It’s been raining and the molluscs are on the move, charging up the garden path, swarming up stalks and flinging themselves acrobatically from leaf to leaf as they circle in on Sketching Weakly’s prize Campanula Pendula. Which is now a sad-looking stalk.
…in the carriage where the air-conditioning was broken and the designer hadn’t thought to include any blinds. Trying to draw the reflection of the man in front, he became a hallucinatingly large apparition.
So had a go at some (largely imaginary) trees seen from the window. The train helpfully stopped quite often due to signalling problems near Hayes and Harlington.
This is a post from a while ago that I forgot to put up! A bit of sketching at our local National History from October 2016. There’s a lovely bear that was hugged constantly…This does not do justice to the amazing giant insect photograph I was looking at…
A really long time ago (well, you can see from the item above it was 1997), I spotted this entrancing poster in St Savin in France and desperately desired some copies of it. Look at all the shapes and sizes of bags gathered here. I simply had to have it. We tracked down the exposition but alas it was Mardi and fermi. But the kind owner invited us in for coffee and showed us the sacs plastiques and gave us lots of posters. (There was a wondrous cave of plastic bags of every possible configuation but I loved the poster the most.)
So I salute this long-ago exhibition of the wonders of the throwaway plastic bag. It seems to me that the aim of packaging is to stop you in your tracks from throwing it away and instead make you place it in your Cabinet of Curiosities, preserved for posterity.
Here are some more pieces of packaging that were too exciting to be thrown away:
This amaretti packet was the inspiration for the cover of The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. A never-ending recursion of tins decorate this baking powder.I don’t know what lies within this tin – it could be a sort of pâté of little boy. This FLAN is promising dinner party quality elegance with a hint of flamenco..
This PUDING sounds delicious, especially in čokoládový flavour.
So now there is a Plastic Bag Tax, which is mildly inconvenient and some might say futile (in terms of the scale of waste plastic altogether) – but it does show the surprising effectiveness of a smallish tax-based nudge to change behaviour. ….hmmm – what to change next…?
PS: Thanks to Whit & Caroline for Plopp, Ding Dong & Boy Pâté.
Perhaps the tactic is all wrong. Perhaps the Octopus isn’t wrestling after all. Perhaps this is just ordinary Octopus behaviour, an octopus offering. Time to shake hands with the octopus. Repeatedly.