Wild Swimming at Sharrah Pool

Wild Swimming at Sharrah Pool

Floating on my back I felt the warmth of the sun on my face as the river’s current turned me in slow circles on my lazy drift downstream. A blue damselfly danced in the air inches from my face before joining others along the riverbank. Turning to watch them I realised...
Enjoy a cream tea in the South West of England

Enjoy a cream tea in the South West of England

A cream tea at the Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor By Gillian Adams Do you take cream or jam first? This may seem like an unusual question, but it’s one that is hotly debated in the counties of Devon and Cornwall, which lie in the South West of England. The...
Five of the best films about mental health

Five of the best films about mental health

Mental health issues are now being talked about more openly. Here are five movies that depict the subject. 1. What About Bob? (1991) A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients tracks him down during his family...
Getting my hands dirty with ceramics

Getting my hands dirty with ceramics

When I was in my teens we had a pottery class at my school for just one lesson. This felt quite ground breaking a the time for my strict grammar school and we were tasked with making a ceramic tile. I made a hippopotamus rising out of the water in what I thought was a...
Having a play with silver clay

Having a play with silver clay

This is reposted from an earlier art blog in 2013 so apologies for the poor photos. After hearing other students talk about silver clay on a recent small metals class, I took a look was delighted to discover a medium that seemed to combine ceramic and metal...