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ABCD: April 2020

April 26, 2020

We missed our March meeting, but Clare provided virtual flapjacks.

Clare flapjacks

And now we are all Zooming.

Masks on Zoom

Since our last meeting, Judith has introduced a theme of magical thinking. This led Bron to make a Brigid’s Cross, a home-made talisman. Bron has also been making coiled pots in a woodland marquee.

Bron brides-cross

Caroline draws a rangoli daily at her threshold, with blessings for the visitors who no longer come.

Caroline rangoli

I (Ama) have made a book in response to Nina’s 2.6 challenge to raise funds for ACEarts. it has a brief entry for each day from April 1-26. It is pamphlet-stitched in a Khadi cotton-rag paper cover dyed with red onion skins and turmeric and splashed with drawing inks.

Here is a spread from Carol’s hedgerow book-in-progress.

Carol hedgerow

And here are some pages from Clare’s hedgerow sketchbook.

Janine has made a colourful book using scraps of silk and velvet.Janine scraps 1

Some of us had made masks. Here are Judith as a hawthorn tree, Caroline as a rangoli and Carol as insect life.

Nina has been rescuing and recycling old books and prints,

and here are some glimpses of her hedgerow book.

Pauline has been taking a sketchbook on her daily walks.

Pauline sketchbook 1

Our next virtual meeting will be on May 16th.

The Dove-droppings are full of our current anxieties, frustrations and struggles, but there are plenty of trees, birds and other wildlife too.

April Dove-droppings

we can’t see you yet
it just goes round and round
turn on the audio

only one right answer
make do and mending
using up scraps

thrushes wake me
we are locked in
serves us right

dragons emerge
and there are bitterns
the names are disappearing

I’m living in paradise
time goes slow and quick
there are no markers

listen to the trees
the beeches roar
the pines whoosh

we are overwhelmed
in a battle with squirrels
things are consuming us

but we gained some long-eared bats
and we heard the nightingale
and tiny bees in the conservatory

passing time
we have all this time but where is it
you get more done by doing less

feels like yesterday
this is just the beginning
don’t waste anything

I couldn’t concentrate
walking every day along the riverbank
blue ink all over me now

the hedge is two fields away
just sitting quietly
I’ve fallen asleep

grease and chili powder
a blessing and a welcome
and electric vibrations

having a bath with a Japanese devil
we couldn’t go to India
I had to find a flight home

bees keep digging little holes
my garden buzzes
a dandelion lawn

a copy of the Mappa Mundi
just a few scraps
just a few words

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nina Fenner permalink
    April 26, 2020 9:56 pm

    I know I don’t comment often but I always love reading your posts and seeing the creative things you have all been up to

  2. Pauline Pearce permalink
    April 27, 2020 8:33 am

    Thank you, Ama. This is such a joy at this time.

  3. April 27, 2020 9:13 am

    As Nina has commented – and spoken my mind actually! – I thought I would also say how much I’m enjoying your posts. They are both soothing and invigorating. Thank you for them.

  4. Caroline Mornement permalink
    April 27, 2020 10:13 am

    Just brilliant – encapsulates all the thoughts said and unsaid, in that hour and a half, thank you.

  5. April 27, 2020 10:39 am

    Thank you, all four. It’s a big step, I know, from clicking on “like” to writing a few words. Your words are very much appreciated.

  6. April 27, 2020 1:54 pm

    Now I know what you were doing with most of your head below the radar during our zoom meeting. Clandestine Collection of Dove Droppings! And, Ama, the poem you have made of them is quite frankly, brilliant. Thank you!

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