Friday, 26 October 2012

The Big Draw

It's been a 'full on' kind of week. In fact, it's been a 'full on' kind of three weeks, during which time our daughter and family have been without a kitchen, so nowhere to cook, and no laundry facilities. Consequently our small abode has been serving, alternately, as Mrs Woo's washing enterprise and a fast food restaurant. The clothes horses have been straining under the weight of unfamiliar wardrobes, and if our cooker could speak, it would be asking to take early retirement in a shady corner of the nearest recycling centre.

But yesterday we were treated to a little cultural interjection. We, the grandparents, entertained the twins while our daughter headed off to the Salisbury Cathedral Education Centre, where SW  was taking part in the Big Draw. Run by The Campaign For Drawing, the event was one of many nationwide, designed to "…raise the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement."

While we were watching Dumbo, playing shops, hosting dance competitions and mediating to prevent an escalating feud between Sylvanian families, SW and her mum were kneeling in a cathedral…making art.   

Stained glass window by Speckly Woo

Unfinished work by SW's mum.

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  1. I think I recognise that window :) My school took part in The Big Draw too - I'm glad the tradition is continuing.

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    1. Yes, still going strong, Marilyn. They had a fabulous time.

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  2. Two thoughts: How lovely to draw together, mum and daughter (literally and metaphorically, I'm sure) and - How inspirational our cathedrals are, for art of any kind.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, jennyfreckles. I love cathedrals.

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  3. Such a lovely post demonstrating the closeness of your family - good to hear.

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    1. The closeness of our immediate family is the most important thing in our lives, Gabrielle.

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  4. Lucky Mrs. Woo to have you as a backup! I hope things are coming together for her in her own home now. What beautiful art she and Speckly Woo made. And I do hope you kept the Sylvanian Families from fighting too much. They can be very troublesome creatures as we know only too well.

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    1. Almost there, now, Christine. The new kitchen/dining room is looking great. The Sylvanians are safely boxed up between visits, thank goodness!

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  5. What a wonderful idea, and so great they could do it together! So often our children get to do all these wonderful things in school, and we are lucky to hear about them!

    Nice to hear you were holding the fort. I know I always appreciate my parents doing the same for us, as I've no doubt your daughter does, and it's something that the grandchildren truly do hold dear in years to come.

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    1. Magical times, aren't they, Ciara? Looking after the grandchildren can be tiring at times, but we wouldn't trade the experiences for anything.

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  6. What a nice idea and what good grandparents you all are!

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  7. Sw was one of a handful of pupils chosen from her school, which made us extremely proud. Child-minding the grandchildren is a labour of love.

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  8. It IS lovely to read of the sharing that you and your family have, Speckly Woo will always remember, Happy Days!

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