Sunday, 21 December 2008

Fire at Kushi's

friday night a huge fire broke out just literally over the road and down steps to the street on the lower level from me.
the only good thing is that with such a huge blaze no one was hurt at all.
i remember Kushi's way back in the early '70s, it was just a wee place in a small side street then, where you could go and get authentic Indian food, totally unfancy, with plastic table cloths (actually maybe they didnt have any at all, i cant remember!) very friendly and informal, and affordable.
over the years the business obviously grew and grew until it recently opened in this old church building, and was doing really well.
the old building hasnt been used as a church for a long long time - it was a kind of market for a while, not terribly successful really; but when Kushi's took it over it looked as if at last the building was going to be cheered up and feel better about itself.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Bellasis moved to wordpress

Iona christmas 2000

i miss Iona dreadfully, its the first year since 1993 that i have not been. :-(
i decided i just have to accept it and get on with learning how to be in one place all the time with no escapes. its hard, and also feels like losing a very good friend - and i mourn it.

please note - Bellasis now at Wordpress - have added the link to my list. lovely wee videos of my neice performing in the Nutcracker!
Rivertrain's latest blog is a powerful one, and worth a visit as well.

i am stuck being unwell for the last 2 weeks, so have no news or interesting things to report. am a bit debilitated by pain and lack of sleep due to pain. a friend has just pointed out that there is an issue with Statins and muscle pain - which i have been googling and am a bit shocked about. i am thinking of stopping taking statins now.

i have not been out to do any christmas shopping, and am likely to miss posting dates if i ever do get out to do any.

i shall have to try and find a cheery photo to put up. oh i know. hmmm

christmas in iona 2000. oh i forgot, they all go to the top automatically.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Local Hero!

reading my sis' blog - see Bella Mocha - and her picture of telephone boxes, and her american pals' commenting on the telephone booths, i had to comment and tell them all to find the film Local Hero - my most fav film ever, really. i wish i could find a photo of that telephone box to put up. but unfortunately, it isnt quite in the place that it was in the film, they had to move it! anyway. the LINK is in the TITLE of this blog - so click to have a look at some other people's thoughts. and maybe an interesting website if you are into movies!

have a look at this link too:

another film that is also my most favourite of all is The Winter Guest. look for that one too.


Sunday, 30 November 2008

heard about a new book on the radio - (I think) it was called Secret Lives of Words - anyway, sounds really good, must look out for it. looking at roots of words and so on. i like stuff like that.
downstairs neighbour hammering a nail in (somewhere) when all our electrics went off in the whole stair! (meaning, all 5 houses in the stair, but not the stairway itself).
so a bit of running up and down checking everyone else's had gone out, and poor old downstairs neighbour worried it was his fault...
sorted now of course.
but it made me think, what would we do if we really didnt have any electricity? no internet, no tv, no radio, no music.. luckily have gas cooker, could cook, and had one or two candles, and lit the wood burning stove. and then i got the fiddle out!! sat and had a muck about on it first time for a couple of years.
oh oh looks like blogger connection is going funny this might all get lost. will stop now.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

if in doubt talk about the weather .. duuhh (monday 24th nov)

4.50pm in the studio yesterday.

how awfully neat it looks.

i took it for the amazing sky, but the flash more or less wiped out the intense colour.

that was last Friday - i began but didnt finish, and now i am supposed to be doing the accounts, i will have a break and finish this. Monday now.

cant quite think of anything interesting to say.
the weather forecasts over the weekend have been for snow in the east, but all we had here were clear skies and sunshine. bitterly cold.. well, slight exaggeration - its not really bitter, its just that sharp pinchy type of cold.

better stop until i have something interesting to say. doing accounts is not in the least inspiring to creative thought, or thought of any kind in my case.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

they shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn,
at the going down of the sun
and in the morning
we will remember them.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) "Dulce et Decorum Est "
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep.
Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod.
All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! -- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

a weekend in Pitlochry

end of festival wee session in bar - thinking of you Kate!

we stayed in a lodge flat at the Atholl Palace Hotel!! R and i had use of the spa - fabulous. a leafy walk up a path to the lodge. nearby an ancient wood with a huge waterfall inside.

river tummel

the plant explorers garden

and the fish ladder! brilliant! they can record the amount of salmon that go up it - so far it was just over 4,000 this season. they swim through tunels to the next pool, and there are two resting pools for the salmon! didnt realise they could read so well..

and at the top of the fish ladder, and the dam, here is loch faskally.
looking down the way again - you can see another part of the fish ladder.

fabulous trees

the lodge where we stayed
the only problem with this blog i find is that the text and images never seem to stay where you put them, so sometimes the text doesnt make sense.

