Monday, 20 January 2014
Luckily our book group is a happy, lively affair, everyone brings a food contribution so we always sit down to a very sociable meal. Last autumn the pear trees had cropped well and I made upside-down cakes with the fruit and stored a supply in the freezer. When I turned one out onto a plate for the supper it looked rather pale and uninteresting. Luckily I had some white chocolate stars and glitter icing left over from Christmas so it got a slight snow treatment!
Monday, 13 January 2014
For Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.
Since my visit to the British Museum I've googled Sheenagh Pugh whose 'Sometimes' poem was included in the 'Cradle to Grave' exhibition. Oops! Under the title, 'the dreaded Sometimes' I learned that she "long ago got sick of it" and no longer likes to have her name associated with that piece of work. So it seems that, as is often the case, I am late to the party! Nevertheless I am pleased to discover a poet who is new to me.
Here's a poem that I wrote on the train home.
In the quiet carriage
people have wires attached
and are elsewhere,
unaware of fellow travellers.
Someone's eating crisps,
salt and vinegar,
crackle and crunch in the quiet carriage.
I've eaten nothing since my lunch.
But there are coughs and sneezes,
the threat of diseases.
I'll keep my sandwich in it's paper bag.
I think it is too bad
that no-one uses hankies anymore.
I'm lost without a neatly folded square,
and a spare - a generational thing.
I'm feeling weary, happy to be sitting down,
an unwired pensioner
who rarely visits town.
Saturday, 11 January 2014
What an enormous amount of pills! It was very thought-provoking to see a life set out and described in this way.
The pills were stitched in orderly fashion onto mesh and the whole piece resembled a strip of decorative fabric, a rice tie-die or similar.
Then I trotted off to room 49 and heard an excellent talk about gods and goddess' s in Roman Britain.
You could lose me in this place for years!
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Followed by a very lively 'Rubies' danced to Stravinsky's Capriccio
and ending with a girl's best friend, 'Diamonds' danced to Tchaikovsky's Polish Symphony.
Photos taken from the programme.
There were two intervals, which was good news because there are always interesting displays in the public spaces; tiny model stage sets
and costume designs.
There was a very comprehensive exhibition entitled, 'Raven Girl: The Making of a Ballet.' Absolutely fascinating - how I wish that I'd seen the production last year!
The displays were full of fascinating details; I had never heard of a costume 'bible' but can well imagine what a valuable reference it can be.
There were some other lovely photographs in the accompanying leaflet but I notice that they have a small copyright logo with them so shall not include them in this post. If you are in London do see the exhibition, it is on until early February.