Happy Birthday William Morris (1834-1896)

I thought that I would test the new ‘story’ facility on WordPress with this tryout on William Morris’s birthday. It works well. What I’d like to know is: if the story should be published first and – then writing added on (like I’m doing here) OR do the story and save, add to the writtenContinue reading “Happy Birthday William Morris (1834-1896)”

Something to crow about?

Crow by Arthur Rackham The other day, feeling a bit miserable looking at the battering rain and dark skies, I began to add some gothic pins to my Pinterest. I came across some crow related items and thought that it would make a good blog theme. I was struck by the number of Crow picturesContinue reading “Something to crow about?”

Weird and Wacky Design: Hats off – A riot of Springtime Promises

Even as  these trying times are upon us, everything in the garden is blooming lovely. Seasons don’t fear the reaper and will come and go as they please regardless. Continuity of life , maybe not quite  as we once knew it, but there will a continuity nontheless. So if you are finding it hard toContinue reading “Weird and Wacky Design: Hats off – A riot of Springtime Promises”

Weird and Wacky : Fright Lights!

  Weird lamps for old!   Lighting has always been a valuable consideration when creating ambiance to a room.  But  if you  want to  add  thrills, drama, laughter or just simply offer an unusual focal  point that will get your guests talking (and maybe reeling with shock a bit) – then look no further than these very original andContinue reading “Weird and Wacky : Fright Lights!”

Barcode Messages

    Barcodes are on more or less everything we buy.  They are an optical  machine readable representation of data (the Wikipedia definition).  There are many types of bar codes and lots of combinations.  Some think bar codes are the mark of the Beast 666, mentioned in the bible (here). As usual though, I am only interested in whatContinue reading “Barcode Messages”

Weird and Wacky Umbrellas

A while ago I did a post on umbrellas and parasols which appeared as props in famous paintings (here).  According to Wiki, umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning a shade or shadow, which in its own turn originally derived from Greek.  Umbrellas and parasols are to be found all over the world and throughout historyContinue reading “Weird and Wacky Umbrellas”