Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rodrigo Almeida

Kawakubo and Rei, 2010 (mélange bois tissue, plastique et acier)
by Rodrigo Almeida.

du plus

of pink and grey.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It was once suggested to Winston Churchill that he cut funding to the arts to pay for Britain's war, to which he responded "Then what would we be fighting for?"


what is even happening?

While paying for gas and water at a roadside Kwik-Way counter in Miscouche, PEI, I saw this arcane Scottish *milk chocolate* tea cakes display box next to the hot rods and tictacs. Pointing to it I said to the proprietor, "WAIT A SECOND - how long have these been here??" She shrugged her shoulders with as perplexed a look on her face as I had on mine. I pulled out my change purse, bought 3, and ran back to the car to get my iphone. As I took this picture she was shaking her head.

We 3 who tasted them agreed on their wagon wheelishness.
I tried taking some individual shots but (excuses, excuses) just then the phone battery died.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


MacAusland's Woolen Mill at Bloomfield, PEI. Est. 1870.
Dale MacAusland generously agreed to lend 8 blankets for my installation at the CCAG. I went up to Bloomfield last week to thank him and his kind team of workers and tour the mill.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


An incredible one. Maybe the best I've had, with white fish, pink fish and bivalves.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


What a delight. I wanted so much to stay longer here, walk a long way, picnic, read, draw. Nonetheless, the couple of hours we had were something really lovely.

Bay leaf bushes and lupins.

Thank-You to Jean and Dominique for the hospitality and true conversation.
xx oo

Monday, June 20, 2011


More bespoke, from David Saxby.

install continued

Done as of 18h30 today.

Vernissage: Saturday, June 25th at 19h. See here.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

A little poffertjes shop opened yesterday on Victoria Row in downtown Charlottetown. Do you know these little Dutch pancakes? They're a fried floury sugary treat I should never allow myself to consume (10 of). I believe they're traditionally made with buckwheat which would make them less difficult for me but the ones offered here are made with wheat flour. I was the 3rd customer, and kept saying, "My god! Look at that giant brick of butter!"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum.
Apparently poisonous to horses, but not to deer.

I familiar with it only from 18th c. France where the juice was extracted as a whitener for linen and wool. I think this is where the term "bluing" may have originated? I'm told the nut extract is also a good venous tonic.

I'm meeting this giant for the first time here on PEI and marveling. They can grow up to 36 metres tall! During a walk after supper on the night I arrived I came upon one and was astonished by its splendor and height and angelfood conical flowers. I've since learned they're native to the mountains of the Balkans and small areas of northern Greece, Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria. And that the flower is the symbol of the city of Kiev.

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