Sunday, April 18, 2010

distracted by dust

dust in the house.
I have resumed DIY work on our dining room. Stripping began in June/July 2008. Work has progressed to the sanding stage. I'm itching to slap some paint on those walls but constrained by family perfectionist traits which prompt me to prepare the surface as well as possible.
So - its dusty and it will be for some time.

dust affecting our IT
Or something is. We've had intermittent internet problems over and since last weekend.

I think its not entirely unconnected with our lack of net access that I spent a couple of luxurious hours sitting in a deck chair in the sun at the weekend (I did have to dust off the deck chair first...) reading the weekend newspaper and dozing.

Which was A Very Good Thing.

Additionally, M's computer has gone caput and is off in Mac hospital, so we're currently into a computer-sharing scheme.

Which I suppose could give me more time for dusting?
(there is a very dusty empty space on M's desk at the moment)

dust in the national consciousness
We're in the midst of the national election campaign here in the UK.

Actually its not been too dirty so far, but its definately dusty: hard to tell what lies beneath the rhetoric and what colours would be uncovered if a thorough clean was done; whether theres actually anything there of lasting and substantial value; what any of the parties might really do once in power.

It'll be done and dusted by May 7th or so [if the vote is significantly split and we get a "hung parliament" (we might wish, hehe) it may take a while for the dust to settle on who exactly is in charge] but its hard to be hopeful really for public spending and services, fair taxes, closing of tax loopholes or significant moves towards great equality and social mobility in our society.

dust in the atmosphere

I should be flying to Jersey, Channel Islands, tomorrow for a very good friend's 50th birthday celebrations, but who knows if I will get lift-off? On Monday it looked more hopeful. On Tuesday it looked less likely. Now, Wednesday morning: well, maybe. Latest news is that the dust may be less dangerous than previously. So I will after all be going up into the loft to get down my suitcase.

I could certainly do with sea breezes to blow some personal dust away.

"Mankind" by Eric Gill, in the Victoria & Albert museum, London

And, all this talk of dust makes me realise that its been too long since I read Philip Pullman's Dark Materials.... I shall find volume 1 to take to the airport with me, something tells me its worth taking plenty of reading with me.

So I hope to be absent from blog-land for a while and will miss Theme Thursday and Sepia Saturday this time around... (and if I don't miss them, you'll know I've been defeated by the dust).

see you in a week or so!

(PS who knew you could buy motorised dusters? yes, its the green one)

(pictures should all link to their source, if clicked)


Lynne said...

I hope you have lift off! We are flying to Dublin on Sunday, so we too are watching the "dusty" sky.

Amusing post!

Ronda Laveen said...

Have a good time. Glad to see the gentleman in the bottom photo is dusting the mannequin's attic and not her basement:-)

Baino said...

Oh now you've given me an attack of the 'guilts' I'm sure there's plenty of dust out of sight and my house definitely needs painting. Hope you get lift off. Planes are taking to the air from here today for long hauls so good luck and have a blast. I love Jersey. Although it rains a lot. .then you live in England .. whoever said "Oh to be in England, now that April's here" was probably out of the country at the time! Cheers :)

e said...

I hope the dust cloud doesn't interfere with the celebrations and travel. Have a wonderful time!

ArtSparker said...

I do like rereading the first two. Did you ever read the End of Mr. Y? I think she may have been somewhat influenced by Pullman. But it's a winter book.

herhimnbryn said...

I suggest a damp cloth rather than a duster!
Good luck with the flight.

Reya Mellicker said...

This is a great post.

Do you suppose some of the dust problem could be blamed on the volcano?

tony said...

have A Good Break.Dont Forget To Take Some Dusty Springfield cds!

Akelamalu said...

Well you could always leave the dust as Quentin Crisp said "there is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse."

Barbara said...

I have been living in a cloud of dust for the past 10 days as we completely paint our house inside and out. It will be nice when it's done, but I am appalled by how much dirt is everywhere in the meantime.

California Girl said...

I don't know where you came up with all these photos but they are fun and colorful. I especially like the man dusting the bust. too funny.

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