I am writing this one April evening

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it has been a lovely sunny day which feels like such a blessing after the drenching rain and cold we have had.

I had supper of homemade quiche – eggs from our three Dixie Chicks,  salad from the greenhouse.  As I write I have one cat at my elbow sniffing at the organic chocolate I am demolishing (oh goodness) a sweet dog at my feet. My  husband Mr P is watching Mr Snow tell us ‘the news.’ I reflect what a blessed life! ….I am not a refugee in Calais.    I live in beautiful rural Dorset, not flooded Bangladesh….  nor frightening North Korea……how do we balance our great good fortune being born in the time and place we inhabit……?


Early stages of Six poplars and Hambledon, 80 x 120cm

All that sounds rather serious – but since I am writing and you are reading this I just want to acknowledge …. a mutual understood awareness.

Truth and honesty are essential to everything of value,  and though I have not ventured into this place before, and probably will not again – maybe it is appropriate to say this seriousness is there, and also to celebrate  that I have been a member of the Society of Friends for about 30 years,  those values have given meaning and guidance and enjoyment and fulfilment to my life.  And have supported me these past 6 months when two much loved  and very important people in my life, have died.  Strangely, it seems like this past winter has been very unusually tough and challenging for many people – who feel the tectonic plates of their lives have been moving …Enough……

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and now a change of tone……  which is not as abrupt as it might seem.  
Being fully sad gives space to being fully happy too –

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This painting is the view I have of Fontmell Down from one of my walks.  As I plod on my eyes are met by one glorious view after another – one Dorset hill after another …….. this is a fabulous place to live!

Another local view – from our orchard last spring when  Melbury Hill is nearly obscured by blossom



P1010681Last Sunday we hosted a little concert for the pupils of Sadie Harrison.  I am a member of that happy band!    If you visit during Dorset Art Weeks (May 28 – June 12 – and I am in the mood I might even give you a little recital…. or not! Or Robert might on his guitar!


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NOW  ….  I am going to digress just a little and tell you about Sadie and her project

THE ROSE GARDEN OF LIGHT which will be touring the UK and Europe in May and June and comes to St Peters in Shaftesbury on June 2    (info below). 

In addition to being my piano teacher!!  and a well respected composer, Sadie is also Scholar of Afghan music and Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Afghan Music Department at Goldsmiths University in London, she is composer in residence for Cuatro Puntos – do look them up www.cuatropuntos.org  and  www.sadieharrisoncomposer.co.uk  No!  go on, really look them up!

‘The Rosegarden of Light, was written as a response to an unspeakable act of violence against musicians at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.’


All proceeds from this tour will go directly towards these students
The Ensemble Zohra

Girls in particular have to be very brave to continue to study. Boys study here too and perform in ‘Traditional Music Ensemble’ – both risk terror attacks by continuing the study of music which is condemned by the fundamentalists. Many of the young people that the project supports are orphans, and or are disadvantaged in some way, some have been street vendors or beggars… and now they are studying music at the highest level, their own music or playing Chopin, … imagine! uplifting the spirits of the for the people of Afghanistan – and the world over.

Sadie has blended her natural empathy and understanding of people (which is what makes her such a brilliant teacher) her gift for musical composition and her passion and belief in both education in general and education in the Arts as a path to world Peace in particular. The Rose Garden of Light Project draws all these impulses together – like a beautiful Afghan tapestry – wonderful music played by professional musicians who are touring the Europe to give us an opportunity to show real practical support for the young people, in war torn Afghanistan.

All proceeds from the concerts will go to Afghanistan.

I find this so inspiring and life affirming I am hopeful you will too, and not mind if sometimes I do stray and tell you pieces of Good News I find.

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The Concert dates are:

28 May 2016, 7.30pm Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival, Swanage School
29 May 2016, 3pm Brighton Fringe Festival, Friends Meeting House
30 May 2016, 7.00pm The Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset
1 June 2016, 6.15pm CD LAUNCH CONCERT Goldsmiths, London
2 June 2016, 7.30pm St. Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
4 June 2016, 7.30pm Late Music Festival, Unitarian Chapel, York

Ticket information and reservations from individual venues email: RosegardenofLight@outlook.com tel: 07456 890899

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