Despite the rain we had a really happy visit to the theatre in the park to see Quantum Theatre.
We have been enjoying painting outside so we've decided to continue for the time being. For the sake of the regular visitors to the gardens who have become used to our music we have been playing our album 'Roaming Recordings Volume 1' via a bluetooth speaker.
We have been continuing to meet out of doors in the bandstand whilst we have been unable to meet at Breadline. The bandstand naturally lends itself to music-making and so this is what we have been doing recently and people sitting on benches and on the grass on sunny days have enjoyed the entertainment. However, we have been missing painting so we decided this week to bring art materials rather than musical instruments. As it happened we were unable to occupy the bandstand this week anyway as it was being decorated for Golowan Festival, which was going to be going ahead in a very limited form. We enjoyed being on the grass in the dappled shade as it meant we were able to be closer to the flowers that let themselves to being painted.
Our bandstand meetings are very joyful occasions after all the months of being unable to meet. Today was warm and sunny and the gardens were full of people relaxing on the grass. We, and Olive the dog in particular have been meeting people, some on a regular basis, who walk through the gardens each week.
These photos were sent to us by one of the people who took up the offer of seeds and compost earlier in the year...
Now that lockdown is at last gradually lifting, we're looking back on the past year with a sense of achievement and a committment to a future together. Even when we couldn't meet, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. We shared paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Keep an eye out for a new video soon with more details.
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Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships. "