Thursday, 31 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
We turn the corner past a line of fruit trees - I gorged myself on wild cherries here last summer, stuffing them into my pockets to take them home. At the end of the path there is a fantastic sloe tree - we picked pounds of sloes last summer and made several pints of sloe gin.
However, there are plans afoot to bulldoze the lot and replace it with an enormous housing estate. In these photos, the plans mean that as far as the eye can see, it will be buildings - no more flowers, no more meadows, no more deer, no more larks singing, no more pheasants, no more foxes, no more sloes, no more blackberries, no more elderflowers, no more ducks and frogs, no more red kites, no more cherries - what a crime.
If you live in the area and feel as strongly as I do about the possibility of all this beauty being destroyed , join FACEIT-Group, a group of like-minded people who want to protest at the loss of yet more of our countryside and pretty much the only piece of Fleet that is still wild and untouched.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
So far I have the basic outline which will then be sewn to the end of a scarf through that gap at the bottom. In the meantime, I have to somehow make the actual face using various shapes knitted in white. The problem being how to simplify the design in order to make it quick and easy to make by other knitters while at the same time it being a recogniseable wildcat. It's a headscratcher......
Friday, 25 May 2012
Lots on the needles this week, none of which I am at liberty to show - sorry! Lots more to come as well, including a few knitted bats - the winged kind, not the cricket ones - which I am dying to get my hands on but am holding back and getting the slightly less interesting items done first. I work far better with a 'carrot' in front of me!
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
I have to admit I smell this afternoon.......it's time to make chutney again and there is a big pot of beetroot bubbling away on the stove, filling the house with a spicy vinegary delicious aroma, which clings to the hair and clothes. Beetroot was my favourite of the chutneys I made last year, absolutely delicious when on fresh crunchy bread with goats cheese....mmmmmm!
Friday, 18 May 2012
This will be in my Etsy shop tomorrow when I have taken some better photographs in daylight.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
The agapanthus was one of many that I attempted to grow - never with much success - I buy them, they flower, the winter kills them!
I always say that I don't sketch much - maybe not as much as some artists, but there are these half filled books all over the house and it is surprising how a small pencil drawing can bring back so many memories, more than any photo, probably because it takes time and study to draw whereas a photo is a fleeting glimpse.
I'm in the middle of painting a horse at the moment, and best of all, have just parcelled up and sent off a big box of garter stitch scarves to the USA - perhaps now I will have a few days respite in order to get on with something a bit more interesting!
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Also an opportunity to get out to the lake and feed the swans - I must have hundreds of swan photographs but never tire of them. I like this one with it's monochrome, the ripples on the water and the spread of the swan's wings.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
*Hooray! Marrisa got in touch very fast indeed and the goldfish will be on his way to the USA very shortly!
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
So it has been folded very tightly in it's bag and jammed securely in a bookcase until now - I figured if I can't see it, it can't get me! As our school has been accepted into a gardening competition and this doll is needed for the display, today I gritted my teeth and set about making it look a bit...well...less like a reject from The Boys From Brazil?
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Yesterday I also managed to find the perfect wood varnish, and with an unexpected trip to Hobbycraft (heaven for the crafter...) I also got some terracotta air drying clay for fixing everything in place at the base of the bulbs - we are now good to go!
It's been a week since I held the draw for the prototype goldfish in a bulb and the winner, Caren, still has not been in touch. I shall give her a few more days but if I still haven't heard by the 10th May, I shall pick another name - I need to know how these guys travel!
Update - new winner has been picked - Marrisa, who has been in touch.
I have a new painting commission...a portrait of Dangerous Brian! He's a horse and doesn't look very dangerous to me, but then I don't ride him!
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Magpie Magic. I love all the jewellery she makes and own several fantastic necklaces that she has made just for me - it's just a shame I can't wear them all at once. The 'C' on the bracelet is an old typewriter key - reminds me of my days at school learning to type on an ancient manual typewriter that required supreme strength of fingers if you wanted the 'a's to show - those of you who learned to type on a computer keyboard don't know how lucky you are!
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
As usual, I left it until the last minute to frame my pictures - luckily it all went well and they are now ready and waiting to be delivered. I have had it in the past where I left it until the day before the exhibition to frame a painting and then broke the glass - which involved a mad dash to the local glaziers just before closing time!
If you are in the area next week, pop in and have a look - the standard of work is usually very high and there will be plenty to look at.