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S lights the grill in the garden, we are having a family gathering, I have spent the morning making salads and hulling strawberries. The old ones have been collected, grandma comes in carrying a fragrant bunch of mint, "for the potatoes" she tells me. In the garden the big parasol is open over the table, I have already filled jam jars with sweetly smelling pink roses to decorate the table, the tablecloth has been abandoned, it is too unruly in the breeze. The boys carry the kitchen chairs outside to supplement the garden furniture. We sit and chat, the grill sizzling in the background, S occasionally turning the meat or drizzling marinade over it, the vegetarian options are in the kitchen stove. Grandpa opens the wine and boys go back and forth to the house bringing chilled beer and buttered rolls. The first bits of meat are ready on the griddle so I fetch the hot minty potatoes from the kitchen, melted butter shining on their papery skins. The conversation changes, it is all "pass the rocket please" and "do you want tomatoes" talk becomes more sporadic as we eat, returning now and again to the grill for more. Eventually we lean back in our chairs, hands resting on tight stomachs, but the meal is not over, plates are gathered and the table cleared. Now I bring the big silver bowl of strawberries, the smaller dish of raspberries, creme fraiche and ice cream. Really we are all full, but who can resist summer fruits, so the ruby berries are spooned into bowls and the only sound for the next few minutes is the "chink" of spoon on china. Replete at last we refill each other's glasses and again the conversation ebbs and flows. It will likely be more than a year until we are all together again, I will keep this memory of a relaxed summers afternoon until then. Later when all have said their goodbyes I am alone in the kitchen, every surface covered in glasses and stacks of plates and bowls, a few strawberries are left in the bottom of the metal bowl, so, a quick composition, click, pop the last fruit in my mouth and face the mountain of washing up #jj_forum_1942
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Sweet as honey #sweet_ru #WHP🌈
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Hooray for midsummers day, summer is the time to throw away your knives and forks and eat with your fingers, bite ear deep into smile shaped slices of watermelon leaving you sticky cheeked, or summer peaches with juice dripping from your chin. Lick the frosty silk of ice cream cones, the melting milk running down your arm and forming a sticky white tear on your elbow. Summer barbecues will leave you licking your fingers as you bite into honey and mustard coated chicken and ribs, or ketchup coated burgers and sausages, as you flap your napkins to chase away the greedy wasps. So let the cutlery rest in the drawer for now, soon enough we will be back at the table eating our winter stews as the wind howls away outside. 🍎🍴🍎🍴🍎🍴🍎🍴🍎🍴🍎 🐝#creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #headyart #indetail #rsa #stilllife_perfection #minimalism42 #jj_forum_1941
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I have always picked up feathers, they sit in vases and jars around the house like dehydrated, plumed flower arrangements, there are the long tail feathers of the pheasants that live in the woods, the stiff water repellent quills from the Canada geese on the nearby reservoir that I have cut into pens, I have iridescent feathers from magpies and the blue jewels from ducks wings. On my kitchen window sill is a silver cream jug filled with the monochrome spotted plumage from a small flock of guinea fowl who live in the next valley, and last week I found a woodpecker feather, but this one, I think, must be from a water bird #aravish2o πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ 🐝#creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #headyart #indetail #rsa #stilllife_perfection #minimalism42 #jj_forum_1941
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The hottest day of my life was in the Ardesch in Southern France, we rode along the coarse of the river, through canyons and along cliff tops in blistering heat, our bottled water was as hot as tea, with jackets strapped to the back of the bike we rode in shirt sleeves, skin reddening with sunburn, eventually, feeling dizzy we stopped under the shade of an old ash tree, it stood on the boundary between two vineyards, the sun blasting down on us as we drank our hot water, the only sound the endless chirrup of cicadas. I crouched in the middle of the empty road and gazed into the shimmering heat haze, a vanishing point amid the endless rows of vines, I turned 180 degrees and the view was exactly the same. Today in England, astoundingly I have felt that same type of heat again, I come indoors in search of cool and shade and find refuge recreating the vines from that baked French vineyard πŸπŸŒžπŸ‡πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ˜ŠπŸ‡πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ‡πŸ˜ŠπŸ 🐝#creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #headyart #indetail #rsa #stilllife_perfection #minimalism42
