May 29, 2011
That creative flow is flowing !!
I have been sketching in my little book, a lttle black book which I like the texture of the pages, but the colour of the pages I dislike intensely, there a buttery yellow and they just dont appeal to me at all. Yesterday I doodled away and today came to an end……. Its a kind of incubation process………… the seeds are sown, you can see the bean like pods swelling on the vines, above each is a kind of canopy that imparts the life fore, the breath of life into each one……..
A pencil sketch
May 28, 2011
Not long now and first crop of beetroot will be ripening, sadly not mine but my daugher’s. I do not have my allotment anymore, but Kirsty is kind enough to share the produce she grows.
Here is a recipe I am definitely going to try, just adore the jewel like colour and sweet flavour of cooked beetroots, especially when roasted. If you want to give it a try, the recipes are after these beautiful pics.
- 1 pound beets, cooked and peeled
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 ounces almonds
- 2 ounces grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
- sea salt
- 1/4 cup plus a tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Note: If you prefer a sweeter taste, scrub and trim the tops from the beets and roast them in a foil-covered pan at 400ºF/200ºC until fork tender, about 1 hour.
1. Roughly chop the beets and run them in a food processor or blender with the garlic, almonds, grated parmesan and sea salt.
2. With the blender running, gradually add the olive oil. Keep and serve refrigerated.
3. Use beetroot pesto exactly as you would use traditional pesto: over roasted vegetables, with pasta, in risotto, or even better, serve with home-baked rye bread.
Rye Bread (with Sourdough)
For the Sourdough:
- 1/5 cup (1/2 dl) ymer or other soured whole milk product (yogurt must be diluted with water)
- 1 + 1/5 cup (1.5 dl) water
- 1/5 cup (1/2 dl) coarse organic rye flour, freshly ground if possible
- 1 + 1/5 cup (1.5 dl) standard organic rye flour, freshly ground if possible
- 1/5 ounce (5 g) yeast
- 2 tbsp. sea salt
1. Mix all ingredients and leave for 24 hours at room temperature or for five days in the refrigerator.
2. Sourdough will keep for one week in the refrigerator and can be frozen. If the sourdough doesn’t seem active enough, 1/5 to 2/5 ounce (5–10 g) of yeast may be added to the dough on day 1.
For the Rye Bread Dough:
- 1 portion sourdough, approx. 1/2 quart (1/2 litre)
- 1 quart (1 litre) water or dark beer
- 1/2 tbsp. coarse salt (but not first time the sourdough is used)
- approx. 2.5 lb (1.2 kg) organic rye flour (for grainy rye bread, use 50% cut rye grains)
- 1 tbsp. butter in 1/5 cup (1/2 dl) warm water
Day 1: Mix sourdough with water, salt and 1 and 3/4 pounds (750 g) rye flour. Keep 1/2-quart (1/2-litre) dough for the next sourdough, sprinkle with 1/2 tbsp. salt and refrigerate. Put the rest of the rye bread dough in the refrigerator overnight.
Day 2: Mix the rest of the rye flour thoroughly into the dough. Put the dough in a 4.4-lb (2-litre) bread tin, filling it 2/3. Prove for a couple of hours until the dough reaches the top of the tin. Bake at 175°C/350°F for approximately two hours. A meat thermometer inserted in the middle should register at least 98°C/208°F. Brush the loaf with a butter/water mixture and cool on a cooling tray. It tastes best the following day. Rye bread keeps best in the refrigerator.
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011
I see this as a wondrous tree spirit, both masculine and feminine, wise, loving and full of playfulness. How did I do this? it started of as two image, one, a picture of a very ancient tree and two, a pencil sketch that I drew yesterday of the sacred serpent entwining itself around a spirit body. Today I played around with them digitally and had some fun, and this is the result. My day started very early, up and awake at 5am. Creative juices were flowing and I just had to act on them……….. you know how it is !!
