Month: April 2011

Unconfined joy.

It was a very fulfilling day  yesterday… I tried to put up a lot of other info, but the Internet was saturated. It led me to think how easy it is to receive joy if we allow it to happen. I feel sadness here when I see an old woman begging or the prostitutes lounging in the doorways at 8.30 am. But I experience joy on the other hand… I can't carry that amount of sadness with me… but need to leave that on the pavement for what it is. Experience it, leave it. My whole day yesterday was based around my desire to experience art and expression and that I did. The tapestries, the artists, the cut of a garment, the fabric district of Montmarte, chatting with the people in the quilt shop and dinner in a french restaurant. I've been strongly criticised by "Those who know" for my re-creation of images…. such as the 1776 quilt/ American Gothic painting…. Ha, but the realisation that the great man William Morris himself had inspiration from …

Day 1 Paris

I'm exhausted. It's almost 10.00 pm and we've been walking since 8.30 am. A delightful french breakfast of eggs, cheese, yogurt and very strong coffee began the day. We walked from our  hotel to Notre Dame Cathedral. On the way we passed an array of the most wonderful designer dress boutiques… punctuated by some scantily dress ladies of the night (morning)…. wooow so blatant. So Early…!!!! So many….!!!! Notre Dame Cathedral  was reasonably quiet, the line to go in was quite short and we joined the throng. The beautiful decoration on the entrance door to the Cathedral   Look up, look up, wonderful  colors and designs. Emotional, Inspirational and a sense of awe. I lit a candle for our children Liseby, Darrin and Sam, who have passed away This is an image near the Western door of the Cathedral I go to the Cathedral every time I visit Paris… how could you bypass it? There is an sincerity and awe that you feel as you walk through the portals… forget the 1000's of others who …

Paris in the spring time.

Well, we made it…. 2.00 pm Paris time, 6.00 am New Mexico time…. and I just don't know what it is at home. I don't even know what day it is without looking at the computer calendar. Three of our ladies came on another flight due to the severe weather problems in the US. They arrived just after us. It's cool and grey here in Paris… but I'm actually going to bed right now… hope I can sleep for a few hours. I love these photos…. this is the conversation…. "How do you say Kiss in French?" The young man sitting behind them joined in the sport. Just had a croisant, a coffee and a hot shower…. Now for a kip. I'm giving myself an hour, I don't want to miss out on sight seeing today.. vision from the bus window.

We’re off…. with a whizz.

  Just arrived in Montreal…. they put us on an earlier flight due to huge storms and possible delays in the USA… 4 of our group are still there…. but I think we are in for an interesting time…. two of the gals are asking the French speaking man who is sitting behind them… "How do you say, Kiss me" "Bezu"  he said…. "how do you say again" whoops I think I'm in for an interesting 9 days… what fun. flying into Montreal

Sharing quilting ideas with interested people in Alamogordo. I've had a busy and exciting week. I've already mentioned the round of media and extraordinary 'visiting' I did. Can you imagine how fulfilling it is to share the passion you have with other like minded people? http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=22942498&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0   This video is to share my images of the wonderful Trinity site. Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 19 kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age. All life on Earth has been touched by the event which took place here. The 51,500-acre area was declared a national historic landmark in 1975.

A Needle in the Right Hand of God.

My plane was delayed for over an hour and a half today so I had a lot of time to work (and relax) it gave me time to catch up on some reading. I have a hard copy of this book and have read it from cover to cover. But it's wonderful to have it on my Ipad too. "The Bayeux Tapestry is the world's most famous textile—an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of the most mysterious and compelling works of art. This hauntingly stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of Medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and aesthetic rapture. In this fascinating book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth.  A NEEDLE IN THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle …

Airports

I love airports and this one in El Paso Texas is particularly nice. Lots of space to sit and relax. Like many airports now they have huge windows that almost transport you outside to the tarmac. I can watch the planes land, see part of the bustle of the city and the mountains are rugged and solid as they fade into the horizon. The sky is the most beautiful shade of blue, but Strong winds have whipped up red sand and dust giving the whole place an eerie effect. I ate a non healthy lunch and now look forward to the flight to Chicago.