Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Lana Wachowski’s Remarkable Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award Speech

Lana Wachowski’s Remarkable Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award Speech: pLana Wachowski’s astonishing, warm, funny speech at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in San Francisco is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m glad to see it get passed around so widely today: One of the things that’s so remarkable about Lana’s address—in addition to its artlessness, the result of her [...]/p

Friday, 12 October 2012

Endless socialising...




With the chaos of a week with a visitor the house lost it’s heartbeat for the first time in an age. There is a longcase clock at the bottom of the stairs sending it’s “tock  tic  tock  tic…” into every corner of the house then ringing a reminder of the hours. When Julie had a regular work schedule there was a fixed winding day but there has not been for several years now. What day of the week it is often has us thinking hard! I wind it whenever I think it needs it and check the height of the weights at random when passing. I heard one o’clock ring then some time later something felt strange… 

There should have been two clocks tick-tocking a duet because Julie’s father bought a pair for two pounds from a sale room not long after the second world war when they first moved in here, her mother who was a modernist was horrified and only let him keep one...

Everyone here is in a whirl trying to get things done and enjoy a little sun and dry weather for the first time this “summer”, at least they were up to a few hours ago when the heavens opened and the streets are awash with rain water.

Julie has several projects which she has got herself involved with which is the reason that this post is not about the late summer sun in the south of France! Tomorrow she will be giving a public lecture about one of the projects and we have been kept busy photographing in a number of country mansion houses in the area. That part is always fun and is the only work in that line that I ever get these days unfortunately. All was going fine until the images were downloaded to the computer where the thing which I have dreaded ever since I got the camera had finally happened. I hardly ever change lenses and when I do it is with extreme care to reduce the chance of dirt getting on the sensor, for four years my obsession had meant that it had stayed clean. Imagine my horror at finding spots and black worms on the images which have taken countless hours of retouching because we have a reputation to uphold! If I had been messier in the past perhaps I would be better trained at retouching... 

Weight is holding steady despite our socialising with our visitor and meals with friends whenever possible. 

Afternoon tea with cousins.


I guess we are old fashioned in that we throw a dinner party at the slightest suggestion, we might be careful with what we buy but that just allows us to be more generous with friends… Not content with having them here we sometimes arrange to arrive, food ready, at a friend’s home when he is stranded at home with a puppy guide dog for the blind which comes with such a strict list of instructions for food , exercise and time without company that when his wife has to go on business trips he is a prisoner at the moment.It gives a chance to call up people we have not seen for an age with the added advantage that there is no washing up to do after! With the first days of autumn we even tried a picnic in the foothills of the highlands picking up a friend en route, the roads were almost completely empty except for us which is how I like it… We had company for our picnic.





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