Saturday, May 26, 2007

Greetings! Well I am off on holiday today for a week, somewhere a bit like this!

It seems like we were counting down for weeks and now it's finally here.

So have a brilliant week all and I hope to bring back some interesting photographs, maybe a few new poems and probably a new book.

I like buying new books on holiday, something interesting always turns up in an odd little book shop somewhere! For now enjoy one of my favourite beaches ever, at Sango Bay, Sutherland, North West Scotland.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I found this while visiting Literary Feline.

Grab the book that is nearest to you (no cheating), turn to page 161, post the text of the fifth full sentence on the page, post the rules and tag three people.

I tag: Mac's Niece at Caged Minutes, Bowledover and Coversgirl at Between the Covers.

Page 161, 5th full sentence:

'Adam didn't have to listen to Eve saying that other men could have done it better, and Eve didn't have to listen to Adam saying he'd do it after his night out with the boys.'

Solomon's Seal

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I have recently been tagged, an almost entirely new experience for me! In the early days of In The Pink I was tagged by Mac’s Niece with this very same meme however was uncomfortable revealing anything about myself. Mac’s Niece happens to be my sister and she was very understanding of my decision not to participate, I sent my list to her via email and that was that.
Anyway my need for anonymity has steadily subsided as I have progressed in blogging and I have now been tagged by Coversgirl with the same meme. I therefore already have a list of weird and habitual facts about myself!

So! Here are the rules:

1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4: Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

My 8 Oddities!

1. I frequently dream of vampires, and have done so since childhood. They normally have romantic connotations although I have never ended up a vampire yet! (I have only had one vampire dream with David Boreanaz in it, much to my disgust!)

2. I almost always have a tune playing in my head, a sort of soundtrack to thought. Mostly a pleasant addition to life however occasionally distracting when plagued by a duff song!

3. I would like a beard, and if I could would grow a really long one like the Gibbons boys from ZZ Top! I would stroke it for dramatic effect and twiddle it between my fingers during moments of high concentration.

4. I talk to all living creatures instinctively and honestly believe that some form of communication is occurring.

5. I love all weather, and all weather extremes that I have experienced and I love being out in the rain. It’s just so much fun and I highly recommend it. Even better are bike rides in the rain. Once you are soaking there is really no wetter you can get!

6. If given a choice of left or right I always choose left. I am right handed but left footed.

7. I am attracted to water in all forms, and am a strong swimmer; however have a deep fear of the sea and irrational shark fear. (Coversgirl, I would love to visit Australia, and always have, but I would never make it into the sea, not even for a paddle!) I am slightly ashamed of that!

8. I love singing out loud. If I could wish it I would make the world a musical with bands popping up in all locations to accompany you when the opportunity for a song presented itself!

Ok, so my 8 bloggers are:

Mac’s Niece at Cages Minutes, Bowledover, Arukiyomi, Caelum-Amo at Identity,
Joni at My Piece of Heaven, Greg at A Life in the Day, Ursi at Ursi's Blog, Ian McKellan
(Ok I know he isn't likely to take part, but he has a blog and a website and you never know!)



Bears to be Shared
I was given this picture by my parents from their newspaper. Obviously I would love to say I took it myself! Anyway, I felt it was an image that deserved to be shared. (Image Credit The Daily Telegraph.)
Booking Through Thursday

I have come across a wonderful blog called Booking Through Thursday. The blog has various questions relating to books and reading, and you are encouraged to copy the question into a posting of your own and answer it. By leaving a comment on the original blog you provide a link for others to find your question and answers. What a fabulous tool for a bit of blog networking!

I recently gained a blog view from Africa, my first from that continent (Hello if you are looking again!) and have really got the blogging bug. I love the fact that people from all over the world have seen my pictures and musings and hope they have enjoyed 'In The Pink' as much as I enjoy maintaining it.

Anyway, without further ado the question I choose is this, as it is a subject I have recently tackled.

Bookless

'It happens even to the best readers from time to time… you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?'

This happened recently in our house to my partner. He has just finished a long awaited book that forms part of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson - The Runes of the Earth.

