- Marking Our Tracks - Further Afield - Songs For Quiet Steps - Empty Church Walks
- Singing Ringing
- Marking A Fine Line Mosaic Way Marker Project 2012 / 2013
- New Vistas / Wider Horizons, October 2011
- Back to Books and Invisible Threads
- Tara Badcock's Invisible Threads
- Carole Miles's Invisible Threads
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Monday, 8 August 2016
Our walk location was Rushden, our mindfulness meditation focused on Taste and we adapted this One Raisin Meditation to one Blackberry. For some it was the first time they had tasted a wild Blackberry. We walked into a wooded area, with a bumpy pathway which lead us to a place where we could forage for Blackberries on what may have been an old industrial site but one which has Mirabelle Plums, Damsons and Rosehips as well as Blackberries. Carolyn thought the blackberry bushes might have been part of market garden and is a well know and loved area for local foragers.
We had previously contacted Rushden Transport Museum to ask if we could visit with our group and weather permitting, eat our picnic on the platform. We were made so welcome, the weather was perfect and we were able to visit the Museum as well.
The station platform was a perfect place for our picnic
Tasty croutons, dips, tomatoes
Carolyn's stuffed roasted vegetable loaf
adapted from a Paul Hollywood recipe
We also sampled some of our foraged blackberries with yoghurt and granola, sat in the sun, got to know each other and made a start on our Walk Journals
After exploring the Museum
and the Station
we walked back to our cars whilst sharing impressions of the day.
You can see the complete photo set here
Walk distance 1 mile.
The was first in a series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing "Celebrating Our Senses" walks made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.
Here are some links to tasty recipes you might like to try.
Friday, 29 July 2016
Everything changes and life is punctuated by beginnings and endings
We have had a wonderful two years working on the Grange Estate and at The Green Patch
The View From Here was funded by the HealthBelief which is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
51 Community Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales through The Health Lottery.
Through this funding we have been able to bring high quality arts / crafts workshops to members of the community in a deprived area of Kettering, We have strengthened our links with The Green Patch and have made public artworks that have brought life, colour and joy to this wonderful community growing space.
Everyone felt proud and happy to see what they had achieved
We had a fantastic celebratory picnic and we know that project participants from the Grange have made a great connection with staff and volunteers at The Green Patch. Rick, Jenny, Michelle, Bekka and all the children will be visiting, volunteering and taking in community events at The Green Patch in the future which feels like a lovely legacy to leave, apart from all the artwork!
Back To Books would like to thank Sue, Nigel, Kate, Becky, Lucy from the Groundworks team who have made us so welcome at The Green Patch, Rik and Jen who have been our stalwarts at Grange Place, Michelle who has been our Pied Piper bringing our participants from Kettering Buccleuch Academy, but most of all we would like to thank our artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards who have made this project so special.
Although our funding comes to an end in mid
August the relationships we have forged will continue
and we will be actively looking for funding
to continue delivering exciting community based projects.
If you like our work you can make a donation
towards future projects via our Local Giving Page
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
The Green Patch was resplendent with some of the
many things we have been creating in time for Kettfest.
Our marvellous Mum and right hand woman
Michelle with her fabulous afternoon tea
inspired crochet creations!
Our mosaics all out catching the light
Our fruit and flower prints on display
and our fish flags
adding colour and movement
everyone was so pleased, proud and delighted
with all the beauty our project
has created and shared
Sue, Nigel and cake!
Merle and her husband
and the community gathering in the afternoon sun
Carole's temporary installation
Monday, 27 June 2016
We have been inspired by summer's
fruits and flowers
and have been printing our responses
with artist Carole Miles
These prints will also be on display at
The Green Patch