Monday, July 16, 2018

Put on Your Bonnets

Fantine             
There is a new Andrew Davies production coming to PBS in the future, (think Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth's Pride and Prejudice), that I have really high hopes for. It is after all my favorite book and it needs to be well done to erase the 2012 version from my mind (this could have been so amazing, but it fell short). Here are the latest publicity stills from the upcoming Les Miz.
Valjean
Javert
Looks to be a good season in the autumn of 2019, perhaps. PBS/BBC has also adapted Jane Austen's unfinished book, "Sandition," that is currently airing. So put your bonnets on and get ready for some serious period film watching.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Necessary

The offerings of summer are the little beauties we can only dream about in the mid-winter cold. Now they are abundant and everywhere you look. Summer begs us to rest, to see what's out there and not just pass it by.
To pick flowers and make bouquets.
To gaze at the warm-blue ceiling-sky.
To feel soft grass between bare toes.
None of it is wasted or idle,
In fact, it is necessary.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Weeks of June

I am always thankful for the weeks of June.
They are peaceful and restful days.
Every last one of them.

And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June.     
Abba Woolson

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Is Nature?

What is nature but the intelligent and nurtured creativity by the hand of our God.
We crave it.
We need it.
It exists for our own nurturing and well being.
It's also the work of an intelligent being,
With an eye for detail and beauty.
It is for everyone and surrounds us,
Yet I think we often take it for granted.
It's a gift that we should ponder more often.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Blooms Won't Last Long

This is the first spring in the new home and there is a brilliant surprise that I just discovered. Someone had planted white peonies in the backyard. I am loving this little surprise, I know the blooms won't last long, but they are so beautiful right now.
How can you go for nearly half of your life and never know these beauties? Then all of a sudden they are everywhere. Even in your own backyard.
Art by Viktorija Lapteva

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Feather From A Crow

Today I found a crow feather. It is simple and beautiful. I read some Native American meanings of feathers that I share here.

A feather from a crow 
symbolizes balance~
The generalized meaning of feathers signified honor, and connected the owner with the Creator and the bird the feathers came from.
When a feather falls to earth, the Native Americans believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to 
a living being
 
Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea, and the trees.
Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose. 
 
  Art by Ann Faison

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Windsor Wedding

They have put up this pretty archway overnight at St. George's Chapel. Can't wait to see it later today.
 
Here is all the loveliness, on the day ...
 Here is a closeup of the gorgeous greenery and exquisite
peonies and other flowers, and the dress, which I absolutely love.
You could really sense the love between the bride and groom. 
I am happy for them as they begin their new life together.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Roses On the Mind

Got roses on the mind after seeing this pretty new art ~
 
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tulip Girl

Pretty much I love everything about this. The flow of the dress, the wind in her hair. The flowers. Stunningly beautiful. Also check out the running through tulips video here. For more loveliness, visit the instagram page here.

Lou & Scott

Does anyone else watch Heartland?
I have been waiting for these two, Lou and Scott, to get back together.
We now have a season 12 that is yet to be filmed. Do you think the writers will get it together enough to make this happen? I am hoping and watching and (still) waiting.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jane Online

Join me and hundreds of others taking this free Jane Austen online course!


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the historical and literary contexts in which Jane Austen was writing
  • Investigate virtually the important locations associated with Jane Austen and their impact on her writing
  • Assess and discuss the impact of Austen’s society on the depiction of arts and reading in her novels
  • Explore some of the myths surrounding women writers of the long eighteenth century
  • Identify the challenges of adapting, translating and interpreting Jane Austen’s works and how this affects global understanding of her work
  • Evaluate the marketing of Jane Austen in her own time and now

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Woman in White - BBC One

BBC One is currently filming/airing? a new production based on one of my favorite books by Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White."
Article 1
Article 2

I've written about the 1997 film version before, which was okay, but did not do the book justice. I have high hopes for this one to be a better adaptation. It will take awhile for it to make it's way to the states, but I will be watching when it does. If you've never read the book before, I highly recommend it. Collins was a Victorian writer, and friend to Charles Dickens. He is often overlooked, so it's nice to see this being done. You can read the book online here.


Update: Look what I found

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stay

lovely rain
won't you stay,
linger on the branches
out my window all day


Friday, March 30, 2018

Gathered Words, the Blog

I've been posting a bit on my new blog, Gathered Words.

My latest post ...

"It is well documented, my love for Henry David Thoreau, his love of nature and for simple living. All of that doesn't change with these words. But you've got to admit that having a forest and pond as your space means that truly you are not confined to a tiny house. Open the doors wide."


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Where They Stepped

The setting for this painting is St. Mark's Square, Venice. I have been to the real place and the birds were joyful and plentiful there. These three ladies out for an afternoon stroll. I've walked where they stepped, it could have been me. Their footsteps were my footsteps. I know it's a painting, but it comes to life for me, having been there long ago. You can feel the life in the painting, the joy in their steps.
by Vincenzo Migliaro