Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Midsummer Moments

After the panels for exhibitions..its brooches!

I had quite a thrash recently as you can see.

One or two were pale and pretty but this picture doesn't really show it.

 I put daisies in the centre.

 Some WERE daisies of a kind. I haven't made flowers for a while.

 Of course there were some hearts.

 This is a shape I've used many times in the past and now I've been to Venice I think I might have been influenced by pictures in the past . I think it looks quite Venetian. Think the prow of a gondola..maybe?

I recently went clothes shopping and came a cross a lot of patterned dresses in a colour scheme similar to this. 
I thought I'd give it a go. Peach grey and turquoise.

So after all that work and a lot of gardening, I had no qualms when my neighbours invited me to go on  a walk with them.
They are due to lead a ramble in the Pateley Bridge area soon so were just trying it out .
We drove to Pateley bridge,
 about 50 miles, and then set off with two dogs and a picnic.

We saw some lovely sights. This was the view from the garden of a gorgeous quite isolated farmhouse, where the owner ushered us in to take a picture.

 Here's the farmhouse.

 Another pair of cottages one of which (we were told) is available to stay in for holidays, but try as I might I can't find out anything about it.

 I thought this was what it was called,

 but thats the name of the little hamlet its in. So if you live near Low Hole Bottom and know the cottage, please share!

This is where we had lunch. Thats the neighbours dog playing in the water.

Isn't it pretty? 
Other 'pretty' things appeared on the way.. a beautiful birds wing, sad for the bird though.

 We crossed a difficult surface through what seems to have been a gravel quarry..a bit like the surface of the moon,

 but even there were pretty wild flowers peeping out.

 There were so many varieties of wild flowers everywhere, tiny jewels in every colour..and some enormous ones..foxgloves make me smile.

 All along the way were yellow bikes. 
At the beginning of July The Tour de France is going though Yorkshire and there was much bunting, ribbons, 'pop-up' camp sites, and the yellow bicycles. 

One, in the Agricultural Showground was festooned with wool and I forgot to take a picture. I mean wool as in fleece.

 Even the hanging baskets and gardens were full of yellow flowers to match.

Its very hilly there and I know how I felt walking up the hills. I don't like it. 
The walk was just over 7 miles and I haven't walked a distance like that in recent years so it was quite an achievement.

Regular readers will know just how rubbish I am at gardening, but its really a matter of getting some hard work in, but here's my finest achievement of the Summer so far.

The success lies in keeping the slugs at bay thats all I have to do!

I've taken the garden in hand and there will be more achievements soon.
Watch this space.

A happy Midsummer to all of you.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

More power to the flower

Before I start rambling I have remembered to say a big thank you to everyone who leaves a comment on here. I can't reply to a lot of them that come to me via my 'social' inbox, I don't know why I can't reply, but please be assured that each one means a lot to me and I am really grateful to know that people actually read this blog!

So this has been on here numerous times....

 as has this.
 and this in the last post.
 But I just wanted to show the collection of 6 pieces I sent to The Gallery at the Wharf in Burscough on Sunday.
The one below is inspired by a photo of a pulsatilla I saw on Facebook . Its the most figurative thing I've done but I got the number of petals wrong so its not true to life!

This one I've called 'Clematis' as thats the nearest thing I can think of. It just came out of my head ..(and there's enough wool in there to make another as my dad used to say in relation to wood)

 I like the rich blue backgtound on this and who says 'blue and green should never be seen'?)

 And finally a more typical piece which I've named after the Blue Poppy in the last post. 

 You learn something with every piece you do and I found I love the teal thread on the limey lemon in the picture below.

So there we are. Flower Power on now until the end of August at The Gallery at the Wharf Burscough.

st of my pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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