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I found this meme at Kim’s @ Laketrees. She borrowed it from Sandee’s @ Comedy Plus who was tagged by Mimi of Mimi Writes for the The Needs Meme. Mimi was tagged by Shannon’s Moments of Introspection who was tagged by Dawn’s Daily Life ……
This one is pretty simple and looks pretty silly.
The rules: All you have to do is Google your first name with the word needs behind it and post the results.
It sounded fun so I decided to play along too. I googled ‘Diane’ follwed by ‘needs’ and these are 12 of the 14,700,000 results I got.
- Diane needs a pigfoot and a bottle of beer…
- Diane needs someone claiming to be a long lost relative….
- Diane needs to reconcile both sides of herself…
- Diane needs to wake up…
- Diane needs a loan from her father…
- Diane needs help!
- (what) Diane needs is a good affair…
- (what) Diane needs is only moist, well drained organic soil…
- Diane needs to be more sexy and more out there…
- Diane needs bossing…
- Diane needs to eat more…
- Diane needs is a f*%*&*g good shower.
Well, what can I say? Some are spookily truer than others – but I’m not telling you which ones!
I’m going to tag the following blogging friends to have a go – but only if you’d like to.
Teresa – Amy – Jenny – Sue – Colin – Kylee – Paul – writinggb – Scratchbags – 70steen – Astrid – Drowsey Monkey – Fracas – Lady Banana – Peteej and anyone else who thinks this might be a fun thing to do….help yourself.
Now guess what?
I made a book! The weather has been very iffy again so I took the opportunity to use some of the lovely paper I have hanging around. I think I am back in the groove…
Now I know I promised not to bang on about Italy again but that was before I decided to sort out a cupboard (looking for #1 son’s passport) and came across some old photographs from 1999. In fact, the date stamped on these photographs is 09.09.99. and as we are approaching 08.08.08 and I have just paid the man who cuts my lawn £108 on 01.08.08 (I am coming over all numerological. Is there such a word?) Anyway, it also happens the photographs were of a magical trip to – you’ve guessed it – Italy! Portofino, Carrara and Siena, to be precise. So for what I promise will be the last time I mention Italy for AGES, here are some highlights of the trip.
First Portofino, a picture postcard perfect village in Liguria, on the Northern coast of Italy. My ex and I drove there for a wedding anniversary – 23rd I think…
We left Portofino and drove to Carrara to meet up with a friend, Stephen Cox, who is a sculptor. He wanted to show us the marble quarry where he buys the marble for some of his work. It was one of the most memorable days of my life – for all sorts of reasons.
You can see Carrara as you drive along the motorway that follows the coast in Northern Italy. The mountains behind the town look as if they are snow covered but in fact, it is the white marble that the area is famous for, gradually being revealed by the quarrying which has been going on since Roman times. In fact, the Pantheon and Trajan’s column, in Rome are made of it. This is my favourite photograph of the Pantheon.
When we reached Carrara, we drove to the place where Stephen buys his marble from. It’s a huge yard with an enormous machine like a band saw which saws the huge marble chunks into appropriate sizes.
The owner of the place then drove us in a Land Rover into the mountains to see where the marble originated. We drove up to the edge of town and then suddenly started to drive up a rough, gravelly track, barely wider than the Land Rover. This is the road we were driving up.
Whenever, we got to the end of a section, we had to do a three point turn to get round the corner. The back of the car was hanging over a precipice as we got higher and higher. If you enlarge this photograph, you can see cars parked at the bottom – see how tiny they are! After a terrifying journey, we arrived at the quarry and we were astonished to see the scale of the operation up there. HUGE earthmovers and dumper trucks (which had obviously done the same journey at some point – in fact the trucks do it several times a day – loaded with giant blocks of marble) were cutting away at the mountain face, carving enormous cubes of the stone.
Here are some shots of the process.
