Monday, 16 May 2011

ups and downs

The up is - I've been awarded a blog award by Amanda at eight by six.

I think it's called a Liebster and, obviously, I would copy the logo but Blogger doesn't seem to be very helpful these days.  It's an award for blogs with less than 100 followers.  After nearly 500 posts, I'm up to 42 followers!  I'm not built for speed - on so many levels.

So, thank you Amanda.  I shall pass this award to:

Lou at The Archers at the Larches who is at 96 whole followers
Sue at The G-Spot on 28
Hausfra at Hausfrau who has amassed 12 followers in the short time she has been blogging

Like Amanda, these bloggers are interested in all or some of the same things I'm interested in.  It's blog awards for the girls here, no manly nonsense in this corner of the blogosphere.

So, what's been happening?

I went to Paris.  A week ago today.  I had a fantastic time between 8pm on Monday and about 2pm on Thursday.  Then I discovered my camera had gone missing/been pinched (the down).  Not a great end to the trip, particularly as I had to make a mad dash with my suitcase and extra purchase bag back to where the incident occured and then up to Gare du Nord, arriving the colour of Kapoor's Leviathan at the Grand Palais - deep red/purple.

I was hoping for a more sophisticated journey home, a little light sketchbooking and some proper coffee from Pret a Manger on the coach home.  Not to worry.  At least it wasn't my purse or my phone that found themselves adrift in Paris.  That would have been much, much worse.

I walked miles - 22,546 steps on Tuesday according to K's ipod nano.  It was great to be in Paris in Spring.  I've been once before in high summer and then the other times have been in the autumn/winter.  I still want to live there someday.  Not forever.  Perhaps for a year.  How this little plan might be achieved I have no idea.  It might have to wait on the backburner for a very long time.

This is the view from upstairs at Chartieres - a very traditional Parisian restaurant, touristy but authentic and with much-improved steak from the piece I had last time I came with college.  I treated K&I to snails - I had to - I couldn't resist.  It was fascinating to be in a city I love so much with someone who's the same age as I was when I first visited.  They were pretty delicious too.

So, in total, I have about 15 photographs and 2 movie clips on my phone.  The sum total of my collection.  Fortunately, I picked up reference material and made some notes along the way.  I'm now busy collating sketchbooks and projects for our final assessments this week. 

If you happen to be going to Paris before 23 June, see Leviathan, Anish Kapoor's Monumenta installation at the Grand Palais.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  Here's my first blog video clip:


This takes an awfully long time.  Should it?  Perhaps I should do something clever with Youtube instead?  One of the things on my summer list is to explore a few of my technology blackspots - video being one, photoshop being another.  This is definitely taking a long time.  I can't leave though.  Blogger is instructing me to wait.  I must listen.

Well, on another matter....I saw a Chagall exhibition here which was stunning.  One of the most beautifully put together shows I've seen....ever.  It contains a set of illustrations for the Bible, for which Chagall was commissioned.  I've seen Chagall paintings before but the prints were breathtaking in their consistency and simplicity.  S brought me an article about an auction of Chagall drawings made after the death of his wife.  If I had £600K knocking about, perhaps I'd make a bid.

Ah....the clip seems to have found its way to the post.  Good luck with viewing it.  I hope it works!

Have a good week.


Lou said...

Cor Mrs. Thanks for the award... may help to remove the Bloggers Block I have at the moment... or is that just plain old knackerdness.... Paris sounds very cool. Jealous. Always very intrigued by Chagall... was he 'using' do you think??


Gill said...

B***** about your camera becaue though you're quite correct that it wasn't your purse or credit cards, it was nevertheless an unwelcome distraction for you on what should have been a lovely visit.
Sounds as though you were able to move on and still enjoy your time there - I agree, there is a very special Parisian atmosphere, isn't there?

As for video etc - normally the issues are to do with file size because our computers and the internet haven't kept pace with the increased ability of the simplest of cameras to take high res, enormous HD vids. Might be worth finding a good, free video compression program - I'll see what's recommended at work and let you know.

hausfrau said...

Staggered (and flattered) to be given an award - do I have to do something with it?! And I'd better find time for some blogging! Thank-you.

Only Me said...

Congratulations on your award and also well done to hausfrau.

I love Chagall too - guess we'll have to win the lottery to make a bid - ah well.