Monday, November 30, 2009

Wet Felt Creations

TheTamshee: returned to Wasp Studio with Sal and the kids to seal the purchase off "My Highland Dream" & "Victoria Street" Grassmarket Edinburgh; these wet felt creations by Moy Mackay capture fond memories of two of our favourite places. Thanks, once again to Moy for taking the time to give the kids a felt master class and supplying the dyed merino tops. They returned home; full of enthusium, to create their own little masterpieces.
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product, frame and all.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wasps Studio Artists

TheTamshee: visited the latest art exhibition at Selkirk Wasps Studio to browse some excellent work by talented artists.
Wasps. Workshop & Artist's Studio Provision, Scotland. Copyright 2009
Interesting discussion with Colin Philip pertaining to the merits of Acrylic paint techniques versus Oils; but the highlight was Moy Mackay explaining to me "traditional felting techniques in a painterly way using merino tops. This organic medium gives her work extraordinary warmth and texture, while calling for a fine balance between spontaneity and control" The depth of colour was expansive; to transform the coat of the "woolly back" to these magnificent wall hangings is talent indeed.
Rob-Miester also enjoyed the cake!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Atomic Bomb # 3 LHC

Photo PA. TheTamshee says: total waste of money!! Atomic bomb # 3 in the making. 5billion euro's would have went a long way to relieve the poverty of thousands across europe.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gurney Journey

TheTamshee: marvels at the photography skills employed to shoot this cracking slow motion video of the Great Horned Owl making it's approach and landing. Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Border Rivers On Flood

TheTamshee: was strolling the banks of the rivers Tweed and Ettrick over the last few days in pursuit of the elusive grey heron. The elegant birds are frequently encountered but getting close up video footage is quite a challenge. The quest will continue when the flooding waters drain from the forever green fields of the scottish borders. Click Here for video footage

Monday, November 16, 2009

On Stage

The Pol-Miester captures the latest comic talent prior to their big stage debut

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tamshee's DIY

TheTamshee: & Rob-Miester decided it's time to change out the defective bulbs on the oot-side lights. See for video footage.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Masked Owl

Picture: Liam Kidston / Newspix / Rex features

TheTamshee: was impressed with Heidi the one winged Masked Owl who is cared for by Alf Boden at his home in Pinkenba, Australia. Mr Boden and his wife have reared the seven year old from a chick after her wing was crushed during tree felling at Beerwah State Forest. Credit due

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hedgehog & Owl

TheTamshee: enjoys scrolling through the Telegraph earth picture galleries to admire some excellent photography. Some of the latest offerings; like Baldrick the Hedgehog are rather sad. The poor little blighter is suffering from what i would call coconut syndrome while others correctly identify that it is the dreaded mange!! Picture PA
Picture REUTERS: Pick of the bunch for me has to be the Philippine Eagle Owl; the marble sharpness and colour of the eye's is almost hypnotic if you stare too long. Now if only i could attract this majestic bird to migrate a few thousand miles and set up home in my Owl House!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sal's Art "Selkirk Square"

TheTamshee: continues to promote Sal's artistic talents because i am extremely proud of my fair lady. This little masterpiece is the local town square in Selkirk toon. The statue is Sir Walter Scott. Famous for writing historical novels such as Waverley, set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. In the near future, the painting will be auctioned off as part of the fund raising efforts of Magz and supporters of the Selkirk Playpark Group.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Go Nuclear Offshore

Great "Telegraph" picture of Wind Turbine @ Peebles, Scottish Borders.
TheTamshee says: Wind farms will never come close to supplying our ever growing energy demands. Sure we have created a new industry to keep thousands of people in employment but even if we utilized every square meter of moorland, it would still not be enough. The boffins out there need to get their engineering heads on. The answer is, Yes; Nuclear Power Stations but not constructed on land. We convert the aging and soon to be redundant production platforms into mini power stations. The seabed production pipelines can be used as conduits for the electrical cables. Sounds crazy but all things are possible!! Get to work lads, Problem solved.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sal's Art "The Poppy"

TheTamshee: likes to promote fine art. This is one of Sal's latest creations. The Poppy was a surprise treat for her mate Anne's birthday. The story, starts with a girls trip to Chelsea Flower Show. Much fun was had along the way, with some photographs to boot. Many months later surprise is sprung. Darned if i can remember what the flower was called.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Man "U" versus CSKA

TheTamshee: watched the Red Devils weave their magic passes and come from behind on two occasions to seal their place in the last 16 of the champions league. Sir Alex can breathe easy after a tense game which saw CSKA give it there all, to hold on for a famous draw.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wild Mushrooms

TheTamshee: enjoyed reading the exploits of Wiltshire forayer Peter Marren on the trail of wild mushrooms. It reminded me of time spent with the kids, foraging the woodland trails at Center Parcs in search of the perfect Fly Agaric.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Moon Rabbit

TheTamshee: purchased this new "Kids" title by Oliver Eade. "The story kicks off in the Scottish Borders town of Peebles were Stevie befriends pretty Chinese classmate Maise who subsquently falls into the river. When rescued by Stevie they emerge in mythological China; learning that he has to undertake a dangerous mission to secure there return to Peebles" I'm looking forward to reading this "Bedtime" yin yang fantasy tale of friendship between two children from different cultures. Available from the Talisman Bookshop Melrose.