/ˈmɪrɑːʒ,mɪˈrɑːʒ/ Noun: mirage 1. An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions 2. An unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved Origin - early 19th century: from French se mirer 'be reflected', from Latin mirare 'look at'. (With thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary). Lately, although I have felt that much appears unreal and that … Continue reading Mirage
Last Saturday in our mixed media art class, it was time to work with acrylic paint and oil pastels - depicting what we could see from the windows of Studio 2 of the FirstSite gallery. The site is Scheduled Ancient Monument land, and there are archaeological artefacts beneath the building. So, no digging was permitted … Continue reading Saturday Morning in Colour
On the way home from work on Friday, on the spur of the moment, I decided to visit Colchester Castle and make the most of my resident's pass. It was dark, the gates to the park were barely open, and the Castle itself was about to close to the public for the night. Randomly, I … Continue reading Jail Time
The Moon and Venus (and a passing aircraft) as seen at 07:00 this morning, in Colchester, England. Taken facing south-east. A beautiful way to start the day.
Once upon a time, my grandparents lived here with my mother and uncle. Last week upon a time, I suddenly came across this house and realised it was the one. Now, the buildings and cars have encroached, but my family's stories keep the place apart.
Long ago and not so far away, was my first home: 47 North Hill, Colchester, Essex, UK. It was there that my sister was born, and there that I was raised to realise that we are our stories. There, too, I learned to respect other stories, others' stories: to understand that history is always in … Continue reading My Back Yard
Dogs Trust: getting human and canine attention in town.