Saturday, July 28, 2012
Last night, along with billions of other people I sat down to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The question of who would light the Olympic cauldron, who would be given the honour. The papers have been full of it with speculations running wild.
A beautiful amazing tableaux took place, followed by 204 parties of athletes walking into the stadium, all excited and proud to be there, and then we saw the arrival of the Olympic flag and finally we watched as the Olympic flame arrived courtesy of David Beckham and a young English footballer. it was welcomed to the stadium by Sir Steve Redgrave and at that point I can't have been the only one thinking, well it's not Steve Redgrave lighting the flame. He ran into the stadium and lit the torch of a young lad who started running around the track with six others. The commentator then told us that each youngster was nominated by a former Olympian and as the names were read out, and the torch passed between them, still the question was who would light the flame? and then the most amazing thing happened, as the youngsters arrived before the great Olympians, they were all given torches and shared the light between themselves, and then the youngsters "the future" went forward and lit the flame together . The music fitted so well, the percussive bells and the high and beautiful music rose and then petals of copper lit and lifted coming together to form the most beautiful iconic image of the Olympic cauldron. so beautiful, so moving and so perfect.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I've been out collecting petals to create confetti by drying them for a wedding tomorrow.
I've taken the petails off the stem making sure that pollen laden stamens are removed
The petals are left on paper on the windowsill to dry
I'll package them in paper cones.
I'm always described as a bit of a hippy, so my wedding outfit is perfect!
It's a pale blue pure silk Salwar Kameez with crystal and seed bead decoration.
I have made a facinator using the most hideous blue roses that were in my stash. Although I wouldn't normally use them for me, the colour is perfect and so I decided to go for it. Thje banding is pale blue seed beads.
My shoes are silver and pale blue
I didn't have anything warm to wear with the outfit, but a kind neighbour gives me her cast off clothing to craft with and I found this cardi wrap so I sewed beads all along the edges to tie in with the outfit.
the finishing Touch is a beautiful drapey long scarf wrap with beading detail I sewed on to tie it into the outfit.
At this moment in time I do not have a handbag to go with the outfit, but I am hoping that my mum or a friend has a silver bag I can borrow. If not I may well be making one tonight!!
Monday, July 9, 2012
310 young musicians from the East Riding of Yorkshire descended on Birmingham this weekend to play in the amazing venue of Symphony Hall.
The musicians were from East Riding Youth Orchestra, East Riding Intermediate strings, East Riding strings training orchestra, Hymers school, Hull Collegiate and Hull music service. The Collaberation was the idea of conductor Richard Quick and has involved sectional practices, group rehearsals and then heats for the Music for youth festival held in March this year in Hull. The group, known as 54 Degrees North won rave reviews from the judges and hope to be asked to play in the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November this year.
The musicians are all strings players and range in age from 8 to 19 and have playing abilities from grade 1 to grade 8+.
The work was originally written by Vaughan Williams for professional musicians and students.
Monday, July 2, 2012
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together
in my mothers womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in that secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be
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