I am trying to fit more exercise in amongst all the crafting – anyone else in the same boat? I needed some motivation to prise me away from the allure of the needles, threads and yarns.
So I started a Facebook Group inviting Facebook friends, wherever they are in the world to join me. If one of us is going for a walk, we post it on Facebook and ask if anyone can join us on that day. It doesn’t have to be at the same time, just the same day. Afterwards we post our photos in our FB group to share our walks.
And it is working! I would never have gone out in the bitter wind and pelting rain if I hadn’t said I would join a friend in Australia and a friend in Yorkshire. Head down into the driving wind, I was imagining walking alongside my friend in Oz under blue skies, and my friend in Yorkshire, skipping through a sprinkling of snow.
Then I went to pick up a friend and we went to Upwey Wishing Well
and had a wander round the delightful watery gardens before the reward of a delicious Cream Tea
Have you been out and about this week?
Continuing our bluebell walk in West Dorset …
we decided not to walk up to Thorncombe Beacon, but could see others enjoying the view
a perfect day for a paraglide
Click on any picture to see it larger.
We climbed the hill and over the stile
to see yet more spectacular views to the East towards Portland
and as we turned inland, Westerly views towards Devon
(Click on the link for other good walking routes along the coast path.)
We took time to smell the blossom in the hedgerow, I think this is a wild plum
we must return in September to find out.
Through the gate, with a look over our shoulders at that glorious scene, saying farewell to the sea we continue
onward through more bluebell woods
to marvel at the way the light plays through the trees,
joining Cee’s Flower of the Day
and no matter how often I see it, my heart never fails to skip and dance when, standing in deep shade, and spying a shaft of sunlight bathing a patch of bells in silver light
Magic all around us
A time to stop and breathe and notice how all the senses are tingling with pure joy, blessings counted, smiles exchanged between friends and for at least the hundredth time we say how lucky we are to live here……
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Tagged bluebells, coast path, Dorset sheep, English Channel, Portland, sheep, walk, walking in West Dorset, Wednesday Walk, West Dorset, woodland walk
Last Sunday I met a couple of friends for a bluebell extravaganza of a walk!
The path took us through deep dark woods
Joining Cee’s Which Way Challenge
and lighter glades where the light was stunningly, beautifully, softly, frothily romantic
I took so many photographs, it has taken me all week to choose which ones to share( they certainly won’t all fit in one post).
We stopped at Down House Farm
and sat out in the garden
for a delicious lunch of Bubble and Squeak, eggs and bacon, all local produce and drank apple and ginger fruit punch
after that we headed out to the cliffs and wide open views towards Portland
Oh what a joyful day, the sun shone, the air was sweet, the sky was blue, our batteries were well and truly recharged …..
to be continued …………
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Tagged bluebells, brunch, Bubble and Squeak, coast, coast path, Colmer's Hill, Dorset, Down House Farm, fern, Portland, sea, walk, walking in West Dorset, woodland, woodland walk
Joining the Daily Post: Silence
December sunshne! So out with the camera for a ripple fashion shoot.
the colours remind me of Portland – the stone, the sea, the grass and the lichen
a rather coy owl
with a ripple wing, and teasel tiara
and a not so cosy armchair
or throne ……… Tout Quarry is just one of Portland’s many hidden gems.
You can see the colours used in order in the next post.
to sit and create
with a wonderful bunch of artists and
and a perky little terrier ……..
Posted in art from natural objects, drawing, knitting, other artists, sculpture, stone, textiles, walks
Tagged beach hut, light house, Portland, sketching, studio day, teasel, wire work
After the slow business and concentration of learning the new skill of stone carving, Miss E thoroughly enjoyed working with clay and made this delightful leaping dolphin
Exploring a familiar medium in a different way
The dolphin was left to dry and the conversation turned to how the clay was used and stored etc, so Sarah showed Miss E how to recycle clay by smashing it with a hammer,
mixing it with water…………. and swidging it about
and then ..
which when held up to the light
gained magical halos where the paper had absorbed the water.
It was wonderful to watch this process unfold as E was supported by Sarah to explore things as they emerged, E always taking a next creative step with what she was doing.
Even the board on which the model had stood provided a shape that to Miss E looked like a lion’s head
can you see it?
and so a print was made.
For want of a printing press Granny’s great weight was used and because even that was not quite enough to make a decent print, I picked Elfie up and we jumped up and down on the board and … ta dah!
She now had a picture of a .. oh , it turned into a tiger prowling towards the viewer. E was down on her hands and knees demonstrating just how the tiger was moving …
it’s no wonder Miss E recently won a prize at school for story writing – very proud Granny!!!
The three of us were entirely absorbed for those two and a half hours of wonderful exploration – a very special time – and so lovely to be able to share it with you all.
Sarah runs workshops for all ages and family groups – tis a fabulous experience and makes a great present. Take a look at this website to find out more.
Posted in art from natural objects, children's art, how to, recycling, sculpture, stamps, stone, workshops
Tagged beach hut, clay, hand prints, Portland, printing, sculpture
Miss E (my 6 year old granddaughter) asked me if she could ‘do some art’ with Sarah at the Sculpture Hut and so I booked a session and off we went with our packed lunch and warm coats.
E just loves Sarah’s studio and enjoyed looking at, and talking to Sarah about, different pieces there
she decided to have a go at some stone carving, trying out different tools
and how to make shapes and marks on the stone.
She worked with a chisel and a mallet to make a carving of a shark leaping up over the edge of the piece of stone and then did some
filing to soften the edge.
Stone carving is hard work for a 6 year old but she worked for about 45 mins before needing a break.
She discovered that when you come across a fossilised shell in the stone the stone is harder to work.
We went down to sea to look at the rocks that had been broken by the storms and found fossils in them.
and found a warm sunny ledge to have our picnic lunch on and watch the fishermen
and do some knitting – the crocheted blanket was great charity shop find which lives at the hut and the knitting will be a jacket for Miss E.
It was a really special creative time at Granny’s Hut
Miss E also worked with clay – pictures of her creations to follow in another post.
Following on from the previous post: A few more pictures of our very enjoyable Open Studio day yesterday
If you missed it come along on Sunday, 11th August, when we will be combining our Studio Day with an Open Studio for the Portland Legacy Trail .
Posted in children's art, painting, sculpture, stone
Tagged children painting, children's painting, Dorset, open studio, painting, Portland, Portland Legacy Trail, Spirit of Portland, stone carving