The weekend began with fern leaves – on the machine rather than in the garden, which despite being overwhelmingly green is sadly lacking in ferns; disappointing as ferns have definitely been purchased and planted in the past. Survival in this garden is perilous and you have to be tough so I fear the ferns have failed to thrive. However before the end of the bank holiday there will be fern cushions with moths and beetles alongside a bird with a bear, curlews, bitterns, herons, foxes and hares.
All in preparation for Holt Market on Sunday 6 June, the first outing of the year – I will be at Shirehall Plain, Holt from 10am – 4pm with cushions, shades and stools all under a very pink gazebo.
Adventures continue the following weekend at Haddenham Arts Centre; join me at the Handmade Art Market, Saturday 12 June 10am – 4pm.
Garden and gallery are open with emergency rations available in the fully licensed cafe.
July is the month of Cambridge Open Studios. I am delighted to be exhibiting with Riverside Arts, (number 114 in the Open Studio guide) alongside Rick and Caroline Forward, Jeremy Peake, Ditty Dokter, Gordon Chesterman, Ken Murray and Barbara McGirr.
A feast of delights: furniture, oil and cold wax painting, mixed media painting, woven wall hangings and tapestries, ceramics, letterpress printing, botanical paintings and collage, mixed media paintings, screen print and embroidery. This is a working studio so visitors will be able to view where and how the furniture is made, and have a go at printing a poster on the printing press. Open on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th July 11am to 6pm, and by appointment during the week in between.
This is not all but it will do for now. There will updates of future developments in timely fashion although I must just mention Snape Maltings with Lyz Gardner, 2 – 8 September at The Quay Gallery.
I hope you enjoy the sun today and soak up some vitamin D. I am about to make a calming cup of mint tea, write some lists and consider the merits of a garden dominated by Dandelions and Alexanders before threading up the machine with green thread and drawing a line. xx