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Apple blossom by alter-ipse-amicus
Apple blossom
Watercolour. Unfortunately the scan has bleached out quite a lot of the colour and it's more colour rich than this in real life.
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It's been quite a while since I wrote about the movies I've seen. Not sure why I stopped, other than being busy doing other things and not really being bothered about dA very much. It was necessary for a while, but things change, different directions, other interests, etc. Trying to make a mark here seemed like a lot of work for not very much return, and I don't have time for that right now.

We went to Ireland and it was very wet most of the time. No kidding, I hear you say. It's Ireland, what do you expect? We went the Giant's Causeway, and to be honest I was underwhelmed. You have to walk a long way to get to it, and when you get there, it's just a pile of stones by the sea. On the way there, we took a little random detour to a tiny harbour which had been a location in Game of Thrones (when Theon Greyjoy returns to his father's home), and that was more exciting to us than the G's C.

So anyway, we went to the Titanic exhibition in Belfast, which was awesome and I would recommend it. Drove up the Falls Road, which frightened the kids. Went to a few lovely beaches, but it was cold and windy, not exactly beach weather. Went to Dublin on the way back, had Guinness in a pub on Friday night, of course, had a good time all in all, but were glad to be back home. Ireland was fascinating and I would like to go again, but further south now that we've done the North.

This week I was persuaded to see Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, and didn't expect much from it. I had wanted to see Hot Pursuit but my cinema mates had gone while I was away (cheek!) so it had to be Mission Impossible. I've never seen the earlier ones, amazingly, so I was just expecting a straightforward action flick, which isn't my genre of choice, but sometimes the best gems are the ones that are unexpected. It was funny and pacey and I really enjoyed it. As spy movies go, it was sharp, intelligent and exciting, and beat that dullard sociopath James Bond hands down. At least MI knows and acknowledges its own absurdity in a joyful way. No doubt I'll be dragged along to see Spectre, but I'm not a big fan of Bond in general and Daniel Craig in particular. I much prefer the Bonds who play it with a knowing, tongue in cheek humour, like Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore, not the meatheads like Craig and Connery, who sap all the humour out of it. But the plots are laughably formulaic and the women mostly disposable set decoration/f*ckware, which is depressing in this day and age.  In MI, the female lead was instrumental in the story, had a lot of screen time, and was kickass without losing her femininity. I liked her. It was a dizzying exercise to try and keep up with where her true loyalties lay. Tom Cruise was surprisingly watchable and still in good shape in spite of his advanced age. The villain could have been a bit more sinister, but all in all, a thumbs up from me.
So, very soon we will be heading off across the see to Ireland on our annual vacation.

I'm excited about this because it's somewhere that's always been on the list of places I want to visit, but have never got around to it. We will be visiting Belfast, Dublin, the Giant's Causeway and other places, hopefully including Game of Thrones location sites. They are filming at the moment, so maybe we will be lucky enough to see that happening, but no doubt they keep it under wraps so not counting on it. Wet weather gear will be packed, along with all the laptops, ipads and game consoles that we can't appear to live without.

We are a bit smug as we were originally thinking of going to Holland and Germany, and would have had to run the gauntlet of the insanity around the Channel tunnel round about now, but decided against it some weeks ago, thank goodness. We won't be sitting in a five mile queue for ten hours cooped up in a stuffy car with three hungry, whinging young adult offspring this year at any rate. Maybe this will be our last family holiday, but at 22, 19 and 17, they show no signs of wanting to go off with their mates to Ibiza or wherever it is the young congregate these days, but I'm not really bothered. They are good company, except when trapped in non-moving traffic. I only dream of the day when they start paying their way, that's not happening any time soon either. Someone please give my eldest son a proper job, he's got a good degree, and all his own teeth.

It's been a while since I posted any artwork, but will be sticking up some more botanical studies in a day or two. I started a piece back in November and just got bogged down with it. It was a hummingbird which just didn't excite me in any way, and I put down my brushes. Since then, Christmas got in the way and after that I started with my garden, which distracted me completely as there was such a lot to do to bring it back from several years of neglect caused by knee-breaking, ankle spraining and cake baking. It's looking fab now, I've worked really hard, but the workload has eased and the paintbrush has been re-engaged. I don't know if there is any market for this kind of work, but I would like to sell it if I can, just need to find the right outlet.

Casting an eye over my last journal entry, I should really delete it as it is too personal a thing to put on a site like this, but I can't bring myself to do it. It stands as a reminder to be very careful who I put my trust in, and never to ignore red flags. When you've been in a friendship that you thought was sincere and genuine, and after twelve years the other person says to you that none of it was real and it was all just a joke, it's impossible not to deeply question your own judgement about people, and it's taking a lot of hard work to come to terms with the emotional impact of that disaster. It's a pity there's no way of erasing memories, I'd delete him in a heartbeat, just to stop the angry bees buzzing in my head whenever something triggers a memory of him, which is all too often unfortunately.

I test INFP on the Myers Briggs personality hoopla. This here list is something I relate to a lot, and i wish I could show it to him, it might help him to understand. Not that he ever wanted to, but still. www.buzzfeed.com/ccarlson92/33…
It's been quite a while since I wrote about the movies I've seen. Not sure why I stopped, other than being busy doing other things and not really being bothered about dA very much. It was necessary for a while, but things change, different directions, other interests, etc. Trying to make a mark here seemed like a lot of work for not very much return, and I don't have time for that right now.

We went to Ireland and it was very wet most of the time. No kidding, I hear you say. It's Ireland, what do you expect? We went the Giant's Causeway, and to be honest I was underwhelmed. You have to walk a long way to get to it, and when you get there, it's just a pile of stones by the sea. On the way there, we took a little random detour to a tiny harbour which had been a location in Game of Thrones (when Theon Greyjoy returns to his father's home), and that was more exciting to us than the G's C.

So anyway, we went to the Titanic exhibition in Belfast, which was awesome and I would recommend it. Drove up the Falls Road, which frightened the kids. Went to a few lovely beaches, but it was cold and windy, not exactly beach weather. Went to Dublin on the way back, had Guinness in a pub on Friday night, of course, had a good time all in all, but were glad to be back home. Ireland was fascinating and I would like to go again, but further south now that we've done the North.

This week I was persuaded to see Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, and didn't expect much from it. I had wanted to see Hot Pursuit but my cinema mates had gone while I was away (cheek!) so it had to be Mission Impossible. I've never seen the earlier ones, amazingly, so I was just expecting a straightforward action flick, which isn't my genre of choice, but sometimes the best gems are the ones that are unexpected. It was funny and pacey and I really enjoyed it. As spy movies go, it was sharp, intelligent and exciting, and beat that dullard sociopath James Bond hands down. At least MI knows and acknowledges its own absurdity in a joyful way. No doubt I'll be dragged along to see Spectre, but I'm not a big fan of Bond in general and Daniel Craig in particular. I much prefer the Bonds who play it with a knowing, tongue in cheek humour, like Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore, not the meatheads like Craig and Connery, who sap all the humour out of it. But the plots are laughably formulaic and the women mostly disposable set decoration/f*ckware, which is depressing in this day and age.  In MI, the female lead was instrumental in the story, had a lot of screen time, and was kickass without losing her femininity. I liked her. It was a dizzying exercise to try and keep up with where her true loyalties lay. Tom Cruise was surprisingly watchable and still in good shape in spite of his advanced age. The villain could have been a bit more sinister, but all in all, a thumbs up from me.

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