unfortunately i exhausted myself doing qi gong and therapy and going to knit nottingham and lidl in one day (really? my, i amaze you?!) and then coming home and having 31 ideas in 45 minutes for an animation (walk away from the caffeine..) so after a few days in bed i still wasn’t up to going to the art class…but as i know they are on a derive (psycho geography walk) i decided to do my own 5 senses in the garden…

smell: freshness after the rain, extra fresh after being indoors for 3 days, a tang of autumn, of wet leaves in among the flowerbeds and on the lawn, of mud on the drive, of the sunshine bringing out the aromatics in the agastache, mmm an aniseedy freshness that is extra sweet coming from the apricot spike….mmm, bring some back in with me…

see: ben’s lawn flourishing, ben’s tomato plants collapsing, my sweetpeas drowning (i rescued them), the shininess of holly leaves, the interesting shapes of the cut back laurel, the cranesbill selfseeded into the ivy covered plinth, the loveliness of the apricot and violet viola, the shininess of the crystals in sunshine after rain and ooh! what i took to be an autumn leaf fluttering down is a red admiral butterfly refusing to settle for a close up, a blue tit preening in the holly tree…

hear: traffic, nonie-puss making her displeasure at not being the centre of attention known and scaring off the birds and squirrels, the estate agent greeting a viewer for the downstairs flat, neither notice me!

feel: happy to be out in the sun, but wobbly on my feet and needing to go back upstairs, determined to come back down and yarntag 😉

taste: seaweed crisps! yum! and pineapple, mmm…

i bring some agastache with me… i really like having aromatics in the house, much nicer than sprays and other artificial pongs, which tend to make me cough.

the card with the mosaic on is again from creating sacred gardens and suggests you look at the shapes in your life and what you are drawn to…i think it was the long spikes of agastache and nicotiana, and the seed spikes forming on the snapdragons that were catching my eye, the circles of cropped prunings off laurel and elder and the big cherry trunk that were most likely to spark some art, but on a sunny day after rain, it’s all

very pleasing…;)

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