Monday, 25 May 2015

Bank holiday at Beaumaris festival,a gorgeous garden & other bits n bobs....

May 24th 2015. 
Each year there is a festival week in the town of Beaumaris on Anglesey. There are recitals, concerts and exhibitions et cetera and the town is always buzzing. Living only three miles away I make the most of it and usually visit the event at least twice. My first port of call is always the craft marquee on the green just by the pier and sea front. There was also today a house nearby with a woman demonstrating weaving and displaying some lovely paintings. My favourite stall was there again too...lots of beautifully-crafted lamps, mirrors and candlesticks made from driftwood and other reclaimed materials.I love anything with driftwood, especially as I NEVER manage to find any when I go to the beaches here! Here are a few of the stalls...


I was pleased to see local artist Julie Roberts again. I gave my friend a print of one of her paintings a couple of years ago for her birthday and wanted another to go with it for this year's birthday. It was tricky choosing as Julie's work is delicate with attention to detail.




This is a lovely lady I came across demonstrating weaving. She runs classes in Bangor too and does a lot of work with charities abroad.
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Next stop was the most gorgeous little hidden gem of a garden just near the Canolfan. It was a small haven of tranquility after the hustle and bustle in the town. I have a very unruly vegetable plot that I never seem to get sorted properly and have been thinking about grassing it over. However, after visiting this inspiring garden I have a "cunning new plan"! My veg plot is just a bit smaller than the garden below and I am going to try my best to make my plot into something just as pretty with lots of perennial plants and a few vegetables mixed in amongst them. It will take a while and I will need to propagate and divide some plants as it will be too expensive to buy everything for instant effect...besides, I like a garden to take shape organically and see what works and what doesn't. Certainly lots of ideas were absorbed here today.





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I thought you might like to see this canvas I helped one of my clients make at work recently. I have seen a few "stacked birds" pictures I liked so we made our own version. The clients did some spatter painting, wet on wet, and I cut out the bird shapes for them. They also painted the canvases and added torn sheet music and book pages, stamped a little honeycomb marks here and there..I think it works rather well and the clients were very pleased with their pictures :-)


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I wonder if you were as moved as I was to see Clive James receiving a special award at The Baftas a couple of weeks ago. I say "at The Baftas" but of course he was too ill to be there on the evening and gave an acceptance speech by video.I have a friend who I met online (isn't Twitter wonderful?! Well, at times it can be VERY wonderful) and she generously and thoughtfully sent me this anthology of Clive James's most recent (and probably last ever) work.It contains reflections on life by a man who knows he hasn't got much longer but who is making the most of every moment. I can hear his inimitable voice reading the poems in my head as I savour each of them. I don't even understand all of them (yet) but they are such a pleasure to read. My friend Leonie also put this cute badge in the parcel.. I am a vegetarian of course so I do appreciate the gesture.



Oops, 2.20 a.m. and I am still writing..how easily one loses track of the time when faffing on the laptop. Luckily it's a bank holiday Monday tomorrow so the household will all get a lie-in and then I am hoping for a day in the garden scheming and assessing my plot..drinking lots of tea and "pottering"...May is such a beautiful month I don't want to miss any of the garden..hope you have a good day too, wherever you are. Lastly, here's a pic of happy pansies on my front steps..hope you like them. Ciao for now. xx



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