If you have been reading my Instagram posts, you will notice I love long playful words and blackcurrants contain many...
No idea what they mean but they sound good, and blackcurrants are great for us.
Except when you drink them as a cordial during the night. As a small child, Ribena rotted my teeth. According to mum, I'd wake up in the early hours crying, 'bena, bena, bena, I want bena, waaahh' and she used to bloody give it to me 🙄 How about saying NO. Mum didnt have 50 books on parenting next to her bed, ordered in a simple click via Amazon Prime. She survived raising me and I grew new teeth.
The video below is 'How I made delicious Blackcurrant squash'
Looking for something to do during the summer to entertain your children that doesn't involve forking out on ice creams, treats and over stimulating entertainment?
Why not join me in the woods.
🕉️ Child/Family Yoga
🌱 Plant Art
Burpham Woods, Guildford with me.
Dates will be posted randomly, depending on when we are not on holiday.
If you and your children are interested in coming along to play, please comment and I will message you possible sessions 🕉️
Do your children take personal responsibility, are they independent thinkers, or do they have a tendency to movr with the flock?
Perhaps a sprinkling of purple thinking might encourage them to follow their own star.
A fun family day out, following the floats and Chertsey folk to their annual Black Cherry Fair, resulted in a rest back at Mum and Petes to recover from the heat and all the crap the kids had returned with. Sitting beneath their Wisteria arbor, I noticed the bees playing and collecting nectar, so decided to film them, whilst getting present to the purple and reflecting on what the colour may mean.
My Favourite Colour Is...
Do you have a colour that you are drawn to... Perhaps you use it in your work, business or play... How does it make you feel... Why do you like it?
My Dad has always encouraged my sister Kay and I to 'Think Purple', I thought it meant to be positive, until my sister an art therapist, wrote about it and I realised there was more to the colour than met the eye. She named her art studio in Australia 'Think Purple' and I've pasted snippets from her blog below.
Why Think Purple?
To ‘Think Purple’ means to live every moment in the perfect balance of joy, happiness and positivity. Living a life in this way is contagious and rubs off on the people we come into contact with on a daily basis.
The colour purple calls for creative doings and seeks inspiration and originality through its creative effort. It likes to be unique, individual and independent, not one of the crowd.
Purple is gender-less and contains just the right amount of masculine and feminine tones. It is a way of being and living in the moment.
Are you a Purple Thinker, perhaps you encourage your children to be independent, to lead themselves, take personal responsibility and to not always follow the crowds too? Always easier to do when we are clear about who we are and have clarity around our family values and vision.
Look forward to reading your colourful comments.
A hiking and camping adventure with Paul in the Dolomites, Italy during the Summer of 2003. We were visiting my sister Kay and Ian @thinkpurpleartstudios, as they were between ski seasons working in Arabba for a walking tour company.
We pitched this tent close to the glacier and warm refugio where most hikers slept. We remember the rissotto, wine and great conversations at the long wooden tables with like minded hikers. They laughed at us for sleeping in our tent. It was soooo cold outside. Rather a cosy canvas though, than a dorm of 100 snorers.
Its a NorthFace Expedition one, still in excellent condition, a brilliant purchase. My Titanium Leki walking poles purchased on this adventure are still intact. Ian gave me lessons in how to walk with them, as I was really uncoordinated. The poles also went up Kilmanjaro Tanzania in 2014 with me.
It is on our family 'goal' list to hike in the Dolomites again. I was too scared to use the Via Ferattas. Paul wasn't. Expect the kids will be up for clipping on and climbing if we get them off Fortnight 🙄
How about you, have you created a family wish list? I know two families who have completed the 3 peaks this year... not ready yet.
Sculpey is a type of polymer clay, a brilliant medium to craft and play with, similar to plasticine in texture. Easy, clean and melleable, it can be baked at low temperatures in a kitchen oven, so is perfect for home use. Great for children, especially big kids like my brother-in-law Ian, who is over from Oz featuring prominently in the Sculpey Workshop video below.
Who uses Sculpey?
According to Jake Corrick, a Sculpey specialist on YouTube:
'Sculpey is used by movie animation studios and professionals worldwide for prototypes, maquettes, and all kinds of dolls. Has a long track record as a superb clay for sculpting...'
Grandma Barbara uses it itoo and makes wonderful figurines from it out of her garage in Surrey. Enjoy her photos towards the end of the vid. Also included is a topical creation from my sister Kay from Think Purple Art Studios AU, she will be facilitating fun Sculpey workshops back in Oz later in the year, visit here for more info.
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Dahlia, Calendula, Cosmos, Lavender
Next to Beady Eyed Honey Bee Sipping Water
Near to Kathleen's Cornflowers
By the Beetroot
An early morning water, weed and wander at the allotment whilst family slept.
Such a peaceful and personal time of day.
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