Friday, 11 May 2018

Decisions, decisions.

I have made a start on my hare book but, having completed one page, I am bogged down by indecision as to how I should continue.   I would like each page to have it's own identity somehow, but this is probably just over-complicating what is a very simple book.

I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and discovered such a treasure trove of wonderful things that I have completely overloaded my imagination and am drawn in all directions at once.  You can have too much of a good thing!   I think I shall have to put it to one side for a while and focus on something else to allow everything to settle down.

At least I am not rushing headlong into this project as I usually do.  So often I have been disappointed with the result and have thought of ways in which I might have improved the piece had I not been in such a hurry.

A week ago I enjoyed a mug of chilled soup with my lunch - today I was glad to have a mug of hot soup.  You definitely need sleeves today but the cooler temperature made my daily walk easier and more comfortable.  Pros and cons.

Friday, 4 May 2018

A delightful visitor.

Just had a visit from my youngest daughter and her husband with their rescue dog.  She, the dog, is a 3 year old Jack Russell who is now known as Boudi - short for Boudicca!  She is a feisty little thing and has been quite badly traumatised from her past experiences but is coming on really well with her new training, though it could be some time before she accepts petting from me.  I know I must be patient but am longing for a cuddle with her.  She has been aggressive in the past and I would hate to cause a set back by trying to stroke her before she is ready.  My daughter and son-in-law have gained her trust and she is totally relaxed with them, and that is the main thing.   The rest of us must wait our turn.

It is gradually getting warmer and I needed help this morning from a kind shopkeeper when I had caught my scarf in the zip of my coat.  It seemed well and truly stuck and I was coming to the boil and desperate to undo it.  So nice to think that it might be allowed to stay in the wardrobe next time I go out.

All the trees are greening up quickly now and I am so pleased to find tiny wild flowers in the grass beside the footpath on my way to the Supermarket.  It makes me feel a little less urbanised.  Sparrows are shouting at each other in all the hedges, the blackbirds are singing their heads off and pigeons are canoodling on the roof tops.  I think we can safely say that spring is here at last, what ever the weather decides to do.

May the Fourth be with you!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Still no photos, sadly, but at least it is just under the month since my last post.  I always seem to be busy doing something, but most of it just isn't worth posting - even if I could.

I think I am following my usual habit of avoiding actually getting down to work on the project I want to do next.  I need to start drawing hares!  However, I am very nervous of even starting to try.  I have prepared the pages - they are all ready and waiting.  Why am I such a wimp?  Perhaps I am waiting for several kicks in the pants from some of you to make me pull myself together.  Feel free!!

It's very grey and dismal here today after those lovely bright days last week.  Who has stolen our spring?  We want it back please.

I am trying to lose a bit of weight and taking a short walk each day to help things along.  My feet will be very happy when the chiropodist has been later in the week, and walking will be more comfortable.  I have made a good start and stocked up with salad stuff last week when it was so warm.  Maybe I am responsible for the change in the weather.  Sorry.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Two months!

I have already allowed two months to pass since my last post.   The main reason is that I am unable to post photographs and although I enjoy reading books without pictures (!) I like blogs with some.  Either my camera or my laptop are playing unfairly and I just can't make things work.

Spring is still playing hide and seek with us all, though at this precise moment sunshine is streaming in through the window. 

Have any of you been watching Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall's 'Wild West' TV programme.  It is the last episode of the series next week and I have been enthralled by every one.  It has been delightful and so informative.  I am greedy and want more.

I have treated myself to some new living room curtains.  The ones I bought with me were looking decidedly tired.  All I need to do now is get the shower room sorted out, but the plumber is so busy right now.  I don't mind waiting as he is tried and tested and his work is excellent.

My youngest daughter and her husband have taken on a rescue Jack Russell.  They had one before which sadly had to be put down.  Perhaps you remember Poppy.  This little dog has had a bad start and is very nervous and inclined to be aggressive.  They were not told the whole truth by the people they had her from and tried all the advice given to them by the 'experts', which got them nowhere.  In desperation they called in a Dog Whisperer who, after talking about dog behaviour for about two hours before she even met the dog, worked a miracle during the next hour.  I was sitting in on the meeting and was astounded by the results she achieved in such a short space of time.  Daughter and son-in-law are continuing with daily training following the Dog Whisperer's advice and are seeing good results already, in only four days!

