I was lucky enough to be involved in a fantastic art project organized by the Tate Britain for one of their family days. I worked with a couple of schools in Newham and the community artists Davina Drummond and Daniel Lehan.

the choir!
Daniel and I in our arty hats!

SingUp asked me to help with the singing aspect of the project. Today 30 kids sang a fantastic medley of 8 songs they had chosen that went with 8 art works in room 9. Songs like ‘Man in the Mirror’, ‘Disturbia”Lean on Me’. It was a beautiful day and lots of parents came to watch them sing. The kids also had made kneelers and sewed on words and phrases from the songs.

some of the kneelers

room 9 tate britain

I wore a tie to show solidarity for the fact the kids had to wear their uniform and had an inward chuckle of the irony of Tate and Lyle who produce one of the most addictive  substances known to children is sponsoring the event.. Thanks to the spoonful of sugar!

So I was in the West End buying yet more skeins of Rowan colourscape and thought I’d have my lunch in the park behind John Lewis and wow! Elephants! I love elephants!

Use to go to Regents Park Zoo and cry with them.

The Late Great Jim Robson .

Then one day a tragic accident  – the elephant keeper Jim Robson died, when he tripped and was stepped on by one of the elephants. Jim had been the elephant keeper for many mnay years it was a really terrible shock for all the zoo workers, I remember going to the zoo the next day. Really sad.  After a 170 year tradition, the elephants were bused off to whipsnade….never to return.

Went on a coach once to Whipsnade to see how they were getting on..they had forgotten me already.another elephant


taking an elephant for a walk!


are a charity trying to stop the disappearing beautiful asian elephant so we should all log on and help support this cause.

Also another excuse for you to watch our tribute to the mighty elephant.

Last weekend I went on a wonderful songwriting weekend with 14 woman and one man, the rather illusive Simon Brown who never seemed to be around when we were taking pictures. The Songwriting Crewe ( except for Simon Brown who was taking the picture)It was fantastically inspiring.  With our poet laureate Gill McEvoy, songwriters Sue Harris, Polly Bolton and my self all ran sessions and we had a marvellously creative time. Simon Brown has already written a round about his sensible shoes which I tried out today.

SO a good week, three choirs and my mudchute group and planning for the musical at Torriano Juniors. Today we set up ‘The SOng Swap Society’..more news on that soon.

We shall be organising London song swap sessions for our Vocal Force Collegues and friends.


Also popped to the Tate Britian to check out room 9 for the family day I am involved in next weekend.tate britain

the crochet is going well…only 10 more and a lot of sewing to go. x x x x

So ..it started off as a nice little square sweet little granny squaresand now it has turned into the blanket of all blankets -I mean there is no point in making a perky little dog blanket when you don’t own a small dog.


I want a large double blanket, which means vast numbers of granny squares and huge amounts of wool. So I have found myself nipping into the fourth floor of the Temple that is John Lewis to buy yet more Rowan wool and sadly only  Colourscape skeins ( I love that word-skeins) will do. So the summer holiday has been cancelled as the money is all going on fine fine wool.The culprits!The skeins are divine -amazing colours which move through the spectrum in a perfectly timely way!

Something about the speed it changes colour makes it just right for someone like me, who gets bored too quickly to crochet  the same colour for more than 10 minutes and is just not skillfull enough to do all that changing wool every three minutes. So the squares mulitply. My friends laugh as I crochet at meal times, on the bus, in the car, where ever..I don’t care..I have a large blanket to finish, and I can see the task getting bigger and bigger. I have songwriting workshops to present, songs to arrange, a musical to write, the third part of  the Millenium triology to read – and somehow, none of theses things are getting done. I suddenly am looking forward to sitting on a train for 3 hours so I can be left alone to crochet to my hearts content!more....

and more.....

Each square is now being finished off with a nice border of Rowan British Sheep un-dyed woolI was here last week.... to give it continuity. (I got the idea from a lovely lady in the I Knit London in Lower Marsh , Waterloo where I popped last week and sat in on the wonderous Thursday evening knitting club.)

No time for the piano anymore....

How soon will it be before I have enough jewels to join them al together? I am getting crotchet forearm..a little muscle just in front of my bingo wing is being developed by the constant twisting motion. I think I need to become ambidextrous! As they say…WATCH THIS SPACE. X X X X