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  • Writer's pictureChristine Collister

Spring has sprung!

Blogpost April 2022

So much to tell … so little time!

First of all the great news is that myself, Bob and mum all sped through the dreaded lurgy with relative ease and are all in fine fettle once more. Spring is fully up and running in a blaze of light and glorious colour and even the temperature's easing up little by little. Ain’t nature a wonder.

My creative juices are well and truly back and flowing. I now have 5 songs completed for The Children Of The Sea project (an album of original songs inspired by Manx Folklore and a magical sense of place:). For someone who rarely let’s her songwriting wings unfold - frankly I’m amazed! I’ll share a snippet of song number 2 here in the belly of the Blogpost in the hope I can pique your interest in learning more about the whole process.

She Was A Wise Woman is inspired by the well known tale (here on the island) of The Witch Of Slieu Whallian. I’m definitely going to have to write my own versions of the stories and share the inspirations that sparked the songwriting process. There are details that simply can’t be included that make for interesting reading. I’ll probably have them here on the website - once I have all the songs done. But for now here’s a couple of verse and choruses to whet your appetite:

I have an imminent FB Live this coming Saturday April 16th at 10.30am (BST) … I hope you can join me for a fairly relaxed performance in mum’s sunroom. I’ve managed to glue my guitar nails in place though as yet I’m undecided as to which songs I’ll be playing. Unfortunately none of the new songs are ready for such an outing though I’m hoping that by the summer perhaps one or two will make their debut? I’ve had a few requests I’m happy to include … tune in on Saturday to find out what they are.

I can now officially announce that I shall be performing alongside my lovely musical friends Lindsay, Steve and Callum Rowe, Christy DeHaven and Jo&Juan Callister, at the Manannan Festival Saturday July 2nd at the Erin Arts Centre. It will be almost exactly a year since I last performed with real people for real people! Life is never less than interesting n’est pas? I’ll share more info next time when the ticket links should be available.

In other news … I’ve planted second early and main crop potatoes and tidied up the green house ready for a slew of seeds to propagate. So far, waiting in tiny pots ready to break the compost surface are: dwarf French beans which were a triumph last year; tiger tomatoes, ridged cucumbers firsts for me, chocolate sweet peppers (why not?), chillis, rainbow carrots (I don’t hold out much hope. But always worth a go) and the large planter Bob made for my strawberry plants’ babies inside the green house last year, is bursting with life again. There are even flowers blossoming! So yes I’m also feeling excited about another summer of growing fruit and veg. I grew from seed and planted out about 6 purple sprouting broccoli last year, which are now (9 or 10 m months later?) groaning with beautiful deep purple long stemmed veg!

Bob’s built several raised beds on the patio which are great. One was planted with garlic, red onion, leeks, beetroot and turnips last October. There were also several rows of carrots …but only 1 single carrot has survived … I will count my blessings! So there is plenty to be getting on with and much to be grateful for.

My early morning walks continue to bring me great joy especially as the dawn chorus has turned right up. What an awesome and riotous cacophony it is - pure joy!

I'll share more creative endeavours next month. Hope to see you on Saturday.

Till next time keep rising above the turbulence!

Much love

Christine x

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