Wednesday, July 27

Extra Special Workshop

It's that time of year again when the local school takes over the studio and garden for an end of term workshop with the "little ones".
Hand-in-hand a class of four and five year olds come marching up the alleyway and into the garden accompanied by excited mums, grandmums and their teachers. We love it! What an age to be!
They split into two lots and half go into the studio with the potter and helpers, and the rest go off with their art folders looking for interesting things to draw.
The potter always has some fun questions for them...."Name 10 garden birds?"...Answer..."sparrow, robin, thrush and George!"...."George?" ..."yes one of the baby ducklings is called George"..."Well that makes sense doesn't it."


"Let's make some fish".


They'll be fired and glazed and returned to be "oohed" and "aahed" over by parents and grandparents in September.
How clever is that!

Meawhile out in the garden....


there are butterflies to look for... and draw...


...a cat to be drawn and stroked ....[or avoided, depending on how you do it!]



...a labyrinth to walk...
...as one little boy said, "We found a maze"...and I said, "Amazing!"



...while another informed me that he had.....
" found a wood with a secret seat in it!"

Then after squash and biscuits and a spot of picnic lunch on the grass....
...and many trips to the loo....
....off they go 'til next year and another lot come laughing down the alleyway.

Tuesday, July 26

A Poem for Thursday

the bolt

came out of a clear blue sky
one minute
drinking guinness
watching gulls slowly rising
from the river
as the tide returned.

cut grass and cylists
and a Ferry view.

then

somehow we knew
as she crossed to the window
wound down to take
the unexpected heat.

parked cars and parents
and the green of the playing field.

loss

this like the loss of the Angles.
no good screaming down
dream corridors
after a departing soul.

bacon, eggs and tomato
and the presentation's the thing.

now

a knowing look
and again
Castor and Pollux had all the answers.

Click you heels together
and Kansas is home.


This is my dear friend Dorothy working at the Oaks Cafe.
Sweet memories. 
.

Monday, July 25

Chaos and Complexity.



......just fabrics!....




....just some  fabrics and rugs that I've picked up from here and there ...
...they  came together to create style for the Indian Tent at the garden do....





I
I have a  bag full of amazing fabrics given to me by an Indian friend....
and the grandchildren use them to dress up in and put on plays in the garden in front of the summer house!













Loving the Bombay Sapphire bottle...
makes all the difference!