Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Some of the fruit and vegetables I have harvested from the garden.I am afraid that it is rather overgrown at the moment.Messy or romantic ?
It depends on your view! The apples will be made into Apple and ginger Jam ,you can see the only remaining pot of last years batch in the photo.

the beginning of Autumn:

what is the fortune- teller

looking so surprised at

Haiku by Buson

Monday, 16 August 2010

There are some places and times of our lives that we never forget.They are embedded in the heart and mind and it only takes a small jog to the memory for images to come tumbling! Almeria in Spain is a region of desert and intense heat. the desert itself though looking barren is alive with plants and animals that have adapted themselves to life in this harsh landscape.I remember the times I had there,the wonderful dawns and the amazing multi coloured evenings.Reading Lorca and Neruda and playing Manuel De Falla. Watching real Flamenco in the candle lit ruin of a Moorish fort and hearing a local poet reading in Spanish. Making a pilgrimage to a mountain top shrine where bonfires of tallow candles blazed and we ate chocolate and churros when all the homages had been made. The images of that skeletal landscape will always, stay with me.It was the first time I ever really saw the stars and realized that they were coloured.  I also felt freer than  I ever had been before as though the bare bones of life were visible.
On the table above is a pot of basil and garlic and a pepper waiting  to be made into supper on a hot July evening.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

quote Ralph Waldo Emerson.

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the  imangination.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The actors at home enjoy a drink and rest after their efforts

Medusa The Celt

Emma and Rory the actors in my family have recently been touring in this play.The play is performed outside and has been popular at all the venues in Cornwall were we live. Going out with your supper in a basket and sitting as the sun goes down with food and drama to enjoy is a very magic thing to do. The story is fascinating and  the actors bring Celtic Cornwall to life.A glimse into another time ,a myth and a culture we have lost or have we?

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

How about a spot of afternoon tea? Any preferences? Strawberries and cream,cucumber sandwhiches and a pot of Earl Gray would be nice.

A summer shower
a woman sits alone
gazing outside

A Haiku by Kikaku
1661 -1707
She was a protege' of the wondeful Basho.
It seemed appropriate as the weather is humid and showery today.