Wednesday, 27 May 2015

It's a Cover Up

Campanula is a great plant for filling in the cracks and beautifying ugly places and spaces.  As if by magic it appears around the neglected areas of the garden.  Unpretentious and untempered it requires no special attention or mollycoddling.  This is my kind of plant.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Black and White

 I was very excited today to discover that my camera can take photos in black and white!

With the absence of colour the shapes and textures come to the fore.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Toadstool Fairy House

I made this toadstool fairy house from a kit by Corrine Lapierre.  I still have a little felt fairy to make but may make my own rather than the one on the pattern.  I enjoyed making the french knots eventually - after watching a tutorial on you tube.  I don't know what I did before you tube - there are some excellent tutorials on there.  I am not sure what to do with the toadstool now!  It could be used as a pincushion I suppose or I could use it as a prop in my photos?  Anyway, it was a good exercise in starting and completing a project learning new embroidery skills on the way.  Putting the ensemble together was quite technical too!

I have a few things lined up to do over the next few days.  Collage cards are calling to me and playing with jewellery designs and hopefully visiting a spiritual centre to see what courses are on offer. 

See you soon!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Different Perspective

Here is a close up of the honeysuckle in the previous post.  It is very pretty and scented but I am not really a big lover of honeysuckle.  It was planted by the previous owner of the house.  The honeysuckle at the back of the house is golden in colour.  It is so invasive and strangles most plants that it comes into contact with.  The pyracantha has deep wounds in its trunk due to the tightening hold of its bines.

If you have read this post, would you leave a comment or just say hi?  It is like a wilderness in blog land at the moment.  I can almost hear tumbleweed drifting by. I do not have an iphone or ipad  or a tablet or mobile phone or a laptop or a kindle or any other fancy device.  There is just me and a big old stationary computer in a little room at the back of the house.  I do feel that the gap between me wanting to make connections with people is getting increasingly wider with the onset of so much more new technology that I am not part of.  I am on twitter so I can see other people's instagram photos that way but can't be part of it. 

Blogging isn't instant.  It takes time to upload photos from my camera and then write accompanying text that I sometimes think bloggers are taken for granted.  Week after week I show up a bit like the eager party guest who arrives just a bit too early for the celebrations and is ignored for the best part by the other guests.

Anyway, just on a bit of a downer today.  I may return to writing snail mail to people who want to remain in contact with me. It's more personal and I won't feel like I am spilling out my thoughts to uninterested parties who may have ended up on this site accidentally.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A Door with a View

May is a lovely Month in the garden.  This view greets me just to the left of my front door looking out of the house.  A little strip of earth packed with plants covering the side of a rather unsightly garage.  A joy to behold on a cold and wet spring day.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Increasing Knowledge

I am not an academic or an intellectual and yet I am always striving to be better informed.  I love knowledge for knowledge's sake and seek out information where I have a gap in knowledge about things that I am interested in.  I love to seek out classical fiction by great writers such as Hardy and am about to embark on reading Far from the Madding Crowd (which is currently on at cinemas in the UK).  I am also looking forward to reading A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics  - which according to the front cover is - 'philosophy without the boring bits'. 

From time to time I dip into a book called Sort Your Brain Out by Dr Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster.  It is about boosting your performance, managing stress and achieving more by adapting, training and exercising your brain on a daily basis.  It is full of stuff you need to know and stuff that one never needs to know such as;

 ' if your skull was used as a drinking vessel it could hold about 3 pints.' 

 I am not likely to forget that trivial piece of information now!

Talking of triviality,  I made some mini coat hangers out paper clips after seeing a tutorial on pinterest.  I have absolutely no purpose for them and yet they make me feel happy just looking at them and I have no idea why.  Yes, the brain does work in some strange and fascinating ways.