Tuesday, 11 October 2016


What have I been doing this week?

I started a massive Autumnal clear-out of all things, including art and art materials -
old paintings which had been lying about too long,
painted papers which thought they might one day be used in a collage, 
scraps cut from magazines and hoarded.

A coal fire is a wonderful throw-out companion.
Once in the fire, it's gone.

These were the very last paintings to go.

I did rescue one from the flames, with my bare hands.

And I did scan in a few before they went, and had an enjoyable time playing with photo-edit to create some abstract card designs, three of which are below.

What do you think of these?  Which do you like best?

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Here are the last of the Devon photos.  I'm glad you have enjoyed them so far.

Devon has many beautiful sandy beaches, this one at our village

and this one not too far away

but I promised you a walk along a shingle beach.

We braved the narrow road out of our village

to drive to this shingle beach where we were looking forward to a long beachy walk, and we were not disappointed.

We didn't walk at our usual fast pace as I kept getting massively distracted by the amazing colours and shapes of the stones.


Even the tiny shingle was wonderful

and I didn't think the beach would miss this one which I brought back for Douglas.

He's not very sure what to do with it.

The sun came out and the beach looked different when we got back to the start.

I hope you enjoyed your Devon holidays!
See you there again another time!

Sunday, 2 October 2016


At "Art Journal Journey" this month Valerie has chosen the theme "Indian Summer".

We have had a beautiful Indian Summer this weekend so I went out into the garden to see what was about.
There were purple asters, marigolds, berries on bushes and so much else.

I got out some of my pens

and let them do it.

Painting the marigolds.

What happens next I wondered?

Painting the asters and the pond

and then a kitten wanders in.

Hey pens, it's looking bit wimphy.

I had to step in and do a bit of outlining.

Here's what I like about what the pens did.

I like the sweet kitten, the little pond, the garden towers and all the flowers.  I'm not too sure about the ploughed field and the forest at the top.

But it's not too bad.

Monday, 26 September 2016


Bleubeard and Elizabeth are the hosts this month at "Art Journal Journey" with a very interesting theme, "Back to School".

On our first year at the Secondary School, aged 11, for one of our subjects we had a delightful teacher.
He was young, handsome, charming and a terrific teacher. 

Back to school, at the start of the second year, we were given our new timetable and told which teacher we would have for each subject.  Imagine our horror when we didn't get our lovely teacher again but got one who was, let's say, the exact opposite.

These flowers at the Flying Circus school have just this minute met their new IT (Information Technology) teacher for the year.

But don't worry about them, little flowers adapt easily, just as we did.

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Here is the third of our Devon holiday pictures, as promised.
The South West Coast Path goes through the village where we stayed.

This was the start on the west side

and this was near the start on the east side. 

The cliff walks are picturesque and often very near the edge.
This was the walk from our village to the next.

Walking in the mist was interesting too.  You can see the coastal erosion, and more bits of the cliff are almost breaking off.

A narrow path further along the coast. 

This part of the walk was maintained by the National Trust with a reassuring wall on the cliff side.

We turned the corner and this is where I said, No!, no further, thanks. 
Would you have walked along this path? 

Of course in Devon there are many beautiful beaches and I promised you a shingle beach, but I'll leave that till next time to allow you a rest after your cliff walk.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Bleubeard and Elizabeth are the hosts this month at "Art Journal Journey" with a different sort of theme, "Back to School".

Some of you may remember the Flying Circus, the circus run by the birds, animals and flowers themselves, and of course the Flying Circus has a school too, for the young ones and for older ones wanting to learn new circus acts.

I thought you might like to see the tightrope-walking class. 
Birds can balance easily on branches and telephone wires but balancing on a tight-rope is much more difficult for them. 

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I promised some more photos of my Devon holiday, one of the best ever.

Many roads in Devon are one-track with the occasional passing place, and have very high hedges right up at the side of the road.
Often no passing place is in sight.  These roads can go on for miles with no way of turning back.

It makes for fairly hairy driving

and I wouldn't like to live in this house.

The worse experience we had was when we travelled on the local single decker bus.  The driver careered round the roads and bends as if it was one way.  We couldn't even get out as the road would not have been safe to walk on. 

We were very much intrigued by the Sea Tractor.

The little ferry (in the middle of the sea) travels from Salcombe to this beach,

the Sea Tractor goes out to meet it and the passengers on each are swapped around.

We didn't try it as we were in the middle of a coastal walk, maybe next time.

One of the pleasure of holidays is seeing the different architecture of private houses.

Next time I'll take you on a cliff walk and a little stroll along a lovely shingle beach.

Saturday, 10 September 2016


Hello again!

After three weeks of the party of the Arts that is the Edinburgh Festival in August, we flew off to Devon on the South West of the UK to do some strenuous Coastal Path and countryside walking and breathe the clean and fresh sea air.

This was the peaceful village where we stayed

and this was the view from our rented cottage.

I hope to show you more later when Mr. E. has untangled all the many photographs.

I took my 4 x 4 inch sketchbooks again along with some oil pastels and watercolours.

While we were away our dear friends J. and E. looked after the garden and fed the birds (most important) and everything grew at double its usual speed, with the fruit

and the vegetables racing away.

Now I'm looking forward to visiting my friends in Blogland again.
Whenever I've been away it seems like everyone has had the most wonderful blogging art party, so do come in and say hello. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016


The Edinburgh Festival is the largest Arts Festival in the World.  

We are being tourists in our own city and going to many Festival events, mainly the Book Festival and Early Music and Jazz concerts.  Three weeks of it, and we can go back to our own home in the evening.
What could be better.

As regular readers will know, Douglas has his gardening duties during August, but he also likes to go to the Festival.
He was the very first visitor on the very first day at the Book Festival cafe.

It was difficult to choose from the great selection.

The Book Festival is held in one of the large garden squares right in the middle of the town, circled constantly by busy and often noisy traffic

but entering was like going through an enchanted portal, immediately one was in a magical and peaceful world of books, where the sun was shining and everyone was happy.

The square had one resident Book Festival seagull who liked to sit where he could see everything that was going on.

There were eight tents for events and two large book tents, one for books for adults and one for books for teenagers and children.

The adult book tent.

A smaller events tent.

The large events tent with 570 seats.

For most of the talks we attended, the tent was absolutely full, you couldn't get an extra mouse in.

We went to many talks and discussions on topics including the Dark Ages, Vapid Leftism, Angela Merkel, the perils (or not) of Video Games, mobile mindfulness, podcasts and poetry, book design, the influence of genes and cycling through Africa.

There was usually a new book out for each event and the author was there to sign the book afterwards.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Douglas and I are linking to Elizabeth's "Tea on Tuesday" even although Douglas had a coffee.  We believe that is alright.