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Monday, 24 June 2019

Simple pleasures, Summer Solstice...

The sky is heavenly on this Mid Summer Solstice...The bell's of the Market town church chime and its 9pm.
Sitting with a glass of bubbly and some Cotehele Rhubarb crumble with Devon cream just taking in all the peaceful sights around me...this Simple, quiet time...I love these warm-ish evenings just looking up at the sky.
Its quite something when you think to yourself half the year is already through, a little time to reflect...I almost feel I have been in waiting for Summer to actually arrive...Devon has had quite a fair share of rain...In between some days of pure blue skies, But I think the April showers came to us in June...
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The best thing about Summer to me is the early Morning walk around the garden while my partner and daughter start to wake. I love that peaceful, sparkly, dappled sunlight through the apple tree's, the morning birds song and enjoying any new buds appearing on the flower beds and pots while sipping on my first milky tea of the day before the hustle and bustle of busy routines...Just 'Me' and the garden. And then that late evening dusky light after a busy day just taking time to be peaceful and my quiet time before getting off to bed with a good book...
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My partner had a weeks holiday from Work, mainly to sort the car insurance and a few other car issues.
But between garage visits and finances We headed off for some Me and him time...between school pick up time too. It was a bit wet! and one day misty and wet!!, but we braved the weather and had some good walks anyway...Good British style you could say.  One of my most favourite nurseries in Cornwall is The Duchy Nursery, Lostwithiel...Its really beautiful, lovely greenhouses full with plants and cactuses, lots of potted plants, rose bushes, fruit tree's outside...and lead you to a New Bumblebee Garden with shepherd huts and allotment style garden. Also the barn gift shop and restaurant are really stunning with the character of an old barn style...We had a beautiful day and the Sun came out!. After a lovely Cornish tea we headed to Lerryn right  by the river...quiet, peaceful place...We had some of steve's Mother's walnut cake on the river bank where the boats are moored up. The tide was out. The red campion and wild grasses decorating the muddy banks. We walked along the river towards the woodlands.

 We have lots of ideas and plans we have been discussing for the future...goals we set ourselves and things we'd like to achieve... its 'Our' time to think things through and I love our chats. We also get so much pleasure from walking and nature (I say this a lot on my blog!) ...Its so important to have that Loving Soul Mate. We have so many shared interests. He's been my rock!.

Calstock, Cotehele and Lerryn...Cornwall.


We've also had some lovely evening walks to Calstock, Cotehele (National Trust house, gardens, woodlands, river quay and boat museum) and Kit Hill (far reaching views of Devon and Cornwall~ Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor) in Cornwall and an evening for fathers day drinks in Torquay with Stevie's parents.
 My father also is doing much better after a very horrid tumour on his nose with means he will have to have plastic surgery. But he's good in himself considering the on going cancer treatments. I hope to see him in the next month.
I am still busy behind the scenes with illustrations and sending prints off from the printers in the city...

But Today I'm Home with my daughter as she's a little poorly...
(I started this posting on my blog a few days ago...just got round to actually posting it)

Wishing you Summer Solstice blessings...

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Friday, 31 May 2019

End of May... Catch up!

Hello dear bloggy friends, Hope the weather this half term has been beautiful for you...
I cannot believe its been a whole month since I last blogged. I seem to be contradicting myself an using Instagram more often when I blogged about wanting to spend more time on meaningful posts on blogger.
Oh' well here I am at the end of May with lots to share (photo wise).
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The Swifts and swallows have arrived whistling as they swoop across the rooftops of my hill top cottage.
The blackbirds are nesting in our holly bush...The Sweet pea shoots have doubled in size...and the apple tree's have tiny, teeny weeny growing apples ~'Squeeeeeels' with excitement.
My cosmos is in full bloom and still awaiting the foxgloves...
And the Cow parsley and Campion are now covering the Devonshire and Cornish lanes.
I've been enjoying home grown mixed salad leaves from the veg patch part of the garden...
Tomato plants are outside (i've put them in grow bags)...doubled in size...and still looking healthy!.

Lots to Love about May...

To
be
honest
i'd
be
quite
happy
with
a few more weeks of May...
Its become one of my favourite months...
But June is just around the corner.


A little posy at the beginning of May...


Woodlands always frill me in May...So many wild garlic flowers and the end of the Bluebells...
The buttercups seem to cover the meadows all around our little Market town.


Wild flowers on my shelf.


So much beauty in the farmers field...


The wild daisies, Cow parsley, Campion and Buttercups really cheer my days this Month of May.


Lovely day in Kingsbridge by the south hams coastline, Devon...and the posy of Church flowers.


Meadow fields...


'I'm in the garden'...Garden girl illustration using watercolours, Acrylic white, pen & ink...


Lots of inspiration for New art work in my Etsy shop (Link in sidebar)


I kept to pastel watercolours and Acrylic white to paint the Cottage garden scene with Moth and Owl.
Reminds me of the blossom tree's... Now available in my Etsy shop (Link in sidebar),
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During May we had some lovely trips to Truro in Cornwall and Fowey in Cornwall...

Good bye Beautiful May days I've enjoyed your company...


