Thursday, November 24, 2011

William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite puzzles

I recently bought BRITAIN magazine for a special feature on Scotland (for future travel inspiration - more on that as plans take shape) - this issue has an article celebrating 150 years of William Morris. In addition to the editorial, there are a few ads for products with his designs ranging from puzzles to needlepoint. I couldn't find Strawberry Thief offered on Wentworth's site although pictured in the ad (above), but did find a few other Morris favorites, like The Lion from his forest series. Really love this one. There is also at least one Rossetti and a Waterhouse currently on offer. As these puzzles are crafted from wood, they'd certainly provide years of enjoyment.

Monday, November 21, 2011

October, wherefore art thou?

I begin this post with a head-scratching lament of what happened to October. Where did she go? Now, we are nearly done with November and I must guess the time-snatching Goblins are at work here. In North Carolina, we've had some truly glorious autumnal weather and I've wandered my local woods as much as I can. Week before last, I attended the Carolina Renaissance Festival beneath the most perfect blue sky. Some highlights from hawks to hounds.

Birds of prey show by Sky Kings.

Lenore, the raven.
Igor, the vulture. These birds were amazing and fly, untethered, above the audience!

Merlin, I'm sure of it!

Music as beautiful as she is - harpist, Sarah Mullen.