Sunday, 15 October 2017

Varnish

I recognise this varnish - it's Ron Seal




Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Willows

When we moved into our house it had no name, only a confusing number – 1A.
Confusing because 1A would normally come after no 1.  Ours is the first house in th road and therefore comes before no 1.  And on the electoral register it comes after all the other numbers, right at the other end of the road, so no one can ever find it.


So we gave it a name.  There was a medium sized (now huge) Weeping Willow in the front garden and we planted another there and a Corkscrew Willow in the back garden.  And we called the house The Willows.


What we did not know was that in Chinese a ‘House of Willow’ is a brothel.  I wonder what our Chinese neighbours thought of the name?  Perhaps we should have put up a notice like this one that I found on the Internet!


In traditional Chinese symbolism, a young girl is a 'Tender willow and fresh flower'.  


And there are lots of traditions concerning the ability of the willow to repel ghosts and the giving of a willow branch to encourage someone to stay.

The Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought (Routledge) also informs one that “The willow, much valued as firewood, is a symbol of spring.  As spring is the season of erotic awakenings, the phrase ‘Willow feelings and flower wishes’ means sexual desire;  Looking for flowers and buying willows’ means visiting a prostitute; ‘Flowers and willows by the wayside’ are prostitutes; and ‘Sleeping among flowers and reposing beneath willows’ is a term for visiting a brothel.  


My Facebook friend, author Ann Chin, points out that since we are not in China it doesn’t matter that we live at The Willows but I still find it most amusing!


Friday, 29 September 2017

Stornoway Carnival Parade - August 2017















The Carnival is Over...


Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Summer

I spent a wonderful summer with GB, part of which was at his home on the Isle of Lewis.  I already want to go back.  I miss....

Road names in Gaelic...


Attractive ruins...



Big skies...


Friends...




Flowers...

Birds...


Passing places on the narrow roads...


Sheep including Hebridean Sheep.......


Road signs that you don't get on Merseyside...


Shielings...


Lochs...

Offshore islands....


Lighthouses...


and so much more.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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