Brambles and borders

I’ve spent part of the day talking to activity managers from care homes which I hope will participate in a later stage of the #ashford100buildings project.

It’s sometimes difficult to reach them because they usually work part-time and, when they’re in the care homes, they tend to be busy leading their activities. And today has been sunny so I imagine that they’ve been talking to residents in the homes’ gardens, drinking tea perhaps or indulging with an ice cream.

I’m hoping that, once I’ve selected 100 buildings, I will be able to take a short film of the buildings into the care homes – to illicit memories and to encourage participation in a collective artwork.

That is why this project has been funded by the Kent Community Foundation – to help alleviate the isolation of those living in care homes during the pandemic. While I have some personal goals associated with #ashford100buildings, as far as the funders are concerned, this is what counts.

So far I’ve got two homes definitely signed up and another three looking at my proposal (which includes such activities as sticking and drawing as well as writing and reminiscing).

I spoke to Jan from Brambles which is in my home community and where I have worked before. She manages to sound as if nothing is too much trouble – which is quite an achievement in these Covid times.

‘Just send over the proposal and we’ll take a look,’ she says.

Too hot to do it today. I headed off to Godinton with Alice to take some photos. What incredible herbaceous borders.

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