In the absence of my trusty nursery rhyme book; I take the opportunity to look at the Cordel. I have written a little about these in a previous visit to Rio. We have since found a little collection of books where some of the fairy tales have been adapted for the new generations. Also looking more closely, the editors discuss the wood cutting methods used for centuries to produce the cordels and the way in which contemporary illustrators have embraced the old and new methods to produce something new and different …. refreshing!
This story of a vagabond called Jose, follows the way he goes to seek reconciliation with his father and brothers, revenge on a demon barber, the King’s honour and the love of the princess.
Today the challenge has been as it says on the tin!
First , I am on holiday I don’t know what day of the week it is; being 4 hours behind and 6 months to catch up my mind is mush.
Then, there is my all singing all dancing camera that fails at the last post and needs Wifi. I have a 101 images that would demostrate summer and love. We have had a good summer in the UK I have captured many evocative images; Ok, perhaps with a little poetic licence . I am blogger in the absense of a image that can be downloaded by methods of the old age, I at least need drama.
Then there is Summer, I am in Brazil, it is winter and it is raining. There is love I am sure but it is not happening on Copacabana Beach, the sky is grey and the 20 foot high waves and crashing down like thunder. This is true I hear it as I speak.
We did venture out for supper to celebrate my son-in-laws birthday. When we returned to the Favela the little bars were others loving the winter evening.
…. without Wifi is not comfortable ; today allow myself not to care … and enjoy these flowers sent to me during my previous unease
While I am not sure that the withoutness will continue; so I will take copious notes and many pictures, and life in the world of Nela Bligh will resume soon or not.
Today is the day! I have dreamt about this day for months; at noon we fly to Brazil.We have packed all but the kitchen sink!! I will not be in contact with my virtual friends for the next day or so. I am sure you will all manage without me!! Meanwhile me and my golden shoes will continue our journey I will update you soon. With my love and very best wishes Helenx
Today is the last day before my annual summer holiday. I am off to Brazil! I have spent this week in a bubble of high joy and the deep anxiety. Although I have tried to be calm, organised and ready for a happy reunion with my daughter; I find myself in a place of uncertainty and sadness. I am hoping that this apprehension will lift when the bags are packed and we are safely on the plane …. any fears about our inevitable separation at the end of the holiday will fade.
So I leave the library with this image taken from a book by Kathleen Hale Orlando the marmalade cat a seaside holiday and smile!!