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Thursday, 16 September 2021

🌿🍁🌿Sweet September 🌿🍁🌿

Those Sweet September days when the sun is still warming but you get a hint of Autumn with the crisp, cool early starts. The leaves are turning gold & red... And you have no idea what to wear... Cardigan or coat?, dress or trousers?... I did get caught out in quite a rain shower... One minute it feels hot then it suddenly changes.

Wonderful early evening light... πŸ’›
Picking all the last fruits, Apples & tomatoes. And so many blackberries in the hedgerow. 
Enjoying them in my oaty porridge... 
Busy with my watercolours, pen & ink... I have two Autumnal to Christmas fairs, only will be small events, but back into the swing of getting my artwork out there... I will only have a small part of a shared table so it's trying to plan out how to display & what to take... 
Lots of foxy & rabbit designs/illustrations. 
When I do events like fairs I'm very anxious, so nervous... But once I'm there set up I seem to enjoy it... I do love talking to other artists, artisans, crafter, food producers ect... Its always important to buy off the small business and support local. I try to as much as I can. I saw a sign that said "if you buy just one card off of me I do a happy little dance inside"... Its does feel like that when you get positive comments and your first sale of the day.
My watercolour pumpkin on the shelfling... Love getting the candles lit in the evening... 
Wonderful walks in our local Market town... 
I love seeing other people's wreaths on doors, throughout the seasons... πŸ’›
Picked up a lovely jam from the W. I ladies at the food market here... Actually I preferred it with savoury scones, butter & cheese! Yum!. 
I've been doing a lot of walking since we've been looking for a new car... But fingers crossed we might have a new car by the end of this week. 
Such an expensive couple of months!. 
But so looking forward to having more freedom in a car... 
Cosiness of my woolly slipper boots & good books, warm tea & snuggly blankets. 
Especially on the days when there was thunder and lightning in our market town... 
Then beautiful skies... 
Thank you kindly for all the positive & kind comments on my art and photography, really cheered my soul, 

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Monday, 30 August 2021

🌿🌻🌿Summer's end...

The last weeks of Summer turned into glorious sun most days... Beautiful early morning skies & evening sunsets... The start of August was heavy rain clouds. My Summer journal took an unexpected back seat as we've had three major break downs and shocking expense with the car, so we're now on the hunt for a new one. So Ive not visited any National Trust houses since the beginning of August. I will get back to journaling through Autumn though. At least it meant we've been doing some lovely walks.

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Picking the last tomatoes & late summer posys from the garden.... Enjoying the views from the hill top part of the garden...
Lots of wonderful bunting around my Market town... We all had a trip to the city and gifted ourselves some new books... My favourite was this lovely folklore book on woodland and forests... Something to enjoy in the Autumn months ahead. 
Beautiful Dahlias from the Market... 
Everytime I walk into the kitchen and look at the dresser top I instantly smile they're sooo pretty. 
Simple pleasures: enjoying hanging out the washing in the early morning sun 
Lighting the candles in the evening... 
Feeling cosy and snug in the kitchen... 
Painting again... Rabbits & fairies... Whimsical wonders... Garlands in the making... 
I had a lovely walk in the park with my mum and we ended up in the Community garden, beautiful day Sunny but breezy... 
While we chatted my daughter whizzed round the whole park on her skateboard (one of her early birthday gifts) 
We ended up with late afternoon tea & coffee cake by the river cafe.Lovely to catch up. 
This bank holiday we escaped the car stress, packed backpack of lunch & drinks and headed on the Drake's trail across gem Bridge, through the woodlands, through the old railway tunnel, back across the another bridge over looking the woodlands then headed down to the river Bank, we paddled bare feeties in the cool Dartmoor river water...then back home by the farmers field... Beautiful day... Peaceful. 
Wonderful to be enjoying these precious sunny days...
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Monday, 2 August 2021

Summer journal🌿🌞🌿

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I've suddenly got into the swing of being creative again, which fills my soul with happiness. I had really been lacking that creative flow... I always find its good for mental health to keep being creative... Mainly, watercolour painting in an illustrative style at the moment ... I've found journaling my Summer adventures to National Trust homes & Gardens has given me a reason to reach for my paints and pens... Its a lovely way to record your day. I love photography too. I do not own expensive lenses and super duper cameras but I try to be creative with what I have, usually just my mobile phone camera these days. So I have lots of photos to work from when I get home and paint. 

I take small elements of each photo and plan out how it will all link together leaving the left hand side for writing up about the house, garden and general visit. There's so much that inspires me it's hard to fit it all in... 
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August has arrived so quickly... And my weeks holiday with sophs and stevie has come to an end... But it's been a really good week. We didn't plan anything each day... Just went for a drive and ended up somewhere... Like Buckland Abbey nr Dartmoor national Park. Another wonderful National Trust House. We all love walking and sophs loves history and I so enjoy the gardens... 
The wildflower boarders were stunning! πŸ’š
 Wonderful kitchen gardens too... 

Its a huge estate, holiday cottages, bee hives, woodlands, fields with horses, cattle and sheep, the great barn and museum... πŸŒΏπŸ’šπŸ‘πŸ
The Hollyhocks along the medieval Wall... 
Bug~land Abbey gave us the giggles. 
Beautiful bee hive ceiling inside the house🐝
The house is well known for its links to Sir Frances Drake. And used to house Drakes drum. There is a beautiful painting of Lady Drake on the walls...  πŸŒΏπŸ’šπŸŒΏAnd we've also visited Antony House and Gardens...nr Torpoint, Cornwall...we had all weather's, a real mix bag, beautiful blue sky and hot sunshine then overcast and after an hour monsoon rains! We went on the car ferry from Devonport in Plymouth... And Torpoint is on the other side. 
My mum saw dolphins here, but none when we crossed the sea. I kept my eyes peeled. 
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Antony House and Gardens was also used for the filming of Alice in wonderland that starred Johnny Depp. Its still a family home so only open certain days... The upstairs was closed since covid and the tea room shut too. But still much to explore... So many beautiful paintings in the entrance hall and up the huge staircase. 
Wonderful gardens to explore... 
We had a lovely time but slightly cut short due to the weather... 
Wonderful home... I love all the textiles, paintings, tapestries & ceramics... 

So I've started another watercolour painting in my journal... 
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