Monday, 12 April 2021

 

 I was reading about Comfrey recently, and then saw this plant which seems to have seeded rather like a wildflower down the bottom of our garden. Ive taken rather a liking to this little flower with its tight - knit spiral of buds gradually opening up in a much paler pink before the whole area is taken over by bluebells. If this is indeed Comfrey then I am very happy to leave it to grow all over the ground under the Judas Tree as this plant is apparently very good at renewing the soil, for its deep roots bring nitrogen from way below the surface and apparently if we put some of its leaves in with the compost they will help the waste vegetable matter to rot down as well as providing essential nutrients in the mix to enrich the soil for other plants...Quite a relief to find it doesn’t need to be pulled up like several other plants that seed everywhere looking quite pretty, but then I discover they are weeds beginning to take over the garden !

Sunday, 11 April 2021

 Rembrandt, self-portrait

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cartoon from Sermons for Kids , on Thomas :St John 20v24 - thomas030307_01.jpg

Saturday, 10 April 2021


                                Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House : photo Michael D Beckwith

I love the way the stonework of this central pillar rises up and flows outwards across the whole space... so much joy conveyed through the centuries (from 11th-12th century architect & builders )... after this lockdown is over it would be well worth the climb up the steep hill to spend some time in this cathedral...

But why not celebrate the end of lockdown in June by visiting the

WIVENHOE ART TRAIL:  25th   26th  & 27th June 2021     & enjoy a wide variety of free galleries with all kinds of art & craftwork on display in various artist studios throughout Wivenhoe www.wivenhoeartrail.co.uk


Wednesday, 7 April 2021


                    Reflections...oil on canvas, Janet Driver (after Monet’s river Seine near Giverny paintings)

Tuesday, 6 April 2021


                                 small resurrection window, church of reconciliation, Taize, France

Monday, 5 April 2021





 St John ch 21... Peter decides to go fishing & several others go with him...do read for yourself what happens... these paintings depict the Risen Christ standing by the shore waving towards the boat, inviting them to come and have breakfast with him beside the Sea of Galilee...




Sunday, 4 April 2021

how do you paint something so unprecedented as the resurrection ? 
 Jyoti Sahi has solved this puzzle by portraying elements from both the crucifixion and resurrection... as though the crucified christ is bursting with new life... 

 try spending some time just looking at this painting...
 what emerges from the patterns ? what can you see here ? ...
 do these shapes remind you of anything ?

 I tend to see something new each time I look...
 the rather sharp tree branches that speak to me of pain..
. and yet the outstretched hands reaching upwards as though full of new life, growing into something completely new... into a new future that is far more joyful...
 yet with the shape of a cup deep in the centre... what could that symbolise ?
...two figures... could they be Mary & John ? 
 ...Mary, given another son to look after...
 and John, to comfort Mary in the depths of her grief...
 and to write the anonymous gospel that now bears his name... 
... ... ...

 
anothe rMary : Marymagdalene finally recognises the risen christ...John ch20...

Thursday, 1 April 2021