“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Monday, 18 September 2017

Harvest Time On Our Plot

Hello everyone...welcome to a new week.
I'd thought I'd share our harvest from yesterday. 
If you are a follower then you'll know we only started the veggie plot back in early February, so we're thrilled with the outcome so far.
Here's a quick recap for anyone who may have missed the birth of the plot.
(click Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)

In case you can't make out what's in the white bowl... it's blackberries.
Have a great week everyone...have fun and keep smiling!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My Sunday Photo...Mushrooms

My Sunday Photo really sums up our current weather.
Wet and soggy, but at times warm(ish)
In fact, perfect conditions for growing mushrooms.
I can't take any credit for growing these beauties shown below because they have just appeared at the base of a tree in my garden. 
I have no idea if they are edible or not? 
I know next to nothing about fungi, so if anyone knows what this one is called and if it's poisonous I'd be really interested to hear.
I thought I'd include another photo today to show you that we are all prepared for the autumn nights...when you need a little extra warmth. 
Especially when you hear that F word for the first time...FROST!
Yep the weather forecaster said that there's a chance we might have Jack Frost come to visit us overnight... and so it starts!
I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo over at Photalife.com
Please feel free to pop across to see lots more photographs by clicking here
Have a great weekend and thanks for popping over to my place.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Sunday Photo...Allium

I apologise if you've seen this photo before on my Instagram feed, but I think I may have forgotten to include it into My Sunday Photo posts.
I really like it so I thought I'd share it with you.
I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo over at Photalife.com
Please feel free to pop across to see lots more photographs by clicking here
Have a great weekend and thanks for popping over to my place.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Autumnal Folio Focus...PPF

I don't think I've ever been so late in entering the PPF party, but I've been in the classroom all day.
Well not exactly in a real classroom, but painting at my kitchen table.
I enrolled into an online class called #FolioFocus and it's week one.
Has anyone enrolled or heard of it before?
I'd love to hear if you have.
The lessons are to help build a stronger portfolio and this week was all about botanicals.
How could I refuse with it being botanical or fall behind on the first week. 
So using my new paints I jumped right in.
To say I've learnt so much today that my head hurts is an understatement.
I decided to embrace autumn as it's arrived. 
I wanted to hang on to summer, but alas I failed. 
I hope you like this and I'm actually quite pleased...which is incredible not only that I've managed to actually share a finished piece of work this week, but also that I like it!  

I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday gang.
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

My Sunday Photo...Hot Tub

Well there's not a lot I can say about My Sunday Photo except that I can thoroughly recommend a Hikki Hot Tub! 
After a busy day what could be better than to lounge in a hot tub under the stars...oh yes and a moon shining to help with the candle light! 
The cap was only to save the extreme steam from sending my hair into a modern day Pollyanna!
It may not be the best photo technically, but it was taken more for a moody atmospheric shot.

I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo over at Photalife.com
Please feel free to pop across to see lots more photographs by clicking here
Have a great weekend and thanks for popping over to my place.
Now where's my glass of vino... Cheers!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Love Nature Gouache Painting...PPF

Well here we are on the first day of Autumn and it's a beautiful warm sunny day.
Blue skies above with fluffy white clouds to complete the picture.
If this is how autumn is to carry on...I'm all in favour.
Goodbye Summer... sadly you were a huge disappointment. 
If you had an end of term report it would probably read..."Must do better"
Remarkably this week I actually managed to have a play with my new Turner gouache paints.
I certainly learnt quite a lot using them. 
For instance, when I use watercolour paints I seem to use them as gouache paint, but when I'm using gouache paint I use them as I would watercolours.
Does that make sense or is it gobbledeegook!
Basically, I don't think I use either particularly well.
I much prefer drawing in ink!
I'm completely aware that I seem to be neglecting my blog in favour of the quick and easy Instagram. Here's a photo I posted earlier this week.
I just loved his fluffy butt!
But hopefully life will settle down soon and I'll be able to spend more time visiting and writing posts.
I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday gang.
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

My Sunday Photo... Glen Garioch Distillery

Today we visited Glen Garioch Whisky Distillery (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) 
It is one of the oldest and most easterly operating distilleries in Scotland and has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen since 1797.
There are guided tours at various times throughout the day.
We had Jane taking us back in time and passing on heaps of interesting information.
She really was passionate about the product and quite hilarious at times...I'm sure that there's nothing about this distillery that Jane doesn't know. 
For a start she's worked here for some thirty years!
Obviously some information has to be kept secret and under multiple lock and key.
I'm not a whisky drinker, but I do know a man that is (not looking in any direction...Mr Natters!) 

