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THAT's Remotely Interesting     No. 01
Welcome to THAT's Remotely Interesting, the Newsletter of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust's 'Creative at a Distance' Programmes being run online during these unusual times.  Our first programmes are; 'Shared Photographs' being led by David P Scott and 'Writing From Home' led by Zoe Venditozzi.

Each Newsletter will feature examples of the participant's responses to the different challenges the programme Leads are setting, along with some general feedback and guidance.   A larger collection of the work produced for each challenge will also be available to view on THAT's Facebook page.

David's first challenge was to photograph - 'A Room With A View'
Zoe's first challenge was to  start writing - 'I remember...'
Thanks to everyone who submitted images to the first photo challenge,
"A Room with a View". In this first newsletter we have three collages including a photograph from every participant.
There were some beautiful garden views with several shots exploring
the colours and patterns of nature.

It was really great to see so many responses to the prompt, “I remember...” and lovely to “meet” all the writers too. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks and seeing your writing
and confidence develop.

In this newsletter we are sharing examples of the "I remember..." theme.  
I remember...

I remember the feelings, no, the emotions, from a memory of something that happened over 50 years ago. How can that be? I was 5, it was the summer, it was hot and sunny, calm, humid (weren’t the summers always like that then?). Sitting on the kerb outside my home, a used Rocket ice lolly stick in my hand, playing with the softly melting tar on the road.
I can feel the heat from the sun, the smell from the sticky, glossy tar, the excited voices of my friends running around the street. But most of all I still feel the complete contentment and happiness, the joy.
I see it now for what it was, I was in the moment.

Fran Benison
Windows and doorways were also popular and made for some strong angular compositions.
I loved the range of approaches and especially enjoyed the use of
interesting angles in the compositions as well colour and pattern.
25th March

I remember this day three years ago very well. I was celebrating my youngest daughters thirty eighth birthday with an indulgent lunch at the Sushi bar in Dunkeld. My eldest daughter was to join us, and she was pregnant and it was a week before her due date.
She arrived in a flurry and quite loudly and collapsed in a chair like a large whale. She was irritable and her gorgeous son Billy who was twelve could not work out what had become of his special mum. Her husband Oliver raised his eyes to heaven as she demanded the menus and started to order enough food to feed the masses. When everyone had ordered their food and drinks and there was a lull in the conversation Bill piped  up that there was a leak under his mum’s chair and we should call the manager, we all looked at my daughter whose face said it all.
When we questioned her she was adamant there was no rush and we should eat first as she was starving, so we waited for our food with mixed feelings, and she yelping every five minutes or so.
None of us knew what to do and suggest anything to her was a definite no no as she was adamant that nothing was happening.
The waitress arrived and set the table with dish after dish of California rolls, sushi, sashimi, salads, soya sauce, ginger and drinks, with the table laden with food my daughter suddenly stood up turned the table over and shouted the baby is coming!!!!
Oliver quickly left the restaurant and got the car, we all piled in and drove very fast to the hospital, Oliver had to sign her in as the baby was on its way and twenty minutes later Ethan arrived in the world a little red jelly bean with a sturdy set of lungs.

We had a nice combination of memories and diary-type entries and one entirely made up (but very plausible!) story.
We even had the lyrics for a song.
There were also several rooms featured with various activities, people and
pets included.

In the next challenge, lets continue to explore the world around us, have
fun and keep up the fantastic work!
I remember...

I remember Sherbet Fountain sweets as a youngster... Sherbet dabs as we called them.  They were a very special, almost illicit, treat as they were so messy my mother hated us having them and thought them unhygienic with the continuous dipping and licking of soft, fizzy powder out of the tube from a deadly-looking black liquorice stick guaranteed to leave a tell-tale black mouth and the warning of trips to the dentist …..
Seeing the pale yellow tube lined up in the sweet tray at our small. shadowy village shop my eye would be drawn to it amongst the more obvious sweet wrappers …… not for me the Mars bar; Marathon (the proper peanut-laden chocolate heaven, not an unpopularly-named Snickers – whyever the name change!); a two-fingered KitKat (no four-fingered variety then).  Nestling quietly amongst the garish colours would be my powdery delight and the one I knew I could not choose unless I was buying sweets on my own during a routine errand to buy bread or milk – a furtive treat to be consumed before I reached home – but what about my stained mouth…

Fiona Backhouse

One thing that stood out for me from a few of the responses was that some people, through their health challenges, aren’t finding the current situation as daunting as others might and I was very moved by that.

I’m very much looking forward to what arrives in my emails this week.
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