Meanwhile at life goes on

Yesterday I read to 73 children at Oriel y Parc. It was warm in the tower and one small child, sitting with legs crossed, listening was soon deep in the land of dreams, having folded almost impossibly until his head rested on the floor  in front of him. I couldn’t help thinking that his mum would probably give me the job of reading bedtime stories to him if she knew.

Later, at Druidstone the van filled up with children after a session of reading in the garden, in sunshine. I read Little Evie in the Darkwoods. Always curious to read with an audience and find new threads in your own stories, new understandings.

A tiger and some children, happy in my van.After the reading Sarah and I took The Boy Who Loved Music and Hares up the hill. Sarah read the story beside Jane’s grave and the sun shone and the wind swirled the straw around and three boys came up quiet and watched for a while then wandered back down. It was beautiful, peaceful. Lovely to hear Sarah read the words and it made different images in my mind’s eye in places. A pair of peregrine flew by. I can see where Jane is buried from the hill above my house.

Later we walked on the beach and the sea had made heart shapes in the sand. The rocks, dark, golden with lichens looked stunning. This is a place of such peace for me.

The sea drew hearts on the beach because it too loves Druidstone so.Sarah walking on the beach at DruidstoneWaterfall at the end of part of the beachRocks at the end of the beach at DruidstoneGolden dog and the path up the cliffsAt the end of it all, this is what Druidstone is all about.In the evening Robin and I shared supper with friends, watched the sun sinking into the sea. Jane’s picture, painted by Graham Hurdwood.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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One Response to Meanwhile at life goes on

  1. Carrie says:

    Sounds like your book readings are being thoroughly enjoyed! And the tigers and dragons in your van very much remind me of my daughter’s bunkbed… you can hardly see Elora for striped paws and dragon’s wings!
    We are travelling up to Pembrokeshire for the weekend this Saturday and plan to detour to see the exhibition at Oriel Y Parc – really looking forward to that, its looking great online!
    Are you in the gallery on Saturday? If so we will say Hi, if not I hope the rest of the show goes brilliantly… :)

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