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It’s Solstice, the weather is in the thirties, just over the hill everyone is heading for the Festival, but here at the Dove in the quiet, things are happening.

Paintings on chairs

Laura Burke’s paintings on the Doorhouse verandah

An absent artist (Laura Burke), her paintings arranged on chairs ‘like friends’. Too hot to paint.

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Sue Gilmore collecting material in the tree circle

Another artist at work.

Fox in the Whitefield

Fox in the Whitefield (photo Sue Gilmore)

Watcher?

Meadow brown

A little ‘brown meadow’ is winking her eye…

Or watched?

Bee orchid

Bee orchid in the Whitefield

Bee imposter

Bumblebee in Clover

and a real bee in – clover

Tree circle circle

Photo Sue Gilmore

Circle 1 – seen in the Tree circle

Circle of Fire

Circle 2 – our Solstice fire

 

Evening light

And so often here – that beautiful evening light over the Tor.

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Faye’s apple blossom sketches

Easter Sunday, and artist Faye Suzannah and dog Mango came to stay for a week’s residency in the Door House. The perfect week to choose, with blossom bursting out all over, as here in the Whitefield

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Happy dog

and here on the ash trees (sorry, not blossom: embryos already! A fecund tree)

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Ash trees getting on with the business of procreation

Other artists were attracted to the Nature bounty that is going on:

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Corinne sketching in the Dove Meadow

Meanwhile Faye was making excursions into a poly tunnel

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A tropical world, and it’s just next door.

where she sketched the flag irises (not often you find a pond in a poly tunnel) and became intrigued by the entwined fig branches

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Figs and Flags by Faye

while I was mesmerised by a falling peach blossom that never made it to the ground:

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Frozen in time

On the following Saturday it was Artists’ Book Club Dove day in my studio, and after discussing our current book theme ‘Repetition’, we drew a new topic for the month ahead out of the pot: ‘Tracks’. Which made me think of the animal tracks running through the flowers on the Whitefield, so we made our way round there after lunch; across Wild Lea (which I wanted to call Broad Lea because it is always broad whichever way you look at it and therefore in need of a panoramic photo. The Dove used to be known as Broad Moor farm not so long ago and you can see why from this photo)

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Broad Lea? Getting wilder, anyway

The sheep have been ‘borrowed’ from a nearby farmer: they are large, and so I’m told, prize-winning Charolais sheep that are grazing the tough rye grasses that were planted on this field over the past few years. But new grasses are appearing fast, and we are hoping for a gradual change to meadow grasses and flowers. Then into the Whitefield with its glorious carpet of cowslips (a cowslippy year, said a friend).

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Making tracks through the Whitefield

Back to base via the Dove Meadow, where Clare hopped like a bird onto Olivia’s ‘perch”. This little platform that we put up last year is to be the start of the Tree house project starting this coming Saturday, 6th May, places still available in the enthusiastic group that is forming around this venture…come and join us in the trees!

Easter week 8

First venture back into the trees