Sunday, 18 October 2020

John’s World

 

Let’s put the jogger incident to one side
I’ve lit the fire.
There is a frosty chill in the air.
The dogs and Albert have been fed and walked and all are slowly settling down for the evening.
I made a low fat turkey lasagne for supper, which Winnie finished off as a treat 
She now has tomato sauce on her forehead after cramming her head in the casserole dish 
The framed print of Wyeth’s Christina’s World arrived from America today and I’ve hung it up the stairs where I can always see it from my armchair which sits just left of the inglenook.

John’s World



57 comments:

  1. I do hope you can find peace and contentment in your world in there, but also in the world outside, and, as for all of us, especially in the worlds inside the head. I may be away for a while. Good wishes, John. Remember to cut yourself a bit of slack, as the saying goes, and take care of yourself.

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    1. Come back soon Andrew , I value your contributions herexx

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  2. Yes, I lit the first fire of the season as well. I have been sitting here with fairy lights and lava lamp and pretending everything is going to be ok. My husband died a few weeks ago and I'm not used to it yet, horribly lonely, yep, the L word. Love you John Gray, have read you every day for years x

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    1. I’m lonely too ...but we carry on dont we deArheart xx

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    2. I'm so sorry for your loss, Hillybean. Loniless is so hard.

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    3. So sorry Hillybean. My husband died 2 and a half years ago and the loneliness is painful and doesn't go away but it does gets easier to manage and the sadness slowly goes further away

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  3. It looks lovely and cosy John-I've just got little fairy lights on inside a lantern-and may I tell you-a couple of days ago I was informed by a knowledgable young lady that my thatch is very likely to be a Welsh terrier too not a lakeland x

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    1. How lovely send me a photo

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    2. I will try John-I have photos on my phone and can try but I'm not on Facebook x

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  4. dorothy on the couch in the warm friendly little welsh cottage. I love your home!

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  5. Anonymous8:33 pm

    Had to Google Christina's world to see a full size picture of it, it's nice, just by my tastes your world is much nicer.Rest well when you do,good man.-Mary

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    1. Christina’s world has a complicated narrative
      To me it sums up all of my spinal injury patients
      Moving forward

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    2. Anonymous11:47 pm

      Ah,I now can see that, that's a powerfully moving take on it

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  6. Your cottage always looks so warm and comfy! When I see it I just want to take a deep breath and relax into it. And that is what a home should do. Well done John!

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  7. Love the picture Jon and your cottage is so cosy and warm. As for the joggers Jon good for you and sadly people seem to look for someone or something to hate especially when they are in the wrong. No different here in the U.S as far as covid and common sense. Ignorance is bliss till it ain't.

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  8. A lovely welcoming home, congratulations on a job well done. Just what you need after a long day

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  9. Love your staircase...very elegant!

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  10. Barbara Anne10:09 pm

    What a warm and charming home you've made for yourself and family. I love your reading chair and your view across your pleasant sitting room. Mary and Dorothy look quite relaxed! Where is Winnie - or was she eating the lasagna when this photo was taken?!

    Enjoy not being at work tonight!

    Hugs!

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  11. You have painted a lovely picture of a cool Aumumn evening and your cosy room with the things you love - animal and otherwise around you John.

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  12. Your home looks so inviting and cozy. And there is indeed a chill in the air here too. I may have to put on the heat tonight!

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  13. I never tire of that powerfully emotive painting. And although it may sometimes feel like it, that is definitely not John's world.

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  14. Your house looks very cozy, the sort of place that welcomes you in from the cold. Our heat is on as well, although we have yet to set a fire in the fireplace. Something to look forward to, I suppose. I've got to ask...what is the little door under the stair for?

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  15. It all looks so cozy and inviting. I'd love to be there right now.
    I live in PA, just a few minutes from Charts Ford, home of the Wyeths. I have always loved his work.

