Friday, April 18, 2014

Liberated art

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed receiving postcards from various artists thanks to Kat’s wonderful Liberate Your Art annual postcard swap, and now we are sharing our experience and cards on a bloghop over several days

First to arrive was this wonderful seascape from David Morel

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then a fabulous bird from Kate

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and some seagulls from Patricia

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a week later Charlotte’s celebration of the Year of the Horse arrived

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followed by the disco queen collaged bird from Lisa

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and then Kat’s beautiful autumn leaves

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All sitting on my bookshelf and prompting a smile when I walk past them.  Thank you Kat for organising this lovely swap and to all the artists whose cards I received.

I loved receiving the cards and making contact with each person and visiting new blogs and photo collections.  I really appreciate the new connections from the liberated art.

But my experience has not been 100%.  I can’t help feeling disappointed that I have not received a single contact from people who received my cards.  Last year I heard from 2 of the 5 and was disappointed.  This year I have not heard from any of them.

Am I wrong in expecting an e-mail from the people who receive my cards?  I’m interested in the broader practice – if you participated in the swap, how many acknowledgment e-mails did you receive?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Another find at the science festival - its is school holidays so I had to do a bit of elbowing to get my spot at the table experimenting with magnification.  They had set up stands with the magnifying lens from a laser pointer which can be used with a smart phoen to produce a magnified image on the screen.

I only had my camera with me but had a play anyway and after much moving of the lens and camera I managed some shots which show the magnification
this speciminis a leaf.  Great fun looking at different materials and amazing what you can do with simple materials.
welcome to some new people zooming in and out last week and of course a big hello and thanks to all the regulars

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 go to the market

The first Saturday of the month means the organic market in a local park and this felt like a perfect place for my 5 in 5 joining Sandie in her suggestion to spend 5 minutes taking photos and them to choose 5 to share.

Turning in through the gate we can see that there are a good number of stalls set up

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the lovely anticipation of seeing familiar regulars and the hope of something new and exciting too

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I always buy cake form the lovely German ladies – often ‘beesting’ or pear Danish pastries but this month I went for a marzipan cake ( at the back with raspberries on top)  and a raspberry torte.  I always take along a plastic box to protect the goodies in my bag

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Next door to them is the organic vegetable man – I visited his massive walled garden with my Dad’s gardening group last year so always have a chat as well as buying some produce – kale and fennel this time.  I’m not sure if he thinks it is an advantage having the stall next to the music group – sometimes they are very loud

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Another new regular stop for me is a stall selling African and Carribean food – this month her husband and son were doign teh selling – not as chatty as the lady who makes the food and is often there.  I got a pork gumbo patty a piece of cornbread and some ‘kenyan doughnuts flavoured with cardamom.

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Nothing new and enticing this month but pleased to see these 3 regulars were there.