Julie Arkell is actually a faerie.
I know this because of her perpetual smile,
translucent skin and the twinkly sparkles
that shoot from her eyes.
Soon everyone was rummaging
in the local brocante for vintage
split crotch pantaloons
so they could look like her.
The local flea market had genuine vintage
petticoats and genuine fleas too.
Now when struck by a Julie moment,
my skirt will show a ruffle of broderie englaise,
and maybe my fingers will twinkle too.
The split crotch pantaloons
keep your legs warm and are very handy
for those french squatty type bathrooms.
Total immersion is easy
everything is at your fingertips,
appearing before you even know.
Bedroom hooks placed just where needed,
power adaptors and hair dryers at the ready,
deep luxurious baths and pillows
a princess would sleep on.
The open kitchen
sported micro herbs.
Plentiful delights sprang forth seamlessly.
The fresh raspberry trifle
begged to be recorded for posterity.
Which was good as it had
a short but appreciated life.
Total immersion is possible
with views from the studio space,
and Julie's inspiration.
My well filled to brimming.
This little brooch by Julie
wanted to be mine.
Tender was adopted very quickly.
The Summer Fetes and Puppet Show workshop
included puppet shows made by Julie (above),
and bunting. Faces were either painted
or scrounged from magazines.
Clare's beautiful puppets
Meeting Mary Stanley in the flesh,
I knew we would be good friends.
We shared a work table along with Syd Mc Cutcheon.
Who knew she was the famous
Sheep Floozy, of blog, Artfest and lots of other fame?
Our work table was strong, grounded and calm.
More puppets later.
There is a period of digestion after a good retreat,
where inspiration and experience is assimilated,
and I need this time.
As I prepare for Berlin, thoughts and ideas will drift and settle in their rightful place, only then to be shared.
More of the groups' puppets
and bunting next time.
No swear word, just, a bientot.