We loved having our nephew and niece over from Germany at the end of the summer. The days were filled with stories and laughter, Gruffallo games, drawing and sticking, woodland treasure hunts, tennis and tinkling the ivories.
And cake making.
George and I had as much fun painting our cakes as Tom and Kim did. You can see that G hasn’t lost his artists’ eye and that I still haven’t found mine!
In the afternoon we took Tom and Kim to Gloucester Cathedral to check out some real artwork at what is being described as ‘the sculpture exhibition of the decade’.
Crucible features over 70 sculptures by many renowned British and International artists. Some of the sculptures have never been seen in public before or were made especially for this exhibition. Seeking them out in the various locations around the cathedral, cloisters and grounds is a little like a grown up cultural treasure hunt. Except when you’re with kids as soon as you find one they’re on to the next. I like the immediacy and randomness of looking at artwork with children though; going where their curiosity takes you and their natural instinct, and mine, to reach out and touch to make sense of it all (fingers are allowed on all but a handful of fragile pieces). I’d like to visit the Cathedral again before the exhibition closes on the 30th October to take a more considered look at the pieces I particularly liked, those I was puzzled by and the ones I missed altogether.
Rodrigues Giant Tortoise by Nick Bibby