which makes a day in the city and a lunchtime concert possible.
We have pretty good public transport.
We also have landslides, which disrupt it at times!
I spent a lovely afternoon with Grace (regular commenter on the blog who lives in Paris).
We both grew up in Glasgow so especially enjoyed the exhibition Glasgow In Print at the Glasgow Print Studio.
A leisurely lunch at Rogano's (could be in New York said Grace) to catch up since we last met was delightful. Grace is off to climb Ben Nevis! We will be rooting for you and you must let us know if you get to the top. No pressure then :-)
Meeting some of my blog friends has been one of the greatest pleasures of Live Simply Simply Live and I did need to get away from the big studio clean up for a bit...
Don't forget to arrange a change of scene, however brief, if things get a bit intense.
I was once tall in Venice too..
PS Don't miss Lucille's latest post.
I'm going over there now to view it again..
for a few hours this morning with blue skies and rolling mist on the loch..
However it soon clouded over and it was still pretty cold, so I went to Edinburgh as I had planned to see the last day of the Elaine Pamphilon exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery.
I am still mulling over the interesting comments on yesterday's post - thank you so much.
Sunny though very cold. The restaurants had flowers on the tables outside (though everyone was inside) but it looked so jolly and so spring-like and reminded you what it is like to sit outside, and that it might not be too long before we do. Click to enlarge for a pop of colour.
In the station's Piano Garden someone had popped down the suitcase to stop and play something fabulous. I think it would be so thrilling to be able to do that! Do they have street pianos in your town? Whoever thought that up should get a medal.
And Carluccio's exhorted us to make the day Magnifico!
Another reason to be cheerful was that my eyes are 'stable'. Will keep juicing!
And sum up my health week at home when I have got my head round it.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Nearly forgot! 9403 steps!
I learned something important (for me) yesterday. I don't mean deep learning in the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning sense - I mean it as something imprinted not just in my mind but in my body, in every cell.
I'm not sure I can explain it well...in yesterday's photo taken by Scott I held that pose for maybe 7 or 8 seconds, laughing because it was early on a rainy Sunday morning, we'd only just got out of bed, I was feeling far from exuberant and energetic, and what on earth were we doing trying to copy a pose on a postcard? (When I showed the postcard to Scott and said 'Do you think we could take a photograph like that?' he replied in his polite way 'No thanks' but almost immediately changed his mind...and went to find his wellies.)
But that extravagant gesture brought with it a delightful surge of energy which stayed with me all day, and made me grin every time I thought of it. Just 7 or 8 seconds of physical movement had such a big, positive and lasting effect!
If you, like me, live too much in your head, won't you try it and see what happens to your energy levels and your mood? It helps of course to have a seven year old around, or a dog, or a friend who likes a laugh.
I shouldn't really be surprised because I know (in my head of course) that this is why people run and jump and get into sport but I've never really liked sport, or exercise. And I am surprised and rather delighted to have discovered how this worked for me. It's that 'act as if' thing. I look at the photograph and know that I haven't felt like that in so long...but acting as if I did had this magical effect.
Well this is a long-winded way of saying it made me feel SO HAPPY!
I am reminded of this all-time favourite cartoon - www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/173107179400186336/
Our version of yesterday's post..
Oddly, I think they are better in black and white. Not sure why.
Great photograph for a seven year old, don't you think?
Well done Scott!
And thank you for the inspiration C - it will be yet more fun to try for a sunny day version, a snowy day version....you may have started something here.
Architect Frank Gehry's advice to 'treat the commercial world as a museum' is something I play with at times.
It's fun to look at the world this way. I can imagine Harvey Nichols as a 21C extension to the Pitt Rivers and myself as a social anthropologist....
It's stopped raining and my favourite flowers have come out.
I set out last week to move out of my comfort zone and 'refill the well' by doing and looking at some things which were a bit different from my usual.
What a week.
I attended the opening of the Andy Warhol Exhibition in the newly restored Burgh Hall in Dunoon, spent a day in Edinburgh looking at three exhibitions and eating out, I met up with friends, went with my sister to a party at Glasgow School of Art and was shown round some of the Degree Show by students, and celebrated a friend's work being selected for the annual Paisley Art Institute exhibition with a visit there.
Wine and canapes, breakfast out, oh the high life!
l loved it all and am now glad to be home.
It has rained for about ten days and I do want to ground myself by gardening (which was my original plan for June).
What do you do to fill the well? And is it fun?
Not just glamour and bling! I found several good reads in Vogue including one about a British family who have taken in a refugee written by the woman of the family, and the refugee, a feature by an Italian citizen living in Britain about her view of Brexit, and one by Arundhati Roy on political activism.....
Last weekend In my search for something different I had a lunch of haggis in filo pastry with a whisky sauce, vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and strawberries, a small glass of wine and a coffee, served on fine china by charming staff, surrounded by amazing flowers (not all real but the lilies were) and lit by chandeliers! All for £19.50. I just love the over-the-top grandeur of The Dome.
Well, once a year :-)
Then a quick tour of Harvey Nichols shoe department..
These shoes made me think of Cruella de Ville. £650.
See more amazing shoes at unbelievable prices here.
Have you done anything just for fun lately?
Can you think of something fun for this weekend?
In my few hours in Edinburgh I also went to The Scottish Gallery where two very different shows interested me.
The watercolours of Hugh Buchanan are accomplished and very beautiful if slightly austere and academic - an approach which however suits the subject of Georgian Edinburgh. I loved these and if I had a fine Georgian room to hang one in would have gladly spent the £6250 on the one of the chair in the light from the elaborately curtained window!
