Sunday, 28 June 2015

Pictures of Words

The last few weeks have whipped by! I have been spending as much time as possible with Linda Sue, as well as various family things too. It has been a great month. June has, for the first time in 25 years, not been marred by having to write reports. Below are a few pictures from  June. A theme of words seems to have developed. 
Walking back along the South bank after a family barbecue. I would like this in my garden please.
As above. 
A Linda Sue day where we visited Sir John Soane's house, wandered around the Inns of Court where we found this postbox, before visiting the Hunterian museum. I recommend all of these activities, though the Hunterian is not for you if you don't like dead things in jars (beautifully preserved and presented dead things)
A very hot Friday or Thursday evening when I decided to walk home from North Greenwich. This miserable sign is on the pool/fountain.
Our local Sainsbury's has moved and grown. These are the giant letters awaiting their roof placement. The store opened this week. We popped in on Saturday morning for breakfast. It is huge!
An evening tour of local spots of interest with Linda Sue. This is a carved diagram of the Thames on a wall near the Thames barrier. Sheerness is on Sheppey where my family are from and where Andy and I like to visit.
On the same walk-this pub is now a vets, and the one below a ruin-I have posted about it on here before. There is an auction sign up now.
The word PUB can just be seen through the leaves. Presumably to make it visible from the road so you can pop in on your way past. 
On the same evening-we walked around a secluded and well to do corner of Blackheath. We found a skip. I found a plate. It is my plate as it has my name on it. Nothing wrong with it at all.
On Thursday we started the day in Greenwich market where we found this little curious clown bag and a stash of house deeds from the 1800s. They are on vellum and have the most beautiful handwriting. I am going to photograph mine to make photo backgrounds/layers for photoshop.
Later that day we went to Rochester, and visited the museum which I have never been in. The Hulks were the prison ships used to house prisoners of war.

Lastly is this poster. A lion and tiger tamer lady was killed by her animals, thus putting an end to her act. What a life.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A Lovely Day Out

Great news-Linda Sue has arrived in London! She got here on Thursday so I thought Saturday was quite long enough to have to wait to see her. My friend Devi and I had already planned a trip to Portobello market for Saturday, so we all met up and that is where we spent the day. We met in Earl's Court near where Linda Sue is staying and walked to the market. There is so much to see there that we spent the whole day meandering down, stopping for lunch, snacks and dinner. We had a lovely day!
 Love the gold on blue. 
 I like the circus style lettering on Alice's.
 I met a couple of headless people. They patted my arm but didn't speak. 
 Strange little man bird on a fruit box. 
 Shag/cormorant (not sure which), on this building. 
 Deep coloured street.
 Bright bunting. It was near here that a man with a jewellery stall showed great interest in my necklace. He asked where I got it (the boot fair-where else?!-£5) He was impressed and told me it was worth £60-70. I am not planning to sell it though!
 Cashmere jumpers-the green one is now mine-£8!
 Skulls on a van. This is nearing the end of the market-right down the bottom. I had been pretty good all day-in terms of not buying too much, when all of a sudden there were lots of interesting bargains to be had! This part of the market was much quieter too.
After walking all the way down, we walked all the way back up again. Earlier we had seen a big meal going on outside a restaurant-some kind of celebration. When we got back to that part there was a party with dancing in the street. This man, with his amazing costume, was attracting a lot of attention, but there were also a lot of other colourfully dressed and eccentric people there. A band was playing. They called over a singer to do one song-'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak. We thought it might actually be him, but I am not sure. Whoever it was though he, and the band, were very good. Credit to Linda Sue for the photo.
 I spotted a haberdashery shop on the way back up. I bought some amazing aluminium rainbow trim. When we looked downstairs I was surprised to find a whole section dedicated to bra making! Everything you could possibly need.
 Pastel coloured houses. Like sugared almonds, a favourite sweet of mine. 
 Holland Park. I have never been there before. It is really lovely. 

 A distant view of Linda Sue and Devi. 
 Bird street art back at Earl's Court. We managed to find a quiet pub off of the main road, which turned into a noisy pub very soon. We went a little way down the street and found a downstairs winebar to have a meal. It didn't look promising but we were there so we stayed. We had hummous and pitta as a starter, and beef bourgignon with rice for the main course. Both delicious and very cheap. It was run by quite an eccentric fairly old lady who was very friendly. Not sure if she was French or Italian but she was exotic in her way. In between courses she took herself outside for wine. I loved it in there!
I am meeting Linda Sue on Thursday as I have no work on that day. Excited! 

