Thursday, 27 March 2008
and the animals, how will they be.
funny ol' time.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Sunday, 23 March 2008
it was a sunny day just the other day, good for pics.
Sunday, 9 March 2008
which did not seem to have been celebrated here. that really surprises me, its the first year i have not seen anything going on here - unless i just totally missed it. one year, some years ago, i did the admin for an IWD week of events and rallies and entertainments. it was loads of work and funding, and a whole lot of local women's groups got involved, artists, politicians and just masses of women.
it is sunny today, was yesterday too, but we are expecting massive storms again apparently. it isnt quite the equinox is it, that's around 21st.. when the moon crosses the ecliptic (isnt it?) and the tides get incredibly high and incredibly low and storms are fairly usual. i have often been on Iona round about these times of year (march and sept). one september i was staying in my pal's tin house when that huge storm blew up. we knew it was coming; earlier in the evening i had gone round to the hotel where a few of us sat and watched American football! the owner loves it and was trying to teach me the rules with a nip of whisky each. later back at the tin house i remember lying in bed wondering when it would start and then suddenly BANG - literally - and then it began; the wind just howling against the tin shaking the walls and i really did think i might end up in the sound swilling about in the massive seas. anyway, i got up, no point trying to sleep, but of course the electricity had gone. there were candles and calor gas cooker so i could have a cuppa tea as i sat with loads of jumpers on wondering if i should try going outside just to see.. thought i better not though. it was of course dark in the middle of the night so i couldnt see much. i think it went on well into the next day as well, if i remember. the aftermath; the sea had been right up onto the road, people's gardens, rocks and seaweed strewn about, someone's car almost floated away but not quite and no one was hurt. people who had tried going outside in it hadnt been able to stand up!
i hope everyone is ok through this coming one.
Friday, 7 March 2008
so now i think i will just share a couple of pics of my window box - my lowly substitute for a garden.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
(is that one?)
1. i talk to things. especially when they stop working properly. i do it in the hope that they will be cheered by the fact that someone is bothering to talk to them and start working again.
2. many years ago i had a friend who had a lot of mice coming into her flat. she wrote them a wee note and pinned it to the skirting near the hole asking them if they would mind not coming back and wishing them all the best for the future. she said it worked. once i kept getting a mouse. i just made sure i left an oatcake out for it, but nothing else. that way it just ate a bit and went away again now and then. i decided to call it 'Daisy'. after a while it stopped coming.
3. when i was very small in Portugal i discovered two packets of mothballs in my mother's bedroom. when my mother started smelling a strong mothbally smell and realised that i was being very quiet she discovered me having eaten one pack and about to begin the next one. she took me downstairs and made me a large glass of salt water, which i drank and then asked for another one. but i was'nt sick.
4. i used to live with a friend in a tiny wee house in a tiny wee street full of tiny wee houses each for 50p a week in this same city. the only phone was the phone box at the end of the street which whoever was about would answer and go and get whoever it was for if it wasnt for them. it never entered anyone's head to have a tv and personal home computers hadnt been invented yet. we had music though. lots of music. thats when i met my husband. i told him Vanessa Redgrave used to live in the street and he believed me!!
5. i was at the first Glastonbury in 1971. 4 of us travelled down in an old car which kept breaking down, and it took us 2 days to get there. David Bowie sat cross legged on the stage very early one morning singing with his guitar. he hadnt really become famous yet. we were a bit bemused by meeting some 'town' people who had come 'to look at the fashions' - we were completely 'anti-fashion' so it was quite confusing. little did we know.
6. i never learned to drive. when i had a husband, we moved to the country and he started to teach me and i loved it, but then we had to get rid of the car as it broke down and we couldnt afford another one. sometimes i wish i could drive and just take off into the highlands, but most of the time i feel fine that i dont need to depend on one and can get anywhere i want without one. i love travelling by bus train and ferry into the highlands and islands. the long journey is all part of the process of getting there; and you never know who you might meet and what unexpected adventure you might have.well, that took a bit of time, but it was interesting to see what popped into my head.
thanks Bella Mocha!