Saturday, December 30, 2006

What a load of Croc!

At a Christmas Eve party I bumped into a past student of the school I work in who was wearing a fabulously colourful pair of shoes. After trying them on I concluded that they are possibly the most comfortable things I have ever had on my feet, which is quite a statement considering that the number one consideration I have when shoe shopping is comfort (followed closely by 'red'). I bought a black pair for work as soon as I could but I might have to get a pink pair at some stage in the near future (I am trying not to go for red again... it is difficult though, the red ones are particularly beautiful). Seriously, these feel good on your feet and they are about half the price of a pair of Doc Martins. I will update you on any drawbacks that I come across; they are slightly too good to be true at the minute...

And they are machine washable!

Friday, December 29, 2006

OK, OK, I'm letting myself be bad at this stuff. I fully recommend it if ever you have the inclination. The title of this is something like 'The Four Chambers of the Heart'.

Monday, December 25, 2006

happy holidays

hey. despite a cold so heavy i think it might be man-flu it's been a good day. happy christmas to all of you. thanks to the father for the unexpected and much appreciated (and much anticipated) gift. thanks also to ray bradbury for the dinosaurs. and to P/CS; i hope you're well, o-brother-where-art-thou, happy christmas.


Friday, December 08, 2006


So what do you know? Just saw this. It is so weird how this happens. You hear something (or see it) and immediately your brain usurps it as its own. I must have seen this a few days hence somewhere.... I had a kind of waking dream about it (had just woken up, half asleep) and its direct meaning for me.... and then I painted it....

It's like those times that students hand in a poem written by a famous poet to see if you'll be able to spot it or to check if you really hate them... *

Am only half disappointed. At least I don't have to rush out and buy a print of the above!

*[edit: on reflection I see how it is more like a student who thinks they have written Ulysses...]

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

he had so much to say but more to show

Have been thinking about what I might try and submit for the Ikon art exhibition thingy in the Waterfront next year. There will be proper artists doing stuff for this so even if I did get time to put something together it will probably not shape up to standard. Which is fine by me really. I am quite excited just by the idea of having a go. Last night I had an idea of what I might try to do. It is something that must have been influenced by the above Rothko which is stuck on our living room door (postcard size. I have no idea how big the original was but I'm willng to bet ours is a little smaller...). I have no idea how to paint though. It's in my head but I don't know how to get it out.... Normally words are the only way I can do that, so it will be interesting to see if there is another way.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Happy Birthday Ana

'Island calls to island across the silence, and once, in trust, the real words come, a bridge is built and love is done--not sentimental, emotional love, but love that is a pontifex, bridge-builder. Love that speaks the holy and healing word which is: God be with you, stranger who are no stranger. I wish you well.'

(Frederick Buechner)

she is two today. i remember when i was pregnant with her i used sing these words (tune courtesy of julie lee). today they are for her and also for paul whose post this morning reminded me of them again. God be with you, stranger who are no stranger.