Yarn Bombed Trees in Worthing


It's been an unseasonably chilly month of June so far and even the trees in Worthing are wearing woolly jumpers, it seems.
   I cycled past this technicoloured tree cosy in the rain yesterday so had to return under blue skies to take a closer look. There are in fact three knit-adorned trees on the corner of Union Place and the A259, a spot that boasts a fine view of the ring road in front of Waitrose's car park and is next to a big boarded up space by yet another car park. The town's Conservative club HQ is opposite. It's a location that really benefits from some colour and cheer!
   I suspect this outdoor art installation is the work of Worthing's guerrilla knitters, though the piece is unsigned. The decorated trees surprised and delighted passers by.

Dreams of ukuleles and houseboats in Shoreham-by-sea

On Sunday morning I went to the Ukulele Breakfast at Shoreham's Beach Dreams festival. This year's uke event was led by Wukulele's Harriet Booth, Uke At The Duke's Lawrie Stevens and Teena Fox. In the middle of a marquee - edged with craft stalls and a cafe serving proper coffee, cooked breakfasts and homemade cakes - the trio introduced complete beginners to basic uke strumming techniques, armed them with some starter chords and then led us all in a rousing jam session.
The route back to Shoreham station took me along the riverbank and to the Good Ship Verda, open for the tenth year running as an exhibition venue on Adur Art Trail. Verda is the creation, home and studio of artist Hamish McKenzie. This vast vessel includes an ex-passenger ferry and a 1970s Duple Dominant coach among its incredible architectural features. Inside, the shiny wooden floor slopes dramatically and light streams in through a glass dome in the ceiling. The coach windows are hung with yards of covetable vintage Liberty Bauhaus fabric. It's a work of art in itself.
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