He enjoyed the book immensely and as he has been reading and re-reading Thomas Covenant for many years was left with the dilemma, just how do you follow that! A few weeks past and his frustration at not having the right book to move onto grew so, I went shopping. (Image Credit The Official Stehpen Donaldson Website.)


When ever I run out of things to read or just need that special book to get me back into reading I go book shopping, the more obscure the book shop the better, however I believe that the next great book is only a shop away. I went searching for him until I found that very book. Something a little different.

I am happy to announce he is now devouring Life of Pi, Yann Martel, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2002. (Image Credit Powells.com) The summary paragraph on the back of the book is what attracted me to it. It reads:

'After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan...and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.'

Need I say more! If you have read this book I would love to hear your thoughts but don't give too much away, I will be reading it next! Other books that have saved the day in times of literary drought are: Peter Hill, Stargazing - Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper, found on holiday in a small bookshop in Scotland, Mark Wallington - Pennine Walkies, a gift to us from my mother in law, and The Assassin's Cloak - An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diaries, edited by Irene and Alan Taylor, a wonderful find and gift for my brother in law last Christmas, although we have since purchased a copy for ourselves.

I have to give a final mention to a series of books that my sister introduced me to many years ago that I have often fallen back on. A series of books that will always entertain me and I have usually forgotten enough of the events to make them still fresh. The wonderful Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. If you have not read these books I would strongly recommend it. I have lent my copies to several friends over the years and before I can say 'are you enjoying the first book?' they are usually on the sixth, devouring them like there's no tomorrow!

I would love to hear what books you have found in times of need, please feel free to leave me a comment and list as many books as you like. (Thanks Coversgirl! I really enjoyed this!)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Alan Johnston is a BBC Correspondent who went missing in Gaza on 12th March 2007. He is feared kidnapped.

Today is Alan's 45th birthday. Happy Birthday Alan and my best wishes and prayers to you and your family and friends.

If you have a moment please follow this link and sign the petition calling on anyone who is of influence in this matter to increase their efforts to secure Alan's release. You can also post the banner, follow link by clicking here or clicking on the banner, directly onto your blog or website and help to spread the message on.

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Monday, May 14, 2007

Greetings! I have been visiting Coversgirl at Between the Covers again and found this wonderful quiz, The Jane Austen Heroine Quiz, sponsored by Kali at Strange Girl Dot Com!

I am delighted to announce that.....

I am Marianne Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!


'You are Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are impulsive, romantic, impatient, and perhaps a little to vocal in your honesty. You enjoy romantic poetry and novels, and play the pianoforte beautifully. To boot, your singing voice is captivating. You feel deeply, and love passionately.'

Blimey! Willoughby and Colonel Brandon! My thanks to Coversgirl and Kali! (Coversgirl, this is getting to be a bit of a habit! I hope that I can return the favour one day!)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

New Things

Today's posting is in lieu of the last and current weeks 'weekly six'. Today I would like to celebrate new things. New life, new friends, new beginnings, new growth, new clothes!

Yesterday heralded the arrival of the new sparrow chicks to the garden, their first journey out of the hedge, there are 5 babies at the moment. Also, arriving noisily yesterday, was the first starling chick, beak wide, still demanding food be delivered by his parents! I have not been able to capture them on my camera yet but we are enjoying many happy moments watching them develop their skills. They have all discovered the bird bath but have yet to understand what to do in it!

Also, I had a wonderful night out last night with a friend from work. We shopped....ok maybe nothing new to you but the need for and love of shopping has never been particularly strong in me, excepting in the company of my sister! Anyway, there were many purchases of new clothes, which was brilliant, a trip to The Body Shop where much fun was had and much money was parted with (sorry Body Shop, it was all worth it!), concluding with a meal in a world restaurant, The Giraffe, which boasts a fabulous vegetarian selection on their menu. (All Hail Giraffe!)

And then...this morning I received a comment via the fabulous Friends Reunited site from a very good old friend which is just wonderful. I am greatly looking forward to catching up with the events of the past 16 years!

