Going AWOL Again!

Just to let you all know I’m going to be away again for a few weeks visiting my family in Scotland, to look after my dad this time. Mum has been taken into hospital with suspected pneumonia, and as she is Dad’s carer he’s having to have respite care in a nursing home for a day or two until I can go up to take over until she’s back home and fully recovered. As usual I’ll be back in due course… you can’t get rid of me that easily! 🙂


Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Ad/Add/AD

My brain’s feeling a bit addled today so I’m sticking to something simple for my Stream of Consciousness post.

It was really fun to add a couple of new doodles to my mini art journal this morning…

I’m finding it’s actually really good to have my little doodles all kept in one place, my journal feels colourful and comfortably creative without any pressure of perfection in my performance.

I know I’m clearly an adult in 2019 AD but I still like to doodle like I did as a kid, then colour it in with coloured pencils, and I feel playfully adventurous in a very small but surprisingly satisfactory way… 🙂

The Devil’s in the Detail

So there I was at the top of the hill, sitting in the shade under the big old oak tree reading a book. It was one of those hot summer days that drains all the energy right out of you. I’d finished my chores – had got up early to be sure to get everything done before the sun rose too high in the sky – and was looking forward to enjoying some well-earned down-time.

But no sooner had I settled down to read than a devil appeared in front of me, buzzing around distractingly like an irritating fly. ‘Look at you’ it mocked disparagingly, ‘ lazing around doing nothing, you know you should be more productive’. Annoyed, I swatted it with my book and carried on. Then from behind my shoulder I heard another devil skulking around, whispering seductively. ‘Remember the devil makes work for idle hands’ it wheedled gleefully, waiting for my guilt to kick in as usual.

But not this time, enough is enough. So I whacked the devil dismissively with my book. ‘Bollocks to that’ I said, ‘For your information I’m not doing nothing, I’m busy reading and relaxing. Now fuck off and leave me alone.’ And in an unpleasant puff of reluctant acceptance, suddenly they were gone, with any luck banished forever…

Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

Unusual Perspective

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week asks us to take a photo with a different perspective than usual.

Last summer we had a (thankfully well-contained) wildfire on our local green space here, Wanstead Flats in East London. A while afterwards I went for a walk there and took some experimental shots (in colour) of some of the blackened and burned tree trunks lying around – several large old trees had previously been cut down and the charcoal-edged logs still sat exactly where they had been sitting before the fire. The resulting photographs seemed quite disappointing, just dull and dark and boring, so sadly I’d done nothing with them.

But for this particular challenge I had the idea of resurrecting and inverting some of these shots (changing them from positive to negative) and then greyscaling the resulting abstract images – and here they are! Definitely (for me) an unusual perspective of boring old blackened and burned logs 🙂

Thursday Doors – St John’s Church

The lovely old iron-studded wooden door of St John’s Church, Leytonstone, East London, where I live. (I mean I live in Leytonstone, not the church!) The cold bright winter sun really brought out the detail this morning as I walked past, so I thought I’d share it with you for this week’s Thursday Doors 🙂

The first stone of the building was laid in July 1832, and the church was consecrated in October 1833.