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Silent Sunday: Host

Antony Gormley at the RA

Silly Saturday

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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.

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I think he might be related to this chap who lives in the Lost Gardens of Heligan

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I don’t know his name either.

Joining in with Cee’s Oddball Challenge

Beach

sand sculpture, beach art

 

Passion for sand play

Creates dragon with baby

on Pembrokeshire beach

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Photo Challenge Prompt: BEACH

Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: PASSION and PLAY

 

Please leave links to your BEACH photos in the comments – thank you, looking forward to seeing them and remembering long summer days.

Pair

Girl power Cerne Giant, gouache resist and ink

Girl Power Cerne Giant

reactions differ 

altering ancient symbols

amused or irate?

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Our One-A-Week Photo Challenge prompt this week is PAIR

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku challenge prompts are : AMUSED and IRATE

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The photo is of a painting I did in 1994. I had just returned from a round the world trip looking at all sorts of ethnic symbols in Nepal, Australia, Tahiti and America and realised there is a very powerful symbol in my home county. The Cerne Giant.

I have written about him before a couple of times, here is one post describing a walk in that area. Rainbow Junkie has also written about visiting Cerne Abbas.

When I was playing around with the Giant design, first I gave him a mate by putting my girl version next to him in a painting, but this one is my favourite – girl power!

My 7 year old grandson, Master R asked to me the other day, “Why are boys more important than girls?”

“They’re not are they?” I replied

“Well why do we have the World’s Strongest Man competition and the World’s Tallest Man competition but not the World’s Strongest Woman or the World’s Tallest Woman?”

“Good point,” I said, “I think a long time ago men thought they were more important just because they were in general taller and stronger than women, and some of that still stays on in our culture, but we know better now don’t we, all that thinking is a bit old fashioned.”

We then had quite a long discussion about all the things that girls were better at doing, boys were better at doing and things which boys and girls were equally good at.

They take me into interesting arenas of discussion these grandchildren of mine – looking at the world through their eyes is a very useful thing to do.

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Cathy and I have created a list of Photo Challenges, just for fun. You can see them all here.

Please leave a link to your ‘Pair’ in the Comments, we’d love to see them, and i will include your link in the monthly Round-Up.

 

Turn

Oak tree turned into a sun dial by the evening sun

Art in the garden, Grass spiral.

swirls like the ocean

running on the shore of your

imagination

 

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The spiral made in my lawn this year has been thoroughly enjoyed by many – children always run around spirals – turning, turning, turning, always turning, always running, always laughing – it is a delight!

Easy to do – you cut the lawn on a high setting and then starting in the middle, mow outwards on a lower setting, keeping a gap of the mower width to your right or left, whichever way you are moving. I’d love to know if you give it a go.

I first cut a spiral back in 1999 and then came the Waves, and the Grid

What pattern would you create?

Just had to include this wonderful piece of graphic design:

graphic design, from Trust Me I'm a Designer

I saw this on a site called ‘Trust Me I’m a Designer’. Clever don’t you think!

It’s your turn!

Leave a link to your photos in the comments so that we can all see what turns up this week. ūüėČ

Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge – his prompt words this week are: Ocean and Shore

and the One – a – Week Photo Challenge that Cathy and I have compiled for fun.

Ceiling

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Taken on a blustery New Year’s Day at Mwnt. The little church dsc_0079providing a welcome haven from the dramatic weather.

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As we waited for the completion of the magical Sand Circle by Marc Treanor

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Our first Photo Prompt for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge.

Please leave a link in the comments.

Pop across to see Cathy’s ‘Ceiling’ too.

