This post is a kind of sequel to the one we had about this time last year featuring paintings of women reading. Reading is one of my favourite activities. So is sleeping. At night, usually. But anytime really. All regular readers will know that reading a few pages of a book is a relaxing activity at the end of the day, or after lunch, and if you nod off you may well find yourself drifting away from the shores of sleep into deeper waters and wilder dreams.
This woman’s about to go. The book is barely on her lap. She just needs to swing her legs up and get settled and she’ll soon be away.
Like these two, by the same artist, August Toulmouche.
Or this lady, making herself comfortable.
It’s possible to nod off at any time.
The lid of that box may be padded. If she keeps still, she won’t ruin her hair.
Of course it’s best to have a good place for a nap during the day.
Even a recognized time of day such as after lunch when sleep is permitted. (Another hammock picture in this post)
Especially outdoors, in the summer.
But the best place for some serious sleep and deep dreams is in bed.
It’s still light outside in this picture. Perhaps a summer evening.
In the morning you can still catch a few more winks.
The cat can watch the sunrise.
Sleep is nevertheless, a pastime for any time of day, even if others would rather read.
A reader and a sleeper in harmony here in this famous picture. The lady on the right may find the book sleeping out of her hand at any moment – a situation many of us have experienced.
This is the last post of 2018. We’re sleeping through the rest of December, but we’ll see you in January. Have a happy Christmas, and as I said last year, may your God go with you.
Borne is a 2017 book by Jeff Vandermeer. In a city devastated by an unspecified form of biological warfare a scavenger called Rachel discovers a creature / artifact in the fur of the giant flying bear Mord which terrorizes the city. Borne, who initially takes a form somewhere between a squid and a vase, learns to speak, but is he Rachel’s friend or an agent of more destruction?
Jeff Vandermeer takes a form somewhere between Angela Carter and J.G. Ballard. He also wrote Annihilation, which was turned into a film of the same name, which I have seen four times (so far). There is another book set in the Borne world, the Strange Bird.
I couldn’t lay my hands on a soft toy squid so Borne is vouched for by some octopi.
Now, I’m going to watch a ghost story. Annihilation is on Netflix.