Friday, March 30, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

All a glow, through this I grow.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Calling All Bloggers!

I started my blog in September 2006, inspired by my sisters’ blog, Caged Minutes. Since then I have been greedily soaking up as much blogging protocol as possible and am now attempting my first tag list.

I should probably consult with Macs Niece at Caged Minutes first as it has to be said she is much more of an authority on the subject and has provided advice on several issues that has saved me much time, effort and confusion, but I am feeling brave and so will push on.

Yesterday I stumbled across the ‘Top Bloggers Books’ list – Books You Cannot Live Without, being compiled by Kailana, via my regular source of book reviews, Coversgirl, at Between the Covers.

The idea is for each participant to produce a list of 10 books they have read and cannot live without which will be integrated into a definitive list, by Kailana at Kailana's Written World, after 15th April 2007.

I have compiled my list which I posted yesterday however I am keen to do my bit to get more bloggers involved.

I am therefore tagging several bloggers. I do not know all of them but visit all of their blogs frequently.

My tag list is:

Macs Niece at Caged Minutes
Good Karma Bunny
Caelum-Amo at Identity
Joni at My Piece of Heaven
Caroline at Nexus Farm and Alpacas
Fiber Arts and Furry Critters
Mrs. Kwitty at Whatever Strikes Mrs. Kwittys’ Fancy
Norma at Norma's Blog

I will be posting a comment on each of your blogs to introduce you to the idea and hope that everyone wishes to participate. If you do then follow this link for further instructions from Kailana and thank you all for your time. You can also view other bloggers top 10 book lists here, there are some very interesting choices.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Weekly Six 19th – 25th March 2007’.

Well here we are again! In light of my recent posting regarding a ‘Top 10 of Books’ I am replacing this weeks book item with a Hollywood hero. I have always been a big fan of the movies and would like to share a few of my favourite stars with you via the ‘Weekly six’.

In addition I am changing this weeks’ song item with an album item, and will also be providing a small explanation of my choices from here on in.

A Lyric: Lend me your ear while I call you a fool. – Jethro Tull – Witches Promise

As you may be noticing I am a big Tull fan. I am also going to see them in a week, for the third time, which has brought their songs to the forefront of my mind. Tull embody English Folk/ Paganism for me and I would like to share their unique musical and lyrical talents with you all, there is something for everyone!

An Album: Jethro Tull – Broadsword and the Beast

On my top list of albums; I cannot say it is a top 10 album as there are just too many competing. If you find yourself in need of a new musical direction please listen to this album, it is rhythmical and passionate.

A Film: Harvey, starring James Stewart – Directed by Henry Koster

What can I say about this film…..well for a start I had an imaginary rabbit as a friend for several days after seeing it for the first time and also developed a fear of being institutionalised by distant family members as a result of my eccentricities! A pure feel good film that captures the charm of this weeks' ‘Star of the Screen’.

Stars of the Screen:
James Stewart

I leave you to explore this star on your own, there are no better words to be said than have already been written.

A Location: Ben Nevis – Scotland

Ben Nevis stands at 1344m and is the tallest mountain in Britain. I have climbed Ben Nevis; well climb is a bit of an exaggeration as the footpath is well worn and forgiving….at least on the way up. The significance of this mountain was the visual and mental journey I made to reach the summit. There was a real sense of camaraderie within our group and the sites I encountered on the way and particularly at the summit were unforgettable.

A Headline: Earths’ Air Pressure Propels Clean Energy Plan

‘In a sci-fi approach to providing clean energy, a consortium of Iowa power companies is planning to fill a big underground hole with pressurized air which would then be released to generate electricity. Two other air-storage caverns already exist in Alabama and Germany, demonstrating that the technology is not far-fetched.’

I leave you to form your own opinions of the news headlines that I post. They all come care of the Good News Network. A site worthy of a regular visit.

A Word From Our Sponsor

I find myself void of verse at present and do not wish to post poems forced and therefore flawed so, I have turned to a heroin of mine, unfortunately not my sponsor, for a sample of her unique prose.

On Comparing My Husband to Robbie Burns - Pam Ayres

Oh oft I think of Robbie Burns
Striding though the heather,
All manly clad in tartan plaid
To spurn the Highland weather,
O'er loch and glen, that man of men,
His black eyes all a flashing
Could any heart not leap, and start,
Or fail to find him dashing?
Oh oft I think of Robbie Burns,
His dirk thrust in his gaiters,
And then I think of you dear,

And go home and peel the taters

Pam Ayres - The Works 1972 - 1992
In The Pink - Top 10 Books

Well it’s early on a Saturday and I have already visited Brisbane and California; which has resulted in this post!

Kailana is collating a list of books that bloggers cannot live without, inspired by a list of top 100 books that The Guardian newspaper (UK) recently produced to commemorate World Book Day on 1st March 2007.

2000 people took part in The Guardians’ survey and the resultant list is……well frankly for the most baffling to me!

I am therefore participating by posting a list of 10 books that I have read and cannot live without. If you wish to add your own list of favourite books follow this link for further instructions. The definitive bloggers list will be posted by Kailana after 15th April.

1. The Lord of The RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien

Undoubtedly my favourite book of all time; I visit Middle Earth frequently. I would not presume to review this book but would strongly recommend it to anyone who has not read it yet. (Is there actually anyone who has not read this book?)

