Saturday, June 30, 2007

Squirrel at Play

Vogon Poetry

I have found a Vogon Poetry Generator, have a go here! This is my Vogon Poem.

See, see the sweetness sky
Marvel at its big scarlet depths.
Tell me, bob do you
Wonder why the human ignores you?
Why its foobly stare makes you feel dissappointed.
I can tell you,
it is Worried by your mergelfuntbarblery facial growth
That looks like A cheese.
What's more, it knows
Your bum potting shed Smells of frog.
Everything under the big sweetness sky
Asks why, why do you even bother?
You only charm poos.
I am a big Star Trek fan. I used to watch the original as a child my my family but as an adult really got into The Next Generation, second time round! Brent Spiner, pictured here, played Lieutenant Commander Data for those who don't know. He was an android, void of emotion, who strived to become more human. The role gave way for a weekly analysis by Data of the human being, in an attempt to understand humanity, and I found this to be very thought provoking.

At the same time the character attempted to replicate the behaviour he leaned, and lived by a code of conduct programmed in by his humanoid creator, Dr Nunian Sung.(Also played by Brent Spiner). Ok, for those of you nodding off I am not going to tell you anymore about Star Trek, but I am going to show you some of Data's poetry! It's much better then Vogon Poetry really! (But please follow the Vogon link, there is a Vogon poetry creator tool there that looks like good fun!)

I give you - 'Ode to Spot' by Lieutenant Commander Data

Felus Catus is your taxonomic nomenclature
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature

Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses

I find myself intrigued by your sub vocal oscillations
A singular development of cat communications

That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance

And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotions

Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well developed cognitive array

And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I none the less consider you a true and valued friend.

Is There Life on Mars

Giant Granadilla, Passiflora quadrangularis
Image Credit: Trade Winds Fruit

Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Having gone on about how many posts I had planned over a week ago I have found myself....

Anyway, thankfully my very good friend has stepped in and saved the day with some wonderful words I thought deserved a bigger airing. So I give you a few words from T-Bone.

Went for the kind that were mellow and sweet
And the world's sweetest eggs are the eggs of the Kweet
Which is due to those very sweet trout which they eat
And those trout ... well, they're sweet 'cause they only eat Blogs
And Blogs, after all, are the world's sweetest frogs
And the reason they're sweet is, whenever they lunch
It's always the world's sweetest bees that they munch
And the reason no bees can be sweeter than these...
They only eat blossoms off Beezlenut Trees
And those Beezlenut Blossoms are sweeter than sweet
And that's why I nabbed several eggs from the Kweet.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Weekly Six 18th - 24th June 2007

Item: 1 BWO – Blogging Without Obligation

I came across this item via Mac’s Niece at Caged Minutes. The principle has been described wonderfully by the author of the original item and architect of the concept so I will leave further explanations to Tiffini Elektra X, and my thanks to Mac’s Niece for a wonderful find.

'After coming across what seemed to be the 4000th or so post on someone's blog starting with "I'm sorry I haven't posted in awhile." I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it. I am thinking that no one shouldutter those words again . . .and with that thought I give you Blogging Without Obligation.

If you feel the same way feel free to grab the logo, make a logo or whatever you would like to do! I release all the logos, thoughts and words mentioned here about this concept into the public domain. Take the idea and run with it. . .or walk away. It is all good.

Because you shouldn't have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.

Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine.
Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
Because sometimes less is more.

Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.

Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.

Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable".

Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time…’

I am ever grateful to Mac’s Niece and Elektra X. Mac’s Niece has made some wonderful posts recently which reminded me why I created a blog in the first place….for me! And Elektra X reinforced the concept. The html codes for logos Elektra X mentions above can be copied with her kind permission from the following link: BWO html.

Even if you are not interested in the BWO concept take a moment to view Tiffini Elektra X’s blog and shop, they are really worth a visit!

