Another lovely sunny day, got up happy and was able to hoover upstairs and run the duster around, small achievement but it made me feel better. Also, managed a load of washing and hung it out, not bad for a 3 week old hip!!!
After enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend at the White Horse - who I must say made to crutch dependant ladies very welcome it was home to do a little gardening, or should I say pruning at eye level - but it was a start!! Now just need to wait for someone to empty it for me!!
Then to the Play Room..... to write my Blog and do some drawing
This is the set of pictures that lead to the Stitch to Paint series, am hoping that repeating the same exercise might again give me inspiration
This is a section of the card that I did last night, I used Cretacolour Aqua pencils, and was quite pleased with my first attempt
And tonight I added a further two squares, the black and white one was done with a water soluble felt tip and white gouache and the second was with the Cretacolour but I did not dilute the colour with water
Once I have completed my studies and various scales I need to research Plum Trees so that I end up drawing my own trees, not just copying Jane's style - Strange that I choose the Plum Card to study as I also did a lot of work with Plums before when I made the Sugare Plum Fly series of dolls - really enjoyed making those :-)
Numerous years ago I was at a mental block, not being able to stitch or design, well here I am again.... Not really done anything since I made the Johnathan Livingston Seagull hanging to remember Dad by, that was 5 years ago.
I have wanted to get started again, but not really known how,even got my son Richard to re-start my blog for me as I thought that this might get me focused again, writing a pledge that I will do something might just help - I hope :-)
Then yesterday I went to the Craft and Design Fair and Hyde Hall and there was a stall of Jane Hickman's work.
Last time I was struggling I used her card of Elderberries as inspiration, so am hoping her work can help me again.....
Fab day today, wonderful and inspiring workshop with Linda Monk, really pleased with book I have made, have decided that I will put black cartridge paper in mine, as the cover is black and gold. So need a trip to Basildon!
Then home to wire up pump and filter for pond, amazing how long it takes to thread cables through conduit and put plugs on.... But finally got there and my frog seems very happy with his new home :-)
Oscar testing out the foot path
New pond feeding intonation old puddle!
Righthand side of rockery sorted - yes I know you can see the hose leading to the pump, didn't think about how to hide this in my enthusiasm, hopefully lots if plants will want to grow over it in time.
I am ok with the digging but not much good with the wall building, first lot I used the wrong sand, thought builders sand spoke for itself, but no, should have used sharp sand - silly me! Good job mist of the wall will be hidden :-)
Back to work in the garden, trying to work out where to put the filter :-( Decided that this tree needed to be moved, but first needed to dig up an old route as this was the only suitable place to transplant tree to, two hours later.... Decided I had had enough of digging so out came the hedge trimmers and the conifers along the back of the garden got a hair cut.
Then back to digging, this tree to be moved to,
Didn't get as much route up as I hoped, and it doesn't look very well. But now have nice big gap...