April 27, 2020

Sis and I have been out again to pick another bumper crop of wild garlic and I was thinking that it would probably go well as an ingredient and a garnish (chopped and sprinkled on top) for a butternut squash and leek soup I’m planning. I could imagine sour cream or yog...

April 27, 2020

Usually at this time of year I try and steer at least one trip out from the art studio to Ardwick Green to walk among the cherry blossoms. I think Cherry Blossom it is a special feature of Ardwick and it is good to take some time to notice, look closely and share the e...

April 27, 2020

Thank you for sending in this very moving poem Bernie - and Happy Birthday!!

April 21, 2020

Hi Rae

I very much liked your photos of everyday objects, and the word atlas made me think about how these objects represent places and relate to the geography of our houses and gardens. Taking your take on not trying to be a perfectionist, I did each drawing within a 1...

April 21, 2020


All of this shall pass

Each day is closer to greener grass

Things will take their course

This is not something we can force

Hold on, show might

Let heavy things go, keep it light

Keep love in your heart

Every day is a new start

Positivity will get you throu...

April 21, 2020

"I've been baking! Never done much before and find it’s relaxing but focussed and structured - and makes me stop looking at my screens too much - also nice to eat the results !"

Alison Kershaw

  • Practicing Qi Gong most days and meditating most evenings

  • Trying to m...

April 14, 2020

Before lock-down we were half way through our Ardwick Art Walks funded by GM Walking Grants and part of the activity to get the city walking and active.

We had to postpone our last walk with Emily  Hayes - but this will be the first walk we organise in the future when w...

April 13, 2020

I love how things come 'together' for these blog posts

yesterday in my email inbox I had this joyful image from Lucy C

as well as this article from the guardian  by Tobias Jones that someone had sent to me:

After coronavirus, the penny has dropped that wellbeing isn't ind...

April 9, 2020

Many thanks to people who are sending in links and resources to share.

Here are a few things that might be helpful in the coming weeks:


Mental Health - Getting Help

Every Mind Matters - NHS guidance for Mental Health

A list of tips for Staying Well When Soci...

April 8, 2020

This whole website and blog was set up to explore the connection between environmental 'noise' and our mental health. We have spent years now discovering how our surroundings change the way we feel, and we have been particularly interested in how city sounds of traffic...

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