A special event, a virtual coffee house. I’ll be the one wearing a pink carnation waving at you.

January 18, 2013

It’s funny how coincidence works. One of my favorite blogs disappeared a year ago and, searching for it, I came to another blogger’s site, and that blogger has now become my friend. She is the sweet, gentle-hearted Vicki of 2bagsfull. She is hosting this lovely blog hop.

GrowYourBlog2013Hi everyone, my name is Veronica, which you probably already know by the name of my blog. Just today someone asked me how does one come up with a good blog name and I had to say that I honestly never thought about it.


Several years ago my daughter Kerstin designed and drew this symbol as a brand for me and I’ve loved and used it ever since, so it’s Veronica Roth here, or just V, because who can be bothered with a four syllable name anyway.

Speaking of children, I have three: Jonathan, Kerstin and Chloe. They are grown and over the years they’ve multiplied and now I seem to have seven and so now we must include Kerstie’s Adam, Chloe’s Bryson, and the new babies in the family: Ever and Isla (usually called Binky and Bunny). Somehow they are always getting in front of my camera.

Oh, cameras, yes, I seem to have a collection of them and that’s a good thing because I take a lot of photos, a LOT of photos. Really A LOT, A TON of photos.

Some you will not see because they are proprietary to magazines or for sale thru stock agencies but you’ll see loads on these pages. The photos on these pages are for you. And I mean for YOU. Use them, copy them, find inspiration with them, say thank you, have fun. They describe everyday moments … my everyday moments … a common magic.

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I also muck about with paints.
I love to paint in oils on large canvases…

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…but I’ll paint, draw, muck about on just about anything with any medium. Old maps, sheet music, book jackets, the sawn off end of this year’s Christmas tree …you get the picture.

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I write. On these pages you’ll find free verse poetry under the “I’m not as green as I’m cabbage looking” tag, in real life you’ll find magazine and on-line articles.

I’m all over the place usually, but mostly either in my home in the city: Vancouver, BC, Canada or my home in the country: the village of Northmoor, Oxfordshire, England. (where I drive really fast on the wrong side of the road)

And, as it says on my bio, I’m completely hopeless at planning anything and so have no idea what the future will bring. Right now this site is a wonderful creative outlet for me and I love, LOVE and cherish the friends I’ve met thru it. I hope you will say hello and leave your site addy so I can come visit and get to know you and I hope you will take the time to get to know me.

Oh, there are cats. Vancouver cats Morgan and Milo and British cat Theo. They’re the little heartbeats at my feet.

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  • Reply C.Paul PennyWise January 19, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Found your site through the Grow Your Blog Party and your work is just beautiful! Love the idea of the “Vanitas”

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Thank you so much Christina. I’m so glad you’ve left your blog addy because now I can come spend some time reading Penny Wise. I already love, LOVE the book garden. 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany January 19, 2013 at 5:33 am

    So nice to meet you! I love your photography!!


    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Hello Tiffany, thank you for stopping by. Off to check out Pink Faith now. 🙂

  • Reply Sabra Bowers January 19, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Love, love, love the painting. Have a lovely day, V.

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Thank you Sabra my dear friend. 🙂 You have a lovely day too and I hope you find time to write your small stones this weekend. You’ve been so very busy.

  • Reply Laurie Cox January 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I love closeups and your photos made my heart sing. Thanks for visiting me earlier. I will stop by again for a visit.

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Love it Laurie! This is so much fun. 🙂

  • Reply Sherry Smyth January 19, 2013 at 6:20 am

    What a fabulous description of you V! I love the grandbabies names (even the nicknames!) and your art — all of it photographic and visual is stunning. I love your style and your wit — and that you drive really fast on the “wrong” side of the road when in England! Great to know more about you!

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Aww, thank you Sherry. I hate writing about myself and always find it so hard. Do you find that too? The speed limits in E are about 90mph on the motorways and so, naturally everyone does 110 MPH, not our paltry 110KPH on the highway. So, so hard to slow doen when I get back to Canada.

  • Reply Carola Bartz January 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Oh Veronica (beautiful name!), I love your photos, especially the frosty one – I used to take so many winter photos, but since I’ve moved to California from cold Germany I only get a chance to do this if we either go into the mountains (Sierra Nevada) or to some part of the country that has snow. Sigh. Anyway, your photos are beautiful as well as your art. And you live in Vancouver, BC – a place we love, especially my daughter who want to study at UBC when the time comes (still three more years of high school first). I’m glad I discovered your blog!

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Carola. You have a beautiful name too! I spent a lot of time in Germany in my childhood, winter holidays too. I remeber the cold. 🙂 California must be like a dream now. It’s funny. I have a friend who lives in California and her daughter goes to UBC but each time she comes here and we hope to meet I end up being in England!

  • Reply Sue Harding (@Librarymaid) January 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hi! I hopped here via the GYB list. Loving the pics, specially the one with the weeds poking up out of the ice – very atmospheric!

    I don’t have a fancy camera but I always have my phone in my pocket and I love snapping unusual things on walks or in the garden. 😉

    Regards, SueH http://knittingassassin.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Hi Sue, thank you for stopping by. 🙂 I take a lot of photos with my iphone. The beach love Sunday post was with my iphone. They’re great, aren’t they? A ready handy camera. Following you on Twitter and now to check out your knitting assassin blog. My daughters like to knit. I can just about manage to crochet.

  • Reply Jennifer January 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    such beautiful photographs and artwork. I shall have to follow purely to delight my eyes

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Hello Jennifer, thank you so much. I love your nature mummy blog. Hopping over to have a good read. 🙂

  • Reply Deborah January 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. I think your blog title is great, and you art, photos, and cats are beautiful.

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Hello Deborah, thank you very much for hopping over. I’m looking forward to seeing your blog; I really want to quilt something someday. 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Johnson January 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Veronica. Your cats are beautiful! And I LOVE that you painted on the cut off end of your Christmas tree! Thank you for joining this party. I will be returning many times in the future.

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Hello Elizabeth. I love the name of your blog, “wind and honey”, can’t wait to visit and get to know you. 🙂

  • Reply Pam January 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I am also participating in the blog party and I am so glad to find your blog! I take TONS of photos too and yours are really quite lovely! I’ll be back to see more soon, you really have talent!

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Hello Pam, I’m so glad to meet a fellow photographer. 🙂 Heading over to find out more about you.

  • Reply Lou Anne January 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Veronica! It was lovely to read your comments on my blog. I’m so glad you will be following. I think your work is beautiful and I’ll follow yours too. One more thing-we both love cats. It’s great to meet a new artist friend.

  • Reply Tami Von Zalez January 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Those VS initials are truly amazing! You might enjoy some of the blog photo challenges – you have some great images.

    Popped in from from the Grow Your Blog hop.

    Give me a visit some time ~

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Hello Tami. So glad you like them. I think they’re amazing too. I love photo challenges and usually do the WordPress weekly Friday one and also Photo Friday. Those are usually the only two I do except for my writer’s group media challenges. And even those few challenges get restrictive sometimes. I usually have too much to say to restrict myself to answering challenges. But then, some of the people from the two Fridays have become friends and I would miss them if I stopped. I’m really looking forward to a lovely visit on your site first thing tomorrow. 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany January 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    what wonderful pictures

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you Tiffany. Looking forward to reading your posts next. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa S January 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Great photos and sense of style!

    • Reply Veronica January 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Off to visit you first thing tomorrow. 🙂

  • Reply Dormouse January 20, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hi Veronica – I’ve just spent 20 minutes lost in your blog, admiring your photos, your art work, your way with words…and enjoying myself thoroughly! Thank you to Vicki for her inspirational GYB Party through which I have met you. I look forward to returning many times to see what you’ve been up to. Your English home is in a lovely part of the country (I used to live in Milton Keynes – less beautiful but not too far away from the country!) and it’s a joy to see your photos.

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Hi Alison, just left a huge and long-winded comment on your site, lol. So glad you stopped by because now I can stalk visit you often. 🙂 Love the cats!

  • Reply kadee January 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good morning, Veronica! My heavens….. I adore your blog! Your wonderful talents leap out of the screen and tickle me pink! Seriously. Love it! I so look forward to getting to know you better and am so grateful to have met you through the blog party! If you get a chance I would love to have you drop by mine and stay a bit. We will have such fun becoming friends!! I didn’t see a follow button but will check again to make sure I didn’t miss anything. For sure I will bookmark your page and come back many more times!

    • Reply Veronica January 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Hello Kadee! I’ll try to figure the follow out. There should be a sort of floating follow button on the right bottom of the page. Hmmm. I can’t wait to have a good mooch around your blog. I love vintage too! See you really soon over there. 🙂

  • Reply Jade January 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Hey Veronica!!! Thank you for visiting my blog. You are so creative. I’ll be sure to come back and visit again!

    -Jade http://www.muffinteahouse.com

  • Reply Astrid January 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Love looking at your blog so far! I wish I could have the talent to draw, I’m lucky if I get a stick figure to look good! I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

  • Reply Queen Of Dreamsz January 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Veronica,

    So nice to meet you!

    I love the brand that your daughter designed for you…really lovely as are all of your photos.

    I want to thank you for visiting with me and for leaving a comment. I have my giveaway details posted now if you’d like to take a peek. I don’t think I had it posted yet when you visited. Your comment already has you entered for it.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Steph ?

  • Reply Angela January 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Hi Veronica, I found you through the GYB party. Your blog is fabulous, your photos are beautiful. I look forward to following your adventures over the coming months

    • Reply Veronica January 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Hello Angela, my new Wiltshire friend! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your addy because now I can hop over and visit you. (Love you cuddling your cat in your profile pic)

  • Reply Evalina January 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I love your logo! What your daughter can do with the ‘E’ and ‘Z’ – just wondering… You have a lovely blog. I’m new follower and ‘Grow Your Blog’ participant. Have fun in at the party!
    Evalina, This and that…

    • Reply Veronica January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Evalina, thank you so much for coming by. This is a fun blog party, isn’t it? All the lovely people we would never have come across without this hop. I’ll ask Kers about the E and Z. She loves to doodle so there’s a chance. 🙂

  • Reply nicole January 22, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I just found your blog through the party and am excited to follow along with you! Outstanding blog and your photos are beautiful!!!

    • Reply Veronica January 22, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Hi Nicole, Thank you for leaving this lovely comment for me and for leaving your addy because now I can hop over and get to know you. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v January 22, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hi Veronica! You certainly know how to throw a lovely party 🙂 Cats as little heartbeats at your feet make my heart melt, and my lips curve into my “how lovely and clever” smile

    • Reply Veronica January 22, 2013 at 6:49 am

      🙂 Sara

  • Reply Gabriela January 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Lovely blog Veronica! Your lovely heart and soul comes out!Thank you for coming by my blog..I love your work and look forward to sharing many posts with you!

    • Reply Veronica January 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Hi Gabriela, thank you so much for your lovely comment. 🙂 I just know we’ll be friends.

  • Reply Jay January 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    What a great idea the blog party has been!! I am so glad you were able to overcome your dislike of San Francisco as it is one of my most favorite cities in the good ol’ USA! Love your blog!! Come see me sometime!

    • Reply Veronica January 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

      Thank you Jay…on my way over to your blog now. 🙂

  • Reply Joan January 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Your blog is like a breath of fresh air to me! Thankyou for your individuality.

    • Reply Veronica January 23, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Thank you Joan, hopping over to see your fiber fascination now. I love bits of fabric, especially old bits. 🙂

  • Reply hcfbutton January 23, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Your work is amazing! Keep creating!

    • Reply Veronica January 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Hi Heather, my WSS friend. I’m so excited to see your two blogs merge. It’s going to be great! 🙂

  • Reply yarnigras January 24, 2013 at 4:44 am

    what a lovely post….your artwork and photography artwork is amazing. I am always touched by people who are so gifted artistically. Enjoy your adventure!
    I have a giveaway so pop by please!

  • Reply Dianna January 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Veronica! Your photos are fantastic! You have a great eye for “seeing” what others could miss. Loved visiting your blog and will follow when I am done here. Your photos are inspiring! Dianna

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Diana, Just popped over to your blog for a quick read and saw you like tea…me too! Hopping over now for a proper look. I just know we’ll be friends. 🙂

  • Reply bettythewoodfairy January 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Veronica – I am wading through the blog hop – it will take ages – lovely to see you visit me. I like your art work and especially the different surfaces you use! silk is restrictive to paint on as you can’t get a whole lot of detail with the outliner and I am dabbling in watercolour which allows much more scope. I do like the idea of painting on top of writing/poetry and you have given me some inspiration so thankyou. Will be visiting regularly to see what you’re up to. Betty (the wood fairy)

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Betty, I’m so glad. Inspiration is so important. 🙂

  • Reply Africanaussie January 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    thank you for your comments on my blog – wow I am awed by your talents – love, love, love that fish painting 😉

    • Reply Veronica January 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Hello Gill, thank you so much for hopping over here and for your kind words about my fish. 🙂 I did a series of goldfish (real or otherwise) a while back and these were Japanese lanterns I saw at a parade. I really have to update and upload more paintings into Studio V. I love a little tiny diptych I did called “love at first sight” One goldfish in a bag looking at a second gold fish in a bowl. Actually, I might post that for Valentine’s Day now that I think about it. 🙂

  • Reply Laurie January 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Your blog is very friendly and very pretty with all the gorgeous photos. You are talented, no doubt about that, and it’s very nice to meet you!

  • Reply pegsplace January 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Nice to meet you Veronica! I’m not in the blog (saw it too late) but I am visiting each blog and discovering so many things. I was so attracted to your BOOK room! I like how you draw on pages from everywhere! Love your pictures and only dream of taking beautiful ones!

    • Reply Veronica January 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Peg, I’m so glad you are visiting and that you left your addy because now I can come see you. 🙂

  • Reply Sherrie Steele January 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Stopping by from the GYB party. I enjoyed reading your blog, and found your photos quite interesting too.

    ~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)


    • Reply Veronica January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Sherrie, thank you so much. I’m off to visit you now. 🙂

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