Saturday, December 15, 2007

Miscellany -

Can't quite shake this cold? flu? nasty-winter-illness that *almost* goes away and then comes back with a vengeance. erck... Am trying to soldier on - deadlines wait for no one. So just a a smattering of peripheral flotsam that is orbiting my latest stint at the studio desk.

I am currently "watching" (more like listening with the occasional glance up when it feels necessary) Robin of Sherwood, a British series from the mid-80s, full of long 80s hair, a Clannad soundtrack and lots of fun, pagan references. Plus views of Bamburgh and Alnwick castles in Northumbria - both places high on my want-to-visit list.

One of the new-to-the-Robin-Hood-mythology inclusions in the series is frequent interaction with Herne the Hunter. I first came across a reference to the Herne legend in Susan Cooper's book "The Dark is Rising" which completely captivated me as a child (and is currently being made into a movie which apparently bears not nearly enough resemblance to its source material). I've posted it before, but here is my version of one take on Herne (he's kind of fun to re-experience after a couple of years of exclusively painting 'twinkly', little girl-fairy images:)

In other, completely unrelated silliness, Uncle Neil posted this comment (with hilarious links) on his journal:

I wrote to you earlier to advise that there was far too much fun being had reviewing Bic pens on Amazon ( There seems to be even more fun too muchly had reviewing Tuscan milk by a factor of approximately 25 ( intrigues me most though is through this page, I now know that if I ever need Uranium Ore, a JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank, or simply a Fresh Whole Rabbit, Amazon will be my first stop.

So, if you are also in need of the wonders that a Bic pen (or anything else for that matter) can provide, you know where to turn.

My work here is done.


Angela Rockett said...

Yes, I remember that Robin Hood series. Or at least the few episodes my British friend showed me back in college. I remember the soundtrack better though. Ah, Clannad.

And the Dark is Rising books are some of my all time favorites. Another college friend introduced those to me, for which I will be forever grateful.

Hope you're feeling better.

Gina said...

Oh I hope you feel better soon. Take your c, rest and juices. Hugs

Soozcat said...

Ah, the art of the creative review. You'll see similar shenanigans at if you look up Bil Keane's Family Circus books.

She Who Flies said...

Oh Tara, I hope you'll soon fully recover. There is nothing worse than thinking one is over the flu only to be down with it again the next day! And you're right, deadlines don't wait... but when I feel time is running out I call upon Merlin to help me warp time. I always meet deadlines :-)

I think I may have seen an episode or two of Robin of Sherwood ages ago, but you've made me feel like watching the whole series. And I think I commented on your interpretation of Herne last year, but I like it just as much as back then.

clairesgarden said...

very nice knotwork on that frame.
hope you get rid of the flu soon, its not nice.

Rebecca Bush said...

Hi Tara,
Take care! I've already gone through one bout with the flu this season, and there truly is nothing you can do but rest, take care and wait.
I just had a dinner of oven roasted jerusalem artichoke drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt....mmmmmm.... thanks!
Good thing I only have a window box garden!

Merisi said...

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!
Thanks for the laugh about your uncle's post, I needed it! :-)
Will have to check one of those links one of those days ("those" that seems to never come at the end *drats*), but just ready about it was fun enough.

Joanna said...

We have had one cold or bug after another finally feel on the mend. I like the disprooving rabbits book, they do all have that look, I used to think they looked like a big fat hippo. Glad to be reading your books have been getting excellent reviews but then I'm not surprised