Item 2: Songs on Repeat

I mentioned in a recent post that I almost always have a song playing in my head, a sort of soundtrack to thought. I say almost always as it may be constant but I don’t always notice! Anyway, sometimes, particularly with persistent songs, there is a lyric on repeat which relates to something that’s going on in my life or an issue that is plaguing me.

This is true of the current song set on repeat in my head. It’s been in there for a few days now. The lyric on repeat is ‘who knows where the time goes’.

It also happen to be a very beautiful song and so I am sharing the lyrics and, if I can find it, a sample.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes – Fairport Convention (Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny/ AKA Sandy Denny)

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it's time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know it's time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

And I am not alone while my love is near me
I know it will be so until it's time to go
So come the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time
For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?

And all thanks to the wonderful You Tube you can listen and watch the song! Follow me!

Item 3: A Change in Blogging

A couple of weeks ago I started thinking about why I blogged, what made a good blog (oddly timed considering item 1!) and whether I should keep it up, a thought that I expect is not uncommon among bloggers.

I created In The Pink after seeing Mac’s Niece’s blog Caged Minutes. I had not heard of blogs before that (Sometimes I lead a sheltered life!) and thought I would like to give it a go.

Mac’s Niece helped me to set it up. I had reservations (actually a mild understatement) about revealing anything about myself but thought a place where I could post my poems would be an incentive to write more, and why the hell not put them out there for people to read and hopefully get some pleasure out of rather than them existing solely on paper in my house, never being read once created.

I think all forms of art have a life of their own once conceived and it is your responsibility to allow them to exist. Also, a friend once said to me if you have a talent and you do not pursue it and make the most of your ability it is almost an insult to the gift you have. That comment has stayed with me. (Thanks T-Bone.)

So, In The Pink was born.

I soon discovered that my lust for blogging could not be satiated by my verse alone, I am just not that prolific, and I stumbled across the joy of photography. Since then this blog has evolved into a summary of thought, inspiration, images of beauty (well to me anyway!) and occasionally when inspired an outlet for my poems.

Following further inspiration from Mac’s Niece and Tiffini Elektra X’s ‘Blogging Without Obligation’ post I feel I have been given the final push towards making In The Pink exactly what I want it to be.

I already have about a months worth of posts planned, and if I could, would spend all of today creating them but instead I look forward to posting my new ideas and thoughts over the months to come.

Item 4: Product of the Week – ECOVER

For a number of years now I have been trying to eradicate all un natural chemicals from my daily life. I have never worn make up (I identified an allergy to most cosmetics as a small child while dressing up as clowns with my sister and a friend). Now, I know that most cosmetics are hypoallergenic these days and thanks to outlets such as the The Body Shop and Lush there is a variety of natural cosmetics available that also do not involve vivisection, however at this stage I frankly wouldn’t know where to start with makeup and I’m not going to bother, it’s an extra expense and would require getting up earlier in the morning to effect application!

I have also tried to replace all household cleaning goods and toiletries with non animal tested, environmentally friendly products. You can pretty much replace everything however effectiveness is some cases is still an issue. I do however believe that there is an alternative product out there that ticks all of my boxes and will happily share any of my findings with anyone who is interested.

In the meantime I would like to promote ECOVER:

‘Ecover is an international company active in the production of ecological detergents and cleansing agents.’

I have used ECOVER washing up liquid and cleaning products for a number of years now and am delighted to announce that they do tick all of my boxes.

You can buy their products in a number of supermarkets, health stores or order online. They provide a refill service and I have to say I find most of their products very effective.

I would recommend that you shop around a little before making a purchase, or simply order online. It has been noticed that certain supermarkets have inflated the price of ECOVER while promoting their own in house versions of environmentally friendly products and I cannot advise you at this time if these alternatives are animal friendly or carry the Vegan Society label.

However, ECOVER does! There used to be a product a few years ago called Down to Earth. I can’t find anything about them now but years ago I used to buy there washing powder from my local supermarket. It was a little costly but worth it I felt however, I imagine that due to poor product support they disappeared from our shelves. I don’t imagine that this fate will become ECOVER but if this is an issue close to your heart and you are not already using this or similar products why not give them a go, or at least check out the ECOVER website. Follow me!

