Kiersten Broderick at the HoBB

Model of traditional Radnorshire Elf HouseIf we had taken a snapshot of the HoBB Gardens and Project House ‘pre-Kiersten’ this year, it would have looked as though a storm had hit it. Two winter storms had hit it.

Kiersten discovered the HoBB through the international help exchange site whilst in Australia and we were her first stop on a year long journey through Europe – lucky us.

Little did we know that Kiersten would apply herself so fully and in so many ways. Here’s a snapshot of a few of the things that are now ticked and finished at the HoBB Gardens ready for Spring visitors, and all thanks to Kiersten:

· Constructed a small retaining stone wall around the base of the Robin Hill Bird Table – and fixed the table slats so they stop drooping in wet weather.
· Planted out last year’s plant cuttings including the first silver birch on the Central Path between Hay Bod and Yule Fir
· Landscaped around the Oak Spring
· Erected fencing around our Yarra – a young eucalyptus tree planted at 45 degrees on the Kelpie Path close to Tea Tree.
· Replaced hinges on letter box by Holly Gate
· Walked Tuppence Dog up onto the Beacon and Knucklas Castle Mound
· Cleared out dead undergrowth alongside the Wood Bod on the Geas Path
· Weaved willows to enlarge the Nest on the Circle and Ygdrasil Path.
· Pruned along the Kelpie Path at Ylem
· Helped in the HoBB kitchen: cooked dinner (great lasagne), washed dishes etc.
· Lit fires (in the fire place!)
· Helped with the weekly shopping at Harry Tuffins
· Sat for Grant’s portrait painting study.
· Created model of a Traditional Radnorshire Elf house (See Picture above)
· Visited W.H. Smith book museum in Newtown and unexpectedly stumbled across a Monet in Newtown’s modern art gallery.
· Circled the floodlit Ludlow castle
· Explored Knighton
· Navigated her way through Birmingham with a small, old map

Next European stop for Kiersten Broderick will be Paris, as she continues her ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. She will be revisiting the UK during her year tour and plans to call back here to see the HoBB Gardens in full bloom.

Thanks again Kiersten for all your help at the HoBB.

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Art Playshops at the HoBB

000200More art nowadays is stripped of its creator.

Fractal generators delight the eye

Machinimators film interactive games

CAD/CAM machines produce sculptures

Factory artists produce endless originals for indistinct walls.

Where’s the fun in Art happening? Here at the HoBB!

HoBB Art playshops are for friends who feel the natural urge to really play. At the HoBB we play with shapes, space, materials and colour; no one knows what the results are going to be; they may cause laughter, make you think, bring delight or result in something magic – it’s the liberating activity of the game that counts, and not the results.

If you feel the urge to be totally creative, we’ll encourage your living imagination and give you the experience of achieving entirely original results. There’s no place or play like the ‘HoBB’, so make time for yourself, re-discover the fun of art and get in touch

~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

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* Picture shows one of a series of hand made paper-sculpts made by one of the volunteers at HoBB Real. Other things made during such play can be seen throughout this web site