This page contains Hazel's gallery stuff from 2004 to 2005.
Forward to later gallery pages, to Hazel's Main Gallery page.
Hazel has composed another short tune which her guitar teacher has asked her to play at the school Christmas music event thingy. Here it is (in mp3 format).
Hazel has been composing her own tunes on the guitar. Here are a few of them (in mp3 format).
Hazel made daddy a birthday card in the style of Purple Ronnie.
Hazel decided to try some different art. Here it is. There's a coconut in the single tree, and the ship you can see is a rescue ship arriving in the sunset.
Note: in Feb 2006 we received a request from Alan Quarnberg, VP of software company Piracle in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), asking to display this picture as one of the pictures-of-the-day in the common area of their offices. Hazel happily agreed.
Looking for something to do during the holidays, Hazel decided to spend the first week doing a project on Africa.
|Included in the project (from top left to
bottom right) are:
Not bad for 7 day's work.
Hazel was given a sunflower seed to plant for her homework. She planted it at the end of May and it has grown at an amazing rate, averaging 30 cm each week and peaking at 50 cm in one record week. It is now more than 2.14 metres tall and still doing well.
Hazel got her 25 metre swimming award yesterday and Leo, who was taking swimming lessons at the pool at the same time but is still a non-swimmer, wanted one too. So Hazel made him a certificate and a double-sided badge for his jumping-in-and-splashing-about. The spinning badge is daddy's first attempt at a Macromedia flash image and it hasn't quite worked, but having spent 3 hours getting it this far we request that our gentle reader stares at it and convinces themselves that it is a double-sided disk or there's a danger daddy will waste his life trying to get the spinning-disk effect right.
While mummy and daddy were hiding in bed one Sunday morning, Hazel made Leo a laptop computer on which he then cheerfully played games.
Triggered by an item on the new Andy Pandy, Hazel decided to make herself a jack in the box during half term holiday. Here it is in action.
Hazel did what we think is a particularly good abstract pattern with her acrylic paints yesterday.
Hazel made Leo a particularly impressive present for his fifth birthday. Since she knows he likes fire engines, she made him one out of boxes and cling film. It has a seat and steering wheel inside, a removable ladder at the back (so that you can get at the things inside), two doors and toilet rolls for wheels.
No longer satisfied by written/drawn booklets, Hazel has decided to branch out into the novel format. First few chapters of her first work, The Girl, The House And The Pony, a work in progress, are now available.
Some acrylic colours that arrived at Christmas have invited a change of style in Hazel's paintings:
Hazel spends an inordinate amount of time, far more than is represented here, in creating pop-up books and things. It is, of course, difficult to get the sense of a pop-up thing in a 2D medium such as this. So just to give you an idea, here's a little pop-up moth-trap that Hazel made for daddy on his return from somewhere or other. It comes complete with three moths on springs, a mercury-vapour lamp hanging in the middle and a wooden frame. By the time this picture was taken it was somewhat battered (having been made around 6 months before), but in its original form it came with a little piece of plastic that perfectly represented the perspex bits on the moth trap as well.
Hazel began taking guitar lessons at school last term and has now got to the point of playing her first tune. Here it is, along with the "theme" that she's composed for herself (in mp3 format):
Hazel's been doing Haiku's at school as a way of learning about syllables. Here's one about the seasons.
Lovely snowy night.
Sparkling snow on the pathway.
Snow balls and snow men.
Blossom in, green bowl.
Happy baby lambs playing.
Lots of bright bluebells.
Crumbly golden leaves.
Boots step on crumbly leaves.
Corn for harvesting.
Lots of flower contest fun.
Holidays at beach.
A Sunday morning poem for halloween, with pictures.
My monster is long and wide and….
My monster is very prickly who cares….
My monster is very very naughty and….
My monster has long long big wings….
My monster has a pony tail it’s more….
My monster has a hairy back it’s
My monster is specially sad when he goes….
Hazel felt a need to do a beach poem. Here it is.
on the beach sitting on the beach.
With silver waves splashing on your feet.
Enjoy the caves.
There’s lots of fun outside.
Look about the rock-pools.
What do you see?
I see shrimps that tickle me.
Hey let’s build a real sand castle.
Big enough for my baby brother.
Enjoy your stay.
Time to go but we are going to a castle though.
During the holidays Hazel decided to construct a village around which Leo could run his Lego school bus. They played happily with this construction for hours. Leo allowed Hazel one go with the bus. Cooperative sibling fun with no telly in sight .
Hazel fancied drawing a Tiger, but couldn't figure out how to do it (daddy helpfully suggested drawing a cat, then making it into a Tiger, which didn't work at all). Inspired by a scene from Jungle Book, here's what she came up with.
Hazel (and Leo) did a "welcome home" card for Rob after he'd spent a week in China. Leo suggested the blue van, but the art work is all Hazel's. Hazel had been bought some trainers in the interim...
Hazel and Natasha did this 'Van Gogh' of fireworks on Saffron Walden common in late play club last week.
|We decided to put the moth trap out on Sunday. There was a warm wind it was not sunny but still it was worth going into the garden if you have a moth trap out! You could tell the difference between the female lime hawk moth and the male. Here's how you see the male had dark spots and the female has bronze spots. I actually got both the female and the male on my hand. It tickled at first but I got use to it. Here's a picture of it climbing up my jacket and onto my hand.|
|Once when HAZEL was out with ALICE my MUUMY and ROB my dad and Leo my little brother were out heading towards home iT STARTED TO hail mum told her to put her hood up very well . Thoughrt HAZEL so she put her hood up you see it was SNOWING at first then it started to HAIL I could hear it tapping on my hood. dddddddd! Went the HAIL but it soon turned into SNOW finally we got home and we were glad to.|
Hazel likes making water pictures - they're easy to create and can be quite spectacular. Here's how to make one of your own.
Hazel got to touch the millipede, the bearded lizard and the snake (a python called Percy).
|Lost for a scene to draw of a Saturday morning, Hazel decided to capture the essence of daddy and Leo playing "rolly polly".|
Here Hazel describes the snow we had last week.
Hello I’m Hazel Meades today it was so snowy that some of the teachers couldn’t get to school, so the school was shut. Alice my mum heard that on the radio. The first thing we did today was to play in the gardens snow and now I am writing this. Sorry but I’ve got to do the pictures for this until then good-bye.
This is a book Hazel made after learning about St Francis at school. As the blurb on the back cover says:
There lives a very rich man called Francis. What do you think he does to help the poor people?