Tuesday, 15 February 2011

I grew up listening to Rachmaninov.  Late at night this was the wonderful music that would play over and over again in my brother's room. Being my big brother by over eight years I was 'Titch' to him, but he was artistic and handsome and sophisticated to me. His shoes were hand-made leather boots when everyone else wore winkle-pickers, his waistcoat was mustard-yellow and his hands made jewellery.  His trade was Artisan Jeweller he was an alchemist of silver and gold, he painted portraits and was a wizard at mending clocks.
Today... he has reached his seventieth birthday.


Sonia Florian said...

Your post just melted my heart this morning, Jane. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on the Heart Sutra. I am enjoying your recollections of days long gone.


Lynn said...

Happy birthday, suave artisan brother!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Thank you my two friends!

I shall pass on your Happy Birthday's however I expect he will read it himself shortly.

Hugs Jane

Ann Nichols said...

What a handsome young man - I'm sure he must make a very dashing 70 year old!! Now that is an accomplishment to reach that wonderful age! Please wish him a very happy birthday and a wonderful year full of artistic endeavors!
I have missed blogging lately but have been so tied up with the real world! I've missed seeing your postings and look forward to going back and reading those I've missed. The first line in the previous one already has me wanting to see more! To hook your readers - one of the signs of a great writer!
Have a lovely evening!

Debra said...

A man with class, your brother. Handsome, artistic and sophisticated – a rare combination.
Happy 70th Birthday!

Veuve said...

What a lovely tribute. I second the "suave artisan" birthday salutation!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I hope he enjoyed his birthday.
I can tell by the way you write of him, he holds a special place in your heart.
Enjoy the weekend.
Susan x

June said...

Jane I wish a wonderful birthday to your very handsome brother! I imagine he secretly loved having a cute little sister who had nothing but adoration for him.

I loved your previous post about the foreboding stairway. I seem to be be very sensitive to some spaces and so of course I read, with interest your feelings from your childhood.
sending hugs...

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

Happy belate birthday yo your brother!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Oh thank you so much everyone!
My brother will no doubt be thrilled with all your lovely birthday wishes!!