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Originally posted on barleybooks:
We gathered at the Dove last Saturday in warm sunshine. Some of us had visited BABE – the biennial Bristol Artists Book Event. My finds included a large and jolly picture book with a blackly humorous message (from OttoGraphic),  a lovely little hand-painted floppy zigzag from Andrew Law, and some simply…

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Sculpture by Bridget McCrum outside the Tithe Barn

Material: Earth, A survey of Ceramics is on at the beautiful tithe barn in Tisbury where Messums have a gallery. Catch it while you can: it finishes next week (30th April). And next weekend there is a public event there: Clay Festival: Making and learning for the whole family.

Here are some of the works that caught my eye – among the many.

It’s a little hard to find as we spotted no sign posts: but if coming from Hendon direction, take an (unmarked) left as you enter Tisbury and can see what looks like the High Street sloping down ahead. A mile or so, and you are there. Really worth the trip if you love ceramics.

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The path to the trees

I’ve just been reading a Facebook post about Shinrin-Yoku, which translated means ‘Spending more time around trees’. Which is what I’ve been doing this last couple of beautiful days; not just spending time around them, but taking what the Japanese call a ‘Forest Bath’. Lying under them.

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The Biggest Pine

All the more enjoyable because these are all trees that we planted nearly forty years ago, so they are family.

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Scots Pine family

The smell of the Pine resin heated by the sun was quite intoxicating, and no doubt mightily healing as well. Lucky, because I was in search of healing.

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Wych Elm trunks

These pale trunks are those of a Wych Elm, which was grown from a cutting Roger took from a hedge up the lane. Wych elm is said to be a bit more resistant to Dutch Elm disease, which shows no mercy to our native Elms.

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Wych Elm seeds

Here in the foreground are the embryonic seeds of the Wych Elm; still not much sign of leaves yet. And the Ash tree: its flowers are a thing of wonder – just look at this exotic beauty!

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Ash flowers

Or this: the furled leaves of the Wild Service Tree:

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Wild Service Tree leaves

Evening on its way now: time to go in, well bathed in Forest. Well healed.

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