The Ciel Show

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Two Ribbons at the County Fair!

Thurston County Fair opened today. Last week I was going to the framer to get proper mats for my entries to the photo exhibit--picked up the six pieces on Saturday morning and delivered them to the Fair judges. Sunday was the judging which I didn't attend. So today when the Fair opened, I took a look. There were quite a few entries, some of them really beautiful, dramatic, and worth awards. A lot of them didn't get the recognition they deserved-- and I'm not just talking about my own that didn't... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So.. about that move to New Zealand...

(I first wrote about my daughter's Big Plan in my Loosely Speaking blog, but it is more a journal thing, so it belongs here.) Well, the Plan was seen to be flawed pretty quickly, and so I am not packing for that trip just yet. But there is a simpler version in the works which entails waiting until she has her dog-training set-up actually set up. The biggest flaw was the issue of doggy quarantine--only a month in a kennel in Singa, with 2 more at home before Davy could go to NZ. But to go direct... Sign in to see full entry.

Got out!

I've had my photo cards and prints on display in a vendor-mall sort of place for the past year. The rent was cheap, the space was clean and at first, busy. The owners were and are totally amateur, but had big ideas and good intentions for the most part. But when the one brother--the quiet anxious one-- sold out to the other--the manic, Let's-Change-It-Up one--things began to slide off in a direction that was less and less the one I needed to go in. I stuck with it against my occasional thoughts... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Davy Meets The River

We went for our first public walk together today, strolling down to the park where the river runs through, and there are woodsy, sandy trails. It was Davy's walk, not about learning the manners of heeling and suchlike, which he was not nearly as interested in as he was sniffing every dog-scent that has been down those paths since spring! Though I reeled him in when we met other walkers, I pretty much let him choose the way and the timing. When I was sure of the direction I wanted, though, he was... Sign in to see full entry.

I dreamed of lava...

Red and snapping devouring like a dragon... and with a touch like Midas' turning everything to flame... Oozing unhurried from the deep hot places of the Earth... Overtaking by fascination like a serpent-- So suddenly, it's too late to run! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Scottish Play

Ask any theatrical pro: it is the worst invitation to Bad Luck to mention the name of Macbeth in a theater. Except, presumeably, during a performance of Shakespeare's play. So it is commonly referred to in a theater, as The Scottish Play. In fact, Vanessa Redgrave made that reference in a recent awards show. I just thought I would mention that. I watched a production of Macbeth today, not Shakespeare's, but the opera by Verdi. It was on public television, a new production from the Metropolitan... Sign in to see full entry.

Nonplussed...

Welcome to the Ciel Show. Formerly The Roving Eye blog, in 'art and photography' this is now acknowledged for the direction it was heading, and has become officially a 'journal' blog. I'd like to say it is like having friends over for tea... but as I will probably do most of the talking, and some will wander into this salon and never even say hello, it is probably more like a small stage in a minor hall. There is a chair-- possibly TAPS will give me that one she no longer needs-- and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 25, 2008

...and no bird sang...

The height of summer is so quiet here. There is a calm all day as the sun shines down, drying the grass to brown and parching the potted plants on the patio. The land bakes in direct light, and the shade is cooler, but just as dry. Contrary to popular delusion, it does not rain all the time in the Northwest. It rains all winter, and often well into spring. Sometimes the rains begin in earnest as early as Labor Day. In 30 years out here, I have seen them come that early, and I've seen them hold... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Movie1 This Ghengis Khan ain't Tony Curtis!

We went to see MONGOL last night. It's a foreign film made on location in Mongolia and Khazakstan, with Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese and other Asian film-makers. To begin with, the cinemetography is spectacular, and does justice to the vast landscapes and skies. The battle scenes are grimly artistic, and the entire production is so visually and culturally authentic, it is a pure pleasure. The actors are real, too. Being (to most of us, probably) mostly unfamiliar names and faces, and the acting... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Now, whose fault is this?

Seems our Davy dog, pup that he is, chewed apart the strap of the sitter's backpack. The sitter, a 23-yr old young man, is not too happy about that... but is it his own fault for both leaving the pack where the pup could get to it, and for not noticing that it was happening? Takes a while to chew through a strap... I am suddenly reminded of a T-shirt my son had for a while that said on it: Some days its just not worth chewing through the leather straps in the morning. His sister gave it to him,... Sign in to see full entry.

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