Sunday, February 19, 2017

Holiday . . . .

    . . . . on Brownsea Island, in Poole harbour, this last August, Grand Family Gathering for a week in 2 National Trust cottages on the quayside.  Fabulous! Warm sunny weather all week, lots of interesting things to see and places to walk.  And natural items to play with artistically!


Lovely colours . . . .

Great accommodation . . . . .

I'm trying . . . .

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. . . . . to get going regularly with this blog again, but it is so difficult!  It is driving me mad again, the pics won't go in the order I put them in, and there are some odd blue fullstops a at the beginning of the line above, underlined.  What made that happen?  I've not been such a nutter at writing this blog in the
past, so why is it behaving so oddly now?  Why has it put this last bit of sentence down after all the photos?
This is my second attempt, the first was lost and not published.  I'll be interested to see what does come up on the actual blog.
It won't let me write by each pic, so a summary - the dodecahedrons were made at Christmas, to sell at a stall, but only one went.  People don't realise what they are missing, interesting geometry , patterns and colours!
Then there is a sunrise, fascinating streaks of colour and the contrast of dark trees.
Then, some books I've made recently, simple down and up stitching, but variations in the stitching, making patterns on the spines.  The covers are made from cereal packets, with painted/printed paper stuck over to cover the pictures of bowls of branflakes.
That's it for this time.  I shall try again soon, take some more photos of my work and nature around us here where we live.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Visit to Dundee

. . .  but first a shot of a lovely Christmas cactus that is still flowering when I started writing this post.  I get fascinated by the shapes, of the flowers and the trails of connected leaf sections.  Need to do some drawing.
This is the River Tay and the bridge trains come over into the city.  The station is on the near side just a bit to the left of the photo
[I've not done a post for ages, and have forgotten the method, and am finding it very difficult!  How do you get pics where you  want them, and how do you start writing where you want?  I try what seems obvious, but it doesn't work!]

There is a high point in the city, the Law, which you can drive or walk up to enjoy a marvellous view over the city and along the Tay in both directions.

Time for some stitching - some of the latest work of our church stitching group, Threads of Faith, an altar frontal for the 'green' part of the  Church of England calendar.  We went out into the church grounds, collected leaves, then used them as patterns, cut from fabric and stitched them on painted strips.  I did have these 2 pics in the other order but for some reason the blog changed them round and won't let me change them back!  Frustrating.  There must be a simple answer.