2. The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien

Perhaps not a surprise after my first choice but again a wonderful world to visit and a story full of adventure and beautiful imagery. If you are a fan of talking books, The Hobbit read by Martin Shaw is fantastic; he has a wonderful and convincing range of character voices but do not put the disk with Gollum on while you are in bed, it can be a very startling awakening!

3. The Way of WyrdBrian Bates

This book is fascinating. No, I am not going to say anymore, just read it!

4. Jonathan Livingston SeagullRichard Bach

A glorious tale of flight. You will never look at Seagulls in the same way again, unless you live in Cornwall. I don’t think there is anything that can change their attitude towards Gulls, it’s a little like Arboriculturalists and Squirrels; on the whole they just don’t get along! (Excluding this arborculturalist!)

5. The Adventures of Goodnight and LovingLeslie Thomas

Recently listed in my weekly six features this book sums up all I love about travelling. Another fabulous adventure that always gives me itchy feet!

6. Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant MessiahRichard Bach

Another book I would not presume to review as I think it will offer different things to different readers. For me it restores some of my belief systems.

7. Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë

Ok, it’s a love story, and not a cheerful one at that, but the strength of her characters and my attraction to many aspects of the way of life associated with this time make this book a favourite. In addition my perception of Wuthering Heights, the song by Kate Bush, was totally altered after reading this book for the first time. I felt it moved her in the same way it moved me. All hail Kate!

8. The English DictionaryVarious

Ok, I didn’t read within the criteria for this list that books were required to be fictional or narrative. I have many favourite and important reference books that I did not feel were appropriate for the listing. I did notice that The Bible is included within the Guardian’s original list. I am not going to comment further on its’ literary status however, ‘The Dictionary’, my dictionary, allows me to explore language and I anticipate many further happy hours of word exploration. In addition it permits me to access authors' descriptive talents where their word power exceeds my own. Obviously I cannot profess to having read it all, yet, but I would never be without it.

9. The Motorcycle DiariesChe Guevara

Again not a work of fiction but a very interesting tale, more importantly to me though are my associations with this man that this book re-affirms. I expect everyone one to have an impression of Ernesto Che Guevara, that will not necessarily coincide with mine, however from this man and this book I take courage.

10. The Strays – Barbara Ludman

The final book slot I give to a book I have not read for a long time but that has left a lasting impression and is of immense sentimental value to me. My Father bought me this book as a child and, although I didn’t realise it at the time, this book introduced me to the wonder of reading. Both my Mother and Sister are also responsible for my love of reading as they made immense efforts to share the joy of books with me at an early age when reading was a media form I had little patience for. This is a lovely tale that I know will always transport me back to both youth and comfort.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

You must have your reasons

I will not ask

For you I will be

The Man in the Iron Mask - Billy Bragg

Saturday, March 17, 2007

All Pigs Fed and Ready To Fly
‘Weekly Six’ 12th - 18th March 2007.

Should you find yourself becoming concerned with some of my film and music tastes I would like to reassure you that it does get better! I am somewhat restricted by the availability of effective links that enable me to provide you with a direct sample of the item, with minimal effort on your part; an issue I hope soon to resolve.

In the meantime, you really cannot beat either of this weeks song and film choice for quality entertainment!


A Lyric: All the places I've been make it hard to begin to enjoy life again on the inside, but I mean to. Jethro Tull - Inside

A Song: Boney M - Rasputin

A Film:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Stanley Donen

A Book: The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving – Leslie Thomas

A Location:
Casis - France

A Headline:
Famed Wild Parrots of San Francisco Get City's Protection (Video)

The Subject

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Greetings. I would like to introduce a new blog feature for 'In The Pink' that allows me to comment, via a weekly posting, on; lyrics, songs, films, books, locations and headlines, all significant to me in some way, that I wish to share.

The idea appealed to me having seen several similar posting preferences on other blogs, and I have enjoyed following their trail.

I look forward to airing my artistic preferences and sincerely hope that you enjoy exploring them.

Weekly Six: 5th – 11th March 2007

A Lyric: Forget the night. Live with us in forests of azure. Out here on the perimeter there are no stars, out here we is stoned – immaculate. The Doors - The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)

A Song: Girls Girls Girls - Sailor

A Film: The Quiet Man - Staring John Wayne (John Ford)

A Book: The Way of Wyrd - Brian Bates

A Location: Didima Craters - Greece

A Headline: "King Mohammed VI pardoned nearly 9,000 prisoners to celebrate the birth of his baby girl, the Justice Ministry said." - Good News Network

Saturday, March 03, 2007

'The Bridge'
I broke from sleep to a morn still shrouded deeply in the mist
and ventured from my shelter in search of sun

Through the gorge I made my way by riverside and iron bridge
and sort out path rising steeply, buzzard gliding; rabbits run

The vegetation steamed before me as I crossed the river broad
swirling beneath me thick and black

A forest in reflection rose as my gaze ascended
and bade me welcome as the dawns bird song answered back

Concealed in canopy I moved by a shared trail
print of claw and hoof proceeded my tracks

The saturated woodland thick around me giving glimpse;
a flash of a world sunkist, beyond my current aspect

With racing pulse I greedily pursued the summit veiled
but immanent in arrival, the earths breath revealing

the firmament, virginal, purged of all impurity
this vision now born to me, no longer concealing: a mornings exploration
A Mornings Exploration


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