Friday, 20 November 2009

The View from the Mantlepiece




This little collection has sat on our mantlepiece for quite a while. The pine cones were gathered from under the tree that overlooks Arthur and Evgenia Ransome's grave in the grounds of Rusland Church in the Lake District. (I didn't realise when I collected the cones but I read somewhere afterwards that Ransome had actually chosen the spot and remarked to the vicar how nice it would be to be buried under that particular tree). Behind them Che, James and Virginia (all finger-puppets I've been given by kind, good people at various times) sit in a row. Well, stand, or whatever it is finger puppets do when they've not got a finger stuck up them.

I often wonder what they're saying to each other, Che, James and Virginia, on a set dominated by giant pine cones...


14 comments:

the watercats said...

I saw a wind up freud toy once.. that collection of puppets reminded me..
Trying to get my tiny, cough wrecked mind around the soundcloud excersize.. sounds intrigueing. Shall tackle it when health comes right :-)
OOhhh.. and love the space shaped jackdaw... beautiful image and idea..

Rachel Fox said...

Very Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, this post.
x

Alan Burnett said...

OK I recognise Che Guevara and (I think) James Joyce, but who was Virginia?

Susan at Stony River said...

What conversations those could be! Lucky ol' pinecones.

Alan, I'm guessing Che Guevera, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

Poetikat said...

You must have as quirky a house as we do. I love the finger puppets and I think you should write a little ditty about the conversation.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Where's my motorcycle, where's my meaning, who's afraid of me?

kerrycharacters said...

I think Virginia would withdraw to a room of her own and James would be having a very long conversation with himself. Che would be working on the language barrier. Great blog! I'll be back.

The Weaver of Grass said...

There is a competition lurking here somewhere.

Dominic Rivron said...

the watercats: any contributions to "fie nay prithee john" gratefully received! Needs sorting when we're better - cough - sniff - pleased you liked the jackdaw.

Rachel: It is, I suppose. Even more so now I read it back!

AB: Woolf. I should have specified, as of the puppets she's the least destinctively life-like.

Poetikat & Susan: I tried making a finger puppet youtube film with them (and the pine cones) but I've been too subdued by the cold I've got to do it justice, so I gave up. Might try another day.

TFE: the start of a filmscript there (see above)!

kerrycharacters: or Joyce would be trying to make himself understood in Finnegans Wake-speak, mystifing Che. Not sure about Virginia.

WG: There is! Had I had more success with my youtube video experiments I was going to suggest people wrote sketches for them.

The Solitary Walker said...

Is Virginia thinking: I knew Len shouldn't have convinced me to get rid of my beaver-lined cap and moustache! I feel inadequate now, and feel sure there's another bout of neurasthenia coming on...

John Hayes said...

I love finger puppets in general, but those three are spectacularly fun!

Dominic Rivron said...

SW: Possibly.

JH: They certainly are.

BT said...

Well, I've enjoyed reading the comments as much as the post. I have 2 monkeys, hear no evil and see no evil. I don't know what happened to the other one. Maybe they ate him?

Poet in Residence said...

V. it's really good when you enlarge it - the photo I mean.