You can view them here
Entirely different but also wonderfully skilled was the collection of miniature pots by Yuta Segawa. Some are less than an inch tall and they were all hand thrown on a wheel. I enjoyed talking to the friendly young woman who was working there She has bought some - they cost, amazingly, £20 and £25 pounds each. They are all different and very very well made. You can see the artist making them in this video and you can buy them online from his website.
I am fascinated lately by artists who do photo-realistic work.
I got to Edinburgh in time to hear Rachel Ross's talk about her acrylic paintings. (See also yesterday's post).
Charming and friendly, she talked mainly about how she does them, but the why was about her fondness for old objects from the past and wanting to give them some kind of status and presence. I felt it would be rude to ask if excellent photographs might do the same thing. Her skill is superb, and the paintings are truly lovely objects, but not really my thing (which on this occasion is why I went to see the exhibition - to look beyond my usual choices).
The exhibition is at the Open Eye Gallery and you can see more images of Rachel's exquisite work here.
Every now and then I feel the need to see something different and I've just had in intensive input of things I don't usually do or see, chosen because they were different....it does give me a lift. Does this work for you too?
Three exhibitions in Edinburgh, a meal in grand surroundings, a brief look at high fashion and a copy of Vogue to read on the bus home.
Photo-realistic paintings by Rachel Ross selling well for £2000, rather academic very beautiful watercolours of Georgian Edinburgh by Hugh Buchanan (£6000). I enjoyed the fantasy worlds of The Dome and Harvey Nichols. Chandeliers and flowers and good food for a very reasonable price, (£19.50) and Cruella de Ville shoes for a very unreasonable price (£650) Some amazing and exquisite miniature pots were £20 and £25...I am mentioning the prices of everything because it fascinates me what we value things at, and how we choose to spend our money!
The Vogue magazine was half price at £2.
More thoughts tomorrow when I have absorbed all the stimuli..
From looking back to looking forward.
I've been thinking of a wish list...
I'd like to see fields of lavender growing, perhaps in Grasse.
I'd like to see Vermeer's paintings.
And Monet's Waterlilies in L'Orangerie in Paris.
I'd love to visit Japan.
What's on your wish list?
One of my ice candles broke as I tried to remove the plastic cups - they are very fragile. See original method here.
The answer is to use two different sizes of cup. (so obvious really!) This has several advantages. It is easier to fit leaves etc between the two layers, it makes a chunkier candle which you can briefly dip in hot water to release from the cup, and it lasts longer. Not quite as delicate perhaps but still rather pretty.
You can remove them from the cups once frozen and put them back in the freezer for instant use at any time.
I was so heartened by your encouraging and kind comments about my piano ambitions! Thank you! (And for the giggles in yesterday's comments.)
I was thinking about why learning to play Bach is such a real pleasure just now and came to the conclusion it is because it doesn't really matter. It demands a lot of concentration so takes me 'out of myself' as the saying goes. No one is listening, or expecting anything of me. There are no deadlines, nothing depends on my success. I don't ever plan to perform it and if I never learn to play another piece of music that will be fine. I will sit no exams or tests. It doesn't cost anything except time and and I only spend about 15 minutes at a time on it, sometimes once a day, sometimes more. It is purely for fun and just for me.
Do you do anything at all which is purely for fun and only for you?
If not, whyever not? And can you think of anything you would like to try?
Tomorrow - the new improved method of making ice candles...
Lotta (click to read her inspirational post) mentioned a winter plan a few days ago and got me thinking....I do love a plan!
I will sort out my wardrobe, stack up some great reading, try out a new recipe for potatoes cooked in white wine and stock, make the house smell wonderful, move more, and try to be more sociable.
Here are some of the books I may re-read and I have quite a few new ones on my wish list, which, if no-one buys for me for Christmas I will buy for myself. :-)
(I always said I'd never use these silly smiley face thingys but, like exclamation marks which I am aware I overuse, they just do the job of setting the tone sometimes, don't you think?)
Here are the summer clothes I've only just removed from the wardrobe. Step one in sorting the winter wardrobe. Step two is to put like with like. Tomorrow. I was quite surprised to see several yellow items in there (though since I bought them I shouldn't be surprised). I find I can wear yellow in summer if I have a little bit of a suntan, but in winter when my skin tends to sallow/grey I look awful in yellow. Do you have a colour you can only wear in one season? Looking at the photograph I see I need to practice Marie Kondo style folding!
Will you share your Winter Plan - even if it's not quite deserving of capital letters yet?
Let's call it fun things to do this winter.. and I think I shall find a box and join Lotta.
For many years we were in the habit of creating North Points when we visited somewhere new but were never particularly systematic about recording them - but here are a few (and I must make a note to myself to keep up this little fun tradition starting with this mini one made of fallen fuchsia flowers today).
See here, and here and here
....and the friends I have made here!
Yesterday I met up with Grace who has been reading and commenting on the blog for a long time. (I hope I won't embarrass her if I say she is as lovely as her name.) We met in the Botanic Gardens (see this post). I carried a copy of the New European newspaper so that she would recognise me! It seemed a fair assumption that she would be a European at heart as she lives in Paris. I didn't have to brush up my French though as, like me, she grew up and studied in Glasgow.
We had a delightfully long lunch at Kember and Jones in Byres Road (an old student haunt for us both) and a coffee sitting outside in the sun in the Botanic Gardens.
Whether here on the blog or in person I do have fun in the company of my blog friends....thank you all so much.
Have a lovely Easter weekend.
The blossom of flowering currant is white if you pick it in bud and bring it indoors.
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)