Saturday, March 27, 2021

Shed Night12 - Greek Night on 26 03 2021 at 18 23

Hello Everyone,

Last night's Greek Night was fun but it was no substitute for the real thing. We played Greek music and ate Greek food, we even did a bit of dancing, but at the end of the day, we were at the bottom of our garden, not in a Cretan taverna. Well, we tried. Anyway here is the video:

We did keep ourselves busy during the week, David had an unexpected walk out to collect a new flushing mechanism for our toilet as I had been a bit heavy handed and broken the loo. Oh dear! Anyway he sorted it out. He also spent a day putting shelves up in his shed - yes, David has his own shed. Meanwhile I was painting or poet-ing.

This is my painting of the week - Subject, Dreams:

And here are some more photos of our Greek Night, a bit of a lonely affair!

And today we are a bit sluggish but the sun is shining and we had a good walk out this morning. The local riding school were out exercising their ponies, and up at Pilley, tea, coffee and pop were being served at the village hall, where people were sitting outside with their drinks even though it was quite cold. Had we taken any money with us we may have been tempted. The daffodils looked lovely on the banking as we went up the hill and it was a lovely walk.

Now I am going to do a bit of reading and enjoy what is left of the day. I hope you are all having a lovely day too, as ever, keep safe and keep smiling.

Love and hugs,
Jane (and David) xx

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Shedcast 11 on 19 03 2021 - And Message in a Bottle

Hello Everyone,

Spring is springing, there are daffs in the garden, buds on the tree, and a definite warming up of the air. So is it surprising that there is a modicum of optimism about. Certainly in our house, hope is is word of the week. So, looking forward to better times we move into the future with lots of plans to keep us going. I have paintings to complete, a song to finish writing (the music that is) and lots of baking to do because all our tins are empty. The better weather calls for longer walks in the countryside, and days in the garden, so all in all there are happy times ahead.
Here is last night's Shedcast, it's just a record of a moment in time really, but it gives us a bit of a purpose, and we have a laugh making it.

Painting of the week: Subject Abstract

Dancing Queens

The Green Godess

I received lovely flowers for Mother's Day:

And my video poem which I made for 'Message in a Bottle' Barnsley's Hear my Voice project, was very well received.

Let's all have a good Spring doing those things we love to do. Keep safe and keep smiling everyone.
Love and hugs,
Jane (and David) xx

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Shedcast 10 on 12 03 2021 at 17 09 - Living Art!

Yeah! Get a load of this! Eat your heart out Andy Warhole. Boredom is really getting to us now and short of going naked in the shed we came up with a psychedelic shedcast. As ever, make of it what you will, but we did have fun and that's what it's all about.

I think you will have got the gist of how we were feeling last night, it's been a fairly rubbish week, I took sick for a couple of days, the weather was inclement, and there was nothing but bad news on the telly (well, except for the Grayson Perry Artclub show last night).

Anyway, I did manage to complete a bit of artwork, and I did make a short video of a new poem, 'On the Breeze there is a Song' which I have put up on the Hear My Voice Barnsley Facebook page. So, this week's artwork is 3 Men in a Bar:
And this is our 'bar' last night:

As I said the news has been very depressing this week what with the abduction and murder of a young girl in London, by, to make it worse, a serving police officer, and the hullabaloo about Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey, what a can of worms that has opened up, not to mention Covid being on the rise again in Italy and throughout Europe, and the never ending negativity about Brexit. It's enough to make you want to stay in bed till it's all over.

But of course I won't be doing that! For one thing it's Mothering Sunday tomorrow and I have in mind blue skies and a walk through the woods. Then next week I am going to throw myself into the world of Abstraction to produce and abstract painting. All good fun, eh! I've also got my book of the month to finish, so a bit of reading to do.

Anyway, that's us for this week, I hope the Shedcast brought a smile. Happy Mother's Day to all mums out there, it's feet up and enjoy the chocolate time.

Keep safe and keep smiling,
Love Jane and David xx

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Shedcast 9 on 05 03 2021 - Let's Talk About Books

Hello Blogwatcher,

It has been a bit 'parky' this week, as they say in Yorkshire. In fact when David and I went out for our daily stroll, and wearing fingerless mitts, my finger ends went a waxy shade of pale and I thought how easy it must be to get frostbite. Luckily a bit of clenching and unclenching of the fist did the trick, but I was very glad to get home and into the warm. When we went up Pilley Hill a few days later it was a glorious day, the daffodils are coming out and there is a resplendent show of crocuses on a council verge just past Aldi's.

I have been doing a bit of poeting this week, I have writen a couple for the Shortland's Poetry Circle on the subject of trees, and I was inspired by the Lawrence Ferlanghetti poem, 'Waiting' to produce one of my own, 'Not Waiting'.

Painting: My painting of the week is 3 Men in a Cave (see it below). This week's subject is 'Open Choice' so I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do for that. And I hope the shed is a little warmer, though there is a splendid heater in there should I wish to be toasty.

So, here is the Shedcast from last night, would you believe I was drinking tonic water and not cider because I've had a bit of a dicky tummy of late. I went a whole week without alcohol, no wonder I'm not feeling up to par.

We decided to eat in the house last night where we could sit and watch the Grayson Perry Art Club show, I do love Grayson and Philippa Perry.
This is what I made for dinner but unfortunately I couldn't eat any of it. Never mind there is plenty left for the week ahead.
Friday Night Home Made Pizza

And David says these were the best scones I've ever made, well he would wouldn't he?

And this is my painting of the week, make of it what you will.

3 Men in a Cave

Thursday was World Book Day, so I am making a special effort to read at least one book before the end of March. I have embarked on The Daemon by Anthony Peake, A guide to your extraordinary secret self. So far it has definitely hooked me in. My only complaint is that the type is very small for my ageing eyes, I might have to get a magnifying glass. Anyway let's see how it goes.
The only other exciting thing that happened this week, apart from buying a new top on the internet, which was a surprisingly satisfying experience, it fits well and was a speedy delivery, was a flock of gold finches descending on our tree. There must have been at least 30 of them, flitting about, flashing bits of yellow, while we watched on from the bedroom window which is about tree top height.
You can see we are not living in the fast lane. Is anybody? Schools go back on Monday so we shall see how that affects the spread of the virus. I am full of hope for the summer.

That's all from us this week. Keep well, and keep smiling,
Love and hugs, 
Jane and David xx

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