Art and Nature

art and natureTaking a Creative Break to produce a watercolour or to make a willow basket was once so simple – now, most of the workshops locally are in crystal relaxation therapy or linked to some ‘Sisterhood of Pagan bikers’ (could be cool!)

“Let me paint the picture”. Okay. In the foreground of each weekday, a less than attractive shade of the usual 9 to 5 hours, best adult shushi, junk post and whoever calls in to fix the plumbing. If you are a seven days a week workaholic, your day plan includes a leaf through the papers, collecting your ‘txt msgs’ and emails, gobbling – then burning fuels to get you around, going ‘yeah’ too often to shorten meetings whilst avoiding the distraction of weird product promotions and phone calls from strangers saying you’ve won some ‘free gift’.  All this of course  bites into your waking life giving you less time to work out how you can spend more time at the poolside thinking of maybe more passionate interests.

Ideas on de-stressing, balancing and re-charging emerge just seconds before you take yet another call, and your creative and spiritual self only has time to contemplate whether or not a 7 metre length of bubblegum trodden pavement should really be nominated for this year’s Turner Art Prize.

Well, here at the HoBBian ‘poolside’, dipping our Chinese paintbrush into a second Martini Rosso in order to get that rose madder effect on a new night sky wash, we have been inspired by a no frills, plenty thrills group called ‘creativebreaks’. They have brought together a group of art and craft courses that are the craftiest and artiest we’ve come across in these hills – from silversmithing to greenwoodwork : with no regression therapy needed before you too can paint like Picasso!

As I discover ever greater evidence of “Rural Growth Wales” surrounding the HoBB, I’ll keep you posted, but I really should go now to research those ‘Women Pagan Bikers – The Dangerous Curves WMCC’ ! ;)

Waves from Grant ~~~Fuelled by growth~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)


The tree of heaven gets its name from its height. Originally from N. China, it can grow up to 27m (c. 90ft) if you let it, but we love it for its three foot long leaves and tolerance to coppicing.

Our young specimen tree was rescued from an overgrown area in a local garden centre.

We have become a heavenly sanctuary for many plants ‘at risk’ – plants that are overgrowing or overcrowding their conditions or those that owners were simply going to destroy because they didn’t fancy them any more and wanted a change. The RSPCA still fight against this attitude in some pet owners to this very day.

Plants are ‘alive’, don’t just kill them, gift them. (OK .. so we are lucky to have the space for a 350ft giant like Sequoia hey! Hmmmmmmmm!)

Waves from the HoBBian Hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant