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Sunday, 29 November 2009

November Park Haiku -- by Zephirine

The sharp barking cries
of young men playing football
in the pouring rain

Two squirrels chase up
and down the big trees: are they
fighting or flirting?

Big bright piles of leaves
are gone now, vacuumed away:
dark brown mud remains

Seagulls on the pitch
ignore the players, safe here
from storms out at sea

More rain comes sweeping
across the open green space
a cold wet curtain.


Friday, 20 November 2009

Another Favourite Place: the Matisse Museum, Cimiez -- by Zephirine

Difficult to find one photo which conveys why this museum is so nice - the inside has a pleasant collection of Matisse paintings, sculptures and collages, but it's the location which is lovely.  It's in the Cimiez district of Nice, up on a hill away from the centre of the city.  The Museum stands next to an olive grove:

which is popular for dog-walking and picnics, and some interesting Roman remains including an arena where the Jazz festival is held each year.   Not far away is a monastery which has beautiful gardens. It's altogether a very good tranquil place to be (well, not so tranquil during the Jazz Festival).

A couple of the Matisse paintings with characteristic use of colour:


Wednesday, 4 November 2009


picture by Bianca Heinrichs/la robotique