Wednesday, 10 September 2014

che meraviglia

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but che meraviglia I found on a pre pranzo quick walk just now - reminds me of the sculpture work I need to get time for - nagging away the pile of iron scroungings I'm collecting for the purpose. This find was swiftly followed up by a sounder of boar complete with "boarlets"- all making quite a racket and far too close for comfort - Ugo barking we high tailing it out of there. Luckily they decided to go the other way - fantastic to see them running full tilt through a newly mowed grove. This is the second sighting we've had in less than a week which is unusual in broad daylight. Sadly they are far too quick for decent photos. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

September 1939

"cross 1939" - August 2014 
It's hard to imagine the idiocy the allowed the world to go to war again only 20 years after the debacle of the first world war but as we watch the events unfolding in Ukraine and the Middle East maybe its not so hard. I find it difficult to comprehend the violence, arrogance and sheer stupidity of men.  The cross is a symbol which haunts me and recurs often. When visiting France years ago we came across a German WW1 cemetery with row upon row of iron crosses. On closer inspection there were 4 names per patibulum/horizontal - it was a sobering sight not forgotten. Today is the day that when I studied the "The Origins of War" at school they said the second world war started. Now it seems to be  a more vague date but back then things were more set in stone. As I write a quick flick to the news tells me that Poroshenko and Putin have agreed a truce - let's hope it holds.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

busy busy busy

I wouldn't say I'm all that fond of ants, they bite for one thing, but you have to hand it to them I think they are probably our closest relative the busy lives sense always fiddling about doing something. Spotted this this morning when walking Ugo. A very nice and quite unusual example of their industry. Anish Kapoor eat your heart out.

Monday, 1 September 2014

love or war

I don't know anything about slugs but this caught my eye for its linearity and graphicness but also for how the intent, romantic or aggressive -which I don't know is expressed in it's linearity.  Apparently slugs use their slime trails to follow one another which can mean finding a mate or food in the case of the carnivorous species. I guess its like motorway signposting...