Still reading Michael Symmons Roberts’ Drysalter book of poems. I only read 2 or 3 poems per day, as to read more would lessen the effect of his striking images in each poem. His poem The Count begins: “Born with a ration of heartbeats/ we should eke them out, walk the shores/of great, still lakes and tap their wells”. The first line is a wonderful condensation of meaning, to which all poets aspire. So, we have a “ration of heartbeats” – this is open to interpretation. The determinist/fatalist might think that this means that we are born with X heartbeats and will die when that number is reached. On the other hand, is our ration maybe not fixed e.g. will the ration be shortened if we smoke heavily? Or could the ration be extended if we are fit and healthy and (he says hopefully) if we engage in sports such as cycling? Also, can our ration be incomplete e.g. if we are killed in an accident? Roberts used 6 words for his first line and I’ve used 5 lines to interpret it. I’ve only read 50 of the 150 poems, so methinks M S Roberts will appear on this blog again.
Another stunning exhibition at the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club at Waterston House. There are 2 artists exhibiting at the moment and as usual, I contacted them to ask them to send me samples of their work, and like the other generous artists featured on the blog, they sent me samples. The first artist is Paul Howey (see photos 1 and 2 below) and I, along with my wife and 2 relatives, one of whom is a ceramics teacher, greatly admired Paul’s work, especially the acrylic paintings, with the large Eiders my own favourite. This painting not only depicts the beautiful green at the back of the neck of the male eider, but also entrances the viewer with the movement in the water. The 2nd artist is Edward Davidson, (see photos 3 and 4 below) whose wildlife paintings are different in style from Paul Howey’s but no less eye catching. I particularly like the Feeding Frenzy (photo 4) as, from time to time, we can see gannets in a real feeding frenzy in the sea, from the back of our house. If you are in the south of Scotland, this is a must see exhibition, featuring two high class artists.
My garden is probably just past its summer peak but there are still some stunning flowers coming out. Photo 5 shows the head from a Zantedeschia which has beautiful shades of purple inside. This is the 3rd head on the plant and I’m hoping for more. Photo 6 shows the flower of one of the collection of wild flower plugs I bought earlier in the year. I tried to find it in my wife’s wild flower book but failed – advice would be welcome. I love the combination of purple, red and glistening yellow. Photo 7 shows a bee on one of our lavenders. We have attracted quite a few bees this year with the wild flowers and new lavender. Fortunately, when I was shooting the other flowers, this large bee arrived, and stayed patiently on the lavender while I took close up photos.