February 26


Scaffold (noun):

1. a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.

2. an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.

Whenever I hear the word “scaffolding,” I see Ronald Colman being led from the tumbril to walk, step by step, his face beatific, up the scaffold to the guillotine at the end of the 1935 film “A Tale of Two Cities,” based on Charles Dickens’ great novel about the French Revolution.

Watch it the next time it is on Turner Classic Movies. It is the only film in which Colman appears without his trademark mustache. Well, actually that is not true, but never mind…

THIS scaffolding serves an entirely different purpose, thank the gods!


Martini Shots!

The lonely tree at the end of the longest walk seems particularly striking on this day. I sit beneath it on the ground and look up at the sky through its bare branches. After I complete the Master Naturalist course next summer I will be able to tell you exactly what this tree is. Now, though, it is a solitary leafless oddity down at the end of a rugged and hilly hike. And I love its incongruity. Bella, as you can see, does not care for the tree. She is looking down the fork in the road. Come on, she says. Let’s go!

TaleofTwoCities-RonaldColman-CollageRonald Colman as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (MGM, 1935)

6 thoughts on “Scaffolding!

  1. Leah, I am very impressed with the way you’ve organized all of this and now it’s becoming a reality!! Nice shots. Keep sending photos of the progress. p

  2. Coming along nicely.
    The bare branches beckoned me to look at the world as it sometimes can be.
    But knowing that they will come back and bloom
    as they always do seems to say
    Nothing is forever bare. My life is but a small thing, but it always
    gives a promise.
    My branches may be bare now
    but I will smile with you soon.

    • Thanks, Kim! What a nice sentiment–lovely!

      On the practical side, though, I wonder if this poor bare tree is dead or dying. The drought has taken its toll.

      I will keep an eye on it and let you know. I hope it, and you, smile with me soon!

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