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Monday, 2 September 2019

Summer's end...

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I walked around the garden on the 1st September in the late evening light...
There was definitely 'Change' in the air...cool, crisper feel..The dappled orange glow of the Sunlight through the Apple tree's...and the garden on the turn to Autumnal changes.
I often think of September like a New year...A real beginning of change and that followed with the start of a new academic year...The blackberries seemed to come so early this year and I was already picking apples at the beginning of August.  My tomatoes are yet to ripen...Seem to take an age!. Does anyone know if you can take them off and let them sit in a sunny window to turn red and ripe?.


...I'm forever picking apples this late Summer

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I decided to make pies, crumbles and one day I made a strudel/tart with the left over Apples and blackberries...it was delicious! ;)

I think I might have to give a few bags of apples away as we wont eat all of them...

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We went back to the Duchy of Cornwall nursery one Weekend in August... Lovely cup of Cornish Tea followed by a wonderful walk around the greenhouses and Bumblebee Garden with glorious views to their Shepherds huts...The Sweetpea, Lavender and Sunflowers were so beautiful and full of bees and butterflies...It only opened a few months back and is already established like it had been there years...Obviously attracting bees, butterflies, birds and lots of other wildlife habitats. Its really worth a visit.
They have a small apple orchard as you drive in...We had a look at all the varieties of apples mainly to see if we could spot something similar to our old Apple trees.
We also had an early evening walk along the Estuary towards the South hams, Devon. Aveton Gifford.
Such a peaceful place...and it was low tide so you could watch the wading birds looking for shell fish.
Reminds me of my East coastal upbringing on an Island...salty marshes, muddy estuaries, sounds of the sailing boat masks clanging like bells in the breeze...picking up feathers from the tide lines...
Also a drive to Avon Mill nursery and a look around the garden shop, gifts and Gallery...And a wonder a long the river bank there too...
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I had a lovely day in my little Market town a few week back when the rain fell heavy and my little Market town became quite quiet...I found a lovely book that I used to own but was a hard back and this was a paper back with a lovely front cover. Cider with Rosie ...also a Kirstie Allsopp Christmas makes book, candles, a small wicker pot and a pair of red decorative clogs...
(flags flying in Lostwithiel , Cornwall..along the river Fowey...)

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When the Sunshine came out so did the Butterflies... Someone kindly told me on my Instagram feed that the smaller butterfly is a Small Copper Butterfly...the other a  Small Tortoiseshell...But too quick for my camera I spotted Common Blue, Large White, Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood. The grass hoppers and crickets make quite a noise on the lawn where the Apple tree's are...We had left it 'WILD' up there most of this Summer for the wildlife...But we've had to strim and mow to reduce it getting too out of hand. But still leaving patches for wild life havens. Also I've left the rambling blackberries too as they are producing so much fruit.
Beautiful Dartmoor ponies...Under the trees in the dappled light...
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Do any of you follow YouTube Channels?...I'm really enjoying 'Lavender and Leeks' (Allotment tales from the purple potting shed)...also re-watching the' Edible Garden' BBC series on there with Alys Fowler.
filling my notebook with ideas for a more productive edible garden next year!....

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'NEW' Autumnal Art work... It would make a lovely gift for someone's Autumnal birthday or a child's bedroom and even a great treat instead of a Christmas card...(Link to my shop in left hand sidebar)...Lots of New things in my etsy shop...

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A Lovely Last Summer's Day trip before the end of the Summer Holiday to our beloved Kingsands and Cawsands...This beautiful Cornish village holds such special memories in my heart. 
Its a place I came a lot when I was bringing my daughter up on my own, it was our little place that we used to get the ferry to from the city of Plymouth...it was our little 'happy' escape from all the worries and anxiety that filled my head at the time...I always feel better after a trip to the sea!.
We paddled our toes and had a lovely walk along the rocky paths...I love looking at the sweet Cornish cottages and beach combing...I found some lovely pieces of blue pottery. Its so much nicer to have Stevie now to share it with...He loves it too.
It was blissfully hot and we layed on the grass on the hill above the sea watching the boats sail passed.
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Sophia starts her 2nd year at Secondary School tomorrow...She's rather excited about getting back and seeing her friends. We will all be getting back into routines. I'd better remember to set my alarm a lot earlier!

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Pockets full of Sunshine...

These are the wonderful things that make up Summer time for me...
Wondering along the River bank & across the stepping stones watching the swifts and swallows swoop, paddling in the Cornish blue sea & picnics on the beach, crabbing along the jetty near Kingsbridge, watching a family of rabbits in the farmer's meadow, watching the boats sail passed in Dartmouth, walking the coastal path at Slapton Sands, visiting a lovely farm shop for Strawberries and freshly made pasties... Laying on the sandy bank amongst the wild flowers cloud gazing...Listening to my daughter Laughing with her friends.
Finding a loose feather, a pebble with a hole in it and pieces of blue pottery in my pocket a few days later...
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Lovely to get some pics of Sophia she usually hides when I try and take photos these days...
Bude Beach Babes!...

