it was lovely to come back to Newburgh
to work with Netti and Alison
who are like sisters and very kind to me
we worked on paper
first with words
and then with dyes
made lovely colours
we made a concertina river book
and a new sweet folded book
that i developed especially for the class
i call it the "island book"
because you have to sail around it to appreciate it fully
trusty studio assistant Jazz cooling off
and the beautiful river
fresh and full of new stories each day
we wrote and shared poetry
found hearts in the streets
laid bundles in patterns here and there
and generally had a wonderful time.
Isabel [who works at the charity shop]
told me how the church [where our workshop took place]
used to be the drill hall for the "territorials"
and then that the Poles lived there during the war
and that there was a dance held there
"and the floor was ever so slippery"
the trouble with having good friends scattered around the whirled
is having to say goodbye.
but not forever, merely ae fond farewell [misquoting Robert Burns] until next year
you can see more pix from class
And please, Father Christmas, may I have a bear like this?