I’m learning all sorts of new terms through Instagram hashtags. I had no idea that arranging things like this had a name – it is called ‘Flat Lay’ apparently. I have done this ever since I was a kid – I just love arranging things, now I have a proper grown-up name for it.
Joining in with Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.
I loved this exhibit and sat on the bench for some time as if sitting in a forest after rain. The green was soothing. Watching people quietly drawing in the condensation, watching their drawings fade …. time takes on a different quality in the presence of transient art.
We like to make our mark, carve initials in trees, create spray-can graffiti, but we are transient. Non – attachment is a concept in Buddhism and other philosophies eg Hinduism, Taoism. Practising non-attachment to things, people, events and non-attachment to outcome has guided me through some difficult times. It has helped me to stay centred and whole, true to myself and maintain a loving detachment from the actions of others.
The spiral with a 5 pointed star, a heart and an exclamation mark is the symbol I sign next to my name or intial on cards, letters, paintings, being able to place my handprint next to this symbol was fun.
Sitting and watching it fade felt good, merging into all the drawings that had been made before.
As I sat there (do you see my fading symbol to the left of my handprint) others came and drew around and over other drawings…. and then this happened – I don’t read music – can anyone tell what tune it is? Just Beautiful!
Just before I left, not being able to write music, I made a tree.
Petra the pear was feeling poorly
She didn’t know quite what to do
Not only was she putting some weight on
But she was suffering from toothache too!
She had started to let her self go a bit
Indulging in too many treats
The sugary snacks made her teeth hurt
Causing trouble whenever she eats!
For too many years she’d been smoking
Which caused her teeth to go brown
Her gums receding and bleeding
It was time to turn things around.
She wanted her life to be fruitful
And continue her family tree
But she had to make sure she was healthy
And in the best shape she could be
First stop was to the doctors
To get help with giving up smoking
The harm it was causing her body
Was both sobering and thought-provoking
As if heart disease and strokes weren’t enough
It could cause breathing problems as well
Tooth loss, fertility problems and cancer
Not to mention the horrible smell
She decided to go for the patches
And started the very next day
She found that her nicotine cravings
Were slowly melting away.
Next stop was to the dentists
To see if something could brighten her smile
Because her teeth were so neglected
It was going to take a little while
It was not just about brushing and flossing
That Petra had neglected to do
But her sugary addiction
Had helped in her tooth decay too
The dentist took some impressions
And gave Petra’s mouth a good clean
She was advised not just to clean the outside
But all around, underneath and between.
It was too late for poor Pedra
To save some of the teeth that she had
She had to make some appointments
To remove the ones that were bad
Several months later and Pedra is glowing
Her smile now so fresh and so bright
She cleans her teeth like an expert
Even the ones she takes out at night!
Poem by Judy E. Martin
fruit sculpture and photos by Sandra Dorey
Here we are with another health related Silly Saturday. You might know that Judy, as well as being a hugely talented poet and writer, is also a nurse.
Following a great suggestion from Noelle last week to send Tom the Toothless Tomato to the Institute of Dentistry, we are thinking about coming up with more health related pictures and poems (not all about teeth!) accompanied by fruit, flower or shell assemblages – any ideas?
Have a fun Silly Saturday!
on a plate
Joining in with Cathy and her happy band of gardeners from all over the world for ‘In a Vase on Monday’
Cee’s Flower of the Day
Tom wished he’d looked after his teeth
And not neglected to brush underneath
Too many times he’d forgotten
And now they were rotten
Oh, how Tom wished he’d looked after his teeth!
He used to be proud of his smile
His teeth were the whitest for miles
But now it’s not funny
That he’s ended up gummy
It really is cramping his style
When younger, Tom was so green
Unaware of the dangers unseen
He thought his teeth would stay white
Much to the ladies’ delight
Despite his poor dental hygiene!
Now, to smile makes him blush
Exposing his mouth full of mush
It makes him so sad
He mourns the teeth that he had
How deeply his pride has been crushed!
Tom wants to look for romance
But not whilst his teeth are so scant
Beyond his patch he won’t venture
Until he gets his new dentures
He fancies a set of implants!
poem by Judy E. Martin
photo sent to me by my friend Joey
Another brilliant poem by Judy! ‘ImPLANTS’ HaHaHa!!!
I love how Judy creates something so spot on in what seems like just a few seconds! What a talent!
Pop across to her site and find her poems – they are gems of humour and a wry look at life. Click here for one Judy wrote during our recent heat wave: ‘Hot summer Nights’
Joey grew the tomato and sent me the photo as she knows I see faces in almost anything. I knew I had to send this one on to Judy, just right for a Silly Saturday.
Have you grown any amusing vegetables this year?
Here’s to finding some more silliness to brighten up your Saturday.
I am still completely captivated by the irises in my garden
The scent is so delicious! I wish I could bottle it up and send it to you.
They are with Weigela and Nigella and some of the bottles from last week
I’m besotted by their shape and sculptural form
and can’t stop clicking
My favourite so far ~~~ Title: Mother and Child.
Joining Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme
Cee’s Flower of the Day
When it comes to tending the garden
It is purely a matter of taste
Preening and pruning the foliage
Will stop you from feeling disgraced!
With a bit of trimming and strimming
You can create a real work of art
Perhaps a Bermuda triangle
Or maybe a cutesy love heart?
Feeling a little more daring?
How about a smart landing strip?
Or maybe just take the lot off
So, your pubes won’t get caught in your zip?
Something a little more special
Like a blingy, sparkly vajazzle
That’s sure to tart up the topiary
And give it that old razzle-dazzle!
However, you keep the lawn tidy
You mustn’t leave it too late
Don’t let it get too unruly
Or no one will enter the gate!
poem by Judy Martin
art in the garden by Sandra Dorey
Here we are again with a very Silly Saturday!
