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Blood moon

Early this morning there was a Super moon and a Blood moon. As my youngest son was determined to watch it, I somehow 'set my biological clock' to it and woke up around 4.30 am. He had already seen it, an orange one, and yes there it was. Hub woke up as well and took a peek at it and we all went back to sleep.

Little did I know that it had such an impact as it is the fourth blood moon in a short time! I could have know, it was brewing for some time now, the changes I've made in my personal life and the unrest I've felt should have told me, but reading this, it all made sense really.

the astrology of the blood moon eclipse september 2015

You have probably already started to feel and see these changes in your own life, perhaps you have even begin to change your behaviours or attitudes to things. Perhaps you are now also realising that your way of being is no longer serving you.

I have! I have started to eat more healthy, to take care of my body (and mind?) more, eat les…

Music on Sunday; dreams

I woke up this morning from a very strange dream that stayed with me for a long time.. so I decided to make today's Music on Sunday about dreams, songs about dreams or inspired by dreams.

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Art on Friday; Karel Appel

Karel Appel born April 25, 1921, Amsterdam, Neth.—died May 3, 2006, Zürich, Switz.), Dutch painter of turbulent, colourful, and semiabstract compositions, who was a cofounder (1948) of the COBRA group of northern European Expressionists. He was also a noted sculptor and graphic artist.
Appel attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam (1940–43), and helped found the “Reflex” group, which became known as COBRA (for Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam), in 1948. He moved to Paris in 1950 and by the 1960s had settled in New York City; he later lived in Italy and Switzerland. Partly in reaction against what they perceived as the sterile academicism of the de Stijl movement, the COBRA artists assimilated a variety of more-impulsive influences, including folk art, children’s art, and l’art brut (“raw art”) of Jean Dubuffet. They exploited the spontaneity and intensity of the contemporary American Action painting while maintaining a degree of representation. Appel’s style is charac…

Treasures of Britain; Cornish Coast in Poldark

The BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels was filmed at many coastal places we look after in Cornwall. The sweeping tale of 18th-century romance, shipwrecks and tin mining made use of dramatic locations including Botallack Mine.
The story follows the return of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, from the American War of Independence. Finding his Cornwall family home in ruins and his former sweetheart engaged to his cousin, he works to resurrect his fortunes and develops a new love interest.

Spectacular backdrops for filming
The breathtaking and rugged Cornish coastline and its mining heritage which we care for proved the ideal backdrop for filming Poldark, with much of the action taking place outdoors. Thanks to the income generated by location fees we’ll be able to continue caring for this stunning landscape.

A gripping late night shipwreck scene was filmed on the sandy beach of Church Cove, Gunwalloe, on the Lizard Peninsula. The shoot, which featured Aidan …

Music on Sunday; Ralph Vaughan-Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell.
In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of ‘Englishness’.

Vaughan Williams was born on the 12th October, 1872 in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. He was educated at Charterhouse School, then Trinity College, Cambridge. Later he was a pupil of Stanford and Parry at the Royal College of Music, after which he studied with Max Bruch in Berlin and Maurice Ravel in Paris.

At the turn of the century he was among the very first to travel into the countryside to collect folk-songs and carols from singers, notating them for future generations to enjoy. As musical editor of The English Hymnal he composed several hymns that are now world-wide favourites (For all the Saints, Come down O love Divine). Later he also helped to edit The Oxford Book of Carols, with similar succ…

Quotes and Pics 196, Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy) Quotes

I love watching Grey's Anatomy on tv and the things Dr. Meredith Grey says almost every time hit very close to home, or make you think; So for today I've looked up some of them and made a selection.

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Art on Friday; Pieter Aertsen

Portait of Pieter Aertsen by TacoHajoJelgersma (1702-1795), 1737
Pieter Aertsen (1508–3 June 1575), called Lange Pier ("Tall Pete") because of his height, was a Dutch painter in the style of Northern Mannerism, who invented the monumental genre scene combining still life and genre painting, and very often also including a biblical scene in the background. He was born and died in Amsterdam, in his lifetime a relatively minor city, and painted there but mainly in Antwerp, then the centre of artistic life in the Netherlands. His genre scenes were influential on later Flemish Baroque painting, and also in Italy, and his peasant scenes preceded by a few years the much better-known paintings produced in Antwerp by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Adoration of the Shepherds
Market scene
The Egg Dance
Christ and the woman taken in adultery
The Meat Stall
The Fat Kitchen-an Allegory
Christ in the house of Martha and Mary
Market …

Treasures of Britain; Lewis

Lewis is the largest and most northern island in the Outer Hebrides, home to one of the best prehistoric sites in Scotland, and some fabulous beaches. The main hub on Lewis is Stornoway, the largest settlement on the Outer Hebrides. Stornoway is home to the An Lanntair Arts Centre as well as Harris Tweed and jewellery outlets, the Lews Loom Centre and the soon to be re-opened Lews Castle, a heritage museum and archives.

Along the north west coast there are also lots of crafting and fishing villages, with Ness at the top. Considered to be a Gaelic stronghold, the headland at Ness juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

No trip to Lewis would be complete without visiting the famous standing stones at Callanais, a fascinating group of nearly 50 megaliths dating from around 3000 BC. The Arnol Blackhouse is a preserved example of the many blackhouses that lie deserted on the island.

The west coast has brilliant beaches, while much of the island is made up of peat bog, the favoured …