Saturday, July 10, 2010

Last night we saw The Tempest at Stratford in Ontario Canada. Christopher Plummer played the lead. I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Now, I sleepy and on the Air Canada flight to London. I am excited, exhausted and exhilarated. It's a triple E ride. I miss my family.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 7th

It's the evening before my birthday. I am upstairs at my sisters in the old part of the farmhouse. The walls are about 18 inches thick. Here, upstairs, I am overlooking the pond where at least a dozen bullfrogs call to each other in their deep baritone, trombone like sound. One after the other they call out. boom, boom, boom.... and so it goes. The green heron, which is actually purple and burgundy has already flown off. The coyotes have yipped and packed up. Everyone here is in bed. Tomorrow is my birthday.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29, 1613

The original Globe burned to the ground. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt on the same spot in 1614 and closed in 1642.
The original GLOBE was built with timber from another theater called, The Theater. Maybe that wood was cursed?

When the GLOBE burned on this day, in 1613, they were performing Henry the Eighth. A canon misfired, as canons do, and it set the place ablaze. Currently, the Globe is ceremoniously wetted down on this anniversary.

The Puritans closed the Globe in 1642... which is a warning to all artists to keep an eye on religious zealots.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A nice place to visit

One lazy night watching the bales getting picked up, rolled and dropped. We wondered if they would fall into the pond, but they didn't.

First, in no particular order, the potting shed area and the garden. I love eating stuff out of the garden. I also like the surprise of finding garter snakes sunning themselves by her pool.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Where to go

From FB:
The National Gallery. Here you will find everything from Medieval to early and High Renaissance and beyond to 17th Century. If this is your main interest this is your place.

2. The British Museum. As I said before, this is a must. Elgin Marbles, Egyptian Mummies, the Rosetta stone and the famous “Bog Man.” Make sure if you go there to see the “Bog Man” – it is weird, creepy and completely fascinating.

3. The Modern Tate Museum. This is the Tate that is close to where I am are staying. Basically it has Post War 1945 – Present. If I remember correctly, they even have some Duchamp! (Do without Angie because she isn't into it)

Icons: ; Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Parliament, etc…

Tate Gallery – This is over on the other side of the Thames, and has a wonderful gallery of paintings by Turner as well as a solid permanent collection.

Tate Modern (or Tate 2) is housed in an old Power Station and this is where you will see more of the eclectic art. It is a great walk along the Thames to it and once you are done, walk along the river to the Tower Bridge and cross it to see the Tower of London.

Victoria & Albert Museum - Solid museum and a must see. National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery – Both great, and the National Portrait is right in Trafalgar Square (You will see the Nelson’s Column) and the Church: St. Martin’s in the Fields

Peace Tim :) HAVE FUN!
See Billy Elliot- Carol H.
Go to Liverpool- Caitlin
Train to Scotland?

Leaving and Believing

This time, 7:12 pm, in one month from now, I will be done with my trip to the Globe Theater in London with 11 fellow travelers, all Language Arts and Drama teachers from Northern California studying the bard with scholars of the bard, being immersed in Shakespeare's theater, his words, his followers, the experts and the actors.

I am looking forward to the next meeting with Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Education at the Globe because of his comment that he will demonstrate a relationship between Shakespeare and Islam.
I'm looking forward to performing, learning, visiting schools and seeing London. I have a whole list of sights to see and can hardly wait!

It's 20 days away from home. 20 days which starts in Canada at my sister's farm. I want to see my sister, walk the acreage and see her green projects. I want to see how she and her husband installed geothermal heating and cooling onto their 100 year old farm. I want to spend my birthday with her before getting on the red eye for London.

I love the independence of travel, the certainty of intellectual growth that comes with intense study, and the uncertainty of discovery.

With that said, I still need to learn Henry IV parts 1-2, Henry VIII, The Comedy of Errors by July 11th. And prepare for next year's teaching assignment. I keep having nightmares of teaching 80 students in my current building that barely holds half of that.

I'll miss my husband, kids, friends and house, but I am still going to go 20 days and 20 nights in the quest for Shakespeare's GLOBE.