Painting sheets

This weekend my brother and sister and I went to our grandparents while our parents have been away for the weekend. My grandad is an artist, sows knew we would probably be doing something arty/painty. We got there and he took us down to his studio, where he had cut up sheets to the exact size of some paintings hanging up in his hallway. He told us that his plan was for us to paint whatever we liked on our sheets, and then he would pin then to the frames of the real pictures in his hallway. 

We had to plan our paintings on paper before we got started on our sheets, and I decided to do lots of windows, different shapes and sizes each time, with patterns inside. We used Gouache paint, a sort of thick paint with a glue-like substance.

I drew my plan on the sheet first with faint charcoal, then after moved onto the paint. 

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I wanted to use summery colours, to brighten up their hall a bit for the autumn and winter; Yellows, reds, greens, oranges, blues; not blacks, browns, greys and so on. 

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It took a while to finish up; maybe 2 or 3 hours? It was worth it when I had finished though: Lots of windows, with different coloured frames, with unusual patterns inside. 

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I hope that one day you will get to do something like this,

SparrowHorse x

Fim Review: Everest

A few weeks ago I went with my mum to the Cinema, to watch Everest. My mum wanted to see the film because she had read and really liked the book, ‘Into thin air’. In case you didn’t know, the book was set on a true event that happened in 1996, and the author was a person who experienced the events that happened in the book and film. My mum wanted to go, and see how they had presented the film on account of the books description. She asked if I wanted to come along, and at first I said no, but in the end it was a yes. It was on quite late, half eight to about quarter to eleven, and as you can imagine, I was so tired afterwards!

I didn’t really know what to expect, my mum had told me that the story was quite gruesome, detailing the injuries and illnesses the climbers had and the emotional feeling of the characters. 

I was pretty taken aback when I saw the film. It was very moving, some parts I had to cry, upsetting scenes were not rare. It was disturbing that it was a real event, about true people. If there was one fault with the film, it would be that it did not include enough technical detail, or enough about the Sherpas – Nepalese people that get paid to carry the climbers luggage, and oxygen tanks. I was quite interested about the Sherpas, I wouldn’t really like to be one; carrying other peoples luggage…

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If you think that this might be your type of film; or book, it is a great experience to watch it, and has great actors and is made really life-like. It is a 12A and really upsetting, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 10, maybe? But it would be pretty high on my list of good films! 

I hope you get round to seeing it,

SparrowHorse x

Book Review: Split Second

This is the second book review that has been centred around a book by Sophie McKenzie, and by that I mean to draw you in to her, as I think that she is an incredible author. 

This book is called Split Second, a book I noticed while scanning through the website, ‘The book people’ and it caught my eye, as I already owned a vast amount of her books. I read the blurb, and thought it would be a great book to try…

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Here is the blurb, copied of the back of my book:

A terrorist bomb in a London market tears Charlie’s life apart. Months later she meets Nat, whose family was devastated by the same explosion. As Charlie gets closer to Nat, she starts to wonder – does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on? 

Life can change in the blink of an eye – whether you’re ready or not…

I would recommend this book to anyone over 12, who likes a subject around action.  I find it is a fast-paced as well as gripping book, drawing people in from even just the first page. It is built with suspense, in some parts making your eyes widen, making you draw your breath in. 

If you read this book and like it, there is a sequel, Every second counts, but, I find this book not as good as the first, as I would rate Split Second a five star book, and the sequel a four, because it has a less interesting plot and is more predictable than the first.

I hope you love this book as I do,

SparrowHorse x

Scout Camp

I’ve been at scout camp! Together, our group consisting of fourteen scouts and three leaders,  we travelled to Dorset, hoping for a week of sunshine. The Dorset countryside greeted us with rain, and as it proceeded to rain while we pitched our tents, and for the next two days, we began to give up hope. Despite the rainy weather we managed to do indoor activities such as archery, rock climbing, things like that. A surprise came to us on Wednesday, when it finally stopped raining and we were all able to do something fun. I’ll share with you some of my favourite activities:

Coasteering… We did this with a company called Land&Wave, and in case any of you don’t know what coasteering is, its basically jumping off rocks/cliffs into the sea. We all got drenched, waves collapsing over us all every few seconds! This activity was three hours long, plenty of time to have the best of fun.

Paddle boarding, we did,  for another three hours. Its when you are standing on a surfboard-type board, out in the sea, paddling with a paddle. It was hard to start off with, but after a while it became fine…

A Water Park! On the way back from camp, we stopped off at the new forest, to go to a water park. The park was called Wake Park, and you got an hour session on a sort of water obstacle course. This was probably my favourite activity, with water trapezes, trampolines, jumps, climbing walls and slides, all based in water.

I hope you have a chance to try out the activities I enjoyed, 

SparrowHorse x