Outside I saw this huge dolls house in the window of an Eltham charity shop.
Friday, 29 November 2013
This week has gone by so fast and now it is Friday night already! We went up to Edinburgh last weekend to celebrate Andy's Mum's birthday. Here is a quick whizz through the trip.
This made me think of you Anne! (Hope you read this one or you won't see it!)
Our room had a floor to ceiling window that looked down on a nightclub. I sat for some time behind the curtains watching the comings and goings. I would love a window where I could do that all the time. It makes me think of Jane Eyre right at the beginning where she is sitting behind the curtain looking out on the grey November day.
''A breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room, I slipped in there. It contained a bookcase: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures. I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement.
Folds of scarlet drapery shut in my view to the right hand; to the left were the clear panes of glass, protecting, but not separating me from the drear November day. At intervals, while turning over the leaves of my book, I studied the aspect of that winter afternoon. Afar, it offered a pale blank of mist and cloud; near a scene of wet lawn and storm-beat shrub, with ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly before a long and lamentable blast.''
From my window seat I saw this group of superheros. At one point Superted seemed to look right up at me.
All hotels remind me of 'The Shining'.
The turreted building across the street looked perfect as a secret city hideaway.
This is on the Royal Mile.
The restaurant where we had lunch. All delicious. I can recommend it!
I loved the colours of the hydrangeas, earth, leaves and stone here.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
The Autumn has been so beautiful this year and other trees and leaves have been attracting my attention too
so here they are. Below is a Rowan tree and another red berried tree in the top of what used to be Forest
School and is now going to be part of our garden. It really did look this bright!
Sunshine at the boot fair on Saturday morning where I popped after going to the tip with my gardening cuttings.
Sunshine during the above gardening.
A living wall on a fancy hotel on Park Lane. Inspiration for school.
A blurry Christmas tree in Kensington.
Sloane Square looks so pretty with this lit wall and the sparkly trees.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
This is the lake that develops in our playground when it rains. At its worst it covers the whole width of the area. On this particular day I decided it was too huge to sweep away as we have been doing up until now. (Not that there is anywhere to sweep it as it doesn't drain even on the muddy areas as there is an impermeable membrane under everything.) Anyway, I went to tell the Head about it and he came round a little while later to look. Then there ensued the classic scene of many builders standing round looking thoughtful and talking about the situation. I think that common sense should have told whoever designed this area that if you have no drains, no grassed areas, and a membrane under everything, then water will collect. But then I am not an architect or builder, so what do I know? There have been some holes drilled in the bottom of the wall at the edge of the playground (producing fascinating cores of amalgamated stone, one of which I must grab before they are thrown away.) This seems to have lessened the problem a little. Then in our meeting this morning we were told that the problem with the 'ponding' (apparently the technical term for this happening-laking would be better) could be because they may have used the wrong type of slabs and stones, ones that are not up to British safety standards. That has not been confirmed, but if it turns out to be true they will have to re-do the lot!
This one looks Greek or Viking.
Friday, 15 November 2013
As I left work, the moon was shining softly in a pink sky. It was beautiful.
Have a happy weekend!
Thursday, 14 November 2013
But I didn't like a head without a body so am now turning it into a doll. The little hats will not have faces.