I am hoping to start work on my next book which will be a journal of my holiday in Guernsey last autumn.  If I don't tackle it soon I shall have forgotten all about it.  There won't be much, if any, drawing in it as I have plenty of ephemera to be included.  When that is done, my next challenge will be a book of hares - with drawings.   I will need to be really psyched up before starting work on that one.  It is something I have been wanting to do for a few years but just lack the nerve to make a start.   What is that saying about taking the first step?!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I am back in the land of blog.

I am happily settled in my little flat and this is my 'play room'.  I got rid of a lot of books and craft/textile stuff but still seem to have kept a whole roomful!

My living room looking one way.
The same room looking the opposite way.

My tiny kitchen which is so bright and light even on a dull day.  In spite of it's size it has been cleverly planned and has plenty of storage.  There is a fridge freezer just out of shot on the right and the washing machine is on the left.

My creativity seems to have returned - thank goodness.  At one time I wondered if I should get rid of all my craft stuff - so glad I didn't.   Above is the little book I made on one of Frances Pickering's courses which I attended last September.  Two very tiny books with fabric covers are attached top and bottom to the spine.   I was determined that I would draw all the entries myself, and that it would be a book of memories of the garden I enjoyed for 35 years.  I do miss it in some ways but it is an enormous relief not to have the responsibility of it's upkeep.

This pages has a tag which carries a list of all the birds that visited the garden, and a drawing of the 'sparrow cote' - it wasn't big enough to be a dove-cote.
The tag in the pocket on this page has a list of all the creatures that we saw in the garden during the time we lived there.
The colours are not as washed out as they appear here.  I didn't pick the best day to take the photos.  I set myself quite a challenge as some of the pages are fabric and I drew directly onto them.  So what you see is a 'warts and all' version.   I coloured them with Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  The tiny book has a list of all the herbs I used to grow.

I was so pleased to come across these tiny charms to attach to the bottom of some of the pages.  They are just right for this project.

There are more pages to be worked on and a few tweaks to finish it off, but it has opened up my creativity and I hope there will be fresh ideas to be worked on.

I can't believe how much time has elapsed since my last post and certainly won' t leave it so long before the next one.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

A very short update.

After what seemed to be a very long wait, but probably wasn't, I moved into my dear little flat on Friday.  It is already beginning to look and feel like home to me, but everything has had to be done in the wrong order in spite of careful planning.   The carpets are going down next Wednesday and the decorating after that!   Never mind, I am in and so pleased to be so.
I couldn't have done it without enormous amounts of help from my wonderful family who have expended so much time and energy on my behalf.  I am a very lucky woman to have them.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Slinking back, feeling ashamed.

I have just spent half an hour trying to upload some photos to my blog, without success.  I think this may have something to do with the fact that it is so long since I posted, that I have forgotten how to do it!

As the photos were only of various parts of the house looking very bare and others beginning to fill up with large packing boxes, I don't think you have missed much.

I don't have a completion date yet for the sale of my house and the purchase of my flat, but hate leaving things till the last minute and am determined to be prepared.

After the suddenness and speed with which this moving business began back in April, and frequent letters and phone calls from house agents and solicitors, the past two or three weeks have been very quiet so I hope they are all busily moving things along.  The recent heatwave was probably a blessing in disguise as it made me stop doing anything for a few days (I love summer but am useless when it is very hot) so I hibernated and had a break from sorting, packing and gardening, all of which has steadily been going on for weeks.   I did get the back lawn cut yesterday and have packed two more boxes today.

I feel I am 'on schedule' so that when I do get the green light, there will be no need to panic.  I can't wait to get moved in, unpack all my toys (fabric, threads, books, craft stuff, etc.) and play!

I didn't get the first flat I hoped for but was lucky enough to find another just round the corner in a similar set up.  It has a second bedroom too which is a bonus and is quite a bit cheaper.  Very handy for Tesco's which is tastefully hidden behind lovely trees, and close to the rest of the town.   I shall get quite a bit more walking in when I move - no need for lifts to the shops and I might even lose a bit of weight!

I shall return with pictures, hopefully, when I have rediscovered my computer skills.