October 31, 2003

Earth's Bounty

Earth's Bounty

Composed of too many different 'chips' to name, these are a just a sample of the colour and treasure of our Earth.

Posted by Midus at 01:36 PM

Top Address!

It's a perfect place for an American in Paris
Jim always wanted to be buried there!

Always wanted to be buried there?
When always is so few years, it makes me wonder why
such thought should reach conception.
Adams' said the answer to everything is 42
Morrison, your answer is 27.

All hail the Lizard King!
You rest with Balzak, Wilde and Stein.
Pere Lachaise , Paree – Ooh La La!
What a top address!
There was always too much booze and drugs
everything in excess…nothing to lose.

The graffiti's fading
your mandala not so bright
but the music's loud.
Did you find the Freedom ?
Did you have a good World before
you reached the top of the flight?

Vickie Bowman © 14/8/03.

The inspiration for this piece, was a picture of the late Jim Morrison climbing the steps of an Incan Pyramid. He was looking back over his shoulder.
He once said that his only crusade in life was freedom and to have a good World. Hopefully he achieved both.

Posted by Midus at 12:59 PM

Primitive Menage a Trois

Primitive Menage a Trois

These Items are Sold.

Made from Bone, silver beads and strung on leather, this set remindes me of two little Earth Mothers and an 'armless male. (Forgive the inevitable pun.<g>)

If nothing, it's a very different collection.

Posted by Midus at 11:17 AM

Into Orbit

Into Orbit

Posted by Midus at 11:03 AM

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Posted by Midus at 11:00 AM

Caravan to Cairo

Caravan to Cairo

Posted by Midus at 10:47 AM

Autumn Acorns

Autumn Acorns

THIS ITEM IS SOLD.

When I first saw these delicious little Balinese Silver bead caps, I was reminded of the acorns I gathered as a child in the UK. When I found suitable headpins and hangers, I knew that I had to make these delightful little earrings. I hope you like them too.

Posted by Midus at 10:00 AM

Pre-Teen Selection

Pre-Teen Selection

Just to show you all, that I don't just cater for the more sophisticated woman.
Most of these were made for my granddaughter Elyse, but I also have a selection of others for pre-teens and the teenager who doesn't like the more showy type of jewellery.

Posted by Midus at 09:31 AM

October 30, 2003

Forget-Me-Not

Six accusatory fingers
pointing to the heavens …
How many combinations of numbers
can you engrave on glass without
the shear weight of the sorrow breaks it
and we start again, piecing together
the history we pretended we'd forgotten.

Your face is solemn as we strain to read
try to remember words they wrote and follow paths
of steel and glass through each camp's shame
until we reach reality of 'now', tonight
in Boston's cooling air.

How sweet the birds sing
how green the grass -
how short the day.

Vickie Bowman © 2003

Remembering a visit to the Holocost Memorial
Boston MA 2000

Posted by Midus at 08:10 AM

October 24, 2003

Pleated Perfection

Pleated Perfection

These earrings are very lightweight.
Made of metal but have a silky sheen.

Posted by Midus at 02:40 PM

Elegant Emerald

Elegant Emerald

Posted by Midus at 01:35 PM

Brown Beauty Bracelet

Brown Beauty

This Item is Sold

Posted by Midus at 01:25 PM

Chinoise Red

Chinoise Red

These Items are sold and now, happily, reside in Fiji.

Posted by Midus at 01:22 PM

Black & Bronze

Black and Bronze

Posted by Midus at 01:19 PM

Goldstone Sparkles

Goldstone Sparkles


Posted by Midus at 01:13 PM

October 21, 2003

Friends and all who venture here.

I notice that Rob has made an entry on his site about the value of friends. At the risk of sounding repetative, I'm going to do the same.

Firstly...thanks to those of you who've taken the time to sign my guest book or leave a comment on one of my posts.

It's amazing how we turn to our friends when things aren't going right, yet tend to be less attentive when all's right with the world.

Recently I had a very sobering experience: I belong to a poetry forum called Kookoomunga Square. It's a warm, friendly place, with quite a few poets whom I've known from other pages. One of the lady poets there contacted me with overtures of friendship. I replied and received an e-mail back. Then, being a slack-arse, I put it aside, meaning to respond within a day or two. I actually still have the draft I started in my mail programme. A week later, I was browsing the KS forum and found a msg saying that she was in intensive care and not doing at all well. Two days later she died. I lost a friend before I had the chance to know her and the world lost a good and caring person. I felt so angry with myself. It gave me a wake up call though. Marie was 8 yrs older than I am and mortality gave me a big slap to remind me that time is passing rapidly.

