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Art Therapy

By on Aug 20, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I really did not know what I was going to blog about this week. It’s been a pleasant week but with nothing newsworthy happening in my world, by contrast the wider world has been filled with the kind of drama that is hard to make sense of, or ignore.   And although I have been deeply moved by such tragic events, I know that there is nothing I can directly do to change things, so instead I continue to involve myself in positive community projects that unite people. I have been thinking frequently about the existence of the blame culture, and how people have become so quick to judge others on such a large scale it is becoming infectious. Contrary to this I have been discussing with others what feels to us like the obvious rise in creativity and expression through art and music, which we explained as an antidote to our troubled...

Bee Lore

By on Aug 6, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

“In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the the book I am in the past.” Alexander Smith    It’s been an interesting week. I started my new job on Tuesday and have enjoyed the challenge of learning new things. It is part-time at the moment so I still have time to do a bit of pottering, as I love to do on days off. The thing is though, there as been so much rain this week that I have done most of my ‘pottering’ indoors and not in the garden as I had hoped.    This means, not only is it looking rather out of control and neglected, there are shoots of green sticking out at all angles, I have been missing my opportunity to connect with the outdoors in the physical sense that I believe feeds my inner calm. I...

People Power

By on Jul 30, 2017 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

Time off gives me time to think, to clear my head of all the things I ‘have to’ do and allows my mind to wander more freely. There has been no plan for this week, I have merrily flitted from one thing to another in a gloriously random fashion and enjoyed the lack of routine.  By the end of the week I had tidied my sewing room (again), dug out some old projects and made little parcels for some special people. I  visited some of my favourite places, read a lot and had numerous cups of tea and glasses of wine with some great people, ending with our friends’ wedding that both my feet and head have been recovering from today. There is always something life affirming about a wedding, all those people gathering in one place for people that are special to them.   I often think about the power that a group of people can generate and how people power can...

Drawing on Life

By on Jul 16, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

This week I have been making time to revisit old passions at Beeston Canal Heritage Centre. Steeped in nature, it is the perfect backdrop for the life drawing classes that are currently running in the beautifully renovated studio room upstairs in the old lock keeper’s cottages.   When I arrive, the room is quiet and gently lit by tiny spotlight stars. It is my first time at the class and I am more than a little apprehensive as it was a very long time since I had done any ‘real’ drawing, I felt a little under the spotlight.    However, it was a small friendly group that greeted me and I was introduced to a host of smiling faces. I already knew Janet who was running the class from the ABC Arts Trail and seeing her artwork displayed locally. She explained that this was an informal class, with a break in the middle for tea and cake, this and the relaxed atmosphere quickly...

Picking up the Threads

By on Jul 9, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

After I got over the initial slump after last weekend’s event the week turned out to be pretty good! The pace at work is much slower now and I have only two weeks to go until I leave for good! The decision to leave school before my funding disappeared altogether was a difficult one… I loved my job, but the right one.   I am now thrilled by the new and exciting opportunity that presented itself to me at the end of last year and I have been working towards ever since. I think the second half of this year is going to be full of adventure! I am also thrilled to be in the fortunate position of working part-time for a while, which means I will have more time to spend on other interests. I have been putting my energy into many things and now some of those are now really taking off!   One of these is the ‘Bee Creative’ craft sessions that I started on a...

Remarkable Recycling!

By on Jul 2, 2017 in community, environment, events | 4 comments

I make no excuses for this week’s brief blog as I sit here a little tired and nursing a toe injury, after months of hard work and preparation, the Remarkable Recycling Gala finally arrived this weekend and it was FAB!     And here are some of the people and things that made is so remarkable!   Julie and John of St Martin’s Church for welcoming us to their church and accommodating all of our creative demands…       the marvellous makers who brought with them their amazing creativity and stalls full of brilliant recycling…   A Kind Art Kayrakise Evans Treehuggery Sea Breeze Kelly Homes Sarah Turner Tiger Green Textiles The Splinter Cell Celine SD Timeless Curiosity Oksana Originals Hunt Associates the patience and skill of the people running recycling workshops… Windmill Community Gardens Tiger Green Textiles Sherwood Young...