Saturday, 15 August 2015

Marvellous Machines at the Seaside

I've just come back from one of my favourite places, can you tell where it is from the picture above? ;)

We stayed right next to the harbour which had beautiful views and just a step away from the beach.

If you've been to St Ives you'll know how lovely the shops are, so many hand-made goodies for sale!
One shop I like to look in is called Kudos. Click here to see the treasures inside! It's an Aladdin's cave of beautiful artifacts. Just look what I saw in the garden there!...

 And if that wasn't enough, there was even a lifesize mermaid! How amazing would it be to have this in your garden?!

One of the reasons I love St Ives is Porthmeor beach, it has the best sunsets. I'd love to show you a dazzling example but the evenings were a little overcast and I only had my phone with me. I hope this gives you some idea...

I really don't mind if it's not sunny every day when I'm in Cornwall. One of the days it rained so heavily that we decided to go in the car to Falmouth. I knew that Falmouth Art Gallery has a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and when I saw they only had the one on display I was quite disappointed for a moment.
That was before we stepped into the next room and saw a lovely exhibition of the work of children's illustrator Rodney Peppe!

 You might be thinking these aren't illustrations and no they're not. It was actually his automata that I loved.

There were so many to see but I made a little video of my favourite ones. It's only 1½ minutes long, have a look! :) ...

You might have noticed my Etsy shop is closed at the moment. This will be just until the end of August when I shall reopen with lots of new items for you.
See you again soon! xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lakes, Houses and Peter Rabbit.

I've just returned from somewhere that I've never visited before but have often wondered what it was like there, The Lake District, in northwest England.

 Coniston Water

It's a long drive, about 4 hours north but well worth the journey. The weather was quite overcast, apparently they get a lot of rain there but that's a good thing when you see how very green it is!

 Lake Windermere

We found a lovely place to spend the evening, at the edge of Lake Windermere is Waterhead. The sun peeped out for moments while I took these pictures.

Not far from Lake Windermere is a farmhouse built in 1626 called Townend. The interior is so lovely, here are some photos I took while I was looking around.

the kitchen

The large glass jar would be filled with water and placed in front of the candles to magnify the light on dark days and evenings. Great idea, I must try that sometime.

 Lovely carvings everywhere on beautiful dark wood 
and cosy bedrooms.
Although probably quite cold in reality. :)

Finally I'll show you my favourite place of all during my visit to the lakes, the little village of Near Sawrey

We visited the house of Beatrix Potter and had a stroll around the village looking for images from her books.

Here's the gate from her book 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.

View from the vegetable garden of Beatrix Potter's house 'Hilltop'.

She took images from the house and village for her illustrations and included details like the beehive and the iron gate you see in the picture above and inside Hilltop, the furniture and rooms.
After she was married she moved to a house opposite Hilltop called 'Castle Cottage' but still used Hilltop for storing her drawings and for inspiration.

Castle Cottage, Near Sawrey, Cumbria

 Hilltop was left to the National Trust after her death with the understanding that it was to be kept in its present condition for others to enjoy.
And enjoy it I did!

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter at the front door of Hilltop.

Thankyou Beatrix. :)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Calm Waters

I thought I'd share with you today a quote from a book I'm reading at the moment. It's called 'Simple Reminders' by Bryant McGill and Jenni Young. The painting is from a commission I did for a lovely client but I thought it fitted these words so well.

'On the still calm waters of surrender, the reflections of clarity appear.'

I'll leave you to ponder this thought and to wish you a lovely calm and peaceful Sunday. xx

Friday, 17 July 2015

Delphiniums and a New Carnival Project.

Summer's such a lovely time for colours! I took the photo above at a local National Trust property, Coleton Fishacre in Devon.

Quite often when I visit here I don't go into the house. When I first used to come here many years ago, the house wasn't open to the public but when it was, I was one of the first to have a look around. We had to wear what looked like plastic carrier bags on our feet to protect the newly finished flooring.

I'm very pleased to say that's not the case these days. The house was near to closing for the day so we had a speedy look around the lovely art deco rooms, not much time for photo taking I'm afraid.

But I did take a quick photo in this room. I love wood and the beautiful wood on these chairs was just gorgeous.

The garden there's pretty lovely too with my favourite summer flower, delphiniums.

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Such colour! I'm told these are called Penstemon.

Can you imagine little faery people living here by the stream? I can. :)

Summer's a busy time for me, not much chance to make any new paintings but I do have time to do a spot of this in the evenings....

 I'm making myself a jumper, something I haven't done since I was in my twenties! I thought it was about time.
This yarn is so soft ......and that colour?

Woolly people might like to see my project in progress here on Ravelry.

Thankyou for visiting today, I hope you have a lovely sunny weekend.xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A Summer Solstice Walk and The Rhythm of Life

Every year at the time of the Summer Solstice it's a family tradition to go for a walk somewhere high up, with a good view of the sunset.

When my brother lived in Swindon we'd go to Barbury Castle but now he's moved to another area, this year we thought we'd go to a different place that's closer to where he now lives. I blogged about our Barbury Castle walks in 2011 here and in 2010 here. :)

This year we went to May Hill

They say you can see 12 counties from here. The view was spectacular even though it was getting dark and a little cloudy. We could clearly see the Brecon Beacons, the Mendips and the River Severn to name but a few. I'd love to come back again one sunny day during daylight hours, it really was an incredible view.

My photos don't do it justice at all but I think you get the idea! What a perfect place to watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year.


Do you remember this painting from my last post? I thought I'd show you it displayed on my wall complete with its frame. It's now in my Etsy shop so if you'd like to see it in more detail, please click here. :)

I've been busy a-painting this week and today I finished this new mixed media piece. I've added lovely glitter to the flowers trees and hair and it looks so sparkly when held to the light bringing the whole painting alive!

I've popped it on Etsy and it's called 'Rhythm of Life'. The measurements are 20 x 16 inches and it's ready to hang on the wall. Please click here if you'd like to see the full listing.

I've been quite behind with visiting blogs lately but I hope to catch up with all your lovely blogs soon. See you there! xx