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Many many many thanks to Farli, your wonderfully WISE gift arrived this morning. A-perfect-for-my-Christmas-colour-scheme Christmas stocking knitted (and I’m in awe of anyone who can knit a square never mind something as intricate as this) to an Estonian pattern, filled with a not-quite-but-better-than* chocolate orange and accompanied by a card:

stocking, card and chocolate

<– This is supposed to be a better picture to show the details. It does have the whole stocking in, but it appears to be fuzzier. While it’s true to say I’m getting very fed up with my camera, in this case it’s my photography / editing skills. Sorry.

Looking back at a past Farli project, I’m given to wonder if it’s the same wool used for Rusk’s hoodie?


* Chocolate Orange Divine bar, better because it’s fairly traded chocolate, fits in the stocking, and fits through my letter box!

Procrastination, that’s what you need…

Trying to do a copy of a Rolf painting for my art class, which I’m skipping, but it’s not going well, I think the problem is that he did his on a huge black board in scenery paint and mine is on an A4 piece of paper in watercolour – oh, and I’m really bad with watercolours.

Watched ‘The Fly’ (’86 version, obviously) again recently, great, great film. Cheesy and a bit gross, but great nonetheless.

It seems that The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are playing Greenbelt this year. This is great news, but I’m impatient to know who else is being booked – What would your dream Greenbelt lineup include? June Tabor has to come fairly near the top of my list, although a talk by Alan Rickman, or any cast/crew of Neighbours would have to be very top. Unlikely, but I can dream. TNUOOGB are going to be fab anyway – 5 1/2 months to go…

Amusing Searches

What sort of person types ‘woodworm in fridge’ into Google?
I’m number 6 hit, and I’m fairly well acquainted with the number one entry as well.
I hope they found what they we looking for, although I’m probably going to be less helpful to the next punter by describing the search terms.

Forgive me, I was up very late last night completing my art class portfolio, and have spent the morning drawing the Moondial.

For those of you of a not-easily-offended nature, might I point you in the direction of this game? I can’t get past level 5 myself, keep blasting angels by mistake.


This is an experiment with a name so cool it had to be used somewhere, preferably for me.

If people don’t come and see me in my new place, I’ll move back to the old one.

I caught the fairies, and the dragonflies, and the flying seahorses – very barbaric for a children’s game.

I think someone’s letting fireworks off outside, but I can’t see them.

I really should be doing my art homework – more trees, this time in collage form.

A national obsession?

It seems that the humble doodle is getting a new lease of life, thanks to various efforts, and celebrity support.

Not only can you now get your doodles on the telly, albeit on a subscription channel, you can also join in the celebrations for … wait for it … National Doodle Day!

Actually the most interesting part of this is not the fact that we have an excuse for something we’d do anyway whilst whiling away the time on a Friday afternoon, but the E-bay celebrity doodle auction. It’s fascinating in just so many ways. For a start it’s far more reliable than the ‘A-lists’ and ‘D lists’ from TPTB, in that we can see by how much people are prepared to pay for the memorabilia that Jake is the most popular Tweenie, and that Nick Park is currently more than 10 times cooler than Graham Norton. Also interesting is the descriptions given after the names – an interesting insight into what, given only limited wordspace to describe someone, is the pinnacle of their career. Some make perfect sense (Alan Titchmarsh – Ground Force, David Sneddon – Winner of Fame Academy), but others, you have to wonder… Lord Jeffrey Archer – Prison Diary, Helena Bonham-Carter – Fight Club, Giles Bradreth – Countdown. That’s all before you get to looking at some of the actual doodles themselves – I’ll leave you to find your favourite celebrities, if you’re thinking of making a bid consider that while you’d need to pay about £500 for a Nick park original, you could help save the reputation of an ex Newsround presenter with no current bids for only 99p, and get a really bad drawing too!

In other non-drawing news, I’ve been trying for about a week to seamlessly link into this wiblog Richard Thompson’s description of his visit to the Ironic Grill. I give up, there it is.

Happy doodling!

[edit: if you don’t normally read the comments on this thing, make an exception, if you do, then don’t make an exception. Ta.]

Adult Continuing Education

My task for today was to take a photo of a tree, and then adjust the contrast etc so I could print it out in black and white and still see the tree.

Then I thought, why not go a step further and learn how to put it on my wiblog, here goes:

if you can read this, I'm doing really well

Tomorrow’s task is to draw the tree ready for my art class on Thursday.