One is a portrait in acrylics of my niece who is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit in Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary. I painted it in tribute to her and all her NHS colleagues who have been helping in the fight against the coronavirus. …
“During lockdown I started making engraved personalised items. I started this for mostly friends and family however am trying to spread the word to others so they can enjoy hand made keep sakes too. I have made a little Facebook group called Nic Nak Engraving”
Where Is Freedom Born
Is freedom born in a fire burning a palace?
Or is it born in advancing radical change?
(That many, fearing their place, would ignore, alas)
Or is just in the suggestion of a fair exchange?
It was born in Wisbech to a dissenting clan
And William Godwin was the citizen’s name
Grew through education to a rational man
For his eloquent writing and vision gained fame
Railed against both all governments and god above
Believed in encouraging young enquiring minds
With the free spirit Mary Wollstonecraft found love
Boldly wrote that laws should never a person bind
Personal creativity brought to flower
Thus we can exorcise the spectre of power
With thanks to Andrew Bottley and Alan Wheeldon for introducing Natalia to us! “Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. She first studied her craft at the International School of floral design in Moscow called “Nicole,” which just happens to be the …
A Recipe for Beginning Afresh using lockdown store cupboard ingredients.
Before the counting’s done,
while it’s still fresh,
take one wobbly cyclist
newly confident on empty roads.
A cup of watching nature in the garden.
At least 500g of birdsong,
feel free to add more to taste.
As much as you can find of empty skies
and smog free air.
A handful of daily walks.
A good slug of care and compassion.
A tablespoon of acting for the greater good.
A smidge of clap for carers if you fancy.
3 cups of verges brimming with wildflowers.
A litre of clearer water from Venice.
Add all the ingredients and mix.
Don’t forget the cherry on top
Lower Carbon Dioxide emissions.
Serve anytime, day or night.
There’s more than enough,
to enjoy right now
and leave to prove
the benefits for future generations