Tuesday, 29 July 2014

★☆ I've fallen in love with Marrakech

a special birthday treat 
 spent in a 12th Century storytellers Riad
 in the Medina
close enough to walk to the square
but far enough to hear the distant calls to prayer
an oasis in the bustling old city
the sights, sounds and smells of the Souks
stay with you
then four nights in an olive grove
in the Atlas Mountains
 amazing food and a few drinks
relaxation
5 star

Thursday, 24 July 2014

☯ the circle doesn't end

these are the hands of my birth Father, Michael
the name of my Mother tattoo'ed on both
they were only married for a short time
he was a heavy smoker
and it was to be the death of him this year

about 4 years before he died
we found each other again
I'm pleased I was able to meet him
what he leaves behind are all my other family
his widow, aunts, uncles, cousins,
second cousins and my half brother
I've found all of them too 




Wednesday, 18 June 2014

□■ pieces of paper

hello my name is Dee
and I'm addicted to collecting
other people's shopping lists
as you can see
I have a few .....

perhaps one day I shall put them in a book!
{you can see over 500 of them here}

Thursday, 24 April 2014

⫷⫸ reunited

way back in February 2012
I blogged about an old doctors case I'd bought
that contained old letters and
cards from the 40's
you can read it here
at the time I posted onto a few
genealogy sites 
in the hope that someone would come
forward to claim these paper gems
I kept them safely  
had nearly forgotten about them 
then out of the blue
a message on my blog from Susan
a family member
with news that Olive is alive and well
the case had belonged to Olive's Father
who was a vet

today I have sent all the papers
and letters to Susan to pass on

a little piece of family history 

Monday, 7 April 2014

▎▎ the other side of the tracks

alongside the train tracks
near the street where my Ma once worked
is a little food market
on Maltby Street
small businesses under the arches
share their space on a Saturday
with artisan bakers
chocolate makers
a reclamation yard turned into a gin palace
I'm sure Lady Diana would have been proud
that her wedding glass was filled with
a delicious Negroni cocktail!
not too many mind!
we have to go onward to the
a collection of colour in fabric
food still a theme here
these two delicious prints by Marcel Vertes
radishes good enough to wear
floral soft tones by Chagall
abstract map like forms by Donald Hamilton Fraser
dancing shapes by Alexander Calder
and riotous acrobats by John Rombola

tasty!



Thursday, 27 March 2014

▷▸ beach combing

exceptionally crazy weather
super spring high tides
reveal treasure
Pseudolimea Duplicata
a jurassic bivalve 
{it is handy when one of your knit club friends
has a husband interested in palaeontology}
and a memory of an Ogden Nash poem


At midnight in the museum hall
The fossils gathered for a ball
There were no drums or saxophones,
But just the clatter of their bones,
A rolling, rattling, carefree circus
Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.
Pterodactyls and brontosauruses
Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses.
Amid the mastodontic wassail
I caught the eye of one small fossil.
"Cheer up, sad world," he said, and winked—
"It's kind of fun to be extinct." 



Thursday, 6 March 2014