………Continuing to share our lovely bright Winter’s walk around the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, England.
There is a smaller wings sculpture in the South Garden.
here, viewed from the ramparts
from where one also gets this glorious view across the Somerset countryside
Peeping through the ramparts
you can see the moat below
There are some videos of the gardens and last year’s cignets here.
Like us, the swans were basking in the sun
(Noelle and Alison in the Whispering Gallery)
And so was a cheeky little robin
sitting on his favourite posing post
All of us glorying in that clear blue sky and the warmth the sun gave us
Noelle suggested this photo of me trying out the wings, it was such a fabulous day our spirits were certainly soaring
and I must show you Noelle’s marvellous hand-knitted hat and scarf/shawl, which looks like wings to me
more to come …..
Posted in birds, garden, sculpture, travel, walks, wildlife
Tagged Bishop's Palace Gardens Wells, February sunshine, knitting, robin, Somerset, sunshine, Swans, Wells
Oh my goodness, Google ‘Crochet Owl Motifs’ and a gazillion options are laid before you.
I am wanting to make ‘Old Brown’ for what I’m now calling the Squirrel Nutkin Woodland Blanket, so I went in search of a pattern.
My go-to site after Attic24 is The Green Dragonfly as I know I can rely on the patterns
This is the Owl Pattern from Bunny Mummy that Green Dragonfly used
Made with Stylecraft Special DK 4.5mm hook, Copper, Walnut and Pistachio with a Mustard beak and Trimit eyes. These eyes are not suitable for attaching to a blanket as their backs stick out too far.
The pattern is cute but not quite big enough for what I have in mind.
I searched some more and came across this little gem!
I think the owl for the blanket will have to be more ‘standard’ but I love the quirkiness of Zuzalinkaa’s designs – you can find her on Pinterest.
Even though there are masses of patterns out there, it looks like I might just have to make my own to get exactly what I want, but I’m so grateful for all the wonderful designers out there for the inspiration.
Now I’m off to see what Nanacathy is having a good old natter about this Friday
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.
Posted in birds, greetings gards, painting, Photo Challenge, wildlife
Tagged @clthistlethwaiteart, Come to Good Hope Farm, hawk, owl, puffin, turkey, wildlife painting
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.
Posted in art from natural objects, birds, haiku, Haiku Challenge, Photo Challenge, travel, wildlife
Tagged bird diving, Carribean, haiku, Nevis, One-a-Week Photo Challenge, pelican, Ronovan's Haiku Challenge
My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge
Golden Rock, Nevis, Caribbean
We were told that this was the best place to eat on Nevis – what a place.
sumptuous burger with obligatory Rum Punch for my friend L
and a Conch Chowder for me, (with pink and orange napkins) Yumsk!
Then masses of arty stuff, which was right up my street
side tables made of plastic rubbish set in a solid foam – now … could I do this with some of my beach finds I wonder???? Hmmmm … must find out more.
I want that green chair!
I want to make that lampshadeHad to go for a sit down – I was getting over excited!
An Antillean Bullfinch came to see if we had any crumbs to spare.
So romantic …….
Posted in birds, garden, Photo Challenge, recycling, sculpture, travel, wildlife
Tagged Caribbean, cocