Thursday, April 02, 2009

Bits and bobs

(Flip snap, low res, but I love pussy willows -that'll get the spam crawlers excited!)

A couple of good things that seemed way off on the horizon are now rapidly approaching:
  • My fellow residents at the Fielding Programme are now up on the web and I'm really looking forward to meeting them. I'm busily gathering together notebooks and computer drafts of things, in the hope that I will get peace to look at them with a fresh, unjaundiced eye.
  • My fellow blogger at A Walk Around the Lake, Pam Hart, and I are working on the choice of theme for the summer issue of qarrtsiluni, with helpful input from Managing Editors Beth Adams and Dave Bonta. (I must admit that spelling qarrsiluni plays havoc with my dyslexic, chemo'd brain, I have to cut and paste it ever time.)

A few other random things that I'm enjoying just now are:

  • BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, The Old Boys' Network, which is the diary of the former head of Westminster School. I'm no great fan of private education, but this is really well written and full of interesting anecdotes and insights into how a man in this position exercises power and judgement.
  • Sowing seeds, I never tire of doing this, or taking pleasure in seeing a bean sprout or a lettuce stick its head above the parapet, even if a slug immediately takes it off.
  • Warmth that doesn't require central heating.
  • The prospect of dinner and a night at the theatre tonight with an old friend.

8 Comments:

Blogger Rouchswalwe said...

Sam Shepard! He's one of the good ones ... how was it?

12:55 pm  
Blogger PI said...

The Westminster thing sounds interesting. When I first met Simon Gray he was there.

7:52 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

The play was excellent, a really strong ensemble piece and as relevant know as it was in the time it was written about - the 1950s.

Pat it sounds a great school, and it seems to produce people who can think independently. He had one funny story about a pupil who became a Marxist and demanded to be sent to a comprehensive..

12:55 pm  
Blogger Colin Will said...

I know a couple of the Fielding Programme attendees - nice people.

1:19 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

i've been remiss, sugar, in not visiting more! i have to say, once again, y'all have inspired me to do something...yes, it's true, i am going to try my hand at gardening! and in my FRONT YARD! i am so the non gardener, but having going back and reading your posts, i realised what a real pleasure i've been denying myself! y'all are truly a gift, darlin! xoxo

4:25 pm  
Blogger Kay said...

The simple joys of spring well described and about to be savoured, if not already.

1:12 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Tell which ones on Tuesdat Colin!

Savannah things will grow like hot cakes round your way. Grow some lovely smelly things like jasmine on that hot southern evening air it would be a wow.

Thanks Kay, sorry my sun means your rain.

3:16 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

'qarrtsiluni' always throws me too, and I've no excuse. Not as much as 'salamander' though...

A lovely collection of feelgood things! (why not 'goodfeel', I wonder?)

1:44 pm  

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