Gardening Magazine

A Day at Allt -y- Bela

By Ozhene @papaver
I have not been to as many garden talks and workshops as I do usually this year.  There is no particular reason for this, I just found that things were not catching my eye this year.  One event did very much grab my attention.  A garden writing workshop being held at Allt y bela, the home of the garden designer Arne Maynard.  I have visited this garden previously about seven years ago for a different course and I thought the opportunity to visit again was too good to miss.
A day at Allt -y- bela The workshop was led by Helena Attlee and Emma Beynon who are described in the workshop information as being an award winning author and a poet.  Helena and Emma were so generous with their knowledge and passion for writing it made the workshop a total joy to take part in.  I have never been to a writing workshop before (shh at the back, I can hear you saying that is obvious') and I admit to being a little worried I might be out of my depth.  There is so much I do not know about writing and I am very keen to rectify this.
A day at Allt -y- bela The workshop was even better than I had expected and I have no idea what I expected.  We were a small and diverse group.  We were all there for our own different reasons and that made it fascinating to listen to each other and appreciate our different perspectives.  There were several times I felt in awe of the words and phrasing of the other participants.  They had an eloquence that I can only hope to aspire to.
A day at Allt -y- bela The setting made the day perfect.  It is a beautiful garden, it has a simple elegance that very quietly speaks to you.  It is that perfect mix of looking simple and yet showing great skill and knowledge.  It all just works.
A day at Allt -y- bela It was a day I will not forget in a hurry.  It has made me think about how I write and what I am want to achieve.  Furthermore I am now pondering about controlling my cliches.  Controlling cliches has to be a bit like herding cats.  Just when you think you've controlled one cliche another one comes along, just like buses.  There they all sit, like ducks in a row, the cliche tree at the top of cliche mountain.
I have to learn.

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