Friday, 11 April 2008

Holiday revealed!

Exhaustion has been getting the better of me but I did want to pop in briefly to let you know there have been 2 correct guesses as to where my holiday was. Jill correctly guessed Venice and Santa Monica, our main destination.

For those who don't know my blog so well, Venice used to be home in the early/mid 80's and this trip was to mark the 20th Anniversary of our last time there. Our base for the visit was in Santa Monica beside the pier. Here's the view from the room at 5am...




Liz recognised the whale mural in clue 7 and correctly guessed Marina Del Ray because she bought her car there 7yrs ago though she lives in Switzerland now - I love when our big world feels like a small world. Little connections, shared links between strangers.

I'm a little behind in checking my comments but I'm hoping to have a little more energy at the weekend when I don't have Lucy to walk. Oh, 2.30am and I hear the rain starting. Earlier today (friday) we had sun, rain, snow, sleet and something that was a bit like hail, but not quite hail. The weatherman's promise of seasonal weather by the end of the week was clearly wishful thinking. I hope you are all having much nicer weather, and that you have a great weekend.

9 comments:

Marjojo said...

Cally, I have been thinking about your comment and esp. your lamp dresses a lot and so much wanted to answer you, but mainly I have been sitting at the computer, again and again, numbly, dumbly, too tired to read or write. Today I'm stepping into blogland again, finally, and I've had to keep myself from looking at all those gorgeous images of yours and focus on what I'm here for before I get too tired again. It's so easy to get distracted. First of all I love the idea of your lamp dresses with secret messages encoded within. If only I could beam myself to your home-in-suspense and get you to open your treasure trunks and show them to me. And it pains me that you're often so down on yourself, maybe your tutors have that to answer for, having dismissed the kind of meaningful work you offer. With every glimpse you've given of your artwork you've made me think 'I wish I had done that', which I think is the ultimate artist's compliment.
Re: openness - it's the only way I function. I'm not sure if it's always a good thing - my world having shrunk so much through the ME I focus maybe too much on myself. Through blogging my world has become a bit wider, but I only step in here when I've got some spare energy, although I think about what I've read and seen even when I'm not directly/virtually connected.
Wishing you some better nights, and waking up to the glorious spring dawn chorus, not still being awake after another bad night

mansuetude said...

these connections are really pretty cool. it made me happy to see this post... rest up!!!

Tay said...

A wide, wide world made smaller and more intimate through the amazing connections we make, sitting alone in our pj's in front of glowing screens in the middle of the night...

I am so happy to have followed the holiday pictures, even though all my guesses were wrong (I didn't comment) and somehow it seems magical to me that when you were living in the US on the west coast in the mid-80's, I was living in Scotland. Glencoe and then Edinburgh...a time of magic in my life and I'm sad to say I have not been back, not once. But it tugs at the heart.

I'm always so glad when i stop by your blog, Callie. Sending warm thoughts of calm nights and good sleep, followed by bright mornings.

Esti said...

Nice weekend to you too, Cally!!

Marjojo said...

Cally, I understand so well your frustration about head buzzing with ideas and ME-tainted body unable to follow through. Your beautiful holiday experience has left you exhausted and wanting more. When we manage to get out we get a glimpse of the wider world and all it has to offer and connect and then it's back home and aftermath and we're left hanging or rather lying down. There are times when I manage to just feed on these experiences for ages, they can nurture me in all kinds of ways, but at other times I get depressed because I want more, again, always.
I was thinking this morning that I would like to make some work or write about blinkers, feel that's what I need to wear in order to make ME-life bearable, keeping out all kinds of stuff so I can manage my energy reasonably well. Starting with not looking at the images which tempted me here when I opened your blog when I wanted to answer you, it's always about choices, isn't it, prioritising, do this, but not that, and we live with the consciousness of leaving so much experience out. That's the hard bit. But I also remember a time when I was much worse and couldn't even think or want or miss much, there was just tiredness tiredness tiredness, so I guess this is progress of some sort. Hope you'll find new energies soon. x

Cally said...

ladies, your comments are feeding my soul. thank you, always x

jill said...

wo-hoo! I won! I won! (it helps to be up the street) thanks so much for the link!

sending all kinds of healing and warm weather vibes...

love, Jill

Catherine said...

Hi cally,

thank you for your toughtful comment on my blog. I was especially intringued with the idea of seed and planting, call for new life out of something static. That is such a positive thought.
I explored your blog a bit but being new it is overwhelming with ideas, lovely images and words. Will have to take it one bit at a time.
We keep bees (in north yorkshire) and compared to last year everything in nature seems to be a month behind, but I am not sure that that is a bad thing. Last year summer became spring in june and several queen bees never got mated and we lost about 5 hives. So this should be better for them, build up slowly to warm weather. Could you have a winter shelter for your sheep? and lambs?

What is good about this cold weather is the parnips and leeks are still fresh from the ground and haven't sprouted yet. But they are winter veg indeed.

take care

hrsj said...

Cally, What a wonderful trip to be able to visit a place you once called home! I never would have guessed it despite your beautiful clues, I've not spent much time in CA.
I hope your week begins wonderfully Cally!

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