Birds and Bake-Off on the Ward

Today, at the Tuesday Ceilidh, we welcomed Gill Thompson, Printmaker, again, plus some Bake-off inspired cakes.

As is the nature of this weekly ceilidh in Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway, there is an ever changing gathering of people. Some recovering from surgery, stroke and falls, some having been there quite some time and waiting for a care placement or home care, some visiting, some NHS staff and some of the Alzheimer Scotland team.

We had spoken previously about the Great British Bake Off being back on our screens and I had promised some bakes from this week’s on-screen challenges. I brought a toffee-apple cake and some of the mini rolls.

Gill explained that she is working on the panels for the ward Memory Garden and that she has been working on birds from three themes – machair, shoreline and garden birds.

Today, being September, we focussed on the Guga, or Gannet image, creating it as a collagraph for later printing. The Guga hunters are back on dry land in Ness now, and it was a wonderful topic of conversation around the table. How it smells, how it tastes, how it anchors the season for the folk of Ness.

Gill also made a collagraph plate of a thrush for the garden birds panel.

Everyone was enthralled by Gill’s art expertise and very engaged with the process, although two people attending didn’t really want to have a go at creating a bird, they were really interested in the process nonetheless.

The cakes went down really well, too. The balance of tart apple against sweet toffee and the mint against the chocolate were topics of conversation, as well as the GBBO television connection.

We will be back in a fortnight – I am on the mainland on holiday next week.

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