Monday, 25 July 2016

Visible Monday - frayed denim

Who'd have thought it, according to the papers my old frayed shorts are the height of fashion! It has taken a good couple of dozen years to get them to this state of desirability, frayed to the point of imminent collapse. I've not been seen outside the garden in them but now that they are so fashionable perhaps I should saunter out?
Perhaps not!
Earlier in the day I wore a respectable skirt, featured many times before on Visible Monday, on a trip to the surgery to pick up antibiotics. Our woods are full of deer and yesterday I removed a tick from my leg so treatment to avoid Lyme's disease is required. I am usually carefully covered up but due to the unusually nice weather I'd neglected to tuck trousers into boots - I'm looking suitably chastened, I'll not make that mistake again!
Short-sleeved liken blouse from H&M, cotton cardi from Boden for Patti's Visible Monday.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Tuesday Intros: Ancient Light.

This week I'm reading
I'm not yet half way through. The writing is beautiful, with a first person narrator who moves back and forth between the present and the past.  I have no idea as to how, or indeed whether the two periods of time will come together.

How is this for a riveting opening !

Joining Diane who hosts Tuesday Intros.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday Skywatch, Promenade des Anglais.

Today I'm posting an old photo of the Promenade des Anglais. The sky is a perfect blue, everyone is relaxed and happy.
Shortly after this photo was taken we looked at the sea and, although it was October, went back to the car, got into our swimsuits and jumped into the inviting water. The family were in Nice to celebrate my sixtieth birthday, quite some time ago now. For us, as for very many others, the beautiful city of Nice has always been a place of happy associations. My heart goes out to those innocent people caught up in the carnage that followed the Bastille Day celebrations.
Wherever you are in the world, dear Skywatchers, I wish you peace and compassion for your fellow man.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Tuesday Intros, 'Life After Life.'

For the past week I've been reading Kate Atkinson's, 'Life After Life,' a book that moves back and forth over the same periods of time throughout it's 477 pages. The strap line is

We follow the life, or lives, of Ursula Todd at reoccurring dates in the last century - not exactly Groundhog Day but something similar! Here is the opening paragraph for Diane who hosts Tuesday Intros.
Following from November 1930 we are introduced to Ursula, the central character, at the moment of her birth.
I like Kate Atkinson's writing, it is clear and inventive.  I thought that I could guess the ending to 'Life After Life' when I was about half way through the book, but I was wrong!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

A room of their own.

There is currently an exhibition entitled, 'A Room of their Own' at the Victoria Gallery in Bath of paintings from the Charleston set and artefacts from the Omega Workshop. Items have been borrowed from sources around the country and they create a very interesting show - all very much tidier than Charleston farmhouse itself which is gloriously unkempt and reminds me of the house that I grew up in!

Self-portrait, Duncan Grant.
Vanessa Bell
One of her beautiful paintings.

Interesting to read that the paint was just poured onto the screen. The finished work looked controlled and well-designed, not random at all.

Such a lot has been written over the years about the lives of the Bloomsbury Group and their friends, all neatly and amusingly summed up by the well-known quip,
talked in circles,
lived in squares,
loved in triangles!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

On the town

To cheer ourselves up from all the current gloom of silly little England (which has now got even smaller in more ways than one) my friend and I went into town for a Girls' Day Out. The main purpose of our visit was to see the History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition at the Museum of Fashion which comes to a close at the end of this month.
The design of the shoes in the centre of the picture below was fascinating. They are heeled shoes with the addition of a clog base to offer protection to the fabric shoe when walking out. When the bows are untied the clog element can then be removed to reveal the healed shoe. Clever!
The museum was quiet, most people must have already visited, so it was nice to wander round and view the many objects without any interruption. There were delicious costumes on display. I would love to wear this beautiful dress from the 1860's.

It was interesting to see some of the more modern pieces owned by well-known people, a shimmering spectacle of a sheath dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor and this desirable little jacket owned by Vivienne Leigh.
Look how many centuries separate these two items of clothing! The jacket from 1948 looks absolutely up to the minute, another item that I would love to wear. Not allowed, of course, but we did indulge in a bit of silly dressing up!

I succeeded in looking like someone very disreputable from a Dicken's novel.
and just look at the Artful Dodger!
Then we stopped being silly and took ourselves off to be Ladies Who Lunch.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tuesday Intros. Graham Greene

Today Diane is hosting Tuesday Intros and my contribution is a book that I found on the hotel bookshelves.
We take our own selection of books away with us when we go on holiday, backed up with more reading material on kindle, but it's always interesting to look at the hotel library section and see what is on offer. The English selection is usually very thin, with far more books available in German or French. On our recent holiday I found a crumpled biography of Graham Greene which I was interested to read because I admire his work. But, oh, dear me, what an absolutely horrid man! I think the cover portrait is clever because it shows half his face in darkness and this accurately depicts his truly dark personality.
Here is the opening page.
The biography has made me want to go back and reread some of his novels. However, a production of his book, 'The Power and the Glory' has been on the radio for the last two Sundays and I found that my lately acquired knowledge of the author really got in the way of the story. A case of too much information?!