well all breathe a huge sigh of relief

everyone i know, and everyone i speak to is breathing sighs of relief that Obama has been voted president elect of usa. PHEW. i was almost scared to go to sleep that night, nervous that he would not be voted in at the last minute.. but hurray!

in a slight way it kind of reminded me of when finally at last tony blair and labour got voted in after years of gruelling ghastly conservatives.. such euphoria, so much emotion - a new start .. etc etc. however, of course, inevitably, those emotions faded over the years as a new government can only take ages it seems to make changes. politics seems slow. we in the uk have become cynical - well i should speak for myself! i have become cynical - i have felt 'party politics' is dead and all we have now are Thatcher's children..

i know its an awful lot more complicated than that - but it seems there are no more values or beliefs, there is only economics. but this is where Barak Obama's election feels different - because it denotes so much more than just another party with different economic ideas. not saying economics is not important because of course it is, but there are so many more issues, and it looks like he is going to try to deal with some of them.

just - after the emotional euphoria settles down, then - he has to still be given a chance.. lets try not to go all cynical if things dont change immediately..

Saturday, 1 November 2008

plus - Samhuinn - visit the Beltane Fire Society website

i missed the Samhuinn parade last night - i usually hang out my window and see them all - but i was out elsewhere. have a wee video i took in 2006, on a tiny pix camera not very good, but gives a bit of an idea. after 4 hours uploading it igot fed up and cancelled.

the Beltane Fire Society website (click this blog's title) has info about the fire festivals, and how Samhuinn originated and turned into what is now called 'Halloween'. (some say 'savin', some say 'sawen', probably other pronounciations as well).

so today, a few of us are off to Pitlochry to the Perthshire Amber Festival.. the sun is shining and it all seems far away from a night of hobgoblins and weird beings.

oh - Grace Jones...

a crazy evening listening to the new Grace Jones - and 'Who Can Do the Best Grace Jones Cover?' (first album) (courtesy of Kitchen Implements)

hmm - nah..

well, a bit better if you look at it the right way round..

Ha! What??? no, no its not golf...
aye thats more like it..

oh dear, giggling collapse

aha! now the pro! (not quite sure about the pointy toe?)

who actually has a copy of the album cover - is this it?!!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

yesterday went to opening of a friend's exhibiton out at Aberlady in the nature reserve.
see link

it was a wild and windy day, but worth the trip for the artwork - two artists both paint flowers but in totally different ways. it was nice being out of town as well. i went along with two other pals.

when i got home i discovered one of my windows had blown open (was a bit worried it might when i realised the strength of the wind). anyway - rain had got into plugs, books, and onto the laptop, but seemingly after a wipe and time to dry off - no damage done. window all taped up now.

no sketches done.

Thursday, 23 October 2008


below - Alligin bus shelter! inside the willows

left - Diabeg. below Ben Alligin behind the house

view from house and Loch Torridon 'beach',
this is Alligin
on the shores of Loch Torridon
where Rosie and i went for a
weekend to stay with a friend
who lives there.
we went for long walks, and a few drives around.
yes it is still 23rd - but it Really Is 23rd now.
so yesterday's scribble:

a sketch a day (today's is done but not photographed and i am off to bed)

right. (in my day-reality its still 22nd). now today - another idea to start. i began making a sketch a day in august, and then stopped due to being busy etc - the idea was that the sketch was to be immediate; top of my head thing, not precious, not skilled, just stream of consciousness.

click on image to enlarge if you actually want to read scribblings

this idea was (is) one of my ploys to get me back into working on my own work again - get my head back into 'thinking' in that way again, although its also to do with a sort of 'widening' of the brain (or head) so that there is more space in it to let things come in. (otherwise it is just crammed full of worry about money, worry about this and that - dont for get the other, and oh, what about such and such and oops i forgot so and so...)
and on and on like that - i always think 'when i have got all this SORTED, i will begin' - but i never will get it sorted - because there is always more and more, so now i just have to make time to push it all away
these are the beginnings
i am putting them up hoping it will make me stick to it!
they will all go to the top of this blog page, and i have to upload the last first or they will all be the wrong way round.
bluddy 'eck m'n, eh?!
(its very late - on 22nd or early on 23rd depending on how you look at it)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

from one bird sanctuary to another bird sanctuary

more soon... 22nd october now - these pics are from a bird sanctuary in kent, beside where some family live. its called Bough Beech and lots of men in corduroys stand looking through their 'bins, and taking notes. there is a notice board for you to put up a note of what you saw. terribly impressive.
this is an egret but not very good pic of it! actually it looks as if its bent double over the railing! like a floppy doll.
Cormorants! my fav - but used to seeing them on wild west coast
Herons! also my fav, and also more used to seeing them on north west coast.. and not all in a bunch - thats unusual

nice, eh?