Hubble and Bubble and Remembering Loved Ones

I keep seeing frogs.  Live ones and even a dead one.  Could this mean I’m about to find my Prince Charming?  Unlikely. Only the other day I rescued this little beauty that had fallen into a bucket of water. What could be more appropriate as a Halloween animal spirit?  As we all know, many a…

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A Creative Retreat: Part One

Discovering a visual feast for mind, body and soul. I have found a paradise here on earth!  Surprisingly, I have lived in Cornwall for 14 years but this is the first time I have had the opportunity to visit the Isles of Scilly.  It’s a first for the dogs too.  First time on a big boat…

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Side-Tracked

Have you ever stopped to think how many of our most used ‘sayings’ come from the activity of walking?  Phrases such as: off the beaten track; wrong-footed; beat a path; leave a footprint; on the right track, etc,.  How many more can you think of? I wonder if this is the same in all languages? …

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On the Right Track

If you think you have suddenly landed on the wrong page in the wrong blog, then ‘bear with’ dear friends.   You haven’t gone mad.   It is I who have decided it is time for a minor change!  After not much deliberation, I have opted for a more fitting title for this blog. My sketchbook pages…

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We Shall not Cease from Exploration

We shall not cease from exploration  And the end of all our exploring  Will be to arrive where we started  And know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot — “Little Gidding” (the last of his Four Quartets) I found this quote on Liz Davidson’s blog, as she rightly says you stumble across things…

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Mindfulness in Sky Space

It is indeed strange and a source of wonder how life can often take sudden twists and turns.  When I began this particular venture I didn’t realise it would reveal to me the rainbow of Chakra colours in all their magnificence (only the orange being noticeable by its absence!).   The full extent of this…

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Corroded Quarry Doors: A New Surface Landscape Narrative

“….I began to photograph the detail in the huge rusting metal doors belonging to the largest building on the site when I heard what I at first thought to be people working inside.  Squinting into the interior gloom through a hole in the rust, I realised it must be some loose shuttering banging in the…

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Quarry Dot Drawing

On Friday, found myself in Bosahan, a disused granite quarry not far from Falmouth.  I was with a mixed group of environmentalists, artists, researchers and academics on a seminar jointly delivered by Andy Whall (CAZ) and Misha Myers (UCF, Rock Jam: Landscape Sandpit).  The trip to the quarry was partly in response to a request…

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The Plight of the Bumble Bee

Bee is the new buzz word.  (as in Great British Sewing).  Our poor honey bees have had a dreadful winter with many producers opening up hives to discover dead bees.  With questions about certain intensive agricultural practices, indiscriminate use of pesticides, parasites, diseases and long, harsh winters, it seems our bee population is in crisis…

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Playing with Space: A Cast of Shadows

Out for a frolic with the dogs on the beach late last week.  Although it was still bitterly cold the sun was bright enough to cast lovely shadow shapes on the sand. Poppy, the poor deaf-(dumb)-and-blind spaniel – although spritely for all of her 15 years –  needs to be ‘guided’ on the lead, but…

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