Roaming resumed on Wednesday 5th September with our sixth and final Roaming Grows session at which we harvested all we could for our lunch at Roaming PZ on Thursday 6th. Phoebe was our visiting artist for the day introducing the process of spinning. One of the group found that the rhythm of pedalling the spinning wheel inspired him to perform a spontaneous rap. It was great to be all back together again.
Today we weeded and watered as well as harvesting food for lunch... boiled potatoes and French beans and salad leaves adorned with edible flowers.
We also harvested kohl rabi, cabbage, courgettes, squash and shallots for lunch at Roaming Penzance tomorrow and glorious flowers, which we all took home with us.
We've had an exciting day with visiting artist Jonny Russell. Jonny is a musician and music technician and he spent the day recording individual people's musical and poetic contributions and mixing them electronically into a composition. By popular request Jonny is returning in a fortnight to continue with these experiments.
'Jerry', the inanimate new arrival pictured here turned up on a bicycle trailer and is in fact a modified guitar case!
Lucy and Laura began the day with an early visit to the allotment to gather salad and veg for lunch and flowers for people to take home. The strange yellow courgette was on the allotment donation table and the couple who had grown it were there when we picked it up and pleased to know it was going to be part of our Roaming meal.
Janet McEwan was our visiting artist today and came to work on a film with one of the Roamers. We also had another visitor, a student from America, who Laura met on Sunday and invited along. He arrived at lunchtime, hot and hungry, having walked from Porthcurno. It was great to have him with us.
Over lunch Lucy talked to us about some humanitarian work she is about to undertake, which led to a fascinating debate.
Under another cloudless blue sky, Roamers braved the heat. Luckily there was a gentle breeze in the allotment and a carefully constructed tent-like shaded area for chilling.
We started , as is our habit with a hot drink, freshly picked mint for tea chosen by some of us. The weeds have grown well despite the dry dusty conditions. Between the weeds there are flowers vegetables and strawberries. Clad with gloves, hats and forks some of us begin on the big weed! Most of the thistles and rosebay willow herb come up roots and all before setting seed so that is very satisfying.
Runner and french beans were helped to climb bamboo sticks by gently twisting them anticlockwise. Someone discovered rows of onions and shallots, another found kale cabbage and kohlrabi and someone else found a row of dwarf french beans and planted a couple of rows of mange tout peas with a netting triangle over them to give support and protect the young plants from birds.
After lunch of hummus wraps with the additions allotment grown lettuce and dill we continued. Two people planted three rows of leeks. First we watered the ground as the earth was dusty and sandlike.The seedlings, which were well watered were removed from the modules and roots teased out. Holes were dibbed and each leek was twirled into each hole ensuring the roots were not touched and completely immersed in the hole afterwhich they were watered in generously. Someone else picked a goodly amount of strawberries which were divided up between us. Another person picked marigolds, sweetpeas and cosmos for colour and fragrance to take home.
Altogether a productive day.
We have just completed another 2 week residency at Redwing Gallery that was timed to correspond with Penzance's Golowan Festival and Mazey Day. It's really good for us as a group to have so many consecutive days to meet together and we followed the same pattern as our last residency whereby we made collaborative works. Two people worked on a painting to completion, which celebrates traditional methods of farming and was influenced by a painting by Breugel. Other made a start on 2 more paintings, which will be continued over Thursdays to come. On Mazey Day we were open for members of the public to join us making creatures, in solidarity with the Golowan theme 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
One of our group spent the fortnight constructing a 'tree of life' from recycled materials, which others joined in decorating with leaves and some creatures. Sadly this had to be dismantled due to its proportions but its creator donned a costume from a previous performance and carried it on his head up and down Wood Street as a final parting gesture.
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It was a freezing cold, windy day but nevertheless a number of us gathered to dig, plant, construct and celebrate a birthday with a barbecue.
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