The Pallet Wood Christmas Tree and the Art Studio re-invented…..

At last! After the house fire,  my Art studio (214 Brooke Drive in Borrowdale Brooke Estate) is repainted, the Living area rebuilt, and paintings are hanging again for viewing!

The garden has recovered from the invasion of builders and  under Dad’s loving care is looking magnificent….

214 Brooke Drive Garden

214 Brooke Drive Garden

 

To see images of the art hanging on the walls, and for updates and catalogue, visit my blog page, ‘Art by Lin Barrie’:

https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/art/

Our Christmas tree this year is a painted re-cycled pallet wood tree –

the tree set up at 214

the tree set up at 214

……made by The Framing Centre, experienced Zimbabwean timber picture frame manufactures and suppliers of art material- check out their site for the great re-cycled pallet wood furniture and frames that they make!

such as this one that frames two of my small wild dogs…

Lin Barrie art in Pallet Wood frame

Lin Barrie art in Pallet Wood frame

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Framing-Centre/695807913771954

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I used various decorations including these cut out metal stars…..

Christmas Star

Christmas Star

and angels….

Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

and these cut out plastic bottle bases which make lovely translucent floral and star shapes….

Christmas dangles

Christmas dangles

These are made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project…a heartwarming vocational training centre offering skills and sheltered employment to adults and adolescents with special needs, whose motto is:
“PUTTING A LITTLE SUNSHINE INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE”
https://www.facebook.com/SunshineZimbabweProject

Sunshine Zimbabwe Project

Sunshine Zimbabwe Project

These pretty cut-out angels have travelled from Harare to Binga, Australia, Mutare and the Save Valley Conservancy! Given to family near and far so that even if we can not be together at Christmas, we can all hang our angels on our trees and remember each other year after year at Christmas time…..here is little Ethan, receiving his angel in Australia….

Ethan and his African Angel

Ethan and his African Angel

 

Ethan hanging his Christmas Angel…….

Ethan's Angel

Ethan’s Angel

And here he is opening his Christmas Day present-I posted the fabulous “Chizi’s Tale” to him…

Ethan and Chizi's Tale

Ethan and Chizi’s Tale

About an orphaned Zimbabwean rhino…….illustrated by Zimbabwe’s own Jacqui Radford..

chizi in bed

chizi in bed

In support of Tusk Trust, written by Jack Jones, here is the book being presented to Prince William at a Tusk event in New York recently…

Prince William and Chizi's Tale

Prince William and Chizi’s Tale

 

The wooden christmas tree fits right in with my interior decor…including  the re-cycled plastic cup lampshades which hang in the living area of my Harare house, and which I obtained from Shingiririai Trust just after my house fire….I decided to add the translucent floral and star shapes made by the Sunshine Zimbabwe Project, as dangling chandeliers beneath the plastic cup lamps…creating a glowing jelly fish shape- I am sooooo pleased with these!

Re-cycled Chandelier

Re-cycled Chandelier

Founded in 2003 when sixteen concerned women met under a tree in a church yard to talk about ‘doing something for orphans’, they are producing innovative household and fashion wear from everyday debris!

shingirirayi trust

shingirirayi trust

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shingirirai-Trust/426100987417213?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal

Before leaving Harare for Senuko, then to Chilo for the Christmas period, we have a family dinner in harare…

yummy local produce, colcom sausages and ham….

colcom sausages and ham

colcom sausages and ham

Dad in our  Harare garden, with my favourite Christmas flowers, Crinum lilies…….

Dad and crinums

Dad and crinums

Then we head off to Senuko, to our bush home “Tsavene”, in the Save Valley Conservancy..

Tsavene

Tsavene

At Tsavene, accompanied by my daughter Kelli and her boyfriend Anton Milner, we have yet another pre-Christmas feast with our grandchildren Jade and Rayne…

senuko christmas lunch

senuko christmas lunch

 

and they place the family angel on our tree at Tsavene…(note Jackie Milner’s yummy mince pies in the background!)

jade and rayne decorate the senuko tree

jade and rayne decorate the senuko tree

Jade is a star....

Jade is a star….

 

Travelling onwards to Chilo Gorge, Kelli and Anton join us for a few days to drive my car back home….

Anton takes awesome panoramas of a sundowner on the Save river bank….

panoramas of chilo

panoramas of chilo

and a gorgeous photo of me and my special girl….

Kelli at Sunset

Kelli at Sunset

 

“Kelli, I am so proud of the beautiful and fabulous woman you have become…

Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Ride!”

Lin and Kelli in the Chilo sunset

Lin and Kelli in the Chilo sunset

Clive and I remain at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge for Christmas, and into the New Year-hosting many guests in a lovely place…….wherever you all are we wish you a peaceful and special festive season……..

christmas greeting card

christmas greeting card

 

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About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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2 Responses to The Pallet Wood Christmas Tree and the Art Studio re-invented…..

  1. savannabel says:

    This is a beautiful post … don’t know how I missed it! All the best for 2015 …

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