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Alphabe Thursday K is for Kingdoms Kings and Princesses

July 31, 2014

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.

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Wednesday’s wood engraver ….

July 30, 2014


I write a post daily for my blog. This method can be a delight [or not] especially as I work in mine of information. In a library and museum there is a font of new and old stories and images.   I am comfortable and in a place where my blog works for me.  Being on holiday is another kettle of fish; especially in a foreign country without the above mentioned resources and the social media niceties. 

I don’t expect to find the information so readily, if at all so I am happy to refine my posts accordingly but without Wifi even that is difficult.

I am not saying that Rio is without the social media tools,  however it is true that anything thing beyond the complexities of the mobile phone is not readily available and within the price range of everyone.  

So with this in mind I go to bed and wake with one wish of the blogging kind that I will at least find inspiration and an image; that is easily transferred from my head to  the cyber waves of WordPress.  

Yesterday, we walked to Copacabana to shop; around 10 blocks away and a pleasant walk for my daughter still unable to walk miles.

I did not expect to find a wise woman, a wood engraver although we did pass the statue of Princess Isobel who I did feature on a previous Wednesday.  

I could resort to a reblog; this is my journey so a revisit is sometimes an option.  However until I have exhausted all the options, and the fat lady sings, I do not give up.

I am like a terrier running hither and thither following  a scent for some prey. My long suffering husband and daughter come up with good ideas but they do not fit the bill and dampened by my self imposed restrictions. Woman, Wise, Wood Engraver on a Wednesday will only do.

But my tenacity paid off in a second hand bookshop we found two or even three items that i could employ at some point

But favourite was a catalogue for an exhibition of Antonio Berni (1905-1981) He was born in Argentina and is well worth a thorough investigation.  These images from the early 1960s, a time when he returned to collage a technique he used to feature Juanito Laguna, a boy from the slums and Ramona Monteil, the prostitute.  His choice of waste materials became significantly contextual.  On the one hand, engravings on metal sheets and wood and surplus industrial materials were used to depict the fate of Juanito and on the other embroidery, plastic, paper and furniture mouldings, in that of Ramona.

I know the link is tenuous but these images are wood cuts and wonderful … good enough for my Wednesday post.   


Weekly Photo Challenge …Summer Loving in winter and Rio!

July 29, 2014


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.





Today I learned that being

July 28, 2014

…. without Wifi is not comfortable ; today allow myself not to care … and enjoy these flowers sent to me during my previous unease

with love.


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.





Silent Sunday

July 27, 2014



Today me and my golden shoes go ….

July 26, 2014

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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

A quick snapshot …

July 25, 2014

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!!

Orlanda at the seaside


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