|Our Front Window. Photo, Bara.|
Soon I was called upon to say "Hello", and was introduced to a young person from the Czech Republic (with a name I did not immediately catch), who was interested in pottery and potting.
In spite of, or maybe because of, our own rather city weary condition, we invited her to join us in a cup of tea, and out of such simple beginnings friendships are made!
Bara ended up staying the week, and I have to say that Laura and I are missing her a great deal.
In life I think it is fair to say that for the most part, the drama of our lives is supported by a cast of acquaintances, people that we wave to and smile at, and generally make living nicer and less solitary. These are friends, and I am very thankful for them, but it is rare that you meet someone at greater depth than this, and when you do it is a precious gift. Something to be treasured.
|Bara and Laura, with a lovely frying pan from Bara... so we could have pancakes for breakfast!|
Bara was with us a very short time, but I think we skipped the acquaintance level, and she became part of the family. Bara loves to cook, and meals times were most enjoyable! Bara also has a gift for photography, and I enjoyed seeing the photos she had taken on her travels, and of our meal times.
|A memorable meal together. Photo by Bara.|
Yes, the camera was on hand to record the evening meal! For the most part Bara's photos were not "postcards" or "holiday snaps", but aimed for something deeper.
|Seaweed on frosty sand. Notice the strong shadow from the low winter sun. Photo by Bara.|
I have been spending rather a lot of hours doing accounts on the computer, and designing an advert for an exhibition that Laura will be having, so my time for work in the studio, or walks outside has been limited. However.... our recent visitor has helped awaken some creative juices, and I have been out for some walks with, and without, the camera.
The without the camera walk was one of the more memorable, in that I ambulated slowly and made myself try to describe in words what I was seeing, words in my head I hasten to add!
I watched a pair of black swans take off maybe 400 metres from me, and listened to the sound of their wings at take off power carried to me over the waters of the lagoon. I tried to think what words I would use to describe the sound of the wings.... "Clock, Clock"? No. "Plop, Plop"? No... "A wet, clayey "Flop, Plop"? Closer..
Then I got onto reflections of trees in the water. What texture did they have? Were they "Slimy"? Not really. "Silky"? Possibly.
And, what of the atmosphere. It was Atmosphere. There was woodsmoke, and the chill of winter air over stale water. Mist rising. You have heard of "50 Shades of Grey", but that is how the sky was, and the trees, and water, and distant hills. Blue-grey, brown-grey, purple-grey, green-grey.
|Waikouaiti River near Karitane. Photo by Bara.|
I sometimes elect to watch films, not always foreign, with the English subtitles. I follow the plot better that way. I watch and understand, instead of just watch! Trying to express what I saw in words as I walked, was making me look. Take pause. Assimilate. Take root, in what was around me, and that was a good thing. I must try it more often!
Coming up soon will be Laura's exhibition at the Stuart Street Potter's Co-operative in Dunedin. She has been welcomed there, and we are joint members of the Co-op. Laura rarely works with clay, and the work in her exhibition will be her paintings on wood (plywood or MDF board). The exhibition will run from 4 - 16 July, and will feature a mid exhibition opening on Saturday 9 July at 11am. Do come along to the opening if you are in the Dunedin area at the time, or try to catch the exhibition at some point in its 2 week duration.
|A window, with the ears of Nigella Stopit visible. Photo by Bara|