Friday, 15 December 2017

Waxing lyrical

Ursula gets the impression I carp about everything and enjoy nothing. Do I ever wax lyrical over a robin in my back garden, she asks. Or a cat that left her paw prints in the snow? Well of course I do. I wax lyrical over dozens of things. Clearly, not for the first time, I'm giving false impressions galore. I shall now do my best to put the record straight.

There are many things I find beautiful. Sometimes quite dizzyingly so. For instance:
  • Weeping willows
  • Stained glass
  • Jewellery
  • Afros
  • Mosaics
  • Patchwork quilts
  • Tapestry
  • Lace
  • Marbles
  • Roses
  • Rainbows
  • Peacocks
There are also plenty of things I enjoy. Too many to name in fact, but here are some of them:
  • Murmurations
  • Squirrels
  • Cats
  • Butterflies
  • Swans
  • Sunsets and sunrises
  • Beautiful men and women
  • Oddballs and misfits
  • Acrobats and gymnasts
  • Stilt-walkers
  • Dresses (on other people, that is)
  • Modern art
  • Music/books/films/TV dramas
  • Chess
  • White wine
  • Vegetarian and vegan food
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Spectacular buildings
  • The sea
  • Mountains
  • Thunderstorms
  • Fountains
  • Waterfalls
Are we all on the same page now? I hope so.


  1. My dear Nick, you make my heart sing. I fear for you no longer.


  2. a wonderful and happy list.
    some surprises and just delightful all round! xo

  3. Glad you all approve! So where are your own "happy" lists?

  4. What a happy collection!

    But I am blowed if I would allow myself to be goaded into posting something because the tone of my blog did not please...

    What was the thing from The King and I?

    I am Siamese if you please
    I am Siamese if you don't please...

  5. I adore modern art as well. Most people I know don't seem to appreciate it.

  6. Helen: Oh, I don't mind being goaded a little. Especially when it gives me a great theme for a blog post!

    Bijoux: It's odd how many people just "turn off" when I mention my taste for modern art. They don't know what they're missing. Of course some modern art is pretentious rubbish but most of it is clever and intriguing.

  7. I like your lists!
    I know nothing about art, modern or otherwise. Sorry about that!

  8. Kylie: No need to apologise. Different strokes for different folks etc. I on the other hand am ignorant of birthing techniques, which are your speciality!

  9. Double hit for me, oddball AND misfit.


  10. I'd go along with the majority of the things you list, Nick. Not a fan of modern art, but we all have different tastes!

  11. www: You and me both! People are constantly baffled by me, I hold hardly any mainstream views on anything.

    Dave: Funny how everyone's picking up on the modern art. Why not stilt-walkers or chess or peacocks?

  12. Come on, somebody tell me they can't stand peacocks, that they run a mile the moment they see one....

  13. Despite your request I can't tell you that I "can't stand peacocks". The only thing I positively dislike on your two lists are "squirrels"; unless, of course, you mean the red, now rare, variety. They are lovely. Think Beatrix Potter. The common grey, and frankly a pest in any self respecting gardener's paradise, are no more than rats with bushy tails. If it were possible to hate an animal I'd definitely hate grey squirrels. Though as currently I do not have a garden my dislike of them has considerably lessened. Funny old world, don't you think, Nick?


  14. Ursula: I love squirrels of any colour, though round here the grey squirrels prevail and I've only seen a red squirrel once. We don't have any in our garden though. Yes, I'm sure they're pests but so are a lot of animals.

  15. I don't know about the others but, the two of us are in the same page. I can of course a few items to both the lists and perhaps chop off a few too.

  16. Ramana: Glad to know we're on the same page! Give or take the odd few sentences....

  17. I am so glad that you enjoy ice cream and the sea but notice a lack of dogs ...

  18. Liz: Must admit I'm not partial to dogs, though some of them are lovely to look at - like Airedale terriers and Pyrenean mountain dogs. There's something about the independence and general stroppiness of cats that appeals to me.

  19. I must admit the stilt walkers one threw me a bit - almost as unnerving as clowns...

  20. Dave, you want to know what's unnerving? Street artists who sit/stand still, remaining in the same pose for hours and ages. They don't even blink (once in a while). It's crazy making stuff, and now I walk past them as quickly as I can. Which is terribly ungracious as I do appreciate their efforts. Still, even I will agree to only be freaked out to an extent bearable.


  21. Ursula: agreed about those human statues - I give them a wide berth because I worry they're about to do something mad and I don't want to be anywhere near when it happens. Irrational, I know...

  22. Dave and Ursula: I find those human statues a bit strange, but I don't feel threatened by them. Chuggers on the other hand....