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Sunday, 28 April 2019

The Wild Remedy and illustration...


The weather turned quite stormy over the last few days and it seems like a dream away when we had such glorious, hot Sunshine & beautiful blue skies for the Easter Half term. The temperature has really dropped too...so a few woolly jumpers have come back out of the wardrobe to keep me toasty.  I was enjoying the Sun light through my Cottage windows but the Cottage now suddenly seems darker. 
  Today,  though it does seem slightly warmer (ish)... My daughter has had a sleep over with her cousins so 
I thought i'd spend some time in the garden (between little April Showers), So I walked up my narrow steep steps to the Hill top part of my garden to feed the birds and say a 'Hello' to the Robin that seems to hop around the Alfresco table on the lawn...The Blossom on the Apple tree's is in full bloom now~ Very pretty.  I have had a few days to sort out pots and yesterday Myself and my Partner Stevie visited a wonderful Traditional, Rustic Garden Nursery, Milton Abbot, Devon....I love looking around the old glass and brick greenhouses and polly tunnels filled with new shoots of veg and trays of young shooting flower heads. Lots of fruiting tree's, cherry blossoms... Lovely little shop with seeds, tools, plant foods ect...Garden Ornaments in the walled gardens and herbs.  We last visited in November (I think it was)...it was slightly bleak then but Now its really come A Live with Spring!...
This year my plans for more salad and herbs has really taken off...I do not own a greenhouse ( Its on my list of wanties)...So I've been growing lettuce and tomatoes on my bright kitchen window...They will be taken outside soon when the weather turns a bit warmer and brighter again!. I decided to get a few different varieties and see which grow best...I'm 'New', well, New~ish to growing from seeds and ive found ive lost quite a few shoots after a few inches high...I'm teaching myself as I go...learning from my mistakes. And when you don't own a green house I find its hard finding space on bright window ledges for all my new shoots. We had a glass fronted, hand made cabinet top with stain glass type doors...I saw on BBC iplayer, Alys fowler's 'Edible Garden' series that she was using a type of cupboard with glass doors. It might just protect my veg, salad and fruit shoots from the blustery skies and bugs!...but keeping them warm and sunny as well...Another thing I really need is a water butt to collect rain water in as the steep steps is hard going carrying watering cans up and down.  On another note, I was just thinking of a valid lesson learned last summer when Sophia had her paddling pool up there~ I kept the water for weeks in the pool when she wasn't using it and on a few very hot days I went up there and sadly, to my horror LOTS of bees had died in it!!!...they obviously landed to drink and couldn't get out.  So the best thing to do is to have a shallow bowl with stones, pebbles in it for the bees to land on and then drink. And cover over paddling pools.
 I really L*O*V*E bee's. And its so vital to help them any ways we can as they do so much for our eco system...

Oh my, this is a beautiful area and only a stones thow away called Harrowbarrow in Cornwall.  Such beautiful Spring lanes towards the village and lots of farmers fields and community garden surround the village. We often have a few hours walk there in the fresh air...say 'hello' the horses, watch the rabbits across the fields and take in the breath taking views. My Mother's cottage isn't far away so we often stop in for a well needed cuppa tea and a slice of cake afterwards.


Talking of nature and good well being...I was given this wonderful book called 'The Wild Remedy', 'How Nature Mends Us Diary' for Easter from my Lovely Stevie by fellow blogger, writer and maker of beautiful silver jewellery~ Emma Mitchell (Silverpebble2 on instagram)...
I have only read snippets (before bed usually) and its really inspiring as I also suffer with depression. I don't like broad casting it as Its private to me and I try to keep things a lot to myself (which I know isnt always helpful). But Nature has always healed me through really hard days, weeks and months...Absorbing myself  into walking and my art has always been my way of dealing with it...Its not something you really get over, I dont think anyway...but you can help yourself to channel positive energy through simple, cost free, natural ways of healing.  I also often write little nature notes and notes to myself. Especially, I used this when I was a single Mother for 8 years. Just to remind myself of the 'good' things,  the 'proud' things...the little things that gave me 'joy'...keeping my Father going through his Cancer treatments has made me value my life and focus on the 'positives' as well. On that note...My Dads out of Hospital (for this week) and coping so far...He's really amazed us all. He's still needing more treatments but at the moment he feels a lot more mobile and stronger. 
But he's still sleeping a lot. he's still got fight in him and seems so much more up beat about life.
 So thats a real 'Positive' at the moment too.
I have never been a 'towny' type person, Shopping in the malls on a Saturday is something I dread with a passion. My real 'Joy' is the sounds of the sea, beach combing, walking through woodlands listening to the birds...enjoying nature through the ever changing seasons...
I think getting back into blogging has really helped my mental well being too...reminding me of the 'happy snippets of life'...and all the things im so grateful for...I have such a Loving, supporting family.


I'm still busy with new artwork/illustrations...Must head off to the Printers at some point then I can add these new ones to my etsy shop...

Lovely to sit down with a cuppa this Sunday afternoon...Peaceful...relaxed.
Before the new, busy week returns...

Thanks for visiting,

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