Thursday, 30 December 2010

Preparing for the New Year

As some readers of this blog will know, I will be participating in A River of Stones during January. A small stone is a polished moment of paying proper attention. Here are two I have already shared on Twitter:

a carrion crow, on a tv aerial, bows again and again, calling over and over 'caw, caw, caw'

fallen leaves trapped in the frozen canal - a carrion crow slides across, drinking the meltwater from the surface

(The second one was written after a wonderful walk along the Union Canal the other day, when we saw a lot of interesting birds, including my first bramblings for years!).

In January I will be sharing small stones on this blog, interspersed with other blog posts. If you want to join in you can find out more here.

If you read my Over Forty Shades blog, you may have noticed that I've not posted all that much recently. I've not been sure what to do with it, and have just kept it ticking over with the occasional poem, photo and book review. Next year however I have committed to three reading challenges, all of which I will be writing about on Over Forty Shades (The Haruki Murakami Challenge, the Italy in Books Challenge and the LGBT Reading Challenge). I also received a new camera for Christmas and am thinking of posting quirky photos of hidden architectural gems of Edinburgh over there, plus of course there will be occasional poems that don't fit on this blog. So it may become worth reading....

As ever, red text in this post contains hyperlinks to pages where you can find out more.

13 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Looking forward to your posts -- quirky photos of Edinburgh sound great!

Eliza said...

Oh, I like your small stones! I've experienced such precious moments myself.

I, too, will look forward to your quirky photographs of Edinburgh. Edinburgh comes top of my list of favourite cities.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the idea of the river of stones - can anyone participate?

World Poems said...

Hi, I would like to invite you to visit this new poetry website, www.world-poems.net

Help us to share your poetry :)

Kay said...

I love the way you express yourself.

Rambling Woods said...

Juliet...Lovely to get a new camera. I hope you enjoy it in the coming year and may 2011 be a healthy and happy year for you and your loved one..Michelle

HKatz said...

A River of Stones sounds fantastic, and I like the small stones you've shared here (and that word "meltwater" is delicious).

Have a happy, creative New Year!

Rabbits' Guy said...

You sure must eat a lot of energetic corn flakes for breakfast!!!

bunnits said...

Love the small stones. neat idea. I think I need some of those cornflakes that RG mentioned.

EG Wow said...

I look forward to reading your river of stones. And I am curious about your quirky photos of Edinburgh!

All the best in 2011!

Mairi said...

Thanks for the heads up about the Edinburgh photos coming up on Over Forty Shades. I look forward to them. My daughter did was schooled at home and did a 6 month project of Edinburgh's architecture one of the years we lived there. The most beautiful city I've been to. Your corbies are lovely.

Michelle May said...

I would love to see architectural photos! It's so fun to visit places I may never get to see in person!
xx, shell

Marvin said...

Best wishes for your writing, photography and all other artistic endeavors in 2011.