One of my current projects is to get back to "proper walking" - in hiking boots and the rest of the gear. This was put on hold after a swollen foot incident, which I blamed on the boots. After a rest of a good six weeks, the foot is perfectly ok and the boots are getting a second chance, worn for short walks which will soon get longer.
Today I set off early along the Parkland Walk, heading for that "free" coffee at Crouch End Waitrose, and determined not to stop and take photos. But then there were these -
Parkland Walk attracts diligent and ever-changing grafitti, no need to photograph that really - unless it's a byproduct of something else. Here you can see several of those sapling-truncations -
Much more has come from the house to my flat than I thought possible.
|Just a few more things to squeeze in, once you get past the|
carpentry tools in the hall
|Rare sighting of floor in studio/storeroom!|
The week offered two chances to sit&absorb&look. One was a talk by Martin Gayford about his (and David Hockney's) book, A History of Pictures. Pictures of all sorts, not just paintings - photos and movies too, going way back to the cave art that, in the flickering light of torches, must have seemed to be moving. The other, Philip Hoare (author of Leviathan) and biologist Luke Rendell on the minds of whales - how we are learning about their social groups. And not to forget the discussion on Sunday about the role of national libraries in a digital age (very well attended) - Roly Keating from the BL and Aviad Stollman from the National Library of Israel.
I popped in to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (hello Yvonne!), on the way to the house on Friday - it was the day that, thanks to a WWII bomb being discovered near the Overground, that convenient train wasn't running. Never mind, it was good to see my "On the Edge" piece on display. I had to wait quite a while for the crowds to clear to get a good shot -
Next week the CQ newsletter/magazine goes to the printer, come hell or high water, and in between trips to the house and sorties to save my soul I've done some work on it at last - a great relief to have it underway, and thanks to its contributors, it's shaping up well.
Thanks to a job finishing early, the Domestic Carpenter has been designing my bookshelves.
Start small - first part to be built will be the unit on the left, and we'll see how it looks and reassess.