The garden exploded into action when I was away for a few days, typical! Now it’s still roses, roses everywhere and with loads of deadheading to be done.
I’ve sorted out the greenhouse yet again with raised beds and planted the tomatoes, all of which took forever.
My garden could be described as unruly, even a clump of daisies the gardener gave me at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre three years ago have established themselves in a crack in the step from the house. We have to walk round them as best we can.
So moving swiftly on…
Last week we visited the the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition on friends day. This is a family tradition. I took my mother there for over 20 years.
This year it is described as the most colourful exhibition to date and Grayson Perry and his committee of fellow artists handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.
The choice included art by people such as David Hockney and Joana Vasconcelos, Tracey Emin etc. but there was a tiny space for a painting by my daughter-in-law’s sister Maura which was a first for her!
Maura with her owl.
This is a wonderful entry with handmade books, pictures and conversations about the art of bell ringing! (Sorry need to check her name!)
All loads of fun – do go along if you can.
Other distractions in London that day.
An unexpected holiday two weeks ago with eldest son and daughter-in-law who took us off to Tenerife. All very relaxing.
Highlights including an intriguing shepherd’s cottage on the road to Mount Teide. A road builder had taken up residence when the road up into the mountains had been completed and lived there with his family. Much later he was on his own and reliant on goats, honey etc. I love innovation and small places like sheds, campervans, homes in caves!
But also pyramids and the sea and sun, of course.
Other small spaces nearer to home that I love my shed.
The allotment shed
Nearer to home again
Alan has been busy with his music and playing in Brighton’s Mandolin Orchestra
Here is the concert which included playing with the New American Mandolin Ensemble at St Georges!
Juliet at The Open Art Cafe in Rottingdean has gone overboard with her flower display this year and also has special summer menus.
Good news for ‘The Hole in the Wall’
My illustrated poem for children ‘The Hole in the Wall’ that has been published by The Dry Stone Walling Association has really taken off. I have just been asked if someone can read and sell them at a Dry Stone Walling event. Answer has to be yes!
Have several poems in the pipeline but making an effort to get a few more published. If they go on this blog they are considered published so its a bit of a dilemma!
But this worm has been around for a bit and is more than happy to appear again – such an exhibitionist!
On the path
I just avoid
stepping on a
I place him
on rain sodden earth.
After all, anyone