At the same time I have learned a lot about internetting. Confusion reigns but I understand more about how to think and how to seek answers. I just wish I understood programming. And Commenting! For all the blogs I
can Comment on there seem to be
a dozen that I can't. Help lines are
vaguely helpful if you read them for long enough. The most helpful Comment tip I can contribute is to make sure that you have checked Full Page in this progression:
Comment Form Placement>Full Page>Save. This gives prospective commenters more flexibility with their identities. The Embedded Below Post option is impossible to use for some, taking us around in an endless loop of signing-in and word verification.
Right from the beginning, I knew how I wanted my blog to 'feel' to readers, and judging by the feedback I get from both
friends and strangers I have achieved the impression of a beautiful album (and since the word album has long ceased to mean a book of white pages, maybe a web album is as real as anything tangible). At least one of my readers has trouble reading the white text over the silvery arabesque, but I feel this is part of the illusion and ask readers to indulge my choice for the time being.
But, having asked that of people, I also realise that many people are skim reading, especially if they chance across my blog on their way to somewhere else. When I am sizing photos, I keep in mind that many people are using
laptops, and even cellphones, with smaller screens than the one I compose on, so I choose my photos taking ease of viewing into consideration. These small photos are a review of the year's header
The Secret Garden is a realisation that what has evolved here has a unique charachter, but I have needed the insight of others to show me this and I am grateful to have Lady Mondegreen to remind me not to be too heavy handed with my ideas of progress ... or my chainsaw.
Lady Mondegreen is also my companion in language. The word mondegreen was coined by Sylvia Wright in 1954 to describe the mis-hearing of words, particularly lyrics; her inspiration being her own mis-hearing of They've slain the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green from the Scottish ballad The Bonny Earl of Murray. Sylvia had heard this in childhood as They've slain the Earl of Murray and Lady Mondegreen. An example gleaned from another Ashley resident is Christ, the royal duster, Leans against the phone.
The words from the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers are really Christ the royal master, Leads against the foe.
And so to that Birthday treat... the pictured eco bag, designed by Trelise Cooper . Made in durable hessian, it has a design of flower seed packets and dancers on one side, and butterflies on the other. Yes, there is only one. Send me your very own mondegreen and with Lady Mondegreen's help I will select a winner - from anywhere in the World. Family Friends and close neighbours - men - don't be shy; you all qualify. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to email me by 1st September and include your postal address. I hope to share some of the best mondegreens on a later post.