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Candlelight [Sep. 11th, 2009|10:51 am]
Tony Grist
We forget how dark it was in the past.

The lights downstairs keep shorting out- and instead of trekking down to the cellar- again- to flip the switch I lit a candle. 

As you move about with your candle you see the house in fragments. You don't see the floor; you don't see the ceiling. If there's a slug on the kitchen floor-as there so often is- too bad for both of you. The shadows of upstanding objects go wheeling past, reflective surfaces wink.   If you hold the candle in front of your eyes all you see is the flame against inky blackness. To perform a simple task- like making a cup of coffee- you need to keep repositioning your candle so it lights the relevant part of the operation.

Ailz says she's going to call the electrician and get him to fix the fault. Spoil-sport!  Nevertheless I mean to continue with the experiment.

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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-09-11 12:07 pm (UTC)
Only in case there is a serious - dangerous - problem with our electrics
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 01:01 pm (UTC)
OK. :)
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[User Picture]From: heatherp8
2009-09-11 12:14 pm (UTC)
not to mention, it's very romantic as well *wink, wink*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 01:02 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. Candlelight is beautiful- and flattering.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2009-09-11 12:45 pm (UTC)
I used to think candles were romantic. But, I've always lived in OLD houses (the one I live in now is about 300 years old) and I'm not great at being extra careful.

Great picture, though, Tony!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I suppose one gets used to handling candles safely. The candlestick I'm using has a handle- and used to belong to my grandmother.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2009-09-11 01:00 pm (UTC)
Nice portrait.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-09-11 01:32 pm (UTC)
And, yes, it's a very nice picture of you - a very nice picture indeed!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 02:04 pm (UTC)
Isn't it just!

So you liked it then?
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-09-11 03:08 pm (UTC)
It'll do - I prefer the real thing - the candle shows up your jowls, your wrinkles, your big nose - and all your other good points too. xx
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-09-11 02:36 pm (UTC)
Candlelight makes for lovely photos.
Like this one!

You get slugs in your kitchen?
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-09-11 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yep - I went to get a drink one night and gathered up 17 - all one family I think - from huge great-grandpappy to the baby & put them in a bag to go outside in the morning - I fastened the bag to stop them escaping, though I did make airholes in it.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-09-11 02:52 pm (UTC)
Great post, lovely photo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-11 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-09-11 05:14 pm (UTC)
It makes it far more easy to understand your witchiness.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-09-11 04:10 pm (UTC)
and instead of trekking down to the cellar- again- to flip the switch I lit a candle.

You look like Loki.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-12 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ha!

I picture him with a beard myself- a little beard.....
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-09-13 05:46 pm (UTC)
I picture him with a beard myself- a little beard.....

I grew up on the D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants; he's always clean-shaven to me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-14 09:20 am (UTC)
I have in mind a picture by M.E.Winge(?)in Guerber's Myths of the Norsemen, which shows Loki chained to a rock and writhing like something out of Michelangelo.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-09-14 04:15 pm (UTC)
I have in mind a picture by M.E.Winge(?)in Guerber's Myths of the Norsemen, which shows Loki chained to a rock and writhing like something out of Michelangelo.

This one?

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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2009-09-11 05:56 pm (UTC)
Love your description and the photo too!

Ewwww, slugs!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-12 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

We get so many slugs round here I've had to toughen up in my attitude towards them.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-09-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
I think you are being smart not to flip the switch -- it sounds like a short circuit, very dangerous, a fire hazard.
What a wizard of a picture!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-12 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

We'll be getting the electician in. I'm hoping our insurance will cover it.
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