Item 5: Poem of the Week

One of my favourite weekly slots I have found! This item gives me an excuse to share some poems I love and is an incentive to discover more poetry.

My Father used to recite this poem to my sister and me as children and it brings back wonderful memories.

Piddling Pete, Possibly by A Merritt although I cannot be sure. There are also many versions of this verse available on the net. (Dad I hope this is the one you remember but please feel free to correct a line or two if needed!)

A farmer's dog came into town,
His christian name was Pete.
A noble pedigree he had,
To see him was a treat.
And as he trotted down the street
'Twas beautiful to see
His work on every corner,
His work on every tree.

He watered every gateway, too,
And never missed a post,
For piddling was his specialty
And piddling was his boast.
The city curs looked on, amazed,
With deep and jealous rage
To see a simple country dog
The piddler of the age!

Then all the dogs from everywhere
Were summoned with a yell
To sniff the country stranger o'er
And judge him by the smell.
Some thought that he a king might be,
Beneath his tail, a rose.
So every dog drew near to him
And sniffed him by the nose.

They smelled him over one by one,
They smelled him two by two;
But noble Pete, in high disdain,
Stood still till they were through.
Then, just to show the whole shebang
He didn't give a damn
He trotted in a grocer's shop
And piddled on a ham.

He piddled in a mackerel keg.
He piddled on the floor,
And when the grocer kicked him out
He piddled through the door.
Behind him all the city dogs
Lined up with instinct true
To start a piddling carnival
And see the stranger through.

They showed him every piddling post
They had in all the town,
And started in, with many a wink,
To pee the stranger down.
They sent for champion piddlers
Who were always on the go
And who sometimes gave a piddling stunt
Or gave a piddling show.

They sprung these on him suddenly
When midway through the town.
Pete only smiled, and piddled off
The ablest, white or brown.
For he was with them, every trick,
With vigour and with vim.
A thousand piddles, more or less,
Were all the same to him.

So he was wetting merrily
With hind leg kicking high
When most were hoisting legs in bluff
And piddling mighty dry.
On and on, Pete sought new grounds
By piles of scrap and rust
Till every city dog ran dry
And only piddled dust.

Still on and on went noble Pete
As wet as any rill
When all the champion city dogs
Had come to a standstill.
Then Pete did free-hand piddling
With fancy flirts and flips
Like the 'double dip' and the 'gimlet twist'
And all the latest hits.

And all the time the country dog
Did never wink or grin
But blithely piddled out of town
As he had piddled in.
The city dogs a convention held
To ask, "What did defeat us?"
But no one ever put them wise
That Pete had diabetes!

Item 6: ‘Days Gone Past’

Still with me? I seem to have a lot to say today! Ok, the final item for this week is days gone past. My fella and I recently purchased a picture postcard book of our village. The book was put together by our local history society and most of the pictures featured were taken before the first world war.

All of the pictures included are beautiful however there is one picture that I found particular joy in.

We have often been told that there used to be an oak tree opposite our house whose crown touched our roof. It was known as the ‘straight oak’ and was a common meeting place for friends within the village for many years. The picture below shows the oak photographed between the two world wars. (The furthest house on the left hand side of the picture is ours.)

Unfortunately the tree was felled in 1992 although the depression in the grass verge can still be seen as the root plate slowly degrades within the soil. I hope you enjoy the picture. I am thrilled to have finally seen an image of it and am sorry that the local authority didn’t take the opportunity to replace it at the time of felling. I intend to write to them and ask that they replace the tree.

Well that wraps up the weekly six. As always please feel free to comment on any aspect of any post.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Age of Steam

My family and I recently enjoyed a day out aboard a steam train in celebration of my parents Ruby Wedding Anniversary.

