Every Monday I ring my twin sister, Solveig, who lives in Australia with her husband. We use Skype, chatter for a couple of hours, commenting on daily life, and having FUN!
I painted this garland of “Night and Day”, which pop up in amongst the longer grass on the slopes of my garden. We were talking (amongst other things) about square cards as an alternative to the usual shape.. I sent over the file with the flowers and she came up with this verse that she found to put in the centre of the card.
We browse for different plant sorts, look at gemstones and send each other photos of our jewellery production, sometimes recite poems that we remember from way back, such as
OVERHEARD ON A SALTMARSH
Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?
Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?
Give them me.
Give them me. Give them me.
Then I will howl all night in the reeds,
lie in the mud and howl for them.
Goblin, why do you love them so?
They are better than stars or water,
Better than voices of winds that sing,
Better than any man’s fair daughter,
Your green glass beads on a silver ring.
Hush, I stole them out of the moon.
Give me your beads, I want them.
I will howl in a deep lagoon
For your green glass beads, I love them so.
Give them me. Give them.