I confess to liking a bit of street art. I particularly like the interactive element of the posters that are appearing in the area around Jamaica Street in Liverpool.

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via Cotton grass | Medicinal Worlds:.


Common mountain and cliff side flowers of Britain. a useful quick guide to flowers of the hills


Ships and Dying

06Feb14

I heard this poem at a funeral today and found it very moving. Later on I saw Emrys Williams and was reminded of this lovely painting.

The Sailing Ship – Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)

What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” – and that is dying.


steffanjoneshughes:

And here’s another item of wonder via Clive Jenkins Hicks blog. I wish I’d seen the Moomins in Bath. The Horse and Bamboo puppets look really true to Tove’s original drawings.

Originally posted on Clive Hicks-Jenkins' Artlog::

Hello, Peter Slight of the Puppet Challenge here,

I was recently delighted to discover that Tove Jansons‘ wonderful Moomins were to appear in puppet form on stage in the UK for the very first time in a production of ‘Moominland Midwinter‘ at the Theatre Royal in Bath. That is until I realised I had missed it – darn it!

I cherished the Moomin books as a child and still do, so seeing this would have been a real thrill, but it was not meant to be. I have posted some pictures I found online of what was i’m sure, an amazing production.

The puppets were made by Horse + Bamboo

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steffanjoneshughes:

The Posset has long held a fascination in this household. I came across it via the Box of Delights by John Masefield and now we have a definitive description…and recipe via the Wellcome Collection blog

Originally posted on Wellcome Collection blog:

February has rolled in and with it the proliferation of sniffing, sneezing and hacking coughs ubiquitous in your local environment. If you are unlucky enough to have befallen this dreadful predicament, Rob Bidder offers an archaic remedy: the medieval posset.

Although you can’t visit our Medicine Man gallery at the moment (due to the development project currently underway) you can still enjoy some of its objects. Normally, among the erstwhile chamber pots and bleeding bowls, you’d see a very unassuming piece of crockery resembling a cross between a teapot and a biscuit jar. This is our Posset Pot. Henry Wellcome collected many such objects that were at one time a common household item. But what exactly is a posset?

Posset pot with lid, England, 1701-1800. Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images

Posset pot with lid, England, 1701-1800.
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images

These days, the word has come to describe a lemony, blancmange style desert, but the posset of antiquity was…

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steffanjoneshughes:

I like this positive post on negativity…it’s good to talk!

Originally posted on Dan Thompson, artist and writer:

20131120_133239Talking about problems isn’t ‘being negative’. As anyone who’s ever had to deal with grief, or loss, or addiction, or anger will know – the first and hardest step is admitting that there’s a problem. Facing up to it means you can understand the nature of the problem, start to unpick what is really wrong, and find a way sort things out.

Talking about problems openly, publicly, and on social media isn’t ‘being negative’. It’s useful. It tells other people you’re interested, and want to work to find a fix. It lets other people know that they’re not alone, that they’re not the only person facing the problem. At its simplest, this can lead to people pointing you in the direction of something useful. Or to other people deciding to take a stand, now they know other people care. At its best, it can bring people together to find a…

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