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    1. Chadds Ford, not Charts. damn autocorrect

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  16. Warm and cosy cottage, contented dogs and fabulous artwork. A representation of you totally. It all looks wonderful, a space to relax and recharge. Love it all.

    Jo in Auckland

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  17. Looks and sounds cozy, rest and recharge

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  18. You have created a beautiful home with a wonderful collection of art. Your decor is warm and inviting. The fire adds lovely warmth and a glow.

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  19. Hygge John or perhaps cwtchy is a more appropriate term (as it's Trelawnyd).

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  20. In my neck of the woods, no one was wearing masks in public (except some store employees) till a month ago when there began to be covid cases in the district. In my tiny village office, where I wear a mask, no one does who comes in and the village council will probably only insist on it if I insist for my own safety. Some who come in tell me it's a hoax, just a flu, only 2% die, etc. ... don't get me started on the rationalizations people use so as not to inconvenience themselves ... anyway when I go into the stores in town where all the staff have no choice but to wear a mask all day, I feel I'm at least in solidarity with them by wearing mine. -Kate P.S. some of those women who spoke to you that way deserve a kick in the ass

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  21. Such a cozy-looking lair.

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  22. I can have a horrible day and then see your photos of home and read about your evening and all is right again in the world. You bring a sense of comfort and belonging with your words. Thank you.

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  23. Creating peace in your own world! Looks lovely!

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  24. John, your world is so homey.

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  25. What a nice cozy little house you have. Just right.

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  26. What a lovely environment to come home to John warm and cozy.

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  27. Such a cozy place. Makes me want to snuggle in and have a nap. That little footstool , I like it.

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  28. John, your cottage is a great credit to you - you are going to have a lovely snuggly Winter enjoying all of the work that you have put into it this year.

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  29. My firstthought is that Christina would have difficulty with getting up the stairs!

    If you ever give up nursing you could become a stylist

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  30. I love Andrew Wyeth too, and made Christina's World the focal point of my one on one presentation with my art history professor, as I explained my admiration for Wyeth. I was 20 and so enthusiastic. When I was done the prof said I did a great job with my presentation of Wyeth and that he had not cared for him. That was when I was attending college at Robert Kolej in Istanbul. I was shocked my brilliant art history professor did not share my love for Wyeth. I am no longer so naive.

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    1. He is an acquired taste much of his work is too melancholic for me x

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  31. Beautiful photos, your home is lovely, stylish and comfortable. That's difficult to achieve, but you have done it. Have a good week, love Ro xx

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  32. What a comfortable place you have created. Do you have to displace an animal to get a chair?

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  33. Way-Hey bonnie lad! I just saw your hospice on BBC Breakfast. Good advert. I am sure you will sell lots of cuddly goats. You could also advertise them in "Going Gently". Some of your disciples would be sure to place orders. Perfect for Christmas. "Buy a Billy Goat and Butt the Virus into Next Year!"

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  34. Watched an interesting documentary about Wyeth on youtube by Michael Palin just because you mentioned him. His work is lovely but has a melancholic feel. Even the tones are muted and parched. Do you paint at all?

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    1. No I painted an abstract thing when my sister and I went to an " art" class last year which I have framed for the artcwall

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  35. Home is where the heart is not out in some field surrounded by Karens.

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  36. Fifty years ago, I had the opportunity to buy an original Wyeth. Unfortunately, we had no money and all our savings had to be used to buy a house. I often think how rich I would be if I had made that investment. He and his family lived nearby and now it is a museum that we have visited often.

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  37. You make a lovely home. I bet you get a lot of marriage proposals.

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  38. Thanks for that tip John. Off to mix vinegar and wood Ash to give it a try. I have a book for which I have been much ridiculed by my fanily entitlrf 101 Handy Household Hints but it doesn't contain that little gem

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  39. Your home is so lovely, restful and inviting. I really enjoy seeing the new pieces that you purchase and how you place them. I wish I was as artistic...

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