We had such a giggle with this one – I send Judy a photo of what I have created and hope it makes her smile – she sends me back her poem and it makes me laugh out loud.
Do pop over to Judy’s blog to enjoy more laughs and a wry look at life.
Another art piece inspired by Amy Gear, an artist born and working in Shetland.
This a link to Amy’s piece that inspired me – on Instagram
Linking with my cheerful cheeky playmate, Judy Martin, for another Silly Saturday
Some are baggy and saggy
Some are perky and pert
Some are tiny little gnat bites
Some so big that they hurt!
Some are flabby and floppy
Some are bouncy double Ds
Some are wrinkled and crinkled
Some hang down to the knees!
Some are always kept covered
Some are all over YouTube
Have you guessed what these are yet?
Yes! A nice pair of boobs!
Poem by Judy Martin
Pebble Art by Sandra Dorey
We have something a little more risky for you next Saturday!
You have been warned! 😉
Judy’s blog is, most deservably, up for an Award and I’m delighted to say so is Wild Daffodil – pop over to Sasha’a Blog and have a look to see all the different categories. You might see one of your favourite blogs there and give them a vote!
Happy Holiday Monday!
Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her wonderfully heartwarming ‘In a Vase on Monday’. Pop over and visit her post and in the comments you can click on links to visit vases from gardens all over the world – and bathe in a flurry of flower petals.
I’m playing with primroses, hebe leaves and hyacinth pips to create a couple of mandalas
I’m caught up in a meditation of mandalas at the moment
It made my brain ache the first time I made it and it took me a week to make – but it is a fantastic pattern with very clear instructions and a photo tutorial.
So I started another
All made with Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook
I do hope you are having a bright and happy weekend wherever you are
Also joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.
and in a crochet mandala celebrating our clocks Springing forward here in the UK.
Pattern: Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton with a plain centre
One of my granddaughters was born on Primrose Day so I will be using the one of these photos to decorate her birthday card.
Joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners for In a Vase on Monday.
I met this guy on Branscombe Beach last weekend, any ideas what his name could be?
He looks like he might be emerging from his underground home to see who’s about.
I think he might be related to this chap who lives in the Lost Gardens of Heligan
I don’t know his name either.
Joining in with Cee’s Oddball Challenge
….. continuing the story of my Sunny Sunday with Noelle and Alison
After meandering through the gardens Noelle led the way into the buildings of the Bishop’s Palace …. we were wowed by the way the sunlight played with the stained glass windows in the chapel
There was even a Stained Glass jigsaw
and more spectacular patterns in the wallpaper on the staircase
and then joy of joys – Pineapples!
Although the wallpaper in the photo looks grey it was, in reality, a rich blue
Seeing my delight in the pineapple pattern, Noelle hatched a plan …. and on her way home she popped into the shops to buy ……
Noelle then showed us this marvellous way of carving a pineapple to get rid of all the spiky brown bits AND to make the pinepapple look spectacular – a fabulous ‘Crafty Trick’
just see how spendid it looks
Alison and I were in for a treat
A delicious lunch awaited us in the oh-so-cosy conservatory
Home-made soup and foccacia. I felt thoroughly spoilt – it was a day to please all the senses.
I can’t leave this post without showing a close up of Noelle’s knitted jumper – her knitting is superb and in such soft yarn and gentle colours
It makes me want to get back to knitting again.
The warmth of the day stays with me – thank you so much Noelle for your wonderful hospitality.
Before posting I checked with Noelle that she was happy with my photos and she told me of more delights she has in store for you on her blogs:
Here is Noelle’s Pineapple Chutney
Joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday
A rooted cutting from a ‘Money Plant’ or Crassula Portulacea (I think?), just right to make into a piece of Kokodama as a gift for a fellow blogger with a penchant for succulents.
I had the most brilliant day yesterday – all due to commenting on Noelle’s Snowdrop post a couple of weeks ago. Following an exchange of comments and Noelle’s generous invitation, Noelle, Alison and I all met up at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells for the Snowdrop Celebration.
The day was cold but the sunshine bright
Look at that sky!
So much beauty to see
and Cathy – so many wonderful witchhazels
We had the best time – more photos to share in a future post
So, thank you from the tip of my toes to the top of my head to Cathy for her fabulous Monday meme which brought us together, Noelle for the suggestion and generous hospitality and Alison for joining us to make it such a wonderful day.Noelle ~ Alison ~ Me
The snowdrop moss ball dangles in the window next to the pelargoniums that have flowered for over a year now – ‘Winter says hello to Summer’
back lit by a sunny Golden Euonymus outside in the garden.
Joining Cathy with her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme. It is always delightfully uplifting to see what she and other gardeners pop into a vase – or other container – each week.
I’m new to Instagram, not sure how to use it yet, but if you would like to see what I put on there here is a link.
As seen in a hotel.
I love the simplicity of this for a winter arrangement.
Pop over to Cathy’s to see what she has in her Vase this week.
Sandy had a great time with Shelma
When they went out on their date
But he wanted to shape up
And decided he needed to lose weight
He had become rather chunky
And that made him feel rather glum
His goal was to be streamlined and sexy
It was time to tone up that tum!
Shelma had a great figure
wherever they went she had turned heads
Sandy was scared she’d lose interest
And that thought had filled him with dread
He worked out at the gym almost daily
although at first it seemed tough
He knew it was definitely worth it
When Shelma told him he looked buff!
poem by Judy E Martin
assemblage shell art by Sandra Dorey
pebble face drawn by one of my Grandchildren
Hope this gives you a little chuckle on this Silly Saturday.
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