Cat in the Dark by Margaret Mahy

Cat in the Dark by Margaret Mahy

A beautiful poem today by Margaret Mahy, beautifully read by 10 year old Elsie Billington. 

A minute of pure handwashing pleasure.

Te Wheke celebrates Ōtautahi Christchurch’s place in the Pacific

Te Wheke celebrates Ōtautahi Christchurch’s place in the Pacific

An immersive exhibition that explores art through our connections with the Pacific will be unveiled at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on 30 May.

A Calm Day by Basil Dowling

A Calm Day by Basil Dowling

Today our Graphic Designer Peter Bray reads about the sound of the ocean when the wind dies down. Only Basil Dowling puts it lot better than that in A Calm Day.

I saw her face by Robin Judkins

I saw her face by Robin Judkins

We've had lots of poetry responding to nature but poetry's other great theme has been absent. We put that right today with a love poem by Robin Judkins. A simple expression of love you might say, but listen right to the end and then say with confidence what happpens next.

That will take a minute so your hands will be sparkling. Today's reader is Visitor Host Tim Hobbs.

Order

Can you put these works from our collection in the right order?
To a child dancing in the wind by W B Yeats

To a child dancing in the wind by W B Yeats

Today our Business Administrator Jackie Heavey reads a poem by a compatriot of hers, William Butler Yeats, in which the innocence of childhood is envied.

Yes you can now go to the beach, but keep your distance and, of course, keep washing those hands.

And the animals shall inherit the earth

And the animals shall inherit the earth

It’s been interesting observing how nature has quietly but very quickly reclaimed the earth since we have all gone into Covid-19 lockdown. My social media timelines have been peppered with images of animals wandering where humans can’t, boars roaming in Barcelona, peacocks in Dubai, deer in Japan and schools of tiny fish in the now clear waters of Venice to name a few. Related of course are the clearing skies around the world.

Colouring in: Mantis in the Sun

Colouring in: Mantis in the Sun

This print by Eileen Mayo is like a close-up of a praying mantis and the insect it has caught. It shows a lot of detail. It's almost like we are right next to it! 

Colouring in: Cats in the Trees

Colouring in: Cats in the Trees

This artwork is a linocut print called Cats in the Trees. The artist, Eileen Mayo, loved all animals, but cats were her favourite. What's your favourite animal?

Colouring in: Doric Dairy

Colouring in: Doric Dairy

In the old days, milk was delivered to people's homes by horse and cart. The milk was ladled into tin pots (called billies) from a big metal urn. Can you find the urn where the milk is kept in this linocut? What colour is it?

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