Last year a dear friend of mine died. I knew her personally from my visits to St.Louis and the place won't be the same without her and her ribauld sense of humour. She is directly responsible for my poetry. Mimi introduced me to a forum where I met others who wrote and that kindled my interest. Poetry became, at first, a catharsis and later a joy. Of all her many friends, she shared her illness with only 2. She spared the rest of us, but we also lost the chance to say goodbye and to let her know how much she meant to us.

Enough of the sad side of friendship. I am blessed by the friends I have. For those of you who adopted me when I joined my beloved Rob: Thank you for your ready acceptance of what must have been, to you, a very <i>odd couple</i>. To those of you I've met since and am also honoured to call my friends too, thank you for wanting to share yourselves with both of us. My online friends, most of whom I've known before I met Rob: Thank you for hanging in there for so long and for showing love, concern and acceptance of our relationship. I know some of you had misgivings, but that quickly changed to support when it was proved we had a good thing going.<g>

<i>Our friends are a measure of who we are</i>. If this is the case, I am 10feet tall! (Don't ask me to convert to metric.)

I know there are a couple of members of my family who will be reading this. I want to thank you too, for taking Rob into your hearts. I guess you're used to me doing the unexpected by now.

During my life I've had very few people I could call friends. I guess, mostly, that was due to the fact that I've always been a loner. I've learned that I need the company of others, inspite of myself. Thanks all for being there.

Vickie.

Posted by Midus at 09:22 AM

October 19, 2003

Magpie Morn

Puddles glisten in the early morning light
The gum tree's arms shed spangled spray
as Sun's bright smile transforms the night
into a day, fresh washed by springtime rain.
Magpies warble welcome to the warmth of dawn
and all is right, once more, beneath the heavens.

Posted by Midus at 11:05 AM

Antiquated Amber

Antique ER
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 10:49 AM

October 17, 2003

Why only 24hrs?

Life is busy. Busy? That's a total understatement. At the moment I could do with 36hr days!

The garden, such as it is, is a total shambles. The weather is erratic and poor Rob hasn't managed to fit the lawn mowing inbetween showers and a busy schedule. It's tentitively slotted in for this week-end. What a pity that dandelions don't have a commercial value, other than for making a revolting tasting tea! The roses need dead-heading and that's my department...when I can find the enthusiasm. Pruning is, I think, going to be a joint assault from both of us.

On the jewellery front things are buzzing. I've a commission for a special pair of earrings to be worn to a wedding and for a collection of earrings as a Christmas gift for a 7yr old. Oh and a necklace and earring for Mandi's mother.
I've also discovered that I need three hands and much better lighting than we have at the moment. Poor Rob, when I start to cuss, he heads for the relative safety of the computer room! I never imagined at this time last year, that I would have discovered such a creative and satisfying way, to make an extra income. Of course, one has to spend money to make money, but it's starting to pay off.

I should, of course, be giving the house a total spring-clean before our trip to the UK and I guess this week-end will see the start of it. I don't want our house-sitter to think that we're slobs. There's also the task of selecting and packing the clothes to take with us. Just as well I've not put the winter woolies in storage yet!

I hate packing. I'm pretty good at it by now, having some long trips under my belt, but it's still a real chore. At least we are only going for a couple of weeks.

It's going to be an odd experience for me; returning to a country I left 47yrs ago. On the upside, I'll be meeting Rob's Grandmother and Aunt for the first time. I'll also be meeting up with a cousin who I last saw in 1999, when she and her husband visited Australia. I may even see her sister whom I've not seen since I left. We will be having a few(?) drinks with an online mate, with whom I've corresponded for 4yrs. On the downside...the flight. I don't do long hauls well. I spend most of the time on my feet, as I loath sitting in one spot for so long. Flying has about as much allure for me as sitting on a bus to Cairns!

Speaking of Cairns: Rob and I will be off to Cairns in January. My youngest, Karl, is finally marrying his fiancee Jodie. They've been together for about 8yrs, so I guess he finally decided to keep her! <g> It's not going to be such a huge expense, because I can write my expenses off on tax, because I'll be checking up on my rental property while I'm there.

Now to totally change the subject: <u>One to Watch out For!</u>
Those of you with an interest in Sci-Fi, may be interested to know that there's a NEW Robert A Heinlein book being published! Actually it's not strictly new, seeing as he's died quite some time ago. He wrote <i>For Us, the Living</i> in 1939 and it was his first novel. Apparently he and his then wife decided to destroy all copies but one escaped to be rediscovered not so long ago. <a href="http://www.heinleinsociety.org/rah/works/novels/spidersFUTL.html">This page will give you the complete lowdown</a>. (Credit to my good friend Moby for posting the link at Robinson's Place.) It will be interesting to see if this forerunner to his other novels, has the same weight.

