Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Season's Greetings

Winding down towards the end of the year. Battlefield is covered by snow again – if the first fall ever melted, and there are no signs whatsoever of re-development of the old paint factory site (and possible absorption of the larger part of the open space into a themed play area for 2,500 students!) happening any time soon. But now is not the time for such thoughts ...

Wishing you and yours peace, prosperity, and happiness in 2011.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

One for Teri

Doyen blogger (it's not enough of a title – "flanneur" is better) Teri Tynes whose "Walking off the Big Apple" is a complete, peerless, gem, likes my snow pictures. Well, courtsey of artist friend Judith Anne Tomlinson here is one for Teri:

Waterfall, Jesmond Dene December 2010 
© Judith Anne Tomlinson 2010

Jesmond Dene last week. 'Dene' is a word here describing a narrow valley running back from the euphonmous River Tyne as it passes through Newcastle. 'Tyne', confusingly, was an Anglo-Saxon word meaning river. (River River?) The Dene at Jesmond is a large Public Park and subject to recent restoration work. More on that some other time, but, suffice to say it is one of the better legacies of billionaire arms salesman Lord Armstrong, one of those self made Victorian magnates that inspired a thousand novels, and now televison series, on the rags to riches theme.