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Caring

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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

John Bunyan

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The Windmill – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Behold! a giant am I!
Aloft here in my tower,
With my granite jaws I devour
The maize, and the wheat, and the rye,
And grind them into flour.

I look down over the farms;
In the fields of grain I see
The harvest that is to be,
And I fling to the air my arms,
For I know it is all for me.

I hear the sound of flails
Far off, from the threshing-floors
In barns, with their open doors,
And the wind, the wind in my sails,
Louder and louder roars.

I stand here in my place,
With my foot on the rock below,
And whichever way it may blow,
I meet it face to face,
As a brave man meets his foe.

And while we wrestle and strive,
My master, the miller, stands
And feeds me with his hands;
For he knows who makes him thrive,
Who makes him lord of lands.

On Sundays I take my rest;
Church-going bells begin
Their low, melodious din;
I cross my arms on my breast,
And all is peace within.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Art class – Venice watercolour completed

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It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote on my art class with half term getting in the way, and then the painting of Venice taking a lot of sessions.

In my previous post and the first class on Venice, we practiced the background wash, building shading and waves. In all honesty comparing that to the finished image really shows how much work has gone into it.

Art class – my completed painting

In brief (mainly because I’m not sure I can remember all the stages) this is how we worked this painting.

Starting with a fresh sheet of paper…

  • the background wash used cerulean blue and yellow ochre for the sky, moving into cerulean blue/Hooker’s green, then Hooker’s green/cerulean blue for the water
  • the skyline buildings started with a flat wash of ultramarine blue, and the shading/features added with a second coat or a stronger mix of ultramarine…

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Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth

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Back in November I was delighted to participate in the cover reveal for Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth, since when I have been desperate to read it. Today I’m finally sharing my review. My enormous thanks to Jo Liddiard at Headline for sending me a copy of Heatstroke in return for this honest review.

Heatstroke will be published by Headline Review on 28th May 2020 and is available for purchase here.

Heatstroke

9781472265609The summer burns with secrets…

It is too hot to sleep. To work. To be questioned time and again by the police.

At the beginning of a stifling, sultry summer, everything shifts irrevocably when Lily doesn’t come home one afternoon.

Rachel is Lily’s teacher. Her daughter Mia is Lily’s best friend. The girls are fifteen – almost women, still children.

As Rachel becomes increasingly fixated on Lily’s absence, she finds herself breaking fragile trusts and confronting impossible choices…

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Fall Of The Waves – Virginia Woolf

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“So that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach,
which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts
seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again.”

Virginia Woolf

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