It was a wonderful experience and quite amazing how much improved travel by rail was under these circumstances. I like traveling by train anyway but the sounds and smells were amazing. In addition we had a car to ourselves and were able to get up and wander down the passageway, looking and leaning out of the windows.
(A warning, soot does come out with the steam so sunglasses are recommended and keep your lips tightly shut!

Obviously we were in no rush to get anywhere in particular however the relaxed pace of the journey was wonderful and very romantic.

Following our trip my father has been editing some photos he took to wonderful effect and I asked him if he would mind me posting them on my blog as they came out so well.

I think that they capture the era beautifully. I therefore give full image credit to my Dad!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekly Six 11th - 17th June 2007

Item 1: Planetary Revelations - Jupiter

Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun and the largest planet in our solar system. Its' diameter is 142,600 km, that's 11 times the diameter of the earth. Were Jupiter hollow you could fit over 1000 earth size planets inside! My point in emphasising the size aspect is, in the words of the late, great Douglas Adams:

'Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.'

And much of what's in space is also.......big! While we are on the subject of Douglas Adams here is a bit of trivia for you that I found amusing.

Douglas Adams chose 42 as the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything simply because he thought it was the funniest-sounding of all two-digit numbers. "A completely ordinary number, a number not just divisible by two but also six and seven. In fact it's the sort of number that you could, without any fear, introduce to your parents."

Anyway, getting back to Jupiter. It boasts 63 natural satellites although another 4 Trojan Asteroids have recently been located (Information credit Scott Sheppard). Jupiter has rings, like Saturn and Uranus, however they are much smaller and barely visible. They were discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979.

1 solar orbit takes Jupiter 11.8 earth years however due to its' rapid rotation 1 day on Jupiter equates to 9.56 earth hours.
It's rotation speed at the equator exceeds 43,000 Km/hour. Due to it's composition, 90% hydrogen and 10% helium in both liquid and gaseous states, Jupiter is subject to differential rotation hence the rotation speed at the poles is less than the rotation speed at the equator.

Jupiter was named about two thousand years ago for the Roman god Jupiter, who was the chief god of the many gods that the Romans believed in. All of the planets have names that come from the Romans. (Information credit Scholastic) (A Final Note - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and other works by Douglas Adams, are available to read in full on line at: Dig)

Item 2: Herbal Remedies - Essential Oils

I am a big fan of herbal remedies and believe that through natural ingredients and 'alternative medicines' most ailments can be effectively treated. I have utilised acupuncture for several ailments and have found it to be highly effective and I am building up a library of useful reference books that allow me to tackle everything from health issues to house cleaning without a employing the use of a 'chemically-laden' product....well that's the aim!

It is not always easy, and so I plan to share a few gems I have picked up, read about or had shared with me for anyone who is interested.

Essential Oils -

Lavender - OK fairly obvious but if you don't know a few drops in a bath is a fabulous relaxant, a few drops on your pillow aids restful sleep and a few drops on your collar is calming.

Tea Tree - A few drops in a foot bath on a regular basis will tackle Athlete's Foot, and Tea Tree proves very effective for blemishes anywhere on the body. A small dot application will rapidly reduce the appearance of a blemish and can be used on the face. For anyone with sensitive skin The Body Shop do a diluted version - Tea Tree Blemish Stick.

Chamomile - Chamomile essential oil rubbed directly onto the abdomen gives almost instant relief for menstrual pains. It works very rapidly! (Sorry to any chaps reading but really it is a godsend!)

(There are rather a lot of things that are not appropriate for pregnant women so I would advise checking out the use of any treatment, whether natural or not, with a pharmacist or doctor prior to use if you are expecting.)

If you would like to find out more I would strongly recommend '1001 Natural Remedies' by Laurel Vukovic.

Item 3: Bird Food of the Week - Peanuts

Anyone who has read previous weekly six postings may know that I recently heralded Niger seed as my 'bird food of the week' as it instantly brought goldfinches to our garden. We now have 6 that visit daily!

