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Oak Leaves, a Storm, the Pond


The pool Glows at her feet, and all the gloomy rocks Are brightened round her.  (Wordsworth, The Excursion) A little experiment with oak leaves on cotton fabric. The leaves arrived on the high wind, blown over the hedge, a little … Continue reading

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The Spirit Lizard and Covid- 19


Originally posted on Mapping uncertainty:
About six years ago I rented an old stone cottage in a country town. Shortly after I moved in I swept the cobwebs off the verandah. In a dusty corner I found the carcass of…

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Testing Water for Iron Content


“Give me silence, water, hope Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes.”  – Ode to Silence: Pablo Neruda   Samples of water from four different sources tested for iron content. From left to right: tap water, water from a garden water butt, … Continue reading

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Chaos and Onion Skins


The chaos is subsiding. I opened the last packing box a couple of weeks back. Then found more. But a few and there  are places for everything now. A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place. (Benjamin Franklin?) Distribution. … Continue reading

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Still Taking the Anti-Dote (to the Poison of Chaos) And an Art Note


When all is done and dusted (pardon the pun) I’ll blog about what Jordan Peterson’s Clean up Your Room edict has revealed and changed. (Clean up Your Room comes from Dr Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Anti-Dote to Chaos). … Continue reading

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Tricks of Light I


2019 was not a year for blogging. I didn’t plan it that way. But from late spring onwards, what plans I had for the year were snatched away and I was flying by the seat of my pants. 2020 is … Continue reading

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Covehithe Ochres and Gissing Whites: Hand-Made Paints from Foraged Pigment


If you think you received this blog yesterday, well, you did. A version of it without many of the images as I was having problems downloading photos from my iPhone onto my computer. I sorted out the problem – with … Continue reading

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Indeterminacy: The Blueberry Interlude: Cold Dyeing with Blueberry Stems


Dyeing needn’t be an elaborate process,  experiments have shown me. Or require costly – and sometimes quite hazardous and pongy – ingredients, sophisticated equipment and a PhD in chemistry. I pruned a couple of little blueberry bushes a few weeks … Continue reading

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More Notes from a Melody Not Yet Written


“Melody and harmony are like lines and colors in pictures.”  (AZ Quotes) – Rabindranath Tagore, from: Purabi: A Miscellany in Memory of Rabindranath Tagore 1941-1991, by Krishna Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore (1991). (AZ Quotes)  

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Notes from a Melody Not Yet Written


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