Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Showing Promise

Now that we're into September and families are getting back into the arena and onto the ice for hockey, ringette, curling and figure skating, it's a good time to watch and be inspired by this video of Alexander Plushenko, 6-year old son of men's figure skating champion, Evgeni Plushenko. How much do you want to bet that ballet dancing figures into his off-ice training?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Everyone Can Dance

Haha! Were you paying attention during the controversy over Prince George and his ballet lessons? How ridiculous imho! Kids, royal or not, should be encouraged in any sort of physical activity and if there's a lesson to go along with it, all the better. With very young children, it's not so much about which activity they do, but the benefit of engagement with listening, following instructions and being with people they don't know all that well. And above all, having fun!

I've had dance videos on this blog before because I seem to be drawn to them and of course, I like sharing. :)

This boogie-woogie by Bianca and Nils from 2017 proves that both women and men can dance. Enjoy!

What about younger dancers?

Keep on dancing into old age: Nellia and Dietmar are 63 and 73.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Anne Eunson, Knitter

(Kate Davies) 

Anne Eunson is a Scottish textile artist in the Shetland Islands. Normally, she works on knitting lace. This time she has knit a fence! Using fisherman's heavy twine, normally used for nets, she used a traditional Shetland lace pattern to link vertical posts together for a fence around the garden at the Shetland Textile Museum in Lerwick.

The knitting needles were formed from adapted curtain rods to create this thing of beauty. So ingenious and fun! See more here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Iris Scott

Iris Scott is an American fingerpaint artist. Yes! Fingerpainting! Though when you look at her wonderful creations, you'd have a hard time believing that she used only her fingers. In fact, Iris Scott is the first professional fingerpaint artist and she's very busy - in addition to her own work, she accepts commissions and has written a how-to book and has created an instructional video. Her original works are for sale, as are prints and her book and video. 

I first learned about Iris Scott when Tom Power interviewed her on CBC. Listen here.

More info about Iris Scott can be found here.

Lobo Sirocco | 84x60 in

Fuchsia Shamanka | 36x96 in
Iris is particularly known for her paintings of animals and wildlife. Here's one of her shaking dog series that seems to catch a moment in time.

Coyotyl | 36x60 in


Prints can be purchased in multiple sizes. For example, this print of Wapiti, the smallest size, 16" x 40" would be US$47.40 and the largest, 46" x 35" is US$264. (stretched canvas on frames, ready-to-hang) 

It's very interesting to follow Iris Scott on Instagram (no account needed) and videos of her painting can be found on YouTube. I really think her paintings have a "Wow" factor!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Cleveland Way

Besides the Two Moors Way, another possible 2021 walking destination high on my radar is the Cleveland Way, with the advantage that since it's a UK National Trail, it's well-signposted and well-serviced. There's a mix of stunning coastal scenery from Filey, on the North Sea, south of Scarborough north to Saltburn-by- the-Sea where the path heads inland, curving around the north and west edges of the North York Moors to Helmsley, in all, 109 miles/175 km.

Here's an introductory video.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Two Moors Way

It only took a 6-day walk in 2003 to get me hooked on long-distance walking, multi-day treks with a country inn or a b and b for overnight, luggage transfer and occasional pick-ups/drop-offs by b and b hosts. It's a fantastic way to see a country, meet like-minded people and have a memorable adventure holiday. 

So far....

  • 2003 Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Sandy Haven to Abereiddy 112km
  • 2013 West Highland Way: Milngavie (Glasgow) to Fort William 154km
  • 2017 Hadrian's Wall Path: Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend 135km
  • 2018 Offa's Dyke Path: Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow to Prestatyn 280km

I'm contemplating the Two Moors Way in Devon, coast to coast, south to north, Plymouth to Lynmouth, approximately 160km, crossing both Dartmoor and Exmoor. Maybe in 2021.

Here's a short introductory video: