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Everything has a season so they say and this year has not been my season for the garden (poor neglected thing).

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However some past efforts continue to pay dividends – thank you Roses, that white weed thingy, the cow-parsley plant, my patio pots and of course the Alchemilla Mollis.
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I snipped a few things I could find the other day  – all pleasingly lime green, green and yellow (thank you garden for self-theming the colours) and popped them into my 25 pence bargain jug for an afternoons play with the paints.

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It’s Moseley Arts market again tomorrow – was the last one really only four weeks ago?

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Time seems to have condensed itself recently, don’t know if the days just feel shorter because of it getting dark earlier or whether my expectations for what can be done in a day are too great!

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I have been in my painting cave this week re-stocking these hand painted notebooks. They are a labour of love, I’m not gonna lie, but the emphasis is defiantly on love.

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The painting of these really gets my creative juices flowing for other projects and I just love doing them. Plus I added a ‘belly wrap’ (get me) which just finishes them off nicely.

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9-3pm Alcester Road, Mosley, tomorrow 🙂

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Valentines Day aside, we all need a reminder of this. xxx

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I am just back from a tres blustery walk in the woods with Lottie and ready to share a little sunshine here because it is just so crazy miserable out there today.

Here’s proof that the sun did shine for a moment yesterday – honest!

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These are close up’s of some bright, sunny flowers I’ve been painting for greetings cards – the kind you find where there is sunshine to grow them – remember sunshine? warmth? being able to walk along without fear of that creaking branch actually snapping off and falling on your head?!

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When I got back to my desk, my inbox sent me a little sunshine too, with news of a , an invite to apply for a craft fair and this quote from Good Reads :

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be

 Abraham Lincoln

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Good advice Mr Lincoln – I am now ignoring the hail stones beating on the skylight window and going back to a happy, sunny painty place 🙂

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Next door have a beautiful Briar Rose which hangs over into our garden.

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This year it is particularly beautiful, dripping with big clusters of flowers.

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I love the vibrant pink-red of the petals and how they pale by degrees into ballet-slipper pink.

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They are very satisfying for capturing in watercolours as they provide lots of opportunity to let colours bleed into one another.

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The peppering of stamens and pollen is the painting equivalent of popping a cherry on an iced cake.

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Yum!

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All this lovely sunshine is doing me the world of good but distracting me from working inside.

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There is something about summer sunshine that is the perfect backdrop for just being out and about experiencing things and having fun.

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I have been away to Norfolk and Wales (gadding again with a small amount of market research thrown in to ease the guilt)  lunching, playing round with Hipstamatic, baking, watching Wimbledon, rush-knitting a new baby gift, cooking for friends and gardening galore.

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This year I feel as if I have gardened in a timely fashion – pruned fruit trees and roses at the correct time and been rewarded by abundant fruit and flowers, weeded carefully and by leaving things I wasn’t sure about, have been surprised by beautiful flowers that I have previously pulled out (groan!)

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And my fabulous new vegetable garden (which will get its own post one day very soon) is looking smart and proving to be very easy to keep up and very prolific. On my list of ‘simple, satisfying things to do’ is growing and eating your own veg – it’s so wholesome and gives such a sense of achievement.

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I am so inspired that I have already ordered next years seed in the Sarah Raven sale, a fancy wooden device that you fold newspaper around to make pots for seedlings and begun a list of flowers to grow next year.

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So apologies for not concentrating on being in this space very much lately – I have been painting a lot in between and have things to share with you but as the saying goes, gotta ‘make hay while the sun shines’.

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Back in September of last year I had an idea to complete a page-a-month nature diary type sketchbook,

Thinking back I think I was inspired by my new surroundings having moved to a new home and garden and being really close to the woods.

But I’ve got to say that one year later I’m really glad that it’s done and dusted.

I stopped posting the pages up each month (which is why I’m catching up now) because I’d lost the love. I think I discovered that I’m not a sketchbook kinda girl, especially to a timetable.

If you want to see all twelve they are here.

 

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