Its January the 22 and instead of summer we have snow on the mountain, strong winds and rain and it’s not very warm either. So what better place to be but in my art studio space. Having borrowed a book from my local library “Collage, Paint, Draw” by Sue Pelletier I decided to follow a lesson called “bird-cage drawing”. This is my interpretation using Reeve acrylics and modelling paste,a bird stencil from Montarga, some mixed paint pens including a gold one and a pencil and a stamp I was given for Christmas.
Since retiring I have joined the Hawera U3A organisation’s Book club
The purpose of U3A is to:
Encourage further learning by listening, understanding, contributing, researching and participating in discussion and relevant excursions about new topics.
Tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience of retired men and women.
Provide a venue for the meeting together of like minded people to learn, contribute and to make new friends in their local community.
(courtesy of the U3A NZ website)
Hawera U3A has about sixty members and they are a wide group of people from all walks of life. I am enjoying getting to know them. There are several different study groups including a Book Club with approx. 12 members. Today I was at the June meeting. It was my third visit and I am really enjoying it. We all gather for a cup of coffee and biscuit then when everyone has arrived we discuss the books we have each read and share recommendations. There are serious readers, light readers and non fiction readers amongst us and it is great I come away with lists of books to read. We also share copies of our own books if we wish to and these are entered in a notebook so they don’t get lost.
Books have always been a part of my life. Birthdays and Christmas would bring exciting new books and those Christmas Annuals were so good they gave me reading material for the long 6 weeks of summer holidays. (I still have some of those treasures put away in a box). Mum always knew where to find me with my nose stuck in a book, “come and do the dishes” she would call and I would reply “when I’ve finished the chapter.” sometimes I got away with it lol. I remember reading at night under the blankets with a torch no wonder I needed glasses by the time I was about 9. Mum had taken me to the Library as soon as I could read and I could not believe how many books there were. I remember a whole shelf of myths and fables from around the world and worked my way through all the countries. I also read all the Heidi books and longed to visit Switzerland one day. Old favourites like the Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and The Famous Five and the American Bobbsey Twins were well read and shared with friends.
Books have kept me company through the many highs and lows of life and continue to do so. I can not imagine a world with out books. I still prefer the real hard copy but if pushed I will read an ebook. For leisure or research nothing beats having my hands on a book.
I have always been a library lover , user and supporter. At the age of five I was taken to our local library and joined up for the junior section. Of course in those days it was all very serious, quiet and the books were fairly plain looking. I loved to read and mum knew she could always find me with my nose in a book particularly at bed time or dishes time. I decided to become a librarian from the time I went to Intermediate school and discovered more about libraries. Recently I retired after a career spanning nearly 40 years. There were breaks for various reasons but either through volunteers work or salaried I retained my library work. So of course it is as difficult for me to walk past a library ( or bookshop) as it is for gardeners to walk past a garden shop. Here are a few of the Libraries I saw during my Australian holiday.