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Supporting Creativity

By on Oct 14, 2018 in community, environment | 0 comments

I don’t mind telling you that I am pretty shattered this evening, but I have had an amazing week! Work is definitely keeping me on my toes, which is why I felt that it was important to make time to kick back with some fab people this week and indulge in a bit of ‘hair letting down’ activities.   On Thursday, I spent an inspiring evening at Corrina Rothwell’s home studio. I am so glad that I made the trek across town for her Cheese! Wine! Art! evening, mostly because I love her work and was itching to see her new home and studio space, but also because I knew that I would meet some great interesting people and get a nosy at her new art work. Also, I found out today that I won the raffle so will soon be in possession of a set of her new design art cards, sweet!   Another highlight this week has been the annual Oxjam event, which literally sees the people...

Nature’s Treasures

By on Oct 7, 2018 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

Oh lovely autumn sunshine, providing a respite from the colder days and oh those delightful autumn colours! I have been out and about a lot this week and have been enjoying cycle rides in the crisp morning air. We are so lucky in Beeston, to be surrounded by green spaces, one I have more recently discovered, just five minutes walk from my house.     If you stroll up Sandy Lane, just off the A52, you will be glad you made the hill climb to the top. I have been cycling up this hill since we moved, to visit one of my students in nearby Wollaton, once I had realised that it was a very reliable short-cut which avoided a fair bit of the main road.    At the very top of the ascent, you are rewarded with a picturesque route through a small patch of woodland and the clean scent of greenness which is a welcome contrast to the heady traffic fumes on the busy road. For quite a...

Seasonal Adjustment

By on Sep 30, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

The blog is back! It’s hard to believe that we have been back in the UK for a week already. Just over a week ago, we were enjoying the warm evening sun at La Franqui beach after daytime temperatures in the high twenties.   Nevertheless, I feel as though I am making that transition in to autumn well, albeit a bit of a shock when we got off the plane to torrential rain and gales so string that they brought down tree branches!   The first thing we did when we got back home was work out how the heating works at the new place and cranked it up off to ward off chills. I also made a curry, packed with vitamins, chilli, onions and garlic to scare off any potential cold germs picked up on the flight. Inspired by my friend in France’s love of cooking, I have also been flicking through my cookery books for seasonal recipes to warm the heart and satisfy the soul. I am not the...

Meet the New-bees!

By on Sep 2, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 3 comments

This week I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have two new bees on board! As of this week, Kay and I will begin mentoring Matt and Marcus and they will be bringing with them fresh ideas and a new perspective. Both artists in their own right, the boys are talented and have interesting and varied backgrounds.   First let me introduce you to Matthew Plowright of PLOWZart, who I first met at Middle Street Resource Centre a few years ago and comes along to some of the Monday night sessions. He can be seen here with one of his earlier creations Rodger the Prawn who has a magical pantry AND his own Facebook page. Matthew describes himself as a surrealist and from what I have seen from his work over the years I would have to agree. My favourites are the ones that have a ‘yellow submarine’ feel to them so I bought one at the last art fair he was at, although I am...