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Art Walk on Wednesday

A couple of weeks ago I went back to Cerne Abbas to do the circular walk again with art as my focus. (you can see more of the walk here, here and here)

The Giant itself is a piece of landscape artpic Giantsign

humans being drawn to make a mark on any surface they come across, even scrawling on barn doors.barn doorsWhilst walking I noticed shapes and outlines with doodles in mind
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… imagine that stag-horn-like petal on the left in a mandala or doodleknapweed1

Joining Cee’s Flower of the Day: Knapweed

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Wood lying around, like sculptures¬†reminded me of Anthony Caro’s work.old wood

sir-anthony-caro-table-piece,-catalan-storyBits that show signs of human history intrigue me, as well as the interaction of other creatures – can you see the cobweb in the picture below?barbsfade

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Hints of Barbara Hepworth here

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Two Figures (Menhirs) 1964 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00703

Two Figures (Menhirs) 1964 Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00703

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And Chris Drury here.post top

If you click on the photo above it will take you to my Photo Page where you can see it in more detail, especially the lichen.

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The picture above is a work by Chris Drury called the Wheel of the Year

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Every so often I did look up and out at the glorious landscapeDSC_0692

But mostly my camera was set to Macro.

Have you enjoyed any walks this week?

Orange

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Sunset’s orange light

Anticipating dark night

Shadows to delight

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The call went out

Gather on the cliffs tonight

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Bluedaisyz Photo Challenge: ORANGE

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts: CHEER and CALL¬†

Location: Durdle Door, south coast of England

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Wednesday Walk – to the woods

One day a week Miss E comes to me for art, craft and gardening as part of her home education, sometimes we have Little Miss M with us as well.

It is an absolute delight for me to be part of the H.E. team, and to see how Miss E’s confidence and interest in the world is developing since she has been at home.

She loves to enter competitions and saw one in her Wildlife Magazine that required a picture made with natural materials, so off we went to the woods to gather material.
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It is a favourite walk of ours and we always have to pay a visit to the old tree stump that the kids have named ‘the Gruffalo’s toilet’DSC_0640 DSC_0641

They clamber about on this old tree stump and it becomes all sorts of other things – a pirate ship at sea on this visit.

After gathering pine cones, fallen leaves and ferns they set to work. Miss E always knows just what she wants to do from the start, which can lead to frustration when things don’t work out exactly as she had in mind..DSC_0645

But I try to tell her this is all part of the creative process, and often get her to repeat the mantra “it’s not wrong, it’s just not finished!’

She would not let me take any photos of her early attemptsDSC_0648

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Then off we all went to a nearby café for a hot chocolate.

The photos were sent in and Miss E was SO delighted when her Squirrel appeared on the magazine’s Facebook page.

Happy days!

Do you have any woodland walks near you?

Wednesday Walk – Hardy’s Monument

Good news – bad news – good news.

When my sister was staying we met up with my son and his two boys: Big Bro 5 and Little Bro 3 and went off to the Hardy Monument monumentjust above the village of Portesham, where my sister and I lived with our family as teenagers.¬†Recently the monument to Admiral Hardy (of ‘Kiss me Hardy’ fame) has been renovated and acquired by the National Trust. For ¬£2 you can climb to the top and on a good day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Good news: It was a good day, look at that clear blue sky!

I had checked the Monument would be open from 10.30 am and we arrived at 11am.

Bad news: Annoyingly the car park was locked shut and we had to park a little further along the road. We thought that by the time we got there the monument would sure to be open, and

Good News: it gave the boys a chance to ride their bikes.2boysnbikes

and for us to have a walk and enjoy the views

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if we hadn’t made this walk we would not have come across this wonderful stone seatseatinviting us to …
be still breathe close your eyes

andlisten

Just perfect on such a day.

The view was hazy looking out towards the Isle of Portlandhazy

but the sun was gloriously warm and the boys had fun cycling across the heath amongst the gorse and the heatherheathoffand in the old quarryhurray

where the boys (both big and little) had fun climbing up the slopes.

Have you been on a walk in your neck of the woods recently? Leave a link in the comments if you’d like to, I’d love to walk along with you.

A Wednesday Walk-Along with Linda

Please take off your shoes and join us on our Ynylas walk, (just before we created the labyrinth)………..

