Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A Bird's Eye View...

Of a bird's eye!

And who exactly does this beady staring eye belong to? A very bossy and rather overly tame herring gull. We call it "Quark", because that's the noise it makes when its happy.

Here is Quark, standing looking in the kitchen window while I try to wash the dishes.

It's hard to concentrate on dish washing when someone is STARING at you like that!

Even worse when they start to impatiently tap on the window and "tut-tut" because you haven't noticed them and offered a nice snack of stale bread or left-overs.

We have not been encouraging Quark. We are not feeding him/her, but that hasn't helped much. Quark is convinced we are wonderful people ready to share our food as long as we are reminded of hungry herring gulls. At breakfast time... Quark is there, peering in the dining room windows. During the day you'll find Quark trying to act casual as he/she stands on the garden bench (better view of the kitchen) or potters about the garden.

He or she? I have no idea, but Quark is fond of gathering twigs and moss for nesting... then forgetting it in the birdbath or one of our pot plants. A she, maybe? The bossiness and constant nagging certainly feels female! Maybe we should rename her  Quarkina or Quarkette.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Earth Mother ~ Planting New Seeds

A poem I wrote a few years ago, Earth Mother Prayer, has been used by the very talented Oribel Divine to create this lovely new video.

Do go look at Oribel's website and YouTube page. Her work is inspirational. :-)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Photos and Fun

I found some photos I took last summer that I'd forgotten on the camera. They were taken in Nairn, by the beach. I tacked them together to make a panorama shot. :) This time I haven't put it up on my blog. It's a little on the large size, as a panorama, so I've put it up on my Flikr page, along with photos I've used as banners on this blog over the years.

You can view all of the Scottish photo album HERE

it got me thinking... this could be fun and useful. So I put all my Blogblast for Peace art into another photo album and then did the same with the pictures I've made for my books over the years.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

I'm Number One :)

Well... in a manner of speaking. My book, First Light, is #1 in the Free Listings Best Seller ranking (ebooks) on

For the next three days First Light will be available as a free download (worldwide on Amazon Kindle) before going back to the regular promotional price for the rest of the month.

It's also lying 1st in Amazon in Canada, 4th in the UK, and 2nd in Spain. Spain? Wow... :-)

Got to have some upbeat music to celebrate! 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit for May

Happy first day of May!

May birthstone is Emerald.
Birth flower is Lily of the Valley.
The zodiac signs for May are Taurus and Gemini.