Month: August 2010

Flowers and Silk.

It's a perfect morning here today. I can see  lot of Bangkok from my balcony and it's spectacular. I'm going to have some time on the river today and I hope to visit Jim Thompson's house, the flower market in China Town and a fabric market in China Town…. Who is Jim Thompson? I was introduced to Jim Thompson fabric some 35 years ago when I first came here to Bangkok. A dear friend of mine would go to his factory and collect the scraps from the floor. She, and another group of British ladies taught the women who lived in the slums of the Soi (street) to make silk flowers and sell them. She also taught them how to make quilts with the silk…. (grandmothers flower garden pattern) That was the first time I ever saw a patchwork quilt. Our eldest daughter, Suchada lived in that slum and learned how to make those flowers with her Thai Mum. My friend Joy, passed away a long time ago… but I'm always reminded of her when …

On the road again….

I'm in the club in the airport in London on my way to bangkok… It was cold here today preparing me for the cold at home I think,  but Bangkok will be another story. I think every man and his dog was in London today, I've never seen so many people. They kept bumping into my camera…. my face was getting redder and redder. So I went and bought a fold up back pack. Now they have to slap me on the back to get to it….!!! I thought I would do a little test at the bus stop. I stood very still and 4 people just bumped into me, I mean  I wasn't even moving.   I GAVE THEM THE "WATCH OUT" look, but it didn't do much good. I visited Westminster Abbey.  What an amazing building. Edward the Confessor and his workman, did a marvelous job. I told him so today….!!!! Then I went and sat in the Church, St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar square. I listened to a Baroque concert rehearsal. There were 15 …

The image of Ophelia by Millais

I had quite a few comments about the painting Ophelia… I've added a video of the painting of Ophelia, you might find it interesting. John Everett Millais, Ophelia, oil on canvas, 1851-52 (Tate Britain, London) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker Smarthistory, a multimedia web-book about art: discussing The Pre-Raphaelites<br>Millais' Ophelia.

Two days of work.

The best laid plans of mice and men… I have had to shelve some of the plans I had. Mainly because of the weather and partly because I just can't summon that extra organizational energy that I need to make it work. My Sister Heather and her husband arrived in London yesterday and I got to spend a whole day with family today… and an evening with a nephew last night…. A little bit of home, it was wonderful. Yesterday I went back to the Victoria and Albert Museum. I think one of the pieces I enjoyed seeing most was a 13th century Quilt.   Made around 1360  – 1400, in Sicily, this is a stunning piece of art. It's quilted linen and padded with cotton wadding. The thread is brown linen for the outlines and lighter color for the quilting. It's huge, Height 320 cm, Width 287. In 14 scenes, it tells the story of the legend of Tristan and Isolde and the oppression of King Languis of Ireland and the battle of St …