Saturday, 27 August 2016
Friday, 12 August 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
The first part of our creative summer workshop programme is now available here. Part one contains our more regular activities, but in their new home of The Old Low Lights heritage centre at North Shields. The regular art journaling workshop takes place in the fabulous top floor gallery, which is light and airy with panoramic views of the river, it's the perfect creative space and will also be used for the felt picture workshops.
Part 2 of our workshop programme is just waiting for a few minor details to be ironed out, but is full of new creative workshops to inspire and delight right up to Christmas and we hope to unveil those to you by the end of July.
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Poetry with Friends celebrates it's 2nd birthday this month and oh how it has grown in so many ways. From the early days of Elaine and myself reading other people's selections for them, to this week, the group running themselves. Joyce took charge of the pencil and the following were offered by the group, to punctuate lots of stimulating discussion which varied from the almost philosophical to the ribald. Much laughter all round as usual.
The Unimaginative Scout by John Hegley
Getting Older -Elaine Feinstein
Anticipation - June Leader
Life Comment - June Leader
Tattoos - Jeff Price
Faded Vows - Tessa
Dance in the Rain - Rowland Hill
There was also lots of assorted and stimulating discussion which varied from the almost philosophical to the ribald. Much laughter all round. And writing this was almost like re-enjoying it!
Friday, 13 May 2016
This week's Poetry with Friends session in Whitley Bay library was perfect: two new attendees, a wonderful range of poems, good conversation and lots of laughter too.
Linda introduced us to the poems of Robert Crawford, Stella shared work by Degna Stone, Mark Waldron as well as her own work. Both she and Gail read some Emily Dickinson and we also heard work by Roger McGough, Stephen Spender, Gabriel Setoun, Stephen Crane, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Gail Curry and Edna St Vincent Millay. Oh yes and newcomer June read one of her poems too. Thank you, June and we hope to see you and Tessa again next time.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
|Something for everyone at Greenwolds|
Today I am busy in my own garden planting a few things I picked up at the plant centre, a favourite of which is 'arisarum proboscideum' otherwise known as the mouse tail plant, which can heartily recommend for interest in a damp corner.
Mouse tail plants have extremely unusual chocolate-colored flowers that are cylindrical and sit below the leaves with only little “tails” visible. When flowers bunch together, they give the appearance of a family of mice, hence the name. Leaves are arrow-shaped and a glossy green color.
Mice appear in very early spring and reach a mature height of just under 6 inches with an interesting mat-forming habit. By August, however, in most locations, this plant becomes dormant.
Used commonly as a ground cover, this plant will spread quickly and is an excellent option for hard-to-fill areas.
Growing Mouse Tail Plants
Mouse tail is easily propagated by dividing the tubers when the plant is dormant. It enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade and in a moist location it will spread rapidly once established. It can be invasive, so if you do not want it to take over, plant it in a container. Happy gardening!