Category Archives: land art

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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hsrt fern

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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

For cheerful magic DSC_0646 DSC_0652 DSC_0657 DSC_0661

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

but was eventually pleased with thisDSC_0651

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

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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

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and return, still gathering shellsDSC_0481

…. 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

and trying out yet another ripple/zig-zag styleDSC_0096

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

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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.