I have always fed the birds, it started with my parents weekly bread supply when I was a child and has grown to a separate shopping venture undertaken of a fortnightly basis. I have tried many different seeds in an attempt to: increase bird diversity while catering for all of our visitors whether popular by public perception or not, and reduce the formation of seed beds throughout the garden that grow rapidly from the overspill.

I am currently satisfied with my bird food selection, the most recent addition being meal worm mix which has proven very popular and is good for breeding adults and fledgelings alike however the best, longest lasting, most waste free, high energy content bird food I can recommend is peanuts!

The birds will obviously tend to the easiest food first, foods that require less effort to eat, however in times of food shortage I always make sure the peanut feeders are full, or there are some available for the bigger birds on the bird table, and they all love them! I can see one of the peanut feeders from here and there have been two sparrows and a starling going at them for 20 minutes now!

So, to help keep the cost down but ensure a good bird food with little effort and mess, invest in some peanut feeders and sit back and watch.
(Our Jackdaws can fit 6 peanuts in their mouths in a line at one time for delivery to the nest!)

Item 4: Barbecues

I attended two BBQ's yesterday, one was part of my nephews school fete and the other a party held by a friend to celebrate her partners' birthday, their house warming...or rather house renovation completion, and engagement.

Being a vegetarian BBQ's can be a little limiting for me however there are many vegetarian meals that are suitable for cooking over a BBQ. I usually prepare some vegetable kebabs marinaded in a sauce which I can recommend however Mac's Niece has lent me a wonderful booklet from Old El Paso titled 'Summer Sensations - Sizzling Recipes for Outdoor Eating', and as the season is upon us, well in the UK at least, I thought I would share their wonderful ideas!

Now I am not going to type out recipes! But follow this link and have a look at the Old El Paso Betty Crocker website. Obviously all meat ingredients can be replaced with quorn, tofu or vegetables.

(If there are any vegetarians/ vegans or other interested parties reading this that haven't noticed I have a couple of links to vegetarian blogs on my site that I can recommend checking out for information and recipes.)

Item 5: Poem of the Week - The Law of the Jungle, Rudyard Kipling

Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown, Remember the Wolf is a Hunter -- go forth and get food of thine own.

Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle -- the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken -- it may be fair words shall prevail.

When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father -- to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is -- Obey!
(Image Credit First People & Novawolf)

Item 6: Song of the Week - Jimmy Hendrix, All Along the Watchtower (written by Bob Dylan)

OK, I am guessing there are few music collections around the world without this song in but please feel free to take this opportunity to listen to it, or view Hendrix playing it live! It's a Sunday as I am writing this and it's my first song of the day. A good choice I feel!

Well that's if for this week. I am happy to say I have found the time to complete this posting in one go, at my leisure, and not only is it on time but I am actually a day ahead of schedule! I hope you have enjoyed reading this. Please feel free to leave me a comment on any of the items I have mentioned.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Weekly Six 4th - 10th June 2007 Part 2

Item 3: Song of the Week Lightning Strikes, Yes (follow link for a sample of the song)

What you gonna do when the lightning strikes and hits you
Who ya gonna call for the secret of stealing the world
Swimming in this ocean of words on your new cellphone
Diving for the wisdom of pearls in your eyes
Come on

What ya gonna do when the lightning strikes and hits you
How ya gonna laugh when the joker forgets his lines
Stepping off a cloud into space whatever greets you
Show me how you got this award for being alive

Waking up is waking to the power
Dancing up is dancing till the dawn
Talk talk talk will always get you someplace
Shake it up n shake me till I'm done

Shake it up now!
She ay... do wa bap
She ay... do wa bap
She ay... do wa bap
She ay... do wa bap

Who ya gonna call when the power begins to chase you
Spinning out of shape now you're learning to live again
Fastening your seatbelt tonight it could get jumpy
Showing me the good n that life is not in vain

Take take take n take me thru the lightning
Walk dont talk me always on the run
Ride it out until you get the picture
Shake it up and let me get me some
Let me get me some

