Monday, 21 November 2016

Autumn

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth" 



This quote originates from Buddha's thoughts, though it has been reduced down to this single sentence. Since translation is so subjective, and the truth is a flowing river, I think we're safe in attributing this wonderful saying to the historical Buddha. Zen sometimes describe the mind like a glass of cloudy water. If you want to clarify the water, stop shaking, stirring, and fussing.
Well Autumn has arrived with a vengeance, 3deg C.
Bonfire night, loads of bangs, lights, rockets and noise. Must say quite a lot of money will be exploded or burnt tonight. Enough bangs for now. Fireworks upset the night.

I have been doing quite a large amount of graphic design lately and did a brainstorm with Derek on the layout of a website. Brainstorming, interesting word and I suppose it is a way of thinking, when a large amount of ideas are thrown into the page, most of which will be scrapped, enabling a kind of thinking though doing. For me it provides vital space for the testing of ideas, placing them side by side for comparison, or on top of one another to reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. Many of my blogs start off this way, on paper and in my head.

I must say that often, I will take a photograph and the rest seems to come naturally.



Halloween

It is Halloween tonight, and I heard three knocks on the front door, non friendly I believe, they will be witches and trolls.

Halloween straddling the line between fall and winter, feast and famine, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
Michael left for Portugal this morning, actually I took him to the station for the 7.07 train to Bristol. Flying from there seems to be the cheapest option. The family is scattered far and wide, California, Dubai, Australia, South Africa and Portugal. Rest easy I am in the UK, Brexit be damned, this is where I am happy for the moment. I am having a coffee at the Cafe, people watching, I find this gIves me inspiration, people can be fascinating. Some are not worth the time of day while others defy gravity, both in their ability to actually walk and the space they take up, chubby! Oh well, there but for the grace of God, go I.
From where I am sitting I can see a busy beach, but, there is always a but in Poole, they all have coats on and the wind is breezy to say the least.  For some it will be the last time they come to the beach until May/June next year.
Actually Michael is going on a surfing holiday, they get tuition and are taken to the best places to surf. I suspect he is feeling a little left out as all his friends are already in South America. Not to worry he leaves to go world traveling on the 3rd December for a year or two.
Got given a new £ 5 note as change, strange feel, supposably washable and difficult to forge. The centre is very quiet, sensible people, saving for Christmas. Also no Christmas music, I heard someone say John Lewis has started but here thankfully it is quiet. Let’s leave festive music for December.