Category Archives: Art

Wimpole Sunflowers under Van Gogh Skies

Several areas in the Walled Garden at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate have been planted up with mixes of sunflowers. This brings in tons of wildlife in the form of pollinators and, as of last week, seed eating birds. Plus … Continue reading

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On a completely different topic: Cambridge Cows!

I recently read that the continuation of the centuries old practice of grazing cows in Cambridge is now in some doubt, but meanwhile …  90 large, decorative cow sculptures have most definitely moved in! The sculptures have been set up … Continue reading

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A weekend of proverbs … or the early bird catches the worm

Over the past few weeks my son and I have spent our spare moments sellotaping, glueing and papier-mache-ing bits of cardboard together to prepare our entry for the Haslingfield Scarecrow Festival. This year’s suggested theme was ‘Proverbs (biblical or otherwise)’ … Continue reading

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Chihuly at Kew, 2019

Dale Chihuly’s glasswork has appeared in some of the most fabulous venues around the globe for five decades, yet I’d never registered its existence until recently. I think that I must have slowly absorbed its impact and beauty while reading … Continue reading

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(Not) In a Vase on Monday – Leaf kebab anyone?

This morning, on my dog walk, I was admiring the beautiful red stems being revealed on the lime trees as the leaves fall, so I snapped off a few (don’t panic, they flail them every year anyway, so I am … Continue reading

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Short Film Showcase* – Dancing flowers

If you’ve got a moment (OK 4 minutes), then you could hardly do better than to watch this beautiful, mesmerising short film by Jamie Scott, shot as time-lapse photography, which shows springtime flowers blooming and dancing. I loved it. Go … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Wintersweet, Lily, Lily, Rose

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Wordless Wednesday – Shine a Light

Cambridge e-Luminate 2017  (10-15th February)

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Wordless Wednesday – A still life full of quince

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The Route of the Scarecrows

I live in a rural village, south of Cambridge and it has its share of traditions, features, quirks and almost no public transport. In the year 2000 a new scarecrow festival was instigated to celebrate the millenium and that festival … Continue reading

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