Today on our morning walk, as we entered the path that leads us into the woods, I heard a child's voice calling to a big sister as she was closing the gardengate. It came from the garden that belongs to the house that's situated next to said path. I was suddenly sucked back years: to our boys' younger days, before they went to school and most of the time it was the three of us together during the day, with the husband working on the week days. Looking back, it seems as if our whole lives were spent in the small world of house, garden and studio. On a sunny day such as this one, we'ld be milling back and forth from drawing and painting in the studio, to sitting lazily in the shade of the apple tree telling eachother stories, sharing a meal on the verandah, watching cartoons on the telly; if it was very hot the boys pottered about naked and I'ld fill the zinc tubs I now use for the dyeing, with water and they sat in them to cool down. The garden full of plants, fallen fruits, flowers, insects and dirt, everything a child needs really to get dirty and experience a part of the world. For a moment I was there again, one of those dots that I cannot go back to, but I can remember it well.
minor additions to Grace does(n't) do white, even though I had declared it 'done': more tiny stitching on the left and a kind of continuation of the lace on the right, I felt the layers needed to be brought together more, this is it (for now)
may I introduce you all to a newcomer in our midst: a tiny toad, named Reeves who I bumped into the other day and came back home with me. He was very excited at having found me, finally. Apparently he'd been wandering about for quite some time, with hardly any belongings and no clue as to where I actually lived. Anyway, he did manage to get here somehow, following a trail left by Frog, to whom he claims to be related, a cousin once or twice removed married his uncle, or maybe an aunt.....He was a bit vague.
As soon as I came back I asked Frog about him, whilst Reeves was taking a shower: 'Please let me freshen up before you introduce me to the gang, I want to make a good first impression', he'd squeeked to me on our walk back to the house. He is very small, you know.
Frog's reaction was remarkable, he became very upset and flustered, so upset in fact that he came over all polite towards me and begged me not to let Reeves into our lives, please. I couldn't understand and urged upon him that after all he was a guest of the OldBirdKing himself and not really in any position to refuse a visitor. I mean the OldBirdKing has taken up residency in my studio it would seem and has no intention of leaving any time soon I'm glad to say and any guest of the Old Bird King is welcome to stay as long as they want and I expect nothing in return. Anyone seeking refuge is more than welcome, I pointed out to him that everyone who had turned up here was still here in fact, one extra mouth to feed, especially such a small one wouldn't be a problem.
'Oh, but there you are wrong, he blurted, you couldn't be more mistaken. For Reeves is indeed a relative of mine, one of my many poor relations, and when I say poor I mean destitute, and when I say many I mean a Lot! As soon as word gets out that Reeves has found a place to stay.....you have no idea what you are dealing with here! We'll be inundated with requests for money and food and shelter. Before you realise what hit you, they'll be at your doorstep and you won't be able to turn them away, because there are so many of them.....oh my' he heaved a huge sigh.
Well, I was speechless and really didn't know what to make of it and just then Reeves appeared tentatively, all clean with a big smile beaming across his face as he caught sight of the group and I decided I couldn't turn him away. But I would have a chat with him about how he wasn't to tell anybody about his whereabouts just yet(I have no idea how he would be able to in the first place, but you never know with modern communication, word gets around before you've batted an eye these days)
For now, he's here with us and we'll just have to wait and see how this all evolves, won't we?!