Painted leaves

The beautifully painted leaves on The Green Dragonfly today prompted me to find the photos of the leaf doodling I did on Nevis.DSC_1602

I never did discover the name of the plant this leaf came from, it grew near the sea.


Each morning I would create little arrangements on the table on the verandaDSC_1422

I can’t stop arranging things – even the loose tiles in the swimming pool could not escape


…….. a coral collection




some of which I doodled on wondering if they would combine with a seahorse to make little hanging decorations


What do you think?





This is so beautiful, I just had to share it from:


Paint Party Hedgehog

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My sister’s latest masterpiece – I just love how she captures the expression.

Joining in with Paint Party Friday



This week’s prompt in our Photo Challenge is CYCLE.

Posted in haste as the cycle of life is turning in directions that give me little time for blogging at the moment. Pedalling hard to keep up!

The colours, shapes and textures of a bicycle by Weymouth Harbour caught my eye.Version 2

Please leave links to your photo in the comments to be included in the monthly round-up.

As Cathy says “Happy Snapping”.

Paint Party Friday: Birds and other animals

I am extremely proud to present my sister Caroline’s paintings.

She sent me an entry for into our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt is BIRD, and I knew she had been painting so asked her to send me some pics of her paintings too – Wow! So glad I did

I’m wondering if this magnificent chap will appear in a painting before too long. Caroline tells me she photographed him at Come to Good Farm in Cornwall.

I’m lucky enough to have two sisters, and now they have both appeared on my blog this week: Sue who I am going to Chelsea Flower Show with and Caroline. We are all quite creative, I think we get it from our Mum.

Caroline is on Instagram @clthistlethwaiteart, where you can keep up to date with her latest works, which include silver jewellery as well! She has only just started sharing her work in this way and I know it would give her a tremendous boost you to take a look and leave a message.

She also sells greetings cards and some prints.

I’m joining this post in with Paint Party Friday.


Photo Challenge Round-Up: April

Cathy of Nanacathy, and I have put together a list of Photo Prompts for each week of 2017. It is fun to see how each person interprets the subjects. There is always such a fascinating variety as we often tie the prompt in with the subject of our own individual blogs. A few of us like to link the photo in with other challenges too. We use archive and/or new photos – anything goes!

My April photos:

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Denis of Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Kathy at Sewing Etc

Sandra at Wild Daffodil


Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at RainbowJunkie

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Sandra at Wild Daffodil


Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Murtagh’s Meadow

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Kathy at Sewing Etc

Sandra at Wild Daffodil


Cathy at Nanacathy

Postcard from Gibraltar

Beth at I Am Branching Out

Murtagh’s Meadow

Sandra at Wild Daffodil


It is always a joy to go through all of the photos each month. If I have missed anyone out please let me know and I will add the link.

The next prompts are BIRD, CYCLE, STATIONARY and LOST

As Cathy says “Happy Snapping”!


plain grey pelican

diving into the shallows

small fry for breakfast

A joy whilst on Nevis was to watch the pelicans diving near the shore on my early  morning shell hunts

Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompts PLAIN and FAST


combining it with our One-a-Week Photo prompt for this week of BIRD.

Cathy and I compiled the list for the year, just for fun. Join in as and when you like using new or archive blog posts. We love to see your take on the subjects – always a fascinating variety. Leave a link in the comments to be included in the Round-up.