One of my Greyhounds, May, or May-May, as she has been renamed by my little nieces, sleeping on the guest room bed, or trying to if it weren’t for the photographer disturbing her :) Greyhounds really like their comfort, and know what pillows are for. She just turned 10 on Nov 20. I need to find a way to slow down time. - taken on the last day of November.
This image has been the picture for the month of November on the Edward Hopper calendar that hangs by my upstairs bathroom sink. The title of this Hopper painting, which was done in 1938, is “Compartment C, Car 293”. I really like it. It has sort of held me pleasantly captive for the whole month of November, but will disappear tomorrow when I turn to the next page for December. I will miss it.
I have to say after the long preparations for days, and the cooking of a big Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends, and the long clean-up afterwards, I am feeling pretty worn out. This picture makes me wish for a real get away right now on a train like this…relaxing and reading in the sleeper car of an old style train, one with a real dining car, and quietly watching the scenery pass by outside.
Looking east from a high bluff in Oak Bluffs over Vineyard Sound towards the town of Edgartown at the end of October. The farthest tip of Cape Pogue on the far left.
Canada geese seemed to be gathering in congenial groups along the shoreline. Many more were gathered not far behind me on the grass in Ocean Park.
In my garden - first of November
“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
And yet they seem alive and quivering
Against my tremulous hands which loose the string
And let them drop on my knee tonight.”
-an excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 28 - a poem that was part of her Sonnets from the Portuguese collection from 1850.
This poem fragment was found under the April 14th entry in an old book I picked up at a book sale a few years ago called Mrs Browning’s Birthday Book which was published in 1882. The book has a number of really nice illustrations through out it, and listings of people of note from that period of time under certain dates. It also contains fragments here and there of Browning’s poems and writings under other dates. The book’s main purpose was to be a place for one to keep track of birthdays of family and friends, and in fact there are a number of names penciled in on certain dates throughout the book, all of them from the late 1800’s.