the summer through the foliage. Maybe that is where my love of bird houses came from? xxx

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

You Are Wonderful Bloggers All

I have been wandering down the Blog-lands, and have stopped off at some wonderful places off the beaten track. I have fallen in love with them all, the quirky, the romantic, the whimsies, the vintage, the imaginative, the creative, you are all warm and welcoming, and I thank you all for your hospitality, much love and forever blogging xxxxx.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Butterflies and Dragon Flies, true wonders x

I love butterflies, and dragon flies, they fascinate me, I could watch them for hours, so beautiful delicate yet strong. I have had a couple of slightly 'spooky' situations with both of these wondrous creatures; the first was a butterfly which settled onto my garden table whilst I was sitting reading, I looked at it and went to carry on reading, (it was a gripping read) and the butterfly seemed to take offense and moved forward towards me! I was taken aback as you can imagine, and set the book down. The butterfly, a peacock, 'strutted' towards me, stopped and sat apparently looking right at me, so I sat and looked back at 'him'. This went on for some minutes until I felt obliged to speak, so I said, as you do, 'hello, do I know you?' and the butterfly moved forward, almost under my nose, fluttered a little and was off fluttering round the table for a few seconds, then was gone, I felt rather strange and also priviledged. The other experience was with a dragon fly, we had a powerful summer storm about three years ago, and the back door was open as I love the smell of rain on the soil and grass. A dragonfly flew in and took refuge on the curtain pole, my youngest son and some of his friends were fascinated by this creature. It was beautiful, green and yellow shining like gemstones, it had a slightly damaged top left wing. My son said, 'what does it want?' to which I replied, 'shelter from the storm', 'how will we get him out without harming him', I said 'he will leave when the storm subsides', to which my son looked rather scepticle, 'trust me' I said. The rain subsided, the sun appeared, the dragon fly left through the back door, unharmed. A few days later we had another small storm, the dragon fly returned, and sheltered in the same place. Ha, I know what you are thinking, how do you it was the same one, well the wing was damaged in the very same place, again he left when the storm ended.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Once Upon A Summer's Day ....

Well,my fairest followers it appears that our summer is over, I know that I desperately wanted the rain to come and stay for a while, but it seems to have moved in for the time being and is like a house guest that has out stayed their welcome... rain, rain go away and come back in a little while? I feel so ungrateful, as the garden is now beginning to revive, and I do love the smell of damp soil and the rain drops on the leaves.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

More 'Fairy' Hide Aways!!!

Bird Houses; Are they really for fairies....

As you may have gathered I have a penchant for bird houses: I am sure they are secret hide outs for fairies and other magical beings!!! When I was a small child Iused to watch my Grandpa's bird house very carefully to see if I could catch a fairy secretly entering it by the back door so to speak. I would sit on the bed in the spare room for what seemed like hours, when I was supposed to be asleep. I believed that I would catch one coming out at dusk to dance by the moonlight.

Make A Little Bird House In Your Soul...

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Some Wondrous Images from Some Wondrous Films

The Facts Were These....

I thought I would devote a little time to tell you about a few of my favourite escapist films, television and other media entertainments; one of my favourite T.V. shows is the truly wonderful 'Pushing Daisies', I love the quirky story telling of Jim Dale as the narrator, the candy coloured scenery and sets, the fantastical story lines and characters. The use of alliterative names - for example; Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles, Charles Charles, The Darling Mermaid Darlings, and places like 'Couer d'Coeurs' and Boutique Travel Travel Boutique'. It is definitely up ther with some of my favourite 'other worldly' movies like 'Amelie', and anything by the amazing Tim Burton. xxx

Rain Rain - Dont Stay Away

At long last, my dears, more rain and a fabulous thunder storm to bring the flowers back to life, alas it is too late for many of them. Ineed to seriously rethink my planting for next year. However, the allotment is blooming, so to speak, best don my gardening gloves tomorrow and see what I can salvage from the flower garden! xxx

Friday, 6 August 2010

Old 'School' Musicals-Full of Wonder

Ever since I was a child I have loved the 'old school' musicals, I adore the sets, the costumes, the dancing, the over- the- top magical sensations that they produced, they were magical and wondrous to me as a child. When I watch them now I still feel that same wonder and a warm feeling of love from my inner child!!!

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN - MOIRA SHEARER (a film by Michael Powell and Emer...


The Red Shoes (ballet) 1948 part1 720p




Wednesday, 4 August 2010

New Life!!

These are the first pictures of my first grand daughter India, with proud grand mother.