Second Star To The Right

…and straight on ’till morning.

The last line from “The Undiscovered Country” (Startrek) – and is also Peter Pans’ guidance for the Darling children as they flew away.

Now it’s my mission – although I may not be doing the “To Boldly Go” bit, more “What the Hell, Let’s Go Anyway”. This is my first posting (or newsletter) for many months and I have a lot I would like to write about, but I will keep this short.

Briefly, this year has been “interesting” – starting with a bunch of MRI scans showing a series of lesions cerebrales (strokes), which have been going on for years, leaving my brain a junk box of cotton wool and candy-floss. Brains are adaptable and other bits compensate so I can get back to writing – one good thing is that, due to a better diet, I have lost weight.

The next on the agenda to sort out is lifestyle and business. I was not able to managing, websites, or build some of the new projects I started and was not even being able to carry through simple marketing tasks. I got tired very easily and some calculations I needed were beyond me.

My solution is to only do what I can finish and not start new stuff. Slowly slowly I am able to tackle old projects, some  have been languishing for many years, so, now to work.

To help this along I am re-installing my personal operating system to the last I can find that was stable – it seems that this was in 1967. This could be fun.

2012 has mostly been a year of stuff not quite happening. I tried to get several new projects moving, but seemed mired down in a personal Higgs field of dark matter, which is why I have not been writing or sending out news and information. So forward to 1967, the North Circular Road – the Ace Cafe, motorbikes and warm beer – it is as good a date as any to reset the timer – let’s see what happens. Perhaps I shall attempt to write “Some kind of language between people that is a new kind of poetry, that’s the poetry of the dancing bee”

Come and join me, sitting quietly on a hillside in the South of France

Poppies in May

We named our guest accommodation in Villa Roquette after local flowers and trees. Olive, Sunflower, Quince, Rose and Poppy

Although wine has been the main agriculture in Languedoc since the 19th century – many other crops are grown, it is a joy to see fields of poppies, grown for the seed for the delicious bread available in every village.

poppy field near Pezenas in Languedoc close to Villa Roquette

Poppy field near villa Roquette in the heart of Languedoc

poppies in may near villa roquette B&B in Languedoc

Poppies in the Golden heart of languedoc, South of France, near Villa Roquette

Pezenas the Day of Antiques

Twice a year our local town of Pezenas closes its streets nd holds the biggest antique and collectables fair in the South of France – this happens the first Sunday of may and the first Sunday of September.

Our home Villa Roquette is only a few minutes from this fascinating medieval town which for centuries ws the most important town in languedoc and was the seat of government for the independent states of Languedoc before France was united in the 17th century.

The stalls and shops are a carnival of bric-a-brac, rubbish, collectable nonesense and – occasionally – an antique.

I met a friend in the market who is a painter (he is an artist really as he sells his excellent work all over the world, but he calls himself a painter so as not to get confused with the rash of “artists” ) – his website is PaintFrance – I think I also saw what I believe to be the most awful image I have ever seen.

Here is a snapshot video of the day and I leave the judgement of the “painting” to you.

the worst painting in the world perhaps

Seen at pezenas Junk (I mean antique) market