Knitting, sewing, gluing, painting, planting, constructing… ‘stuff’

I note, with shame, that a whole month has passed with ne’er a squeak from me on this blog. Blame the summer weather, friends and family, and various projects which have kept me busy. Right now I am surrounded with boxes, baskets and bags full of a motley assortment of ‘stuff’ destined to be converted into ‘installations’ for the forthcoming ‘Open Garden’  (AKA the ‘Secret Garden’)  Sept 20th – Oct 5th – opening our garden, on a theme of Children’s Literature, with scenes from books and poetry to entertain visitors + refreshments to enjoy (Memo: cake-making on to do list) all in aid of our 5 local churches. I can’t use the dining table at the moment, as it is stacked high with boxes containing items to decorate the garden – and as for laying a fire in the sitting room grate – forget it: too many combustable items sitting on the hearth.

Secret GardenIMG_0169The ‘Open Garden’ will be preceded by the annual Charity Breakfast* (on the drive) – serving from 9.00 am on 20th,   * (in aid of FCN & AKA – a farming charity and a locally-based charity working in Kenya)  with garden ‘ribbon-cutting’ at noon.

Over the following couple of weeks, the Honey Pot (used books) will be open more than it is shut AND visitors will be able to browse the books, sit in the garden and also try their hand at a spot of painting – by contributing a panel to the community (mystery) painting.

It’s going to be a busy time in the run up to all this – and then I’ll be busy meeting and greeting folk rather than dashing round the Somerset Art Weeks ‘Open Studios’ – unless I can squeeze that into the days we are closed.

Pop over to for more details.

Oh, and the ‘Open / Secret Garden’ will sport a ‘4th plinth’. Anyone wishing to create a model based on children’s literature, to go on the plinth, enter your idea and contact details in the comments here or on the honeypotbooks page. Get thinking!


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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2 Responses to Knitting, sewing, gluing, painting, planting, constructing… ‘stuff’

  1. Oh, yum…all of those cakes look delish! It’s okay, I think the entire blogging world realizes that real life has to take precedence sometimes.

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