Tasks to do in the garden today included stretching netting over our (rather large) fruit cage. It was definitely a two person job, and a bit of a challenge, but we did it. And now the swelling cherries, and green strings of tiny currants, can begin to ripen and sweeten in the sun, with less chance of them all being eaten by birds. They always get some though…The garden at this time of year is glorious, and a wander around provides a feast of different kind – lots of “eye candy” of colours, shapes and views.
Lovely sunshine today, and after stretching some muscles I didn’t know I had in my Pilates class, I decided to take a quick trip to the beach. It was warm enough in the sun to sit and drink coffee on the cafe terrace, watching a few hardy souls swimming, coloured caps bobbing in choppy, cold looking waves. The beach was not busy, a few toddlers filling and emptying buckets with fine powdery sand, and some guys fishing at the waves edge. I took a gentle stroll along the flat sand, patterned with countless colourful shells and stones, watching the shapes of waves. Then I returned to the cliff top and sat in the sun, viewing the wide expanses of sea, sky and empty stretches of sand.
There is nothing like a walk along the beach to widen the vision!
Looking toward Hengistbury Head and The Needles
View to Old Harry Rocks
I am sitting listening to the sound of rain on the conservatory roof, and watching the garden as the sky changes from blue to grey. The end of April is producing more typical weather of sunshine and passing showers.
The flowers are coming and going too. We have had banks of primroses this year, which have lasted for weeks and are now beginning to fade. But I picked a few in a photograph and have preserved them in a small quilted piece.
Medley was a word used by a member of my Library writing group this week to describe our different contributions. It can mean a collection of unconnected disparate items, but I like it because it has musical overtones and suggestions of composition and harmony.
St George’s Day this week saw an enthusiastic medley of people meeting at the library to launch a community writing project. I have been working with local author Tracy Baines who has generously offered her time and expertise to launch our “Life on the Hill” project. It was fun to tell our stories and discover our many different interests and experiences, sharing aspects of our lives together here in Colehill. We hope to eventually produce an anthology of words and pictures to celebrate our little corner of England, and I hope the process of composing our “medley” will produce many layers of harmony together!
Another medley of people with different styles, skills and personalities also met this week at Embroiderers Guild . Inspiring textile artist Fay Maxwell got us working with coloured fabrics, ribbons and wools on painted canvas. Simple ideas, with huge scope for different interpretations. The work produced by the group reflected our diversity, and was a joyous medley of colour and texture, which we all enjoyed.
Fay’s inspiring work
Our “medley” – work in progress…