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Freya Stark, 1893-1993 July 12, 2016

Filed under: Artists,Authors,Autobiography,Freya Stark,Travel,Writers,Writing — Janet @ 7:51 pm

freya stark           freya stark 2      Freya-Stark

A fascinating writer and explorer

I have just finished reading a biography of her – Passionate Nomad, The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse.  Including a new Epilogue.  A surprise twist on a true story.  A very good biography.  What a woman!  I came away from reading this book with more information than I really wanted …….full of admiration……but……not necessarily a woman I would have chosen as a friend.  And I don’t think she would have chosen me.

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My Lucky Day

Is this my lucky day?  The Northern Flicker has been to visit several times.  Also the Steller’s Jay.   And a hummingbird!

220px-Northern_Flicker from wikipedia  Northern Flicker

Better pictures of the lourie taken with the Nikon camera and remote control device.  Steller’s Jay         Steller%27s_Jay_b57-3-076_l_1

 

annas_hummingbird_sim_1  Hummingbird

 

Regrets

I haven’t played my recorders for a couple of years or so.  I was just busy with other activities and the time and place where the monthly recorder meetings were held were no longer convenient.  But recently I tried playing the recorder again and found that arthritis in my hands made it difficult to play.  Alas.  Up until now the things associated with aging haven’t really bothered me.  But now, trying to play the recorder is painful and it is bothering me to find that I just can’t spread my fingers with enough agility to make playing the recorder possible.  I really wanted to attend and play in an up coming one day jazz workshop.miscellaneous-ian-009  In younger days with the bass recorder.  7 or 8 years ago?  in my early 70’s

I have a friend of similar vintage whose mother had very bad arthritis in her hands.  My friend is taking piano lessons to hopefully ward off similar problems.

Come to think of it, my own mother also had bad arthritis in her hands in later years.   She was an avid knitter, as am I.  When she moved to Hawaii, knitting was no longer so important in her life.  So I don’t know if she could have continued to knit if she had wanted to.  Knitting is still important to but I could substitute other fiber activities just as satisfying.  After all, my abandonment of weaving has been partially age related and I don’t really miss it – I can still maintain my interest without physically crawling under that big Glimakra loom.

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Gun Carrying

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:59 pm

I’ve been thinking about posting this for some time.  I am horrified by the overall attitude of the pro-gun people here in the U.S.  I see signs in the local elementary school that my grandchildren attend.  Guns and pot-bellied pigs are not allowed.  I see signs in my neighborhood coffee shops saying leave your guns outside.  This is just bizarre.  But after all I am now living in a “frontier” state.  Very different from staid old New England or Ireland or Africa or Asia or the Caribbean.

But what has really triggered (pun not intended) is the sighting of a man openly carrying a gun in the local grocery store.  He was wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap and looked quite capable of using his weapon.  I was just plain startled and didn’t know whether to be scared or not.  Why was he carrying that gun so openly??  All this happened very quickly – the store was crowded – I went in one direction – OUT – he was walking in the other direction.  And I’ve been unsettled by this ever since.  So far as I could find out, it was perfectly legal for him to be carrying this gun – WHY?  This is suburban Seattle – no longer the Wild West frontier.  Or maybe it is.  I don’t know.

 

The 2016 Technical Trials

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:28 pm

Off The Beaten Path

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This summer saw the first Technical Trials in France since 1949. Then as now, the goal was to find the best “light randonneur” bike. Organized by Christophe Courbou, the magazine 200, and Victoire Cycles, this year’s event was a great success.

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The original Technical Trials of the 1930s and 1940s brought incredible progress to bicycles. They proved that bicycles could be lightweight and reliable. Aluminum cranks, front derailleurs, cartridge bearings in hubs and bottom brackets and even low-rider racks all were pioneered and proven in the Technical Trials. The Trials allowed small constructeurs like René Herse, Alex Singer and Jo Routens to show that their bikes were better than those of the big mass producers. Unfortunately, the original Trials ended in 1949, when cars became popular, and interest in improving bicycles waned. Who knows what advances we’d have seen if the Trials had continued?

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Now the Technical Trials (Concours de Machines

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Return Of The Northern Flicker

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Natural Beauty,Nature — Janet @ 2:44 pm

image008    Northern Flicker chicks?  Illustration in my photo collection

220px-Northern_Flicker from wikipedia  Northern Flicker  Such a beautiful bird – this bird fascinates me

 

I was delighted to see one on my deck this morning.  And yesterday I saw several flying about.  They had been missing for a while.

IMG_0576  can you find the Northern Flicker in my picture?

IMG_0574  find the Flicker – a challenge