Autumn is not my favourite time. O.K it’s lovely to see the colours, to be grateful for any kind of harvest especially as I can still pick a handful of raspberries in the garden most mornings.
But then there’s the sea fret that threatens to cover the whole of humanity so often, making our windows look like they are permanently draped with thick net curtains. It’s the rain, the realisation as one gets older that some more of one’s good friends have passed away and that new ones don’t pop out of thin air
We’ve got a lot of lovely acquaintances down here, mainly because we’ve both joined things. But making new friends without the ‘shared history’ that comes with life events becomes more difficult as one get older I find.
Must be time to sign on for some good distractions, some creative activities, to be inspired, share some time with like-minded people! Where better than a flick through the programme at Evolution, where I find some more lovely things to do with pen, ink and paints.
I’ve had Claire Harrison as at tutor before and she is always intent on making sure everyone draws something that they have a real affinity with. So my bits and pieces of autumnal offerings from the garden will certainly come in handy.
The tutor sets up a little demo of a particular skill each week and off we go with her individual attention for each one of us as we go along. One student brought in her twins’ toy teddies to draw, another is set on trying some modern art from postcards, a third made some peacock feathers look really dramatic.
Affordable classes and fun, so why not check out their brochure on line. They have some ‘one off’ Christmas workshops too and although I queried the cost, (they are a lot more than the price of the Summer ones) I am told they are a bit longer and include all the materials, so fair enough.
Seeing that one is run by the talented Tara Dakini I could be tempted.
O.K so I am lucky to be so near such a fantastic resource, but if you’re not, how about getting the knitting needles out, make a winter scarf, dig out that tapistry that never got finished, sew a fine seam! There are loads and loads of free lessons on youtube on just about everything and and company? Well there is always people watching from a seat by the window in the nearest cafe.
The wind and rain already seem much less threatening and the sun is even peeping through. We’ve got the Telegoons event tomorrow, and we are planting early garlic on the allotment on Sunday, so all is well with the world …well for five minutes!!!