After we left Carrara, we drove to Siena, where Stephen had an exhibition in the square in front of the Duomo (cathedral) called ‘Interior Spaces’. He had placed 4 huge hollow marble boxes which resembled sarcophagi in the piazza. It was wonderful to see people interacting with them – peering through openings, looking at the light shining through them or even just using them as somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine.
We spent a few days in Siena which, as I have already mentioned in my previous post, is a beautiful city. It is famous for a horse race held there twice a year called the ‘Palio‘. It is hotly contested by 10 of the 17 ‘contradas‘ or districts of Siena. Each contrada is named after an animal or a symbol and has it’s own flag, colours, uniform and traditions. The race dates dates back to medieval times and during the year each contrada parades in the streets playing music and waving their flags to drum up support. I saw the ‘Aquila’ (Eagle) contrada parading through the streets.
Here is a video I found on YouTube of a Palio race. It is my ambition to see one but perhaps not in the middle of this crowd – on one of the balconies overlooking the Campo would be my choice!
This has been rather a long post but I had to get it all in – promise I shall move on from Italy now.
At least for a time anyway…..arrivederci!
I like this paper. I will confess I relented and bought some more from Paper Source as I still can’t find a source of funky modern designs here in the UK. However, I have found another good supplier of lovely paper called the Paper Studio. They are based in Tempe, Arizona and the studio ‘ is a teaching studio and paper arts shop created and run by Cindy and Gary who are mixed media and book and paper artists’. It’s no good, I am just going to have to move to the USA.
I have been tagged by Kylee over at Bijoux and Banter to tell you all about my studio. I think calling it a studio is over stating it a bit, it’s more of a work room. I do have to confess though that in the interests of making my fledgling business sound a bit more groovy and professional than it actually is, I have called it Limetree Studio. This is a business card which uses a photograph I took in my garden last summer.
Artist name: Diane Aldred
Business name: Limetree Studio
Website/blog: This is it! New one on the way. Honest.
Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes. I used to work in my kitchen but I moved to a spare bedroom.
Where is it located? On the top floor of my house.
Is it a large or small space? It’s quite big, it doubles as a study and all my books are up there as well as a TV and a sofa.
What medium(s) do you work in? Paper, I am an addict.
Do you have a separate area for each? If I was organized I would have a separate area for gluing as keeping glue under control is the bane of my life.
What one word would you use to describe your studio? Comfortable.
What do you think is the best feature of your studio? My plan chest keeps me organized.
What would you change if you could? I’d buy more storage so it was tidier.
Can you share an organisational tip? Tidy as you go (that’s rich coming from me…..)
Describe the usual state of your work table? A disaster zone
Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Towards the wall (which has a large painting of my lovely boys on it) and which I am going to paint soon (as soon as I can get someone to help me move the plan chest…..)
What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? It’s too far from the kitchen (2 floors away) so I am constantly running up and down stairs to make tea/answer the door.
Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? No. I take inspiration from the papers I buy.
Do you listen to music in your studio? Yes, loud music which I sing along to.
Do you display your own work in your studio? No
Other artists’ work? I have paintings on the wall.
What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio?
My desk where my laptop is, is always tidy but my book making work space is very untidy. Not sure why….
Whose studio space would you like to read about? I would like to tag the following artists to reveal their studio spaces….
Kim at Laketrees.
Astrid at Tulibri
Jane at My Wooden Robot
And now for my weekend. Click on all images for a larger version.
I had a lovely weekend. The weather was fantastic, warm and sunny. I went for a walk around the Fleet on Sunday and then stopped for lunch at a pub in Langton Herring. I must confess I ended up watching TV as it was the last match of the football season and my team Manchester United were tied for first place at the top of the Premier League so everything depended on this last day of matches. Without boring you with too many details, suffice it to say, my boys won the title for the 17th time. All in all, a fantastic day.
I’m off to London for a couple of days tomorrow. I’m meeting up with some old friends who are visiting from Australia. The last time I saw them was about 6 years ago and before that I hadn’t seen them for about 20 odd years. I just hope the trains don’t let me down this time…..