Blow Me Away!

Art reflects life they say. Only today I realised that the poster I have of Egon Schiele’s Four Trees (1917) is very much like the trees outside my front window. All in a different state of losing their foliage. Three are sycamore and I call these the sisters, one is a beech (their cousin).

The dominant sycamore is still green, she refuses to turn. She may be younger, I’m not sure. I also noticed for the first time that Mother is commanding the horizon, looking on at her children.

I used to play under these trees, planted on a patch of green which once belonged to a wealthy person. The large house is now under the NHS as a mental health care unit for day visitors. I can’t remember what size the trees were over forty years ago! I do notice though that children still play there, foxes meet and mate, crows and owls communicate.

But no one from the building sits outside, ever.

Beneath the trees is the Tiger’s Tomb. Maybe the grown ups are feart!

egon schiele four trees 1917

Poetry, music, love

 Through the Front Window 

Leaves flicker in anticipation.

When they are gone,

Branches will sway and twist.

Everything is music, is dance.

Coloured lights will reveal on hills.

Bobbing, as boats in a bay, 

Winking, twinkling.

Everything is art.

Reading the poetry and works of Czelsaw Milosz, Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova over the next wee while to sustain the soul.

Taken up singing with a classical choir whilst in search of Jazz and Ella’s song book. I think the music’s coming back to Wool City.

Black mohair project almost at completion.

Poetry, music, love….what else do you need apart from a good soup for lunch. Broccoli and green lentil today.

jazzposter

 

Crumble Season

It promises to now be a balmy early September but I’m ready for autumn cooking.

This apple and almond crumble is probably the most delicious I’ve made, although there will also be plum and then pear and ginger to follow.

You will need:

One large round tevsija or similar oven dish

To serve 4 people or keep in the fridge for follow-on meals and a breakfast treat with yoghurt.

4 large cooking apples – peeled and chopped

2 dessert apples – peeled and chopped

2 tsps cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Light brown granulated sugar – about a small cup

Put all these ingredients in a pan and simmer until the apples are soft and a little mushy.

For the topping:

1 cup of almond flour

Then half a cup of  plain flour – any kind – ordinary, GF, wholemeal

1  cup of porridge oats

1 tblsp ground almonds

2 tblsps brown sugar

Vegan margarine or dairy butter – about 250g

Rub all this together until you get a rough crumbled texture.

Then add a good handful of flaked almonds and stir.

Pop the apples in the oven dish followed by the crumble topping.

Bake on a medium heat for 45 minutes.

VVG

Branches of an Almond Tree by VV Gogh