Imagine…...‘Tis The Season….On-line Charity Auction…..

by Bernie Bell - 08:11 on 02 November 2022


Another one that gets under your skin from Bartholomew Barker….https://bartbarkerpoet.com/

While Exploring Le Musée des Arcanes

His eyes follow me around the cluttered room,
this portrait of a man from another century—
painted by a skilled hand, fine brushstrokes
though the artist neither signed the work
nor identified their subject.

I gaze into his eyes, this man in a stiff collar
who posed by gaslight before my grandfather
was born, and can almost feel his boredom
and ego, wondering how he ended up in a gallery
in a narrow museum amongst curios and taxidermy.

Isn’t it strange how portraits feel like mirrors
if you stare at them long enough? The background
spins and the light dims and I can almost feel
that starched white collar clutching my neck
and though I wasn’t walking, I trip into the frame.

And now my spirit, never stirring, never sleeping,
never blinking, still is waiting, still is waiting
for some other fool to stare into my eyes once more.


‘Tis The Season….

….for comfort food.  That rare thing…..a recipe in m’blog…and it’s dead easy to make too….

Chunky Lentil, Potato & Bean Soup

Vegetable oil for cooking

Small tin of Red Kidney Beans – drained and rinsed ( or other beans if you like - or dried beans, pre-cooked)

1 large clove of garlic, chopped

1 large or 2 small potatoes, cut into smallish chunks

1 carrot, cut into smallish chunks

4 oz red lentils

1 ½ pints of stock – could be home-made… https://theorkneynews.scot/2022/02/05/waste-not-want-not-2/

1 tblsp tomato puree

Salt & Pepper

Heat oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the potatoes, garlic and carrot for a few minutes.  Add lentils and stir until they are coated with the oil.  Add stock, puree, seasoning and cooked beans.

Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid on - stirring occasionally - for 20-25 minutes until veg is cooked through.

Serve with chunky bread or rolls.

Good for on a dreich day.


I received this from ‘Freedom From Torture’….. https://www.freedomfromtorture.org/

“From 1st to 15th November, join us for a unique eco-friendly online auction raising funds to support torture survivors and the Young Woodturners Project. The project supports young people through the provision of tools and training in developing their turning skills.

Look forward to bidding on a range of beautiful and outstanding pieces created by some of the most talented woodturners in the UK. All items are made from recycled wood - including from HMS Victory, St Pauls' Cathedral or Newcastle castle.

Check out the auction catalogue for more information about the artists and the often remarkable stories of the 45 pieces available.

The carefully and lovingly crafted pieces also serve as a reminder that with care and compassion it is possible for survivors of torture to recover and rebuild their lives after torture.

See the full collection

The auction will close at 9pm on 15th November and no more bids will be accepted after this time.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a unique, sustainable and high quality piece of art whilst supporting survivors of torture rebuild their lives.

Place a bid

Kind regards,

 Sabine Nierhoff

Local Groups and Community Engagement Officer”


Here’s one I made earlier……  https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/03/17/memories-of-the-craetur-comfort-2/


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