Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Our hearts go out to her family,friends and colleagues, especially her husband Frank and her young daughter Mary.
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
behindthe grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Of course the weather has given us plently of time to enjoy vintage film : The Innocents , look at books : The Flower Shop and wonder what to do with all those books we've read but know we'll never read again , maybe the answer is Green Metropolis. But I rather suspect they'll go to the charity shop as usual.
We've watched The Delicious Miss Dahl on TV and spent quite some time looking at the kitchen Sophie Dahl used. We even found a seller of vintage items whose wares would fit wonderfully into the kitchen: Jolie Trouvaille.
We've also continued to post over at Renaissance Childrens Notebook.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Inevitably after joining Lovefilm we've been watching films Kinky Boots and Mr Blanding Builds His Dream House.
Outside by the sea we've been walking on Cromer Pier and the joys of country living continue with pruning in the orchard. After a hard days work outside it's nice to come into a supper of something warm and filling like Pork & Bramley Apple Bake especially when you've grown the apples yourself.
This week in the books to read and keep section of Renaissance Newsletter we've looked at a book you're all bound to love, Home by Anita Kaushal in fact we bet some of you already have it on your book shelf.
We must have spent a long time browsing the internet this week because we've found several blogs new to us, all well worth a visit:
Elspeth Thompson's Gardening Against the Odds
The Flower Shop Stories written by Sally Page
Charlie and Caroline's Blog written by the owners of Pedlars
Browsing blogs has given us a date for the diary with Donna Flower's Open House Sale definetly one for lovers of all things vintage.
We've also been inspired by Alicia Paulson and Cherry Menlove to start posting over at Renaissance Children's Notebook for the first time since January.
It hasn't just been browsing on the internet we've also manage to load some new items to the Renaissance shop .
By the way we'd still love to hear your opnion on the Shovel Birdhouse
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
"Discussion of a long-awaited proposal to ban international commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna was cut short today at the largest wildlife trade convention when an immediate vote was pushed through.
Member governments of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) chose to vote today on the proposal. 72 out of 129 CITES members voted against the trade ban, 43 voted in favour, with 14 abstentions. WWF will proactively call on restaurants, retailers, chefs and consumers around the world to stop selling, serving, buying and eating this endangered species. Already a growing body of the global seafood market sector is choosing to avoid Atlantic bluefin tuna to give the exhausted fish stocks a chance of recovery – including such groups as Carrefour Europe.
“After overwhelming scientific justification and growing political support in past months – with backing from the majority of catch quota holders on both sides of the Atlantic – it is scandalous that governments did not even get the chance to engage in meaningful debate about the international trade ban proposal for Atlantic bluefin tuna,” said Dr Sergi Tudela, Head of Fisheries at WWF Mediterranean and observer at the CITES Conference of the Parties in Doha.
Once the Principality of Monaco had tabled the proposal this afternoon and a number of countries had given brief interventions, Libya called for an immediate vote on the proposal.
“The regional fisheries management organization in charge of this fishery – the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, ICCAT – has repeatedly failed to sustainably manage this fishery,” said Dr Tudela. “ICCAT has so far failed miserably in this duty so every pressure at the highest level must come to bear to ensure it does what it should.”
“It is now more important than ever for people to do what the politicians failed to do – stop consuming bluefin tuna,” Dr Tudela said.
The Principality of Monaco – the CITES member country that submitted the proposal for a CITES Appendix I listing of the species – became last year the first country in the world to be entirely bluefin tuna free. WWF is urging other countries to follow suit."
Did you know that Monaco was the first country to become bluefin tuna free?
Wouldn't it be grand if the EU followed?
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
The winner of our Georgette Heyer giveaway is Jeanne of Tales of a Cottage Garden we'll pop the book in the post to you Jeanne next week when we have your postal details.
Oh and the chickens are laying....
Whatever you are doing this weekend - enjoy!
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
There has even been time for some reading, I've been dipping into Gisele Scanlon's The Goddess Experience and I've finished the first of my Georgette Heyer dectective / murder mystery books. Which leads me nicely to the announcement of Renaissance's first giveaway.
I've finished reading it and would like to pass it on to someone else, so if you'd like to read it yourself please leave a comment over here at Renaissance Newsletter.
If there is more than one person interested in the book we'll do a little draw and announce the winner next Friday in our weekly roundup.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend and good luck in the giveaway.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
I saved this photograph ages ago as inspiration for windowbox planting.
I think the succulents look wonderful against the grey clapboard.
(Sorry can't credit photograph as I don't remember where it came from, if it is yours please accept my apologies and leave a comment so I can rectify matters)