It is lovely to have warm sunshine, blossom appearing, lots of birds singing all signs of the arrival of spring.
I have been reading The Power of Now. It is good, I like to think that I have always been fairly observant but I now feel much more aware of things. Reflections fascinate me and this is one from the meadow this afternoon.
I spotted this blossom in the village. Talking of the village, changes are afoot as there is an application to build 190 houses on the former paper mill site. The whole village is only 490 houses. The impact will be enormous.
I know that it is a some time since I was here. Spring was in the air today so I wandered around the lake. Sat on the bench put there in memory of the man who gave the lakes to the local preservation trust. It was lovely to have warm sun on my face and to listen to the bird song it made the noise of the traffic and the odd train seem unimportant.
I have been busy doing a couple of on line courses. The first one is MATS Bootcamp. Lilla Rogers is an a very energetic and enthusiastic Art Agent. I decided that it would be good to have a regular assignment to do and to belong to an artistic community. I am enjoying it and it has made me do things that I have not done before and the information and support is brilliant. This is a piece I did last week, not quite what was asked for, but my interpretation.
The other one is DWYL for life, run by Beth Kempton. It has been a wonderful experience. I have a plan now for what I would like to do in the future. I would recommend this course to anyone who feels that they want to do more with their lives and really live. The support has been excellent. Some of you know that my life has been a bit crazy in recent years and then last summer my Father died. That is the main reason I have not been blogging, needed to just do something else. Three years ago I took him back to the village he lived in when he was a child it is just over the border in south Northamptonshire. I wonder what he was thinking as I was taking this picture. This is one of the fields that he played in. It was the last time we went there. We saw where my Grandmother was born and where her Mother spent all her life. Went to the local churches including the one at Hinton in the Hedges where he had been a choir boy.
I am sure that I will keep blogging; may well be something different, need to formulate all my ideas. I will certainly be back to let you know.
Welcome to the spring weather and longer days. Happy creative weekend.
Just trees and some flowers. This first one is a doodle done on the iPad using Adobe Illustrator Draw. There are some very good free Adobe apps for iPads. I especially like the Brush one.
Had a go at making an outdoor tree using twigs collected from local walk.
My real Christmas tree that came from Blenheim. My lights had broken, so I am now the proud owner of 100 small white lights. They looked so good on their own, I was tempted not to add any further decoration. But you know me, there had to be pink, turquoise, lime green and purple.
These lovely winter chrysanthemum were grown by some very good family friends.
Made myself new sponge bags this last week using fabric designed by Wendy Kendall who I discovered when I did the on line course a couple of years ago. Several of the real designer's from that course now design fabrics for Dashwood Studio. I also discovered this company who I got the water resistant fabric from.
I wanted to take a photograph of the water lilies when the swans came along.
To finish of the rural scene here are a few pictures of the cattle on the meadow. Taken using various filters on the phone.
Those of you here enjoy the summer weather. Best wishes to all.
Just a few pictures of a rose taken in beautiful evening sunlight. I grew this from a cutting, taken from a house near to where my grandparents lived. Growing up this week was often sunny, we celebrated my grandmothers birthday.
At the beginning of this year I set myself fourteen things that I wanted to do this year. The idea came from Kim Klassen's blog Well today I crossed another one off. It was to go to the University church in Oxford and have coffee in their cafe. While I was there I took these photographs.
Then going towards the covered market is Brasenose Lane which is often used in Lewis and Endeavour. In fact they were in town once more filming Lewis.
It is a year since I had my operation. In some ways the time has flown by and in others it seems forever.
Happy weekend what ever the weather. I cannot go without saying thank you to the many brave men and women who on this day 70 years ago gave us freedom.