This morning I met Kim from work and we went for coffee in her local park. I have been there before with our friends Devi and Jeremy, or else I would never have known it was there. It is called East Greenwich Pleasaunce and is indeed very pleasant. It has a sweet little cafe and lots of friendly dog walkers. It is hidden away in the middle of the streets with quite concealed entrances. It somethimes has a fair on the last Sunday of the month which is why we decided to meet up. That wasn't on today but coffee in the park was just as good! These two cheery sunflowers stood out and there are lots of huge and beautiful trees. It has a graveyard of naval and merchant sailors which is why we went with our friends before.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Today I cleared the shelves behind the television with the intention of making a shelf for Tiger. I have her ashes in a beautiful little wooden casket and we wanted a special place to keep them. It might sound a small job clearing the shelves, but it took the whole day! I took three bags of DVDs, books and assorted nick knacks to the charity shop, unplugged the TV etc, moved the heavy naval trunk behind the TV, sorted the remaining books, DVDs and nick knacks and then put it all back. It now looks lovely over there and puts other areas to shame. Oh-I forgot to mention the dust, lots and lots of dust. All gone now. I now have far less stuff on there so hopefully it will be easier to clean.
Friday, 16 September 2016
My other two little cat friends are finding out how to be two instead of three. When we came back from the vets without Tiger, and, each time we came home for about a week, Lily especially would look at the door as if she wanted to know where she was. Tiger was a friend to both in that she would sleep next to them and they both knew that Tiger was top cat so relationships were easy. Now that she is not here, they are having to find new ways to do things. I shouldn't put human emotions onto them, but, when Tiger was here and was ill, both seemed almost to know, and to be treating her accordingly. Cassie would sniff her carefully and not try to play, and Lily kind of retreated into the background, as I was spending so much time with Tiger. Now they seem to be working out how to get along in a Tigerless world. They seem to be doing ok, and I haven't noticed Cassie chasing Lily as much as she did. Lily is a tense little cat anyway, and the first week and a half after Tiger died, she was on the edge of madness. She had one night where I was convinced that it was the end. She couldn't settle, wasn't reacting normally to anything and wouldn't eat or purr. But, since then, she has calmed down again, and the last few days has seemed extremely relaxed. I am very grateful that they are both still here, so thought I would pay them tribute!
Lily on the decking. She has tiny paws, and well marked stripes on her legs and is, in general, a very pretty little cat.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Two weeks and one day ago, we had to say goodbye to Tiger. I miss her every day and still cannot believe that she is gone. I have spent a lot of time writing down all the things about her that made her her, and that has helped a little. I have hundreds of photos of her and Lily and Cassie, which is also a big comfort. She was a beautiful soul, who loved us every day, so thank you Tiger. I love you and will never forget you.
Below are a few photos, and you can see how much she liked the company of her sister and Cassie too. She loved to lounge, and another warm body never did any harm.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
In the first week of the holiday I worked at Arty Party. The theme was Peter Pan, so I read the book which I have never read, and had a good week. I decided I needed to go somewhere and had been thinking of going up to Yorkshire for a couple of days. I wanted to see the work of Annie Montgomerie, which I love. She has an exhibition in the shop of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I decided to go on the Monday of the second week. My sister and her partner live in Leeds and my friends Clare and Gary moved up to York last year. They were kind enough to have me to stay at short notice. The park is a beautiful place, with the added bonus of lots of art, and sheep. I looked at the Annie Montgomerie work, then had a walk around the park. Then I bought a sandwich, and sat on a bench overlooking parkland, sheep and a river, which was lovely. Below are lots of photos of the park, and some of the various animals my sister and friends have.
Bodies on chairs.
Giant lady hare.
Julian Opie galloping horse.
Dennis Oppenheim sculpture.
Kaws sculptures. These are huge and are dotted about two large areas amongst huge trees. The places they are displayed are great as you get glimpses of them behind a tree and they are revealed as you walk around. I loved them! Especially the last one which is called 'Small Lie'. The posture of the character is so brilliantly suggestive of that feeling you have as a child when you have done something wrong, but feel ashamed and caught out.
Henry Moore sculpture amongst the sheep.
My view at lunchtime.
Garlic the cat at my sister's.
Steve the tortoise-also at my sister's.
Swirly thing in York.
Soldier on the city wall.
Elvis the dog. He is a lovely dog-very clever but you have to watch out as he eats anything! He wasn't too sure about me getting my camera out to take pictures but he put up with it well!
The Bonny Badger. She is very crafty and artistic and makes lots of lovely things both woolly and fabric.
The rest of the holiday so far has been spent clearing my jungle like garden, making trolls, goats and Christmas balls, and doing some papier mache work-which I will share when finished. Yesterday I did one more day at Arty Party, as they had an ofsted inspection. It was much more relaxed than school visits. One woman, all about safeguarding and procedures and she was only there for an hour. Today I went to the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition at Tate Modern with my Mum. She is not an artist I knew much about, and I was really impressed. Her paintings are beautiful and the subjects more varied than I knew. Lots of landscapes which I loved. There were beautiful bone paintings and paintings of Katsina dolls. She lived in New Mexico for some of her life. Her use of colour is just amazing. There were quite a few paintings that I really wanted to take home! Tomorrow I might just sit down!
Sunday, 31 July 2016
I haven't been taking as many photos recently, and have not downloaded them from my phone for ages. So when I did tonight, and looked through them, I was reminded of the last month. Most of it was at school, and then the first two days of the holiday were spent cleaning, sorting and tidying, and this week I have been working at Arty Party. So, next week is actually day one of my holiday, rather than last week when I painted this picture. I have enjoyed Arty Party this week, but am looking forward to next week. I am going to see my sister for a night on Monday, then have lots of things to sort out and make.
I love these coloured needles, and thought they should be on display for a while.
Pig cushion with the pig part taken from Arne and Carlos Chirstmas balls.
The middle little pig defending his stick house before running away fast.
Smug brick house brother looking unworried.
Cafe condiments. Saturday breakfast two weeks ago.
Flowers at the end of term.
A cheerful whale.