Thursday, 10 July 2008

N is for...


 lunar echo

I am a night owl. I seem to get most work done in the hours of darkness and feel more at peace then, too. Of course, at this time of year and the heat it brings, I love the cool evenings even better... It has always been thus and I suspect always shall be.

The photo above was an attempt at capturing the face of the Man in the Moon, but all the photos turned out a big blur of light except for this one, which although does have the big blur of light, it also managed to capture some kind of reflection through my window pane. I like it a lot!

Night. Excepting end-of-term hysteria in this student town, the nights are quiet here. 3am is so still. And night-time has so many photographic personalities.

  Foggy night in Tours

Colours are exaggerated yet muted around a street lamp on a foggy evening, or sharpened and enhanced with reflections from water...

 Amsterdam Gracht

It makes me think of home...

View from my parents house to my grand-parents house


...but then it can also invoke annoyance. See the big, wide-open space between the 2 houses here? It opens up to the field in the heart of the village... See an earlier post entitled 'There Goes My Childhood' for further explanations of my disgust about the future of this view...

But, the night is not always my friend. Insomnia strikes occasionally and then any lure of the dark and love of the night flees from my soul and I pace the apartment muttering not-so-sweet nothings to my over-active brain. I must admit that the first time I ever appreciated French tv was during one of these episodes.  Falling asleep to re-runs of the Simpsons in French leads to strange dreams, however.

My last sleepless night was a few days ago... Or a few nights ago, if you prefer. The tv wasn't doing anything for me, camomile tea only made me closer acquaintances with my porcelain necessarium and pacing about hurt my foot too much. My eyes fell on my knitting, but I knew I wasn't in the mood for cables, or indeed anything that entertained a certain brain-using thinky-type element. Some no-counting mindless knitting was called for. I saw the silver wire and a tube of little shiny beads (oo - shiny), sat down and ended up with the beginnings of this.

Pointless and Arbitrary Wind Catcher 

I dedicate this wind-chime-catcher to the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group on Ravelry. It seems apt. It will neither catch the wind nor chime, but it looks pretty and shiny and sparkly and, well, does it need any more point than that?

It's made from quite a few metres of 28-gauge silver wire and a multitude of little silver and glass beads. 

oo - shiny...

And at that I shall off and switch on every light in my flat. There's a thunderstorm brewing and, ironically, they frighten me when it's dark outside...


Klozter Friday, 11 July 2008 at 08:18:00 BST  

What a beautiful result of a sleepless night! My night wasn't great, either, filled with meowing hungry cats and earworms that wouldn't cease -- glad to be up and about with my coffee!

Jo Friday, 11 July 2008 at 13:20:00 BST  

Love the windchime-catcher, I've still got alot of catching up to do in my abc along, just about to post my I! Found you in the Taurus Ravellers yesterday, visited Klotzer today, saw you there and decided to pop over and say Hi!

RedScot Friday, 11 July 2008 at 19:14:00 BST  

If you get the right gauge wire, then it's fine. I mistakenly thought that 24 gauge was smaller than 28 gauge when I was making the rose and that led to some very tender digits! It's surprisingly easy to knit and crochet with!

Iron Needles Saturday, 12 July 2008 at 13:47:00 BST  

Simpson's in French? Now there's something for the imagination!

Cathy-Cate Saturday, 12 July 2008 at 18:56:00 BST  

Pretty, shiny!
Love your 'N'!

Susan Monday, 14 July 2008 at 01:08:00 BST  

I love your night pictures, mine are always so disappointing. My grandmother loved thunderstorms and we always went out to the porch to watch them when I was with her so they only have good memories for me. Thanks for reminding me of that.

deltafine Monday, 14 July 2008 at 17:12:00 BST  

I should have read your blog before assigning swap partners! I love your wind chime! Now where did I put my silver wire?? I know where all my beads are. (deltafine)

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