Walking the rampants at Montreuil-sur-Mer, France. Click image to view detail.
"A long walk along a high wall" could be a metaphor for this past week. At least I didn't fall off! But I didn't manage to complete the British and French features I'd planned to post. Anxiety-provoking hospital and doctor visits - along with dealing with copyright infringment with search engine and website hosts (and some extremely rude photo-snatching bloggers) - gobbled up my time.
I've found my photos hijacked and diverted to such unlikely places as a gay porn Tumblr and several ultra-conservative religious websites. And there are numerous instances of photo theft by advertisers (including an upscale New York doctor's office), dodgy spammers, counterfeit and attack sites! Pfft! Onwards and upwards!
Meanwhile, after quite a few hours working in the garden, I have decided that's not how I want to spend my time. It's a lovely cottage-garden-like space (planted by the house's previous owners), but maintaining it is super labour-intensive and time-consuming. I prefer something simpler, cleaner and zen-like. So I'm going to enlist the aid of my florist friend to redesign the garden, within its canal-side restraints.
I've been listening to Beethoven (searching for a few moments of an elusive peace); watching the Danish International Emmy award-winning drama series The Protectors (thought-provoking escapism) and perusing Le Corbusier's Poeme de l'Angle Droit (inspiration). I've also read Siobhan Wall's new book Quiet Paris, which features some of the city's relatively-unknown gems. I'll be writing more about the book in a post soon. Am hoping it won't be long before I'm on a train to Paris.
Let's hope the week ahead brings us all a few moments of grace - and a little opportunity and possibility wouldn't go amiss!