May 23, 2011
May 18, 2011
These designs are beautiful, innovative and have definitely broken free of the mould. Watch this video you too will be inspired
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011
Strolling along, no hurry just leisurely walking and taking in the birds singing, time to think, time to ponder over life’s mysteries. Walking amongst the trees and flowers and feeding the ducks, wonderful past time.
I came across this little pair of little goslings, so cute and so inquisitive……… they didn’t seem to mind at all that I was taking their photograph.
Look at this wonderful old tree trunk, kind of voluptuous and giving, full of stories and wisdom, I wonder what she has seen during her life span?
The sun is warming my face and arms, round and round it travels, but actually we are orbiting the sun and at the very same time we orbit the sun, the moon is actually orbiting us! If we look down from the north pole both are doing so in a counterclockwise position. I find this extraordinary, so much happens everyday out there in the cosmos, the vast sea of planets and the stars that fill our night sky, I have to say the enormity of all overwhelms at times, I feel dwarfed by its vastness.
I wonder how many years this wise old tree has seen the sun rise and set? I have seen it do so for more years than I care to remember, but I guess with so many of these instances under my belt I too am becoming wise. Beginning to understand more clearly the life, death, life cycles, how important they are if we are to move forward and make space for new learning. I had a huge death a few months back, someone died who had played a huge part in my life and with it went so much that I had been holding onto. Now I have space, a space for new things to grow, new beginnings are stirring………………… in some way part of me feels like these little goslings, moving forward into a world full of wonder and new possibilities
May 12, 2011
A facebook friend posted images of 25 momuments built in the former Yogoslavia back in the 60′s. Now totally abandoned and being left to decay. Commissioned by the then President Tito they were positioned in commemoration of great wars or concentration camps.
I was blown away by there sheer power and scale, you can see all of them on the following link
May 11, 2011
Wow, these columns are just amazing………
The project “grew out of a previous project, the ‘Platonic Solids’, that also used subdivision processes to generate complex forms,” he explains. However, while the Platonic Solids remained just a computer project, the Ornamented columns “were designed from the start with a full-scale fabrication in mind”. For Michael Hansmeyer, the use of groundbreaking technology is an important part of his work he says. Merging technology and algorithms and by using just a simple input like the Doric column he produces columns made out of 16 million facets whose texture is exquisite and which resemble sculptural objects. In explaining why he chose the Doric column as an input he says that he chose so since its order arguably contains less geometric information than the other orders. “As an input, it contains significant information about the form to be generated without over-specifying and thus restricting the output.”
May 3, 2011
May 1, 2011
All back on track now, so much going on of late, so many distractions and also a lot of time to think. Travels to Chartres Cathedral and Brittany, Torn ligament in knee, laptop died. So drugged up with pain meds one weekend it just drifted by in a sleep haze. This weekend much better, loads of rest which my knee needs and a dash of creative inspiration, time to write ( writing a fairy story), time to read “The mysteries and Chartres”, time to just be and time to be a little creative.
Have been very Inspired by my son’s creations , he is soon exhibiting in a London art fair and have been watching his pieces coming together, very inspiring, so much so it spurred me to interpret something my way.
Here is the result, a glimpse into my world…….. I get lost in there sometimes, so much goes on inside, like a magical mystery tour. Sometimes I wonder when people peer in if they see clearly, does my glass bubble, my crystal ball that I call home need polishing and cleaning m0re regularly so people can gain a better understanding of who I am ?……. then I stop thinking, this is the best time of all, because nothing exists really, only that which my thoughts conjure up. I know my thought process depends on which lenses I wear in my metaphorical glasses, sometimes they are clear and bright and everything is, sunny, hopeful, joyous and full of wonder, sometimes the old lenses in the back of the box gets inserted and the view is not so good and thoughts can plummet, its then that I remember they are only an old viewpoint and I can take them out and be left with no thoughts, just taking every moment as it comes and watch life unfold, watch as it ebbs and flows and have this inner knowingness that everything in life is just as it should be, even when, as my inner world shows there are serpents and ravens, flowers and rabbits, butterflies and tortoises………………