….. ooooh I am still savouring that magical stroll along the wide expanse of Ynylas Beach……¬†as we go …. imagine a spring breeze making your hair dance around and feeling fresh on your cheeks …. making them¬†glow…….DSC_0438

……. cool salt water swirling round your ankles ……

linda6……… ¬† ¬†is there anything better in the world than walking along a beach with a dear friend, on a sunny day ……

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….. looking for¬†shells …….. watching the shifts of light as the clouds scud across the sky

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noticing patterns DSC_0466DSC_0462 DSC_0460 DSC_0458and inspiration for doodles

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with the lull of the sound of the wavesturnng point

…….. ¬†and then it is time to turn around

Ynylas return

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…. and marking a thank you before leaving the beach.

Dust off the sand between your toes, shoes on, deep breath and maybe just a little sigh as we say goodbye to Ynylas (for now anyway)…….

Would you like to see the shells I collected?

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So satisfying to see them all laid out, some gathered for Linda’s Mum who makes the most amazing shell sculptures, some for me to play with in making pictures, patterns and mandalas as I did in January 2014 in Abu Dhabi, ¬†and some as collage material for my grandchildren ………. what would you do?

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I tried to find ¬†out what ‘Ynyslas’ means in translation. Ynys is ‘isle’, but if I put in ‘ynys las’ – I get ‘greenland’ – however ‘las’ does not translate as ‘green’.

Welsh is not an easy language!

And now, after the beach, how about a wander through:

an Italian Garden;

or join Amanda, The Welsh Wanderer on her journey walking the coast paths;

and then a real treat if you like reflections on water –¬†A Canal Walk in Yorkshire

I do hope you enjoyed walking along with us, it’s fun having you along.

Please leave a link to one of your favourite walks, we’d love to join you.

Crochet cushion for Big Bro, part 1

The Big Bro cushion journey started back in March 2014 with my huge order of yarn for my Summer Flight throw.DSC_0109

I played around with colour combos and the zingy colours I love: Jaffa, Turquoise, Bright Pink, Magenta, Sunshine. All in Stylecraft Special DK acrylic.zing

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Zing!

One evening whilst babysitting with Big Bro (then just 3, nearly 4) and Little Bro and rattling along with the zingy colours, Big Bro said ‘Granny, what are you making?’ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†‘A cushion’, I said

‘For my bed?’ he said in such a sweet enquiring voice, I just had to say ‘YES!’

But then of course I had to make 2 cushions – one for Little Bro as well, so I made them in tandem.

I take my crochet with me everywhere – here is Big Bro’s WIP (work in progress) acting as a tea cosy whilst I work on Little Bros cover, over a tea time snack in a cafe garden. Sitting in a cafe or a pub with a friend chatting and knitting or crocheting is one of my very favourite things to do! (anyone else with me on this???)

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I finished both covers together

 

DSC_0025and the boys were delighted with them

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Little Bro decided it made a good table when enjoying a snack

tablebuzzThe boys seemed very happy with their cushions and placed them on their beds

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Mission accomplished!

 

Or so you would think ………. there is more to this tale of two cushions, which I will tell you another day.

One day I also hope to do a round up of all the crocheted cushions I’ve made with tutorials, but wow that takes so much time to do – I SO admire and appreciate everyone who does brilliant tutorials – they are a lot of work! Fun to do, but a lot of work!

Happy hooking! And Happy Easter!

GARDEN DIARY

First cut of the lawn today. I’ve been itching to cut it for a couple of weeks, but just could not rouse the mower from hibernation. Luckily a kind neighbour stepped in with a magic touch and Brrrrm! I was Off!¬†Keeping it plain for now, but you can click on the links to see the designs from other years.¬†This was last year.¬† And here are the waves of 2013.¬†And the grass¬†spirals of years past. Grass Art I like to call it! The picture below is from 2009.grass spiralDo you play around with patterns in the garden?