I've been creative in the evenings...experimenting with collage, using cut up old magazines and mixed media,
Also a new illustration of a Fairy using Mixed media... Do check out my Etsy shop (Etsy Shop link in sidebar)...


Finding The Lumineers albums and loving the sounds of new music...Its just so wonderful to find music that reaches into your soul!..
My top Summer sounds at the Moment...If you're into old, rustic Summers sounds of the soul, I'm a folk, Indie pop with a lot of chill out Classical thrown in (My music taste is a real mix bag)...The land of the day dreamer...These two albums are on repeat this Summer...
* First Aid Kit , The Lions Roar Album
*The Lumineers, Cleopatra Album.
But a lot of the time I have my old radio on playing Classic FM....
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A beautiful Film was watched one lovely cosy evening, Based on the true story of Maud Lewis (One of the  Folk Artists in America) , 'Maudie', Such a beautiful , heart lifting and a real teary tale of a lady with many obstacles and hardship including a disability, But her strength, love, creativity and beautiful way she paints her simple little world outside her window shines through~ Its one of the Best films i've seen in a long time~ A true heart warming tale... Also another film the actress Sally Hawkins was in was the film 'Shape of Water' another fantastic film!
(image via google search)

* Updated*...A storm is heading our way in Devon, Those beautiful blue skies seem a distant memory today!


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Friday, 19 July 2019

The Holidays are here....and A Prince!

Do I start with Royalty?...

O.k I will...It started off really quite an ordinary day last Tuesday. My daughter getting ready for her performance in the Roald Dahl story of Matilda performed with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company). Our little Market town had got all the bunting and flags out and were making it look rather special indeed because a Prince was coming to visit, Prince Charles in fact. With the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. There was also a food and drink festival and Arts in the Butcher's hall which the Prince was coming to make a special visit for.

I came down to hopefully, well maybe just see a 'glimpse of the Prince'...I walked through the outdoor Market as the brass band had started to play...Lots of police, body guards and a hive of activity as you can imagine, Local school children waving little flags and cheering with excitement...Crowds of people gathering.
I was standing by a Cider producer as they closed the outdoor market off with the arrival of Prince Charles.
So I waited patiently at the side of the Market stand...To my surprise I got to shake the hands of Prince Charles and Camilla...They had turned to walk right passed the Cider stand where I was standing. They stopped to talk to quite a lot of people. Prince Charles was very friendly and Camilla also. I said "Its a real Pleasure to meet you". It all seemed so surreal as I wasn't expecting to be that close or to shake their hands.
It was literally 10 seconds or less!...Sophia got to perform as well for a special performance with them and the RSC.  So there you are!...totally amazing week for Myself and Sophia. I phoned my partner and was like "...I just got to shake Prince Charles hand", "How completely mad is that!?". My partner Stevie said you better not wash that hand for at least a week. Hehe!!.
♥ I've very much been enjoying the British Strawberries...and Strawberry Pastries!
♥ Home sweet home...The one good thing about our old stone cottage it stays lovely and cool during the Summer months...
♥ Enjoying lovely Evening walks... (from last weekend)
Calstock, Cornwall...A beautiful woodland walk and then down by the river...
(The River Tamar towards Calstock, Cornwall...Up in the woodland looking down)
(Beautiful Sky over Dartington estate)
Wild Meadows...
Cornish Strawberries...
Totnes, Devon, Plymouth, Devon...
Elmer the Elephant trail in Plymouth...The artwork on them is so impressive!
♥ Loving Pottering around in the Garden... and a Posy from the garden.
♥The sun has been shining for almost a whole month!. Its been absolutely Blissful...
The garden is now officially WILD!.

The Apples have grown so much...I have tomatoes growing but all small and green, a few more weeks to get ripe. I had a bit of slug infestation so some of the other veggies have become quite sorry looking...but trying to save what is left. The Sweet pea have produced a whole posy so far!...Its a mixed variety. The blackcurrants will be a little slower this year as we accidentally  hacked the poor thing back in May thinking it was a weed.  We have left our grass a bit too wild!...there are lots of wild f lowers this year~ I quite like it like that as the bee's are enjoying it.  I've been enjoying late evenings watching the Sun go down over the Devon Hills and My little Market Town becoming peaceful and quiet...
Some New illustration/artwork for my Etsy shop (Link in left hand sidebar)..
Whimsical Cottage Garden Girls... I will be updating Shop with New stock Next week/over weekend.
So I'm busy getting Stock printed up.  Thank you Kindly for Supportive comments on my art ♥
(Enjoying the Country Living U.K magazine)

Its been a busy Month really, but Today is the Last day of School for Sophia and the Summer Holidays begin -yippeeeee!!!!. its much needed a break. Sophia looks exhausted after all the RSC Matilda shows! and School in between.
My Lovely Stevie will also get some quality time off work the first week of the holidays...
Its also been a busy old time for me...I've been busy with some exciting commissions (some of which I cannot share for the time being)... I will be so glad of some Family time. And we get two days with My twin Sister and her family.

I hope you will also get some Lovely Summer time off...
Enjoy!!...

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