The Big Up Words Festival is happening in Andover from the 29th September to October 6th with events for poets, playwrights, writers and readers.
Various workshops will run over the course of the festival. If you have books to sell, you can hire a table at the bookfair.
For full details check the website.
I’ve added some self-seeded poppies that have been sitting in pots waiting for a home. I wasn’t quite careful enough in digging them out and lost a bit of root from each. They’re sulking. I’ll keep watering them and hope they recover.
Poppies not thrilled about being transplanted.
This little plant is a pulsatilla pratensis. I bought it from the nursery collective’s stall at the Friday market in Andover. They always have a great selection of plants at very reasonable prices, and they’re at the market every week.
Pulsatilla pratensis. Love the fluffy purple centre.
Friends visited and donated a generous amount of plants from their garden: geraniums, alstroemeria, tiny succulents, hellebores, and “bunny ears” (none of us know the proper name for those). I found some more aquilegias to add. We all got busy with the trowels to get the plants in, and my other half constructed a little rampart around the garden to stop all the water running off. It’s starting to look a bit more populated. We’ve also planted seeds for red sunflowers and a mixed batch of scented plants.
The plot with latest additions.
More plants are always welcome!
Let’s make a garden! I’ve done my first ever bit of guerilla gardening. This plot has been dug over, forked, rubbish picked, raked and had chicken poo sprinkled on it.
Lonely plants need some friends.
All it needs now is some plants. I’ve put a few in but they definitely need some friends. Want to come and play and plant things?
These photos were taken at the Rooksbury Mill Lakes nature reserve, a lovely spot for a walk. It’s always full of birdsong. You can find information on other local nature reserves here and information on local walks and cycle rides here. If you’re interested in getting involved in conservation, visit the TARCA website for details.
Bright fuzzy catkins.
Heron watching warily.
This July, there will be an opportunity for 48 graduate and emerging artists to sell their work, commission free, for a one-off fee of £120. The Artists’ Market will take place at The Lights in Andover on the 7th July, and will be followed by a an “eclectic festival-style art-bootsale”, an exhibition at the Chapel Arts Studio, and an artists’ newsletter AIRTIME event.
For more details, and to download an application pack, visit the 48 Art Weekend website.
Andover has a haiku graffiti artist. He or she writes in chalk, so it’s all non-destructive. Apologies for the poor cropping on the first photo. That word is “mountain”.
The graffiti is in the tunnel where Norman Court Lane goes under the A303.
Obsolete phone boxes in New York become guerilla pop-up libraries. What a great idea!