Month: November 2014

If you want to sing out – sing out!

I (Ian) sent Hazel a YouTube link to the 1971 cult film ‘Harold and Maude’ a few days ago.

Here is Hazel’s response

I set myself to watch the film again …. there are many levels to it …….  brought up alot of…. ‘stuff’…as they say….for me…….

Realised i have alot in common with Maude too……

I drive like her for one thing…..
Love life….and find delight…..in everything…..well almost everything……
Incorporate the pain of the past into the joys of ‘now’….. but still get ‘stung’ occasionally….
Being crazy……and not minding….
I liked….”It’s best not to be too moral….you miss so much in life….”
‘Fighting for the big issues….in a small individual way……
Sharing happiness…… with anyone who is open to receive it……
Not lying about my age…..celebrating it….and accepting it…gracefully……

I (Ian replied)
‘Yes i picked up on that line too….”Its best to not be too moral…. otherwise you miss so much of life…”….

Not straightjacket life in beliefs … of a too strictly fundamentalist “religious” nature …..

I mean if Maude (or you) (or me) want to bing a bong…. lets do it!….

Might lead to some very colourful creations!

It lead to Haze drawing some colourful Maud pictures. And then it lead to me putting them together in this little vid. We kind of binged our bong (in our own inimitable way)

Reasons To Be Cheerful ….. (Part 37)

All those little moments that make memories….

Walking towards the ringing of faraway church bells . .(Ian)
Watching the waves crash onto rocks..(Hazel)
Holding a babies warm little fingers (Ian)
Laughing with friends. …. (Hazel)
Toast crumbs im the bed! (Ian)
Big warm close hugs. ….that feeling of being enveloped against a rough wool coat. …. (Hazel)
The smell of strong coffee on a cold winter day (Ian)
Snuggling under the duvet on a freezing cold winter night. …..(Hazel)
A donkeys big ears (Ian)
Looking out on the first snowfall,early on a winter morning when the world has an eerie stillness n silence. …. (Hazel)
Cold plums straight out the fridge . . (Ian)
The smell of steam trains. .. (Hazel)
Waiting for the train . . (Ian)
Anticipation. ….pulling out of a station. ….beginning the journey. …..(Hazel)
Getting lost in strange places (Ian)
Streets. ..steps. .and alleyways. ….smells. …and heat. ….half heard conversations……. (Hazel)
Wearing a pair of beautiful new shoes (Ian)
Lying on hot sand ….eyes closed. ….hearing. …the waves. (Hazel)
The taste of sun burnt skin after a day on the beach (Ian)
The smell of old summerhouses and dusty sheds.. …. (Hazel)
The sound of ball clacking against willow (Ian)
A good film. ….that leaves it’s imprint for hours and. ..days (Hazel)
Old men whistling in their allotments (Ian)
Opening an ancient.. .book. ..the crinkle of pages. … (Hazel)
Ticking of clocks. …. (Hazel)
Standing in a wood. …a silence that isn’t silent..(Hazel)
Foraging for mushrooms in old forests (Ian)
Foraging for toadstool houses and faeries… (Hazel)
Jam sandwiches! (Ian)
Jam damson sandwiches (Hazel)
The next cup of tea (Ian)
That you’re going to make…..! (Hazel)

………. To be continued………

Mr Turner

Hazel writes: I couldn’t wait to get back home to tell you about the film……. haven’t long been back..only took us 30 mins to whizz down the motorway …… but was starving ….  so just had to woolf down … baked beans on toast with a fried egg on top …… all done now….

The….  film….. my first thoughts were …”Charming”….. characters were… well thought out…. little characatures of people in his life…. or should I say… larger than life ………he was superb… T. Spall…. moments of sweetness … and solitude ……. his thoughts on nature… all rang huge bells for me ….. he WAS a true artist.. a genius …. well they were all excellant ….. I was totally absorbed throughout the whole thing ……  but then I do get ‘taken over’ by films…..

At the end…. a person sitting next to me …. turned to his partner/wife ….. and said ……”what was that all about? …. what a waste of money ….. don’t know anything about him anyway.” …. I had to bite my tongue Ian ….. and restrain myself…. .

If you can….PLEASE….go see it at the Picture house….it does require a big screen….. it’s still buzzing around in my head….