061122.Nympsfield, Blah, Blah…Blacksheep

November 22, 2006 at 12:09 AM | Posted in countryside, Gloucestershire, Nymsfield, Sheep, Trees | 6 Comments

Here’s some green to soothe everyone’s eye cones after yesterday’s vicious Japanese Maple. I’ve really enjoyed this picture myself, have had it on as the desktop image.


Have you ever walked into an old hospital and seen “hospital green?” I don’t believe it’s too prevalent anymore.

The concept of green interiors for hospitals germinated from their presence in surgery rooms. It was believed that a surgeon, deeply engrossed in cutting up someone on the slab, would be overwhelmed by blood. Well, not necessarily blood but its crimson color. Should the good surgeon look up while in the thick of stitching up someone’s internal organs, he (and yes, he is appropriate since this theory is dated) would be utterly confused by the surrounding wall colors, since he had used up his red cones by staring at the blood. When he looked up, having exhausted his red cones, the world would be green, despite his earlier memories of the wall. This might bring on headaches and very likely distraction, which you don’t want while your patient is cut up and covered in blood.

The solution was to paint the hospital green, so there would be little difference between the surgeon’s perception of the surrounding walls and his memory of it.

So stare at the future sweaters and lamb dinners for a minute and then quickly look up:

Blood, Blood everywhere! Ahh!

That’s the theme of today’s post, which matches an anniversary in the States, (though not the one below).

From the Parking Lot is Full



This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton hotel. Jodie, I’m asking you to please look into your heart and at least give [me] the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect.

I love you forever,
John W. Hinkley



Did anyone remember that this guy’s middle initial was “dubya?” Odd. Guess he liked it more than being called “Junior.”


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  1. yes it is very soothing. i expect it was very peaceful there too aside from the gentle munching of the sheeps. interesting about the hospital green, they wore surgical greens too. old hospitals are spooky. there are loads of old country hospitals over there, full of dilapidated weird machinery…..

  2. I thought they had that color in mental institutions and schools, too, for the very reason you find this image so peaceful… green is just soothing. My mom always called that color “institutional green.” (In second grade, I wanted a room the color of Ninja Turtles; she said that was too dark; I suggested a lighter green; she said INSTITUTIONAL GREEN was an unsuitable color for a child’s bedroom; she painted my room PINK instead. I am still thoroughly annoyed by this.)

  3. …and “Green Rooms” in the theatre for demented luvvies???

    First time I’ve visited your blog, and I like it very much!

  4. England is looking very pretty these days despite being the Overcast Kingdom.

    Thanks for that bit on hospital green and the shot of the fab Japanese maple.

    The stuff one learns…

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.


  5. pink? what was she trying to do to you? you must hold it against her forever! hope you’re not too busy ;0)



    …Maybe she was trying to instill a sense of hopelessness in me… no matter how much you protest, no matter how perfectly logical your argument, the other guy will always win.

    That and it always gave me an excuse to get irrationally upset with my parents during my teen years.

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