My desktop wallpaper is essentially country roads:
Whenever choosing either a wallpaper or a blog header, it comes down to open or closed, far-seeing or navel-gazing. Case in point is choosing between two current headers. The one you see before you has these elements:
1. A definite enclosure within a safe, pleasant, accessible private space … and then a window or door onto the wide blue yonder. It’s more than a picture, it’s a philosophy. My default header has exactly that aspect.
Baden-Powell wrote of it when he said the bushman never roughs it – he creates a liveable space anywhere he finds himself. But the lure of the yonder is always there, the eyes are always half out there.
2. While he always feels he can escape to that yonder, just as people escape to films, he observes minutiae inside his safe space such as dill pickle bottles – never lose sight of your next meal or the woman in your arms [or your equivalent, ladies].
3. Then there is the principle of the road, the journey, the long and winding road, country roads taking me home, whatever – we are agreeing to go where that roadmaker wants us to go, we’re really not striking out on our own.
And we’re going in a civilised and orderly manner.
But there is always adventure around that next bend.
[And no, I refuse to play Denver.]