BTW, Rob's talking about putting in a <b>Soap Box</b> for me to stand on. Somewhere I can rant and rave about social issues and anything else that's getting my goat. Could be dangerous!LOL

Time for me to stop assaulting your eyes and go catch up on the chores.

'Til next time,
Vickie.

Posted by Midus at 11:04 AM

October 15, 2003

My Work Here... Is Done.

Hello again, everyone. Another quick message to let you know that the last poems of Midus' selection for posting has now been posted. It's quite an extensive selection - at least eighty poems, I believe - and Midus will ptobably add more as she goes.

Unless and until more work needs to be done on this site, this will be the last news post you read from me on Midus' web log.

Cheers, all - and won't you please post in the guest book, you awfully slack people on whose demand I built the thing? My post is awfully lonely in there!

Posted by Midus at 08:15 PM

October 14, 2003

Guestbook Is Up!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Kids of All Ages, You Asked For It, and By Gosh if we didn't Give It To You! Midustouch's Guestbook has been established; it awaits your comments and signature.

Now it's time to get back to posting poems. Only fifty-four left to go - unless Vickie's dropped some more into the For Posting folder...

On the horizon is an About Me page, but I want to get some more general site content into both Vickie's and my own sites before I start fiddling with that.

Cheers, All,

IMAGinES

Posted by Midus at 07:31 PM

By Popular Request

Hi all!
After feedback from a number of friends, it has been decided that I really <i>need</i> a Guestbook, where you guys can leave remarks and suggestions.(keep them clean) I also need a 'contact me' button.
Rob is going to be working on this and have it up and running in no time. You see how much faith I have in him?<g>

So far I've had a heap of nice things said by those of you using IE. Those of you using Netscape and the dreaded Macs haven't been quite so complimentary but <i>as the chef said to the butcher...that's tough!</i> LOL

Anyway, this is just to let you know that I take all crits on board and pass them on to the relevant authority...namely my boss, Rob.

Vickie

Posted by Midus at 11:38 AM

October 12, 2003

The Midustouch Poetry Back Catalogue

Hello everyone! I'm IMAGinES, Midus' man and friendly website admin. Right now, I'm going through Midus' list of poems to publish and adding them to the archives. I just throught I'd put the word out so that all the Midustouch regulars can go and have a look! As Midus mentioned in her first post, she'd love the comments!

Posted by Midus at 05:29 PM

October 11, 2003

Oriental Orange

Oriental Orange

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Lollipops

Lollipops

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Ruby Rich

Ruby Rich

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Christmas Crystals

Christmas Crystals

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Coffee and Cream

Coffee and Cream

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Bumbles

Bumbles

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Amethyst Gate

Amethyst Gate
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Fun-ta-C

Fun-ta-C

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Jade Dream

Jade Dream

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Pastel Flotsum

Pastel Flotsum

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Bali Silver & Turquoise

Bali Silver and Turquoise

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

Malachite Twist

Malachite Twist

Posted by Midus at 02:14 PM

In the Red

In the Red
This Item has Sold.

Posted by Midus at 02:13 PM

First Past the Post

This is my first real plunge into a website that doesn't have huge restrictions as to how I format it. With Rob's help and the joys of Movabletype, I'm actually going to be able to take command of my very own site!

I'll be using The Midustouch to share my poetry, short stories and possible a chapter or two of my novel, which, like many of my enterprises, is a work in progress. I'll be sharing news and views and also displaying the fruits of my labour as FantaC a jewellery designer and maker.

If I stumble across any interesting items of news or interesting sites, I'll leave links. I may even start a page on various gemstones. I love to share the unusual.


Your comments on any or all areas will be appreciated and I'll answer all posts and e-mails as soon as is humanly possible...some mornings I barely qualify.

Those of you who know me personally, are aware that I have a, somewhat, offbeat sense of humour. Those of you who don't know me...be warned and please, don't take offence.

Before I start running riot and downloading my trash and treasure onto these pages, I'd like to thank my wonderful life-partner Rob Farquhar for firstly his invaluable assistance and secondly (but not necessarily in this order) for his continued love and support. I must have done something right in a previous life, because sharing my life with him, is a joyfilled reward.

Posted by Midus at 01:41 PM