Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Back to Eden

There seems to be a conspiracy to keep me away from blogging just lately.  First Blogger won't post my photos, then our internet connection repeatedly keeps dropping out (should be sorted tomorrow......or else!) and on Saturday sadly our dear friend Grace, who is 99, was suddenly taken very seriously ill so we have spent a lot of time at the hospital.  Happily today she has surprised everybody by turning a great corner and is bouncing back yet again.  The medics are astounded that she is pulling through.  Fingers crossed that she continues to make progress.  She is laughing and joking with the nurses today when only yesterday we were summoned at 8 in the morning as they thought she was not going to survive a crisis.  She is one remarkable lady!

Anyway, back to Eden.  Needless to say I always have my eyes open for pattern and texture when we are out and about and Eden was no exception.

This beautiful skeleton leaf caught my eye.

I think this is a leaf of a banana tree. (remind me to come back to the banana)

 "Follow the yellow brick road".

These wavy lines were a non-slip surface.

This was the shadow thrown onto the quarry sides by the roof panels.

On the subject of bananas we saw this catchy little sign

I'm easily amused ;-)  They had a display area where children and any adults who fancied it, could press buttons and get music to play and I had a lovely time dancing around to a little number entitled "Bananas in Pajamas" .........you had to be there!  Actually I Googled it for you and found a clip on Youtube but I thought I'd spare you. ;-)

I had a really lovely day meeting up with my dear friend Carolyn who many of you know already.  We swapped some gifts and as usual Carolyn was sooooo generous and I have come home with some beautiful goodies to play with.

These goodies include Carolyn's eco-dyed fabrics, lots of beautiful threads, some of her yummy hand made beads, commercial beads and a beautiful heart shaped beads in my favourite colour, turquoise.  I have already used some of the threads in some artwork that I did on holiday.  

A bonus gift was these lovely fingerless mittens that Carolyn had made for both of us.  Fingerless to leave DH's fingers free to use his camera and mine to leave fingers free for picking up treasures on the beach.  Carolyn knows us too well!

We had great fun opening up Carolyn's bundle for the Erosion Bundle Project and there were some gorgeous treasures to be found.

Can you believe that these Sycamore seeds actually germinated inside the bundle?

Carolyn tells you more about the contents of the bundle on her blog but she achieved some wonderful colour bleeds through the various layers. 

I shall look forward to seeing what is eventually made from all the different pieces of the bundle.

We rounded off our day by visiting a couple of art galleries in St Ives.  Porthminster Gallery just below our flat had an exciting and varied exhibition of paintings and ceramics by several artists including Matthew Lanyon, Tony Scrivener, Margaret Lovell, Sarah Perry and Jenny Hirst.  My DH particularly liked a painting by Jenny Hirst called 'Estuary'.  I very cheekily took a photograph of the windows which I hope they will forgive me for showing here (I figure you could stand in front of it and look at it from the street so a photo should be ok).

I was fascinated by the Mathew Lanyon paintings which had so much texture in them and so much to look at.  Many of his paintings were inspired by flights in a glider (he was a glider pilot) and reflect aerial views and impressions.

Jenny Hirst's painting 'Estuary' is in the centre of the photo above.

My DH made us lunch of cheese on crumpets (pyklets to some) and generally spoiled us so we had a great day.  Sadly it was over all too soon and we have to wait another year for our next get together.

Well, I'd better save the rest for another day or I'll have nothing to bore you with.  Next time I'll share my holiday workbook.  It's not a wonderful work of art but at least I did something and I had fun!

Many thanks to all of you, especially the no-reply commenters who I sometimes forget to mention, for all your lovely and supportive comments.  I do appreciate every one or them and the fact that people take the time in a very busy life to say a few words.  This is a great community!


Penny said...

Sounds like a wonderful time.

Ro Bruhn said...

What fabulous treasuures and textures. Glad you like the Aussie Bananas in pyjamas, they have a TV program here that has been going for years, my daughters, who now have their own children, used to watch it when they were young.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Wow, what a great trip you had. Eden looks like a marvelous place, I would love to see it. Glad your friend pulled through and is on the mend, amazing, she must have quite the zest for life. xox Corrime

ju-north said...

I really do think you are already part of the community in St Ives! wonderful pics especially in Eden!
Pleased Grace pulled through. x

Gina said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I'm teaching in St Ives in October so really looking forward to visiting... and hopefully meeting Carolyn too. Pleased to hear that Grace is okay.

pam said...

Oh you had a wonderful time - so many good memories now - will we see something made with those treasures from Caroline!. Oh poor Grace and poor you - I do hope that she continues to improve.

Su said...

What a lovely time you had - brought back memories for me as i visited Eden and St Ives about 5 years ago - loved it then, would probably love it even more now!

Heather said...

Super post Julie - so pleased that Grace is on the mend again. Your images from Eden are beautiful, especially the skeleton leaf. Love those goodies you received and the gallery window pics epitomise Cornwall. I have never tried an erosion bundle but it must be fascinating to wait and see what transpires.


You are such a love. Your post today is a lovely reminder of the short time we had together. I'm sorry it wasn't longer this time but I shall look forward to our next meet up. I now need to go back and have a good read of all of your recent posts and sketchbook work so I shall pop back again tomorrow. Lots of love, Carolyn x