The Year of the Flood

atwood_flood_uk_pbWho would believe I  am immersed in a book, a book of fiction!  unheard of for many a year.  Books I read are always non-fiction, factual, history, spiritual, philosophy, biographies.  I believe that nothing happens by chance, so padding across the floor in my villa, dripping wet from a dip in the pool, I noticed a large basket full of books and felt drawn to look, the first book I plucked out looked interesting, THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood.   Immediate thoughts were read it, just sit back down in the sunshine and start reading, So I did.

I am just over half way, I can’t say its a book I cannot put down, or that its scintillating, but it is quite mesmerizing, not really science fiction, I would have put it down immediately, but its more a about a speculative view of what our would could become. How the corporations are hellbent in destroying everything I hold dear in my life.   Like Jeanette Winterson’s review says “it’s not prophecy, but is eerily possible.

Being a lover of nature and growing veg, Gods Gardeners, their views, ceremonies and ethos resonates in some way, it is drawing me in, I am reading this for a reason, sure there is a gift here, it will come to me, with less than half still read, I am intrigued as to why this book turned up for me right now.  Could be its going to tell me this is why you don’t read non-fiction so you were on the right track all the time !!  who knows

Energy, voting, Needles, pins and gratitude

so much going on, every minute is spoken for……………  gratitude for all the energy I am experiencing, it knows no bounds

May 7th is looming close, not liking any of the choices, but certainly feel strongly the need to vote.  I am a woman and many of my ancestors would have given anything to have the right to vote, to help make change, to have choices.  I am in two minds about all this, but at this time we all need to make a stand, SO PLEASE all women out there unite, we are a force to be reckoned with, if we don’t do something this feudal system we are living under will remain, we need to change, we need a fairer society.

That said, my creativity has now journeyed to the sewing machine, although still knitting, inspired by Purl Soho and their beautiful wools http://www.purlsoho.com/purl  now its progressed to the sewing machine needles !!  and embroider needles again.  Embroidered   my shirt and made Two dresses and a summer  coat , patterns courtesy of  http://merchantandmills.com/  The coat is  a kantha style embroider bedcover !

my embroidery

the stand coat

Amongst all this I am embroidering, just love the work of http://yumikohiguchi.com/gallery2   I would like to embroider a panel on a winter’s coat, yet to be made !

Have been to see SAVAGE BEAUTY, it was overwhelming and I shed tears, all very emotional

Gratitude, for the energy to create, for the gifts of sensitivity that enables me to keep an ear to the soul !

Green spectrum

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these past weeks and months have seen my fingers drop the paint brush and pick up knitting needles!  Strange because I haven’t knitted anything in over 40 years !!  The urge was ignited by coming across PURL SOHO on the net.  Luscious colours just drew me in.  See the image for the result !

I seem to be coming up through the colour spectrum, pre-occupied with red, now yellow, greens and turquoise.

The green spectrum has seen me sowing vegetable for the coming season.  All container grown next to my design studio, but at the moment they are sitting in my bay window soaking up the lengthening daylight…………  Three varieties of tomato, chillies, aubergine, outdoor ridge cucumbers, french beans, carrots, cavalo nero.  In a couple of weeks will start courgettes and runner beans………….  I have also grown peas shoots and fave bean shoots, trimmed at about 5cms make great additions to salad and stir fires, only takes 3-4 weeks from sowing to eating, and all done on the window cill !!

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to all women

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if you were here I could say so much about your gifts as a mother, you are on another journey now and still think of you every day.

I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honoured name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

Christina Rossetti

To all mothers, mothers to be, mothers not to be, all women

RED

Red, Red, Red, such a small word, just three letters for a colour that is so impactful, stimulates strong reactions and oozes power…………..

From the red of rich fertile soil, to the blood that courses our veins, it comes in many hues….  crimson, claret, scarlet, burgundy, terracotta, vermillion, Hot orange tomato reds, cherry reds, to the cooler blue leanings of magenta, violet and purple to name but a few.

Kermes, a small female insect to be found in the Kermes oak started the regal leanings of the colour red and power.  A dye of extremely high value, had to be imported into England from Spain and Italy and attracted heavy import duties. Not a colour for the everyday man,   By the 14th and early 15th century, brilliant full grain pure kermes scarlet was “by far the most esteemed, most regal” color for luxury woollen textiles in England and Europe. =, even more so if the fabric was velvet.  Henry VIII even passed a law that red worn below a certain high status was punishable, clothes would be confiscated and a fine of 40 shillings imposed……..

And what do you know, this power holding colour changed entirely when worn by women, THE SCARLET WOMAN.  Yes, Red has a shadow side?  What does it conjure up?  a wild  woman, passionate, feisty, vivacious, hot blooded.    Elisabeth I  steered well clear of these connotations and was never seen in red, she went for lavish embroidery often on virginal white………  although Mary Queen of Scots at her execution, at the removal of her black satin dress revealed a scarlet red bodice and petticoat, was this a statement of defiance or in honour of her catholic faith.    The book of Revelations states  “And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”  Very powerful statement.

There is no doubt about it,  certainly a provocative colour, I love it !!

Oh of course Christmas jolly red santa! and Rudolph the red nose reindeer, don’t get me going on that one !,Happy Christmas everyone……..