happy earth day.
Sunday morning art this week- Nature.
Weekend project: trying to make a pinhole camera. The Boy’s cousin made it sound so easy; saw some of his portraits yesterday and they’ve got a very tactile quality. Lots of texture and intriguing effects. Looking up methods of building a camera now and it’s a lot more involved than he made it sound… but he’s Australian. They make everything sound simpler than in actually is.
Can’t believe how quickly this trip has gone. Leaving tomorrow and I only just got here. Back to the UK and back to the job hunt grind.
Plus side: I’ll see the Boy.
Downside: it’s really warm here. And we have a barbeque.
The sea, broad and vast, with all its mighty force, ended right there before his eyes. Be it the edge of time or space, there is nothing so awe-inspiring as a border. To be here at this place with his three companions, at this marvellous border between land and sea, struck him as being very similar to being alive as one age was ending and another beginning, like being a part of a great moment in history.
Understatement to say Yukio Mishima was a complicated man, but he certainly has a talent for eloquently capturing very delicate and intangible feelings.
Good day for a wedding. I’ll never get tired of the water here. I think I appreciate it more and more as I get older and am away longer.
Rooms by the Sea- Edward Hopper
Woke up with a bag full of creme eggs and sore feet from dancing all night.
It was a good wedding.
First of my childhood friends is getting married today. We used to run around my garden and collect Beanie Babies. She introduced me to Harry Potter.
Now instead of apple juice, we’ll have slightly more grown-up libations…and instead of marrying our stuffed animals, she’ll be marrying a real live MAN.
Something that often gets mentioned in articles about the importance of educating girls is the subsequent lower birth rates and risk of sexually transmitted infections. I’ve read as well that they’ll ‘make better mothers’ which is…nice, I suppose, but disturbing to me- surely they shouldn’t be held up as reasons why we should make sure girls get a decent education. Those are side effects rather than the goals, but it often doesn’t read that way.
Girls deserve to be educated because as a species we value knowledge. We learn things. That’s what people DO. And early education, what ever form it takes helps nurture that spark of curiosity.
Honda pushed against the stone landing with the oar and maneuvered the boat out into the water. As the prow shivered the brilliant scarlet surface of the water, the smooth ripples heightened Kiyoaki’s sense of liberation. The dark water seemed to speak in a deep, solemn voice.
"My eighteenth autumn, this day, this afternoon, this moment never to come again," he thought, "something already slipping irrevocably away."
-Spring Snow, Yukio Mishima