Today was such an eventful day that I haven’t even managed to look at the leaf!
The whole World around the Compost Bin has been drastically changed. Two Big Ones wearing things the same colour as the yellow poppies around the Bin have been around all day. Making Big Noises.
At 4pm when Avocard and I were preparing ourselves for our dusk amble we heard a large shriek. We peeped under the Bin and saw the strangest sight: the smallest of the Big Ones was jumping up and down with Brown Material on his right hand.
Avocard and I looked at each other. We knew that where the Big Ones had been digging was where the Black Furry Beast had it’s toilet. We had a good slimy laugh together I tell you!
Tomorrow I will apply my mind to the conundrum of the Leaf.
No sign of the strange prickly animal this morning when I returned to the Compost Bin at around 4am…however yesterday a lot of Noise in the garden – even the Worms were unsettled and slithered lower into the compost. I ventured out at dusk with my mate Avocard (so named because she always hangs out near the Avocado Stone and has the habit of laying down the law). We were astounded to see that instead of the shed a Space had appeared.
We explored for a while and suddenly Avocard shouted: “Over here!” I spent the next half hour sliding towards her. Under the White Legs lay a leaf which Avocard was circling around taking great care not to touch it.
The most extraordinary creature appeared in our garden. I have to confess that we were having a good night in the rain when a group of us came nose to nose with this:
It seemed a little wary of us as we were of it. And I certainly wouldn’t have like to get too near those big spiky things on it’s back. We beat a hasty retreat to the Big People’s living room. I’ll let you know if it is there tomorrow.
Am very busy planning an autumn exhibition which could be called Slugscapes or Gastropod Gastronomy. To be held in the Barn Gallery in The Horse, Moretonhampstead from 23rd October 2014 to 26th November 2014.
In our studio the small creatures are inspiring me to leave simple lines with bright colours on canvas…the slug tea party was far from sluggish with ideas being bandied around regarding the slimy animals…not everyone ate the slug scones I made for some reason!