Thursday, 27 February 2014

A Challenge, join me if you are strong.

I will be doing a one month challenge to plant one plant a day and eat one fruit a day. I have decided to do a months challenge as described above and want to know if there is any one who will join me? I thought of a daily photo of the plant and the fruit, the rest is up to you. Plant a plant a day and eat a fruit a day, the catch is that it has to be a different one every day. Yes Angela, Lilly, Matt, Ben, a different one every day, David you too small. I know that Michael will not do it and as for Gary, dream on. Claudia, Mika maybe but they have so much to do as they plan their move to the UK. My only hope is Russell, the last of the adventurers but we have forgotten Daniel. The Eco warrior of our time, come on Dan join me.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Monopoly 1934

Yes Monopoly was first played in 1934 and taking from the enjoyment this New Year it is as popular as ever. Elizabeth Magie and Charles Darrow first designed the game in 1903 but only really took off at the beginnings of the 1930's. I always thought that it was invented in England and doing my research I was amazed to see it was Atlantic City in the USA. In fact the first game was based on the same city and only came to the UK in 1936 when it was licensed to sell world wide by the Parker Brothers. So all those well known streets were not original to the UK but an adaptation from Atlantic City. 

We have now got the Marvellous Marvel Monopoly, not for the purists of Monopoly players but still loads of fun as can be seen from the photo. Mika aced it and Dan loved it, Gary and Michael were being thrashed. Oh well it just play money.
Giving in its purest form expects nothing in return. So I suggest you all give me a bottle of Fine Red Wine because In vino veritas,  Latin for “in wine [there is the] truth". The Jews say "Wine enters, secrets exit". In all that there is also truth but just to finish my support for wine donations, there is a intriguing note to wine, made from lush, ripe grapes and then carefully fermented and put aside for all those flavours to mingle. I have just the right palate to enjoy the nectar of the Wine Gods.
I will leave you with this bit of insight to a wonderful designer, James Victore: 
"I do all my sketching on paper, and not in the studio. I’ll go to a bar or a restaurant. When I did my book, I left the studio every morning and I went to the park and sat for an hour, hour and half. I brought an idea, and I wrote longhand in one of these big sketchbooks. Then I would come into the studio and work during the day. Afterwards, at 4 or 5 o’clock, I’d go to my bar, sit with a beer or two, and refine it. Or write on a new idea. So it became this really nice process of every day. And it became a habit.  

I can’t do the think-work in the studio. The studio’s for putting stuff together – for work-work. And if we’re not doing work-work, then we leave. How many great architecture ideas have been drawn on napkins? Because they’re free, they’re not thinking about work."

Saturday, 22 February 2014

The weird world we live in

I saw a girl just before Christmas who had serveral rings throught her nose and 4 in her ears, purple hair, no thought for what she would look like 10 years from now? I really believe we should look to her perants and their past to see where the genes came  from.
Rant over, still coming to terms with this shock type culture, changing beautiful young girls into creatures I would find hard to welcome in my home. Come on parents, if you want to have them, then grow up, bring them up properly. 
Susan and I have started to plant in this barren garden. Passion Fruit creeper was the first thing on our list but it is too early so we settled for Camellia, Azalea, peacock Orchid, Gladiolus, Liatris and Oxalis. Yes I know I hear you Granny June " I love Camellas and Orchids." Well you are the one who inspired us to get off our butts and plant. They do say the Italian name for the Passion Fruit is 'Passion Erotica', but then it is the Italians and we all know how passionate they are about Passion. Susan is also quite fond of passion, Passion Fruit, what are you thinking? 
Talking of Granny Susie Pie, Susan to the rest of us but we have to consider those down under, we had quite a debate about returning presents. My feeling is when you receive a present be thankful. Her feeling is you must be able to return those unwanted gifts, chosen by someone who loves you and wanted to give that gift to you. Return societies. Where have we gone wrong? My feeling is we receive a gift with grace, be thankful someone else thought of us and had the generosity of spirit to want to bestow on us that unique gift.