My Sussex adventures continued last week, but I've been too pre-occupied with preparing lists for everyone's travel adventures this summer ( and with the tennis) to blog about them. So a quick zoom about them. First a visit to Architectural Plants near Horsham, which I had not visited for over 18 years. It is even more amazing now, and is really worth visiting before they move to their new site near Pulborough, in 2016. The vistas in the nursery are superb, and it is possible to wander for hours around the grounds.
Shapes and textures
Quirkiness ( spelling?)
Then to the Ditchling Museum of Arts and Craft, small, but beautiful and well worth a visit. Some of the artists in that community had troubled and bizarre personal lives, but the museum focusses on the work they produced. Lunch in the welcoming and interesting Mister Magnolia's fortified me for a walk on Ditchling Beacon, to see the large horizon and watch the swallows. I got my sketchbook out to record being there - Kurt Jackson influences coming through
The next day, off to Sheffield Park Garden to see huge trees and lakes. The sequoia that exploded after being struck by lightning, is now just a stump, it must have been astonishing to see it immediately after it was struck. Several trees in the gardens are succumbing to disease and are gradually being removed.
I found the tag of one that had recently been chopped down ( my mind went back to the tree project and how to link that to identity tags of fallen soldiers)
Lots of feathers there as well
And the last Morley session of the term on Tuesday, life drawing, daunting again, but I did manage to enjoy this session more. It made me realise that I was missing my scalpel, so I calmed my nerves during Andy Murray's last match with the cutting board and some black card. ( The pencil lines were made while watching a match to see if anything interesting came out of the marks) - it didn't, hence the overlay with the paper cuts.
Younger son's end of term concert last night , always emotional as the 6th form leavers talk about their experiences in the music department. Packing now as I am off to Australia tonight - trying to keep myself calm as the lists mount up.