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Now you see them...

Doing a little bit of weeding the other morning brought my attention to a sea of tiny mushrooms under the Helebore plants. It was a surprise to see this whole other world in the dappled light. Two days later, I looked again and they had completely disappeared without trace.

Watching Grass Grow

I was inspired by a post called Busy Doing Nothing by a friend of TLC Art Project Severine Cochard which introduced me to the idea of No Mow May. Image by Rae Story To be honest No Mow May suited me down to the ground - especially as we had long-tailed tits nesting in the hedge and it just seemed rude to turn on a loud lawn mower right next to their exquisite and tranquil nest setting. Also, every year I keep on top of my small circular lawns as a way to create some order among the chaos of the rest of the garden it always seemed like the right thing to do. But in lockdown, I realised that no one else was going to see our garden. And I also realised that I have been conditioned to see a lawn

Another Day...

This was one contribution from our recent Mail Art Postcard Project, which we wanted to share as a blog post because it was so ambitious and beautifully executed: On one day in March as corona virus spread through Spain my dream of celebrating the end of my 50s in Valencia at the biggest fireworks festival on the planet ended, and Spain went into Lockdown. On another day in March the sun came out and Johnson announced the U.K. was in Lockdown. I felt absolutely no personal fear. I thought “this will be a doddle after 2 challenging years of losing my job, and Alison surviving cancer”. On a sunny day in April I celebrated my 60th birthday and due to Alison’s beautiful preparations and organis

Lockdown has it's positives...

My Lilies: This is third year, they are different colours each year! My Calla just starting to flourish, and my garden in the rain, I hope it looks like when I took picture the rain was shining, also at the moment I’m at my sons flat this two pigeons. The one on wall is in our street: And I love this red one in my garden - so vibrant, it’s true how nature is so healing they come up every year in different colours. And the first time ever since the age of twelve at school I have made scones! And here is my Apple Pie: Lockdown has its positives - you learn more about yourself...

Reflections from Diane

Diane is our drop-in Project Manager at TLC: I have spoken to many of our participants over the last few weeks on the telephone and some of you through email. It has been lovely to speak to you and to find out what you have been doing to fill your time. I know many of you have gardens which you have enjoyed; simply sitting with the warm sun on your shoulders or being a little more active and growing plants. As I have said to many of you I am a keen gardener; I am very lucky to have a large garden with a greenhouse and raised beds so have been growing many types of fruit and vegetables from seed. I have tomatoes, peppers, chillies, potatoes, beetroot and herbs. We have already enjoyed lett

Mindful Drawing

We are very happy to have received some Arts Council Funding to be able to bring back our team of freelance artists to work with us to offer more support to the participants of tlc art project. Nigel Wood, Emily Hayes and Naomi Kendrick will be working with us until October offering creative writing, mindful drawing and mark-making with thread to our participants. If you would like to have a go at Naomi's mindful drawing technique she has kindly recorded a demonstration video which you can watch here and start at home today :

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