Hello from Sunday night

September 25, 2016

Hello form my Sunday night everyone.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.
It’s been raining quite a bit round here. So much so that the Friday night market was a bit of a wash out and I gave it a miss. I was sorry about that because the market comes to a close at the end of the month, and although it’s been going all summer, I haven’t been here to enjoy it. Still one more market next Friday.


In other news, I’ve been so happy to get back to painting and creativity with Ariane’s last drawing challenge. Unrelated, my friend Dalyce gave me a 1909 children’s story book with the most amazing paper. Thick and soft like the finest watercolour paper…although I’m very sure it isn’t acid free and will need conservation…but it’s been a treat to paint on.


There was a story in the book titled Good Fairies About, and that felt like mushrooms and autumnal magic.
First I painted some toadstools, (amanitas), then some shaggy manes, (Coprinus comatus), and today I felt like painting some boletus.


Here they are all three (story only had three pages). I took this photo in the evening light so not too terrific, but I hope you can get the idea.


In other completely unrelated news, I joined the yoga challenge at my yoga studio. That means for the month of October I challenge myself to a class/day. And the challenge rules are if I miss a day I have to take two classes on the next day to catch up! (gulp) We shall see.

But I thought that as long as I’m at it, October can be my month of super health and wellness. Shall I blog about it and all the steps I’m taking?


Morgan has been with me in the studio these days. One minute she’s meowing for attention, and the next minute she’s on the roof and looking down at me thru my skylight.

watercolour painting of sandpipers

Ariane’s art challenge: Tide

Hello everyone, I know it’s been too quiet here on my blog and it’s been a bit of a hard adjustment back to Vancouver this month. Basically I found myself with nothing of any value to share. Therefore I’m so grateful to Ariane for…

September 24, 2016
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Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, a lesson in being maudlin.

I’m afraid this may be a bit of a maudlin post, but the photos and the thoughts have been sitting in my computer and head for a few days now and I suppose have to be said and seen somehow, so here they are.…

September 7, 2016
At the White Horse, Uffington

At the ancient White Horse, plus video

You know, When I think about it, it’s pretty silly that we haven’t taken the time to walk up here in a few years. It’s actually only about 20 miles away from home, and now that we’re here I wonder what took us so…

August 29, 2016
Cygnets in the Thames river Oxfordshire

Two day on the Thames River at Newbridge plus video

Hello everyone, I’ve spent two days beside the Thames here in Oxfordshire. We live very close to a special area where the Windrush River joins the Thames at a place called Newbridge. This is Newbridge. It’s called new bridge because it was the newest…

August 27, 2016
Veronica Roth studio

Nadine’s Art Challenge: A room with a view

It’s been a long time since one of us managed to host an art challenge and I’m so thrilled that we’re back. Thank you so much Woolfie girl! Nadine suggested room, with a view, so I looked outside my studio here in West Cottage…

August 26, 2016
Blenheim Palace

Lunch at the palace next door: Blenheim Palace and a video

Hello everybody, this morning FB gave me one of those memories from __ suggestions, and it was from Blenheim seven years ago. It’s been more like 13 years of me being a pass holder, of me casually parking up, flashing my membership card and…

August 25, 2016