Friday’s Letters

12.06.2020

Surprises!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed this week’s theme of Crows for the creative writing tasks. If you haven’t caught up with that one yet you can find it here!

I’d also like to welcome those of you who are new to this blog site. Friday is the day I post a letter from my allotment and readers responses and pictures. This site was initially set up for a small class of 10 that I run at St Nicks in York. It moved online due to COVID-19, however we absolutely welcome new people to join us and a shared love of nature. It’s fascinating for us in York to hear from different areas around the country and world, so please do write to me and share your pictures and words.

Last week Meg sent me this awesome picture of Shield Bug eggs! They look like miniature grapes. They were taken with a special lense. I also recently found some newly hatched shield bugs at my allotment – which are so cute! You can see from my photograph just how tiny they are, they were resting on a honeysuckle leaf and safely returned to the plant.

I also have these gorgeous pics of Meg’s hedgehog, I haven’t managed to work out how to upload a video yet, so I tried taking some screen shots instead. I thought the picture I accidentally caught of the hedgehog’s bottom was just as cute as her little face – so thought I would include both! Hope this makes you smile like it did me!

A lot of people said that they enjoyed reading about crows in Wednesday’s class, and my sister sent me this brilliant poem and sketch that she made a couple of years ago and dug out especially to send in (thank you!).

You might also remember a couple of week’s ago, I posted a poem called ‘Willow Learns to Fly a Dragon’, if you didn’t see it you can find it here.

My lovely niece sent this response to the poem and the gorgeous picture of a dragon featured underneath:

I have a dragon swirling around in my heart
love in my heart
one heart in my love
my heart with you
and your heart with me
One two three
together our hearts become one

My final thing this week are two book recommendations. ‘K’ from my usual class sent me this beautiful book Way Making, which I can highly recommend. It is a gorgeous collection of poetry, prose and art all about the natural landscape. It’s great for dipping into before bed, or first thing in the morning to start the day. It’s like stepping straight out onto the hills.

The second book was recommended by a friend and is a real visual treat, it’s all about natural structures that are created by animals and insects across the globe. There are some truly beautiful photographs to drool over.

I have a lovely task which is gentle and thoughtful for Saturday’s Art Challenge – we will be sketching feathers (one of my favourite things to draw).

I hope you have enjoyed these lovely images and words. Please take care, and please do send any of your work to me at e.mckenzie1@yorksj.ac.uk I love to hear how everyone is getting on.

With kind regards,

Emma

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York (www.stnicks.org.uk) for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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