 

Think

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On a still, bright Autumn day

A meditation

 

Week 10 of Bluedaisyz 52 week photo challenge, subject : THINK

Other THINK participants: Jamie, Melissa, Erika, Garry

And joining in with this week’s Haiku Challenge from Ronovan which asks for the two words, Miss and Past to be incorporated into a Haiku:

Mandala calm gone

Time flying past, way too fast

I miss quiet days

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Added 16.March.  Ronovan writes a review of each Haiku in the challenge, which I really look forward to reading. It adds to the fun and the connection with the other writers. Here it is:

Sandra of Wild Daffodil: Think A good piece. I learned something with this one. I learned what a Mandala was. This was a Google moment. I love Google moments. Peaceful. I like it.

Urban Art

Let’s have bit more of this in the world ….10n

as posted by Buttonsy Jewellry, today.

November walk

I met up with some old school friends for a nostalgic wander down memory lane, a walk in the wilds of West Dorset and a delicious pub lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Powerstock.

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we came across some acorn artp8 p9 p10

a voluptuous oak tree

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deep wooded valleysp4

and walked a disused railway line

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the smell of autumn in the air

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West Dorset has a feeling of the land that time forgot and it is where my paternal ancestors come from. I most probably share DNA with the Iron Age inhabitants of the nearby Pilsdon Pen Рa cosy, rooted feeling.p2at the end of the walk the sun tried to squeeze through

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Bliss. . . .

Labyrinths and sand dragons

Back to the beach, rock pools, caves and gentle waves

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the baby spuddled amongst the masses of black seaweed, E and my daughter went for a swim and R and I  made a labyrinth

000When looking for a link to a ‘how to draw a labyrinth’ site for those of you who would like to have a go I came across this site¬†of ‘Peaceful Endeavours’ for children.

I love the way children always run around labyrinths, and R then spent ages making more paths and trails with his spade……

Since about 1989 I have been drawing or creating labyrinths, mandalas and spirals all over the place and walking other labyrinths whenever I can3.carob.la.sera

this is one made out of carob pods in the garden of La Serrania, a retreat centre I went to in Majorca some years ago. I went on a walking holiday, but after half a day walking up a mountain and the second half walking down, my right knee gave way, so for the rest of the week whilst the others went walking, I had a delicious time drawing, sewing, chatting to the gardener and creating carob pod labyrinths

7.c+treewhich smelt of chocolate as you walked them

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and stone spirals

inner smilethe gardener had placed this stone on the tree stump and painted a face on it, I did the spirals of stones so that one could walk in to greet your own inner smile!00mandala

and then a mandala of carob and olives on the terrace just outside my room.

Back on Solva beach another sand dragon was made,

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A walk to the sea from Prospect Cottage

DSCF2922 DSCF2923 DSCF2925Windblown shacks and old decaying boats create a fascinating open air ‘museum’.

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DSCF2933The sea, the tide out for miles and people digging in the sand flats, maybe for cockles?

DSCF2934Looking back at the road, with Prospect Cottage on the horizon, just right of the van

DSCF2935Returning along an abandoned track

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Dungeness on Tuesday

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I’ve wanted to see Derek Jarman’s Garden for at least 15 years and on Tuesday, after a long drive across the bleak, flat marshes we found it more easily than I thought we might.

Although it is not as he made it (he died in 1994), it still has an aura, an atmosphere about it and the current owners have kept much of the basic structure of the garden.

It is not so isolated as I had imagined, and quite a walk from the sea……

Grass Wave

It’s a gorgeous day here for gardening – just taking a lunch break.

Thought I would show you the pictures Pat has sent me of her grass wave, which was inspired by my post on mowing a spiral:

waveI love the way the ‘Winfrith Wave’ leads the eye between the circular flowerbeds and to the scene beyond.

Pat’s wave inspired me to cut some waves in my lawn, and I then saw this daisy idea which reminds me of Pat’s design:

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I saw it on http://www.indulgy.com.

And here is Pat’s latest picture of her wave:

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So lovely in the evening light.

Have you been creative in the garden recently – if so I’d love to hear about it:

And see some pics!