Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring has sprung (86)

The view from Plot 202

Lovely weather yesterday and today - spent sometime planting onions and chatting on Northfields Allotments (London's Oldest) .

Such a pleasure to get some - fresh-ish air Onions and Garlic now planted and a few seeds in trays too.

Blossom looks lovely

and Buds

 Even picked some Rhubarb.

Good for breakfast 

Quite a lot of '1's'-  now £111.51


More of that Tree vibe

Too much white perhaps?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Exhibiting and borrowing (85)

So last week was the second part of the More of the exhibiting stuff class at CityLit (Exhibiting photography: a practical guide) - it's a really nice group of people and a lot of the learning takes place as a result of this - during the session we spoke a fair amount about selecting images and giving feedback.
And the same car this week

Funnily enough from about 18 months ago

Shirley Read who is our course leader has a vast amount of experience in the field and a great number of anecdotes that relate to the endeavour.

Having been to quite a number of exhibitions of late and got a fair amount of feedback from 'Design Museum' visitors I'm  looking forward to getting the full story on labelling and the like which I'm sure will be coming soon.
Covent Garden improvements offer some odd reflections

Local Library

What the library gives us
On Friday arriving back in Ealing after 'duty' at Design Museum'  I had some time before a meeting and decided to visit the local library.

The Agenda for council run libraries is not a good one - funds can be reduced without too much resistance and this seems to be happening subtlety - We used to have a great selection of up to date publications and on trying to read Private Eye (which used to be on show for reading) I was told this was no longer held and to read the most recent magazine I should 'lodge' my ticket this acts to make the reading less straightforward and the conclusion by the 'funders'  is then (of course) well it's not being used - we can stop it.

£109 33
[Consider how we can keep libraries going]


A country sounding name - but less relevant now 

Seems that Harewood relates to a type of Sycamore and its use (stained sycamore wood used for making furniture).

You can just about see the 85 on the right - could be an 'Everest' job for the porch.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Planting and Hopper (84)

When things are not good or could be improved we should (perhaps) try and make them better by one means or another - with this in mind I put some fresh plants in the front border near our front door Blue Pansies and Some Sweet William 'Indian Carpet' - hoping for a nice bit of colour there.

Nice in the hall

But better in the border


And to be able to have something to look forward to in May I have now booked a 'Focus on Hopper' day -  the course will be led by Rachel Sanders  (with who I focused before on Duchamp about 18 months ago).

Western Motel  (1957) 

Fantastic -£108.20p


 So Fetter seems to go well with an olde worlde view of things -Shackles and horses are brought to mind and area (EC4) undoubtedly historic too .

Fetter sounds historic (and Greek!)

Could be good if you're moving large items in and out

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brick walls (83)

You know sometimes you're hitting a brick wall - well sometimes the  thing to do is see what others do - and a great place to do this can be the TV or Youtube.
Sometimes feels like we've hit a brick wall 

And on that subject a really nice BBC TV programme (What do Artists do all Day?) about Glaswegian photographer Dougie Wallace (you can see it here if you've access to BBC iPlayer).

Now £107 10p

[He's like Martin Parr's naughty younger brother].


Wigmore Street another W1 location

And a commercial property using  Glass again