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Monday with Sciatica …

October 5, 2015

So sad; four days into severe back ache it seems I am unable to sit and write a post. For over four years I have found ways to communicate through some difficult times.  However, it seems after a weekend of ‘connecting’ with out-of-hours doctors and even going to a clinic and being given a varied collection of advice and prescriptions …  there is no let up!

So this come with love and hope that some relief will come and I will enjoy my holiday!

Happy Monday …

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Silent Sunday …

October 4, 2015

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Its Saturday …

October 3, 2015

Its Saturday! There is good news and some not so good.  First I have my regular open access printing session.  I have made some drawings and begun a series of reduction linocuts at home; this morning I am hoping to attempt some drypoint with the same images.  

The bells hang in my dining room all the year round; they have, I feel, a festive feel and might lend themselves to a Christmas card.

The bad news is a mean attack of sciatica; for the last 24 hours I have moaned and groaned and the out-of-hours doctors have been helpful. While there has been little improvement, we have a management plan to control the pain and they also recommend high levels of activity (not strenuous)   so the art class is on … Have a good day.


Friday’s Library Snapshot …

October 2, 2015


I am in between tasks at Special Collections; soon I begin work reclassifing the Cole Collection. It is at present only on a card catalogue. Nice, but can only be used onsite. But until then I remember a collection I worked on and get organised …

Originally posted on Living, Libraries and [Dead] Languages:

One of my favourite collections of books here at  the library is the Gibbings Collection.
Robert Gibbings (1889-1959) was a wood engraver, artist and author.  He founded the Society of Wood Engravers in 1919 and took over the Golden Cockerel Press at Waltham  St. Lawrence, Berkshire from 1924-1933.
In 1936 he became a senior lecturer in the Typography Department at the University of Reading.
The collection comprises of 300 books written and/or illustrated by Robert Gibbings.  There are some books printed at the Golden Cockerel Press and others at the University of Reading, School of Fine Art.

In 1939 Robert built a little boat and sailed down the River Thames. On the way he stopped at nearby public houses; talking and engraving as he went.
This book,  documenting his journey, was very popular in the 1940s among people who wanted to escape the harsh reality of England at the time…

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Alphabe Thursday T is for Tenho amor … I love

October 1, 2015

Tenho amor a minha terra

Quando eu estou longe dela

Fico triste que de noite

Eu durmo e sonho com ela

Felicidade completa

Só tenho encontrada nela


I love my land

When I’m away from it

If am sad at night

I sleep and dream about her

And find complete happiness



I agree with the poet; I love my homeland and enjoy going home, when I have been away.  My daughter lives in Brazil and smiles at the adage ‘you can take the girl out ‘England’ but you cannot take England out of the girl’ I expect this applies to everyone who leaves their home whatever the reason.   

She looks forward to parcels from home as much for the smells of home as the gifts.

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Wednesday’s woman of art …

September 30, 2015

I love the colours of these linocuts by Lyubov Popova (1889-1924). They are untitled from the portfolio Six Prints (c1917-19) which have watercolour and gouache additions. I would love to see them and discover how this works.  

Popova was among the Russian avant-garde’s most important figures.  Inspired equally by French Cubism, Kazimir Malevich’s abstract Suprematism, Vladimir Tatlin’s theories of Constructivism, and Russian folk art, Popova produced distinctive architectonic compositions in a range of mediums, from painting and works on paper to theatre design and textiles.  It would seem that her use of relief techniques in Six Prints may have been influenced by her experience with textiles which at the time were often printed by woodblock.


Weekly photo challenge … [small] Change.

September 29, 2015

My son-in-law is a beachcomber all he trawls the beaches of Rio de Janeiro at dawn with his metal detector looking for treasures.  He has found some jewels and even found a particular gem when someone mislaid his wedding ring.  However, it is mostly worthless trinkets, beer bottle tops and small change that he brings home.  

At the end of the month he uses the cash to supplement his household requirements or mostly it is given to the homeless he sees on the way home as the sun comes up.

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It would seem that also his hobby has attracted the interest of the local authorities and finds will be used in an exhibition to raise awareness in the issue of litter and the pollution of the beaches.



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