Eya he say touch it together
Touching my spirit touching my feeling
Eya he say touch it together
Touching my spirit touching my feeling
Eya he say coming together
Touching my spirit touching my feeling
Eya he say coming together
Touching my spirit touching my feeling

Talk, talk, talk, keep moving round in circles
Moving till the moon is on the run
Take me take me take me to the new day
Take me out and let me get me some
Take take take and dance me thru the lightning
Moving to the left n to the sun... ya ya ya
Help me get me some... ya
Help me get me some... come on
Ooh ya... ooh ya... ooh ya... ooh ya
Ooh ya... ooh ya... ooh ya

Item 4: Joke of the Week (Be warned I don't like dirty jokes!)

'Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the dirt, and cross the road again?'

'Because he was a dirty double crosser.'

Item 5: News Story of the Week Return of heron after 141 years

A species of bird which has not been seen in Greater London for 141 years has reappeared. A squacco heron was last spotted at the Kingsbury Reservoir, in north-west London, in 1866.

But now hundreds of birdwatchers have flocked to the Crossness Nature Rererve in Bexley, south-east London, after one was seen there last week.

The sighting follows a £500,000 project at Crossness by Thames Water, Bexley Council and the charity Groundwork.

Work has involved restoring reed bed and ditch habitat for water voles and creating a new wader scrape - a shallow body of water with muddy margins - which has attracted the heron.

Item 6: This Weeks'Comedian -

Weekly Six 4th - 10th June 2007 Part 1

Greetings. Regular visitors to In The Pink will notice that once again the weekly six has been absent for some time. I have to say that although it is a posting I greatly enjoy I often find myself short of the time required to complete it. So my apologies for the delay; here for now is Part 1 of this weeks six items!

Item 1: Artist of the Week M.C.Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher, usually referred to as M.C. Escher, was born in the Netherlands in 1898. Nicknamed Mauk in his early life, he attended the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts and studied under Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who he remained friends with for many years.

Escher had a unique approach to art, able to produce detailed compositions from memory and utilising his excellent mathematical skill to generate 'impossible' pictures such as, Relativity (1953 Lithograph).

Many of my family members have been charmed by Eschers' unique ability and Mac's Niece has a lovely piece framed in her stair well, and bathed in sunlight! (Sorry, that was a private note for Mac's Niece however is you hassle her she may photograph it and post it!) Frivolity aside if you are not familiar with this artist please take some time to explore his works via the gallery. It is impossible for me to pick a favorite amongst his work however I particularly admire this piece, Puddle (1952), enjoy. (M.C.Escher 17th June 1898 - 27th March 1972)
(Image Credit: Wikipedia & The Official M.C. Escher Website Gallery)

Item 2: Food of the Week Ginger, Zingiber officinale Rosc.

I cooked with fresh ginger for the first time ever last night inspired by several family recipes! I have often used dried ginger as I love the flavour and have had crystallised ginger in the past but finally decided to give the real thing a go! Results - 10/10!

I am a vegetarian and all of my family make great efforts to ensure that I have wonderful meals to try at any of our get togethers, whether they are significant or not. No doubt that ginger features in many of the recipes and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for using ginger (I may never cook without it again!) and especially for taking the time and effort to provide me with beautiful dishes that have inspired me to push my own cooking boundaries as a vegetarian.

Anyway, grab some next time you are shopping, chop it up (peeled first) and add it for flavour. I would be really interested to hear what anyone thinks if they are trying it for the first time and would also love to hear any ginger inclusive recipes!


Monday, June 04, 2007

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Only In Dreams.

Come my love and comfort me, for my heart is weighted
deprived of you I exist, with soul un-satiated

Within each day a wonder of this world's revealed in splendour
yet wonderment is lessened with no means to share the venture

Though I believe in independent being, you have given
the joy of companionship, altruistically driven

And mine is now to walk alone, until when reunited
we share again each moment blessed, and recall all we've sighted

So this my plea, come comfort me, for the wait is laboured
and if I reach your image in sleep, each aspect will be savoured.


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