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My mother tells us she has been given a ginger beer plant, β€œginger beer doesn't come from plants” we laugh, β€œoh yes” she assures us, β€œ just like bread it comes from the yeast plant” I am used to watching the granulated yeast sink in warm water and then bubble, swollen, to the surface again like some strange alien life form, when my father makes our weekly batch of bread. The ginger beer plant lives in a plastic bucket, it is brown and frothy, each day my mother feeds it with a spoon full of ground ginger and a spoon full of sugar, at the end of the week she strains off the liquid, she adds boiling water, lemon juice and more sugar and bottles it. the β€œmud” in the bottom of the bucket is divided in two, one half is given to a friend, the other half is kept and fed. We β€œpop” the lids on the first batch of ginger beer, it is fizzy, and sweet, yes it really is ginger beer, β€œimagine” we laugh β€œwe can have ginger beer whenever we want, however much we want” we cant believe our luck. The weeks pass and my mother has no more friends to give her halved ginger beer plant to, half the β€œmud” is washed down the sink, β€œwe run in from playing β€œcan we have a drink” we ask my mother β€œginger beer” she offers, we groan, even water is now more desirable than the endless ginger beer, it seems that familiarity really does breed contempt. I have never regained my taste for ginger beer, today when i found that i had allowed a jar of ground ginger to go badly out of date in the cupboard, i thought β€œart” not β€œginger beer”. 🍺🍺#aravispowder #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #headyart #indetail #rsa #stilllife_perfection #minimalism42
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It starts with two boys, their arms across each others shoulders, they march around the playground chanting β€œwho wants to join in, cowboys and Indians” another boy joins the chain and the all chant together, a little girl approaches and the boys quickly confer, the chant changes, β€œwho wants to join in, cowboys and Indians, no girls”, she turns away, dejected, the chain of boys grows steadily longer. on the far side of the playground a rival chain has started β€œcowboys and Indians, no boys allowed, cowboys and Indians, no boys allowed”they chant, the rejected girl skips over to join them. other children are playing their own games, hopscotch grids have been chalked on the playground and children take it in turns to throw stones and shards of pottery onto the numbered squares, hopping and skipping up and down the grid, bunches flying, socks falling to ankles. a group of girls skip rope, taking it in turns to turn the rope and jump. The rival tribes of cowboys and Indians are in full battle now, in spite of the segregation the battles seem to have merged, mostly boys but some girls shouting sounds of pistol shots, or clopping away on invisible horses. I am in the boat, the little rowing boat, no longer fit for the water, has been painted blue and white gloss and set in concrete in the playground, I have been shipwrecked and set adrift, I am parched, and close to death, the sun blazing down on me, my lips cracked, my eyes squint, scanning the playground for the sail of a rescuing ship. there is a climbing frame, three large concrete drainage pipes and an old tree trunk worn to a fine polish by generations of clambering children's hands, a group of boys are climbing from one obstacle to the next, the tarmac of the playground is quicksand, they must not touch it or all will be lost........cont
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There is something extra special about the friendship between women, a certain kind of bond which allows you to share your problems and offer an ear to theirs, to offer support without judgement, to accept each other's strengths and weaknesses. Even though I am lucky enough to be happy within my family, I wouldn't be without the love and support of my dear girlfriends. So this in praise of friendship for @instagram week end hashtag project #whpfriendship #aravishand πŸ‘­βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘­βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘­βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘­βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘­βœ‹πŸ»πŸ‘­ 🐝#creative_display_ #arte_minimal #creativegrammer #createcaptura #artselect #moodcommunity #ilikeitlikethis #artistic_unity_ #magic_shots #girlscreating #pocket_creative #creativelysquared #styleonmytable #creativityfound #instamoments #rsa_ladies #thecreativehive #jj_creative #hashtagfloosie #headyart #indetail #rsa #stilllife_perfection #minimalism42 #jj_forum_1929 #numberof3
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