in which we seem to find a lot of circular things…
A very old place indeed…
If last week was going to have its own word, I’d have to choose circles. On Thursday I was lucky enough to have a day trip to Bath while the OH was off working nearby. It’s been months since I’d visited but it was just as lovely as always. I like to go to Bath without any great plans or expectations and see what takes my eye when I’m there. This time I came home with a couple of little treasures - one a twinkly spider brooch (not quite in the same league as Lady Hale’s) and a box of Derwent Inktense blocks. I’ve had a couple of playtimes with the blocks - more later, but the brooch is still under wraps.
Anyway, as you will have noticed if you looked at the photo, we went home via Avebury, one of the most mysterious and magical places I know. We were early enough in the evening to enjoy a walk around part of the circle - pity I didn’t have better shoes on though, it had been raining so much the going was a tad slippery. We popped into the church too. Anywhere else you’d probably think a church that dated to Anglo-Saxon times would be a star attraction, but of course this church has competition. However, it turns out to be very interesting. My favourite thing was the tub font, which is thought to have been a plain Anglo-Saxon font, carved around 1100 with a rather exuberant serpent and bishop/Christ design. Apparently it was originally painted too.
Dinner in the Red Lion before driving back. Very thoughtful to have a pub right in the middle of the circle (ish)…ahem.
Meanwhile in the lane…
Back in the lane and it is still a story of mushrooms and other fungus. The big star has to be the parasol mushrooms, they’re huge! Somewhere between a side plate and a dinner plate. I tried to photograph them from underneath - failing, but they are fascinating things.
And yesterday, in the rain, I actually spotted about a dozen sloes that I’d missed before. So there still aren’t anything like enough to pick and use, but at least there are a few for the birds.
Of course getting home from Bath with art supplies felt very exciting and I began with trying out the Inktense blocks on different fabrics. I watched a couple of YouTube videos to get some ideas, never having used them before, and was delighted at the way they work when they’re wet.
It’s given me some ideas for ways to prepare a base cloth for stitching, although I’m not sure yet how I’m moving forward with it. I still have a couple of stitching projects on the go which are keeping my fingers busy - are you the same? Do you need to have something in your hands? - but my mind is taken up with thoughts about all kinds of themes I’d like to explore, without yet knowing how I’ll focus them onto cloth or paper. I’m still waiting on that circle of creative life. Who knows, I might even finally find a way to use a sketchbook, although in the past I’ve usually found that attempts to capture an idea also seems to be the moment when it evaporates into the ether. Ah well, no harm in trying again I suppose…x
I hope your creative efforts are being cooperative.
Until next time,
the font at Avebury.