 As is the custom at the end of these kind of tours, there is a tasting session.
 I along with a few other ladies in the group had been nominated to be a designated driver, but the thoughtful Jane kindly provided little sample bottles for us to take home.
That way for all those who had drawn the short straw. could have a taste later. 
I thought this was a very nice touch. 
Meanwhile everyone else sipped and commented on the warm soothing subtleties.
Obviously, 'we' had to purchase our very own large bottle (12 year old, 48% ABV Cask: Bourbon and Sherry) so that we could do extensive research. 
I say the Royal 'We' but you all know who I mean (wink wink).



(Photo above courtesy of Glen Garioch Distillery)
If you'd like to know more about the Glen Garioch Distillery click on the name to link to their website.

In true Doric dialect I will leave you with the saying...
That's jist aboot aa tha noo! 
Translation: That's just about all for now

I'm linking up with Photalife.com
and Image-in-ing.blogspot.co.uk
Mersad Through My Lens
Have a great week everyone and thanks for your visit

Friday, 25 August 2017

Woohoo New Paints... PPF

I'm having to be super quick posting today, as I have visitors and as they've just nipped out I thought I'd nip in!
I'm so excited to have new paints and can't wait to use them. 
I've not painted using gouache paints before, so any tips and advice will be gratefully accepted. 
I thought I'd colour in my own design that I posted last week, but as you can see below...I didn't get very far before my visitors arrived. 
I'll have to wait (with baited breath) to get to use these new paints...but I'm hoping that we can become great lifelong friends.
I've also joined an online course, so hopefully I'll be able to share details and results from class with you soon.
Must dash...the hostess with the mostess duty calls.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit.
I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday gang.
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

My Sunday Photo...Baby Robin

Sometimes when you least expect it... up pops a wonderful surprise.
Take yesterday for instance, whilst being a contortionist crouching under our curly hazel tree to pull up weeds, a little baby robin hopped right in front of me. 
I quickly went inside to get my camera thinking that it was probably going to be a waste of time.
The robin would have moved on, but he was still there when I returned.
He wasn't in the least bit bothered by me being so close to him.
He was obviously a very switched on robin as he watched whilst I pulled and dug he waited for some tasty treats to appear. 
He wasn't in the least bit timid...I'd go so far as to say he enjoyed watching me working.
Obviously, he's not street wise yet, with being so young and as you can see from his plumage, he hasn't got all of his red waistcoat feathers yet. 
He's still a little fluffy and dishevelled.
I also don't think he's found his voice yet either....but we'll be in for a treat when he does.
As you can see he was watching me closely.
Gorgeous isn't he? 
With him being this friendly I may well manage to feed him some treats from my hand. 
Now that would be something to share.

I'm linking up with My Sunday Photo over at Photalife
and Image-in-ing.blogspot.co.uk
Please feel free to pop across to see lots more photographs by clicking here
Have a great weekend and thanks for popping over to my place.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Love Nature...PPF

Well today I'm feeling a little spaced out, as I've been prescribed strong antibiotics.
I'm not sure, but I may have made a mistake by reading the extensive list of possible side effects.
I hardly slept at all last night and my stomach is definitely off today! 
Enough of that...but I'll certainly let you know if the hallucinations kick in!

Last week I shared a snippet of my drawing, so I'm happy to say that I actually finished it and have started another. 
I can't decide whether to paint it myself or use it for others to colour and share their interpretations. 
How cool would that be?
What's your view on the colouring craze for adults?
Do you think that the craze has ran it's course?
I'm not sure if people are still interested in this creative stress reliever or not?
(Love Nature A3 Black Micron Ink Pen)
Whilst drawing I plugged myself in to some brilliant music... (basically to drown out the football commentary... with the odd expletive from my hubby) and spent a wonderful evening drawing whilst looking out over the sunset lit fields. 
I'm going to use the English Premiership matches for my creative time, because it certainly made a perfect evening for everyone.
It's a win win situation. 
Everyone is happy!

I haven't shared any watercolour paintings with you lately, so here's a painting that I created as part of Tracey Fletcher King's Delicious Paint online class.
I had such a great time, plus learning brilliant tips along the way, that I've decided I'll revisit the course...it's available for life once you enrol. 
How brilliant is that!
Tracey is an exceptional teacher and so generous with her time and brilliant talent.
If you are interested in joining in too, then here's the details.
Classroom is now open and you can enrol here... Delicious Paint
Just in case you're wondering...I'm not being paid in any way for promoting this course...not even a gold star from the teacher!
But for now I think I'm in need of a long blink...zzZZZzzzZzzz

As usual I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday gang.
I'm always happy to see you and will hopefully pop in to your place soon.
Have a great time this weekend.
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