Finally, the iris flowers in our front garden have emerged in a new and surprising number compared with the last 2 years. I hope to have captured their beauty in the photograph. (see next post) Here's to 'new' things!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Jethro Tull - Fire at Midnight

I believe in fires at midnight
when the dogs have all been fed.
A golden toddy on the mantle
a broken gun beneath the bed.
Silken mist outside the window.
Frogs and newts slip in the dark
too much hurry ruins the body.
I'll sit easy ... fan the spark

Kindled by the dying embers
of another working day.
Go upstairs ... take off your makeup
fold your clothes neatly away.
Me, I'll sit and write this love song
as I all too seldom do
build a little fire this midnight.
It's good to be back home with you.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Last Blossom

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Starling Squabble
Jackdaw

Jackdaw lands in my garden at dawn
He lands with trepidation
An un-ease about his form

Jackdaw nesting high in chimney
Evolved to seek advantage
Where he nurtures family

Jackdaw territorial, protecting his supplies
Magpie may be family
But their needs are too high

Jackdaw defending dominant in tree
Seven in their number
Seven I can see

Jackdaw, eyes of blue, plumage deep and matt
Jackdaw in my view
Jackdaw sleek and black
Greetings. Well I have found some time to go exploring the blogoshpere and once again find myself owing to Coversgirl.

Arukiyomi has very generously prepared a spread sheet listing 1001 books to read in your lifetime, as originally collated by Dr Peter Boxall, which Coversgirl has promoted on her blog, Between the Covers.

Arukiyomis' spreadsheet allows you to tick the books you have read and then tells you the percentage read, and the rate at which you need to read the rest in order to fit them all in to an average lifespan.

I am torn between being ashamed and proud of my efforts. Although I have only read 1% I am part way through several more and have seen some of the books as films. I am however, intending to improve on my statistic and am shortly heading outside for a spot of reading in the sun. Several of the books mentioned are sitting on my book case just waiting to be read!

Anyway, if you would like to view the list and see how you are doing
click here and download the excel spreadsheet. In the meantime my thanks to Coversgirl and Arukiyomi!

Isle of Sheppey

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Greetings! I was going to call that last piece Fair Maiden, but then I found a poem called Fair Maiden, it's by Shane Ward. Anyway, I felt that the title had been well and truly assigned, and so leave the last verse from me nameless for now. Enjoy Fair Maiden.

FAIR MAIDEN - SHANE WARD

VERSE:

Fair maiden oh so long ago it was since I saw thee
In ribbons and in petticoats with tassels on your knee
Twas innocence in which we played on bright and sunny a day
And up your house we laughed and planned that we would run away

CHORUS:

Up yours, Up yours, Up yours is where laughed and played
Up yours, Up yours, Up yours is where we played.

VERSE:

Fair maiden I remember that you solemnly did swear
That if I showed you my two plums then you'd show me your pear
And there I took you at your word but mayhap you forgot
Ah solemnly you spoke that day but fruit you showed me not

CHORUS:

Ah sol, Ah sol, Ah solemnly you gave your word
Ah sol, Ah sol, Ah solemn was your word

VERSE:

Fair maiden I recall the voice that charmed my heart to you
Your lilting shamed the birds away and other fauna too
You sang so high the windows smashed. I feared you'd blow your top.
You twittered on from dawn till dusk. I thought you'd never stop.

CHORUS:

You twit, You twit, You twittered madly all day long
You twit, You twit, You twittered all day long.

VERSE:

Fair maiden twas so long ago, yet now we meet again.
Alas we parted angrily and there we still remain
Yet if it please thee I would like to give you something true
An offering of peace and love would be my gift to you

CHORUS:

Peace off, Peace off, Peace offerings I give to you
Peace off, Peace off, Peace off I say to you.
Her smile ignites her eyes, her sway given of grace
Naturally seducing, while instinctively chaste
Alive with a passion, few could boast to share
Tempestuous for instants, yet wise as she is fair
Bathed in her favour, I stand adorned
She is all woman, and of all women born.

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