Friday, 15 March 2013

Friday; you beauty...

Peruvian Morning glory;  the last, tiny crystal drop...A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
John Keats

Already Friday, don't you think the days are passing faster and faster, I think I am on  a roller coaster.

©Photo my garden.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Thursday; seriously..

STEPHON kissed me in the spring, 
Robin in the fall, 
But Colin only looked at me 
And never kissed at all.
Stephon's kiss was lost in jest, 
Robin's lost in play, 
But the kiss in Colin's eyes 
Haunts me night and day.

The Kiss is an 1889 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. . 

The sculpture, The Kiss, was originally titled Francesca da Rimini, as it depicts the 13th-century Italian noblewoman immortalised in Dante's Inferno who falls in love with her husband Giovanni Malatesta's younger brother Paolo.  
The couple are discovered and killed by Francesca's husband. 

When critics first saw the sculpture in 1887, they suggested the less specific title Le Baiser. 

Rodin indicated that his approach to sculpting women was of homage to them and their bodies, not just submitting to men but as full partners in ardor. The consequent eroticism in the sculpture made it controversial. A bronze version of The Kiss  was sent for display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The sculpture was considered unsuitable for general display and relegated to an inner chamber with admission only by personal application.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Wednesday; Island of Wings;

I have finished this book; it was very interesting, as I did not know much of the Hebrides.  Island of Wings, an Island of birds, has captured  the life and hardship of the inhabitants and the outsiders who have come  to bring and teach the gospel to the natives of Hirta. Both struggle to understand each other.The  McKenzie family lived there from 1830 until their departure from the Island in 1843. It is a wonderful account of a natural world with a bitter sweet ending.

The neonatal death rate on St.Kilda in the 1830 was about 60%. the cause of death, the St. Kildan inhabitants called the "eight day sickness" as the affected infants dies within a couple of weeks of birth, was neonatal Tetanus. The origin of Tetanus  was not known until 1884. Scientists have found high levels of the tetanus toxin  in the St. Kildan soil. Possibly due to the facts that bird carcasses were ploughed into the soil as manure. A suggestion was, that they used contaminated fulmar oil on the umbilical cord when a child was born. It is said it is more likely, that the infants were infected by the knife used to cut the cord in a very unhygenic enviroment.
Hirta was finally evacuated in 1930 after life on the Island had become unsustainable.

Exerpts from notes and acknoledgement, page 311.

St Kilda, Main Island of Hirta, a walk along 'Main street' with the remains of the old blackhouses and the 16 newer 1860 built replacement houses. 

The manse, the ministers home.

Interesting facts, click here,_Scotland