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Plaster

I have been doing lots of tidying and sorting recently. Today I did my wardrobe. A disaster area of epic proportions, which is now a place where I can see clothes I actually wear, and get them out. Three big bags of stuff going to the charity shop, and things I don't currently need but want to keep are shrunk wrapped. Anyway, when tidying bookshelves recently, I found this book by Judy Wise and Stephanie Lee. When I bought it I also bought some plaster but never got any further than that. 
I had everything I needed, including polymer clay to use for moulds, so I have been doing a bit of plaster casting. It is hard work getting the clay ready as it is pretty hard and needs a lot of kneading in small pieces to make it malleable enough to use for a mould. Not sure if it is because it is old.
I found various things around that I could use. I have had the little pointy hatted clown head for years. I think he came from the bottle shop in Greenwich, a long gone treasure trove of things dug up from Victorian tips. The porcelain doll body is from Rochester. It looks old but I think it is new and pretending as it says 'made in Japan' on the back.
I used the left over plaster to spread onto cardboard to make painting surfaces. I have attempted the clown. He is meant to be in the big top with balls flying around his head. I realise I should have done light coming in the opening. Too late now as the picture is covered in wax!

I have used all sorts of things, including a Father Christmas bottle opener, some stamps I made, plastic moulds, a Roman soldier and part of a china house.
 Now I need to decide what to do with them all!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Cake and Lemonade

I was called to by the two boys you can just see, as I drove down my road after work today. 'Cake and lemonade' were the enticing words. I parked, and went back up the road. They were raising money for Nepal. They said they had wanted to sell fish finger sandwiches, but their Mum had suggested that cake and lemonade would be better! 
 Heart warming and delicious. I would love to come home to cake and lemonade more often,

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Just Making

I have been arty partying today, in Balham instead of Blackheath, as it was busier there. I left at ten to seven as I wanted to drive but wasn't sure how long it would take or how bad the traffic would be. I was there in plenty of time (It took an hour) so had a wander and bought a coffee and some breakfast. The kids made clay cows today, loosely based on some lurid Andy Warhol prints. As usual it was an enjoyable day. 
The journey home was not enjoyable though. In the morning I know two thirds of the route well, so could ignore the satnav until I needed it. However, the other way is not well known, so I ended up going through Camberwell, Peckham and New Cross, which involved sitting in massive queues almost all of the way. When I got to New Cross I turned off of the queueing road to go round back streets through Deptford and New Cross. I was racing the clock as I had an Amazon order to post. I managed to get to Greenwich ten minutes before the post office closed so all fine, but by the time I got home it had taken me two hours! I need to look at the route tomorrow so I can go the nice way through Dulwich and Forest Hill.
So, by the time I did get home, I was really tired and felt a bit defeated. I had plans to carry on with the gradual cleaning and sorting of unloved areas of our flat, but did not have the energy for that. So instead I went into the garden and found some irises had flowered. I was taking a picture when my neighbour came outside, so had a chat with him. Then I just decided to knit. No aim, just using a bag of leftovers and enjoying the activity. It made me think of what happened on Friday in golden time at school. I was doing my last felting group, and had prepared bags with some roving in for them to make one more piece of felt, like a mini kit. Two of the boys in the class were upset, one by the fact that he was not doing football, and the other after a disagreement with his friends. They were weeping and grumping quietly in the corner (I had tried my best to sort out their issues but with no success) and didn't want to go to any of the activities. They are not part of the felting group, but I had loads of supplies so asked if they wanted to have a go. 'No' grumpy looks, sad faces. Five minutes later, they both had a piece of felting in front of them, and were excitedly asking if I had various colours. The healing power of making things in action!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

This Week

All the shrink plastic things so far, apart from tonight's effort to make rings using ring mounts and epoxy resin glue (araldite). I have not used it before so am not sure about how effective it is. 
 A fire on Monday in a distribution warehouse near the river. Apparently there were 70 firefighters involved.

 Cassie inspecting the works. She is still not well even though I have been using the inhaler for a couple of weeks. I am really worried about her so will take her back to the vets next week.
 The house is looking nearly finished. 
 The weather has been cold, stormy and windy for half the week, then quite good today


I went to Woolwich on Wednesday for coffee with friends. I popped into Tesco's for stickers first. This is the view from their window.
Thursday morning in Bethnal Green, then the evening near my house. 
A donkey or horse made from pieces of wood. Interesting and unusual for this area!

A cat on a sunny step.
Thursday after school was my last reading club with year two as I go down to one day a week after the holiday. I took lots of different word searches, and a piece of writing about hedgehogs which I made up a quiz about. Some of the kids were saying goodbye to their teacher as he was going home. He said bye then told them to go and get on with their work. ''We're not doing work, we're doing fun!' said one boy. Favourite quote of the month!