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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Midsummer Day's Green


The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from
earth to heaven.
........... Theseus, from a Midsummer Night's Dream
........... (Act V, Scene 1) Shakespeare





Here is some delicious summer green I strolled past recently while 'walking' along a country lane on the outskirts of Sheffield. Only three cars passed me in three-quarters of an hour as I ambled along retracing my steps a few times to peer into the verges and pausing to sketch little scenes with my water-colours.
It is always astonishing to me to be able to do this, to see individual leaves and foxglove flowers, to gaze up into the canopy overhead, to notice a footpath leading off over fields (tantalisingly) yet never leave my chair here in New Zealand.

7 comments:

  1. Oh you can so easily confuse a guy!

    Puck: How now, spirit! whither wander you?

    Fairy: Over hill, over dale
    Through bush, through brier,
    Over park, over pale
    Through flood, through fire,
    I do wander everywhere.

    So good to wander and see the countryside. And without leaving your chair.

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  2. "A hit, a very palpable hit."
    William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 5 scene 2

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  3. Were you using Google Streets or Google City or whatever it's called?

    I love that the lines from A Midsummer Night's Dream describe your computer's interaction with satellites and your own stroll near Sheffield so perfectly!

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  4. Katherine, I was so looking forward to your posting daily during August about green. What happened?

    Life probably intervened. I understand, and I fervently hope your change of plan is not related to anyone's illness, injury, or death.

    Or perhaps you have started another painting?

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  5. Everything okay Katherine? It's just that you said you would post every day in August and I know that when you say you're going to do something you do it. So I'm a little anxious.

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  6. Hello all: Robert and YP, sorry for causing you concern. I had plans to post a mention of my trip but ran out of time, and then had no opportunity to do so while away.

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  7. Yes Robert, it was 'street view'. I cropped out the logo and the cloned out the arrows. Wonderful quality, don't you think?

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