Thanks for popping in. Just got back home from a day up at Hochanda, filming Christmas pre-recorded shows and having meetings. It was a smashing day, made all the sweeter by all the dancing and singing last night at the Christmas Ball. What a smashing bunch of people. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be invited, to join in and let our hair down, after quite the challenging year!
The drive home however, was another matter. As was the drive there last night. It took 4 hours from door to door. Four hours to cover a stretch which should take 2 to 2.5 hours! When you venture out in traffic nowadays, it just feels that there are way too many cars on the roads, and there are way too many roads for the island. After all, this IS an island. As we came down the A14, massive road expansion programmes underway, half-erected bridges hovering over the cars, I said to Dave, “we won’t be happy until we have chewed up the entire island, will we”, to which he responded, “Joni Mitchell talked about it 50 years ago.”
So I went online and dug out the Youtube he was alluding to. Thought I would share it with you; you will all know the song. Never has it been more pertinent. She probably didn’t even know how prophetic she was being.
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot. Yep. They did.
Coming over the QE2 Bridge this evening, the Dartford crossing, all one could see in the dark was a million headlights and tail lights moving slowly in both directions. Like an ocean of red and white light.
Where on earth are we all headed? And don’t say home. I meant the question at an entirely different level.
And so we come home to our little cottage in dingly dell East Sussex, glad to be out of the maelstrom that is daily commuter traffic, and are grateful not to have to join in the chaos every day.
On that note, it’s time to stop for the day. Apologies for the absence of art today. I am all arted out. It’s been a week of telly demos and videos! Tell you what though; those texture stamps, that new Mixed Impression Collection we launched last Friday – blimey! You certainly like them! And you’re not wrong. They are epic to use. Here’s one of the Nature sets.
Ironic, isn’t it? We so love the flowers and trees and leaves; yet when you watch how man is paving over and building on every last little speck of greenery, clearing woodland to make way for more housing and destroying the land, you’ve got to wonder how long this can continue. I just don’t think we can ignore what’s going on. And the sceptics who blithely call those who care tree huggers should open their eyes to the reality of our global situation.
Let me spell out one of the verses in Joni Mitchell’s song again:
They took all the trees, Put ’em in a tree museum. And they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see ’em.
Don’t get me started, Joni!
Love and Hugs,