Human heads: some points to bear in mind

If you should ever happen to have a human head growing inside you, you may notice that it can be quite difficult to get it out.

If you should find yourself born with a human head, you'll need to schedule in some time over the next several months for exercising your neck muscles, in order to prevent the head from wobbling constantly. Even once you've got past the initial stage of getting it to point in the direction you want, it will probably still be ungainly and hard to manoeuvre for quite a while.

However, with time and patience, things will most likely improve. In the meantime, you may find that the adults around you consider the constantly shifting weight of your head, as it abruptly bops on and off their shoulders, to be extremely endearing. They may even describe your exertions as "cute".

Some may feel a strong urge to surround you with pictures of cuddly animals and to dress you in clothes that say things like "petit bateau" on them. This may seem very odd at first, but try to remember that these people are very bewildered to suddenly have you in their lives, and so may be using things that are familiar to them as transitional objects.

In any case, you can take heart from the many people you'll see who have good physical control of their heads. It's important to bear in mind, though, that unfortunately this does not indicate that they have much grip on what's going on inside their heads.

May drizzle

Writing this at Lys. It feels very good to be able to write here again. I've become alarmingly dependent on technology, but the fact is that it's dead handy to be able to write in a legible and easily reproducible form. This little computer, which I just got last week - an eeepc laptop, running on linux - seems like it will be very nifty. It's the size of a hardback and weighs less than a kilo. I like its lack of pretension and the fact that it's so reliant on open source software. Also the fact that it was very inexpensive.

Today was a very sensuous day. It was gently raining for much of the time, and the air was very moist. The plants seemed to be bursting with life and growth. Tom was experimenting with diverting the flow from a leaky gutter to the underground cistern at the side of the house, that we use for watering the garden. He laid down some strips of metal to act as conduits for the water, and the rain falling on them made a lot of noise. Then there was the sound of the flowing water making its way down the conduits. There was something very hypnotic about all of this. You have to duck under the conduits now in order to get into the cellar, but this seems a good thing as well. The human path has to make way for the water path. Collapse )


Thanks to those who commented on my last entry. I was really touched.

I haven't had the time or mental space to post since then. But spring has come here now, finally. The baby has taken to bopping around in my abdomen, particularly in the evenings. A very strange feeling.

A nightingale has arrived back at the quarry at Lys. Last year the nightingale - I'm assuming it's the same one - began singing in April and stopped sometime in June. I had never heard a nightingale before then. Collapse )

Big surprise

Well, I reckon it's about time I blogged about the fact that I'm pregnant. The main reason I haven't mentioned it before is that I still don't really believe it, even though I'm almost fifteen weeks along now. We had been trying to have a baby since 2001 without success and had long since given up hope. There was nothing wrong with either of us as far as the doctors could tell, it just wasn't happening. This turned out to be much more difficult to deal with than I'd expected - it was a type of bereavement that was just as intense as the "normal" kind, and a lot harder to talk about. Collapse )

I love peach trees

I took these at Lys this afternoon. Freezing cold day but you'd never guess it from the photos. We planted the peach that's flowering last year. It feels so good to have fruit trees again.

The porch which you can see in the background has a door with several missing glass panes, and last year a family of swallows seized the opportunity to make their nest inside the house. Although we enjoyed their company, their poop took a lot of cleaning up, so this year we're planning on repairing the glass before they arrive.

I'm not usually much into pink but I just can't resist these.

Hot air

I'd thought that today I would write something about my fourth attempt at getting a European driving license. I'd assumed I'd have a good whinge about the arbitrariness of the driving test procedure in France (uncannily similar to that of Ireland), and my own irrational but nonetheless deep-rooted conviction that the European driving test is a crucial rite of passage.

However I've been distracted pretty thoroughly by the death of Will Howard. Collapse )

Cluny election

Today in Cluny there was the second round of local elections in order to decide who will be the next mayor, who comes complete with an entourage of 25 or so people. This has turned out to be an interesting enough election that everyone seems to be talking about it.

The same people have been in power here for 18 years or so. A few months ago the mayor announced that he was no longer running, whereupon one of his colleagues said he would run instead. However this new candidate got into a big row - I'm not sure what about - with some of the other colleagues of the mayor and so there was a dramatic split and lots of consternation. Collapse )


sammywol gave me this year to write about for a "Where was I?" year.

I've tried to keep this entry short but found it impossible. There were just too many new things happening that year, as for the first time since the age of four I was liberated - albeit only temporarily - from the educational system. Collapse )


Back from a week away, with the last weekend spent at the Schumacher College in Devon, attending a big Feasta meeting. I felt thoroughly spoilt there, staying in a beautiful place with all kinds of wonderful old trees in the grounds, eating superb vegetarian food, making use of the excellent library and meditation room. It was the sort of place where there's always plenty of tea and coffee that you can help yourself to, and then you can sit on comfortable chairs in a big circle and chat with people from all over the world, while munching on chewy biscuits. Collapse )