ANOTHER EVENING IN WARRINGTON
The sun sets in a big red ball
over Orford gas works.
All the drunks are feeling small.
So are all the jerks.
Next the moon rises,
full and like a globe.
Women come out in search of their cats
in their bright pink robes.
Over there, there is a noise –
someone’s coming to harm
in the direction of Densham Avenue.
It raises great alarm.
It’s another night: the stars are out
and the wind is cold,
the Orford yobs give y
As part of the workshops that we are running with Elizabeth Gaskell's House as part of their Bicentenary of Ruskin's birth I wanted to read some Ruskin's original texts. This year Ruskin and elements of his thought and writing are being discussed and responded to as part of the celebrations that are seeing many of the cities cultural institutions putting on events : https://www.ruskinprize.co.uk/manchester Apparently Ruskin was not fond of Manchester - in the mid 19th Century
Bring together one
crystal clear free-flowing river
with sandy banks,
an overhanging willow tree
and one small secluded beach.
Discard any washed-up debris
and switch to silent mode
(to ensure all bird song is heard).
Liberally scatter with
shards & flashes & sparks
of brilliant bright light
healing herbs & rock salt.
Now allow time for deepest rest
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has partnered up with Manchester City Council to celebrate and improve the wildlife and wild spaces right on our doorstep as part of a project called My Wild City (you can find out more about the project here). We have created a short survey which will help to shape the new 10-year vision for biodiversity in Manchester and are working hard to ensure that as many people as possible can have their say for wildli
As well as running the Breathing Spaces project this year, we are also very fortunate to have been asked to run a series of drawing and photography workshops for Elizabeth Gaskell's House as part of their celebration events for the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth. Previously we ran a mindful drawing workshop, one month ago, and the weather was a bit dreary and it drizzled quite a lot. Yesterday could not have been more different. The sun shone down on us and illuminated our env
Old trees I can see very clear,
Listening to different birds singing and nesting down the years.
I can smell flowers sat under this old tree.
I am just a person, not a bumble bee,
feeling a breeze in the air!
But just sat here I don’t care.
Kids running, crunching the paths.
Animals shrieking and feeding from earth.
Garlic in your nose.
Garlic on your fingers.
Garlic in your mouth.
Garlic in your pockets.
Mindful Drawing Workshops with Naomi Kendrick 11th of June & 9th of July 2-5pm, St Luke’s Longisght Two drop in drawing workshops for you to try out drawing into the crumpled surfaces of paper, a relaxing process that results in drawings that hint of winter trees, maps and the body. We will be making a shared scroll drawing on tissue paper and there will also be the opportunity to explore making drawings with natural objects and clay as well as trying out different types of p
To what extent is our mental health related to our environmental conditions? Is there a causal relationship between environment and mental health? To realised spiritual masters the environment is not a factor in their well-being or mental state. In fact, for these people it is said that if your heart is calm and pure everywhere is the Pureland. We could even go further and say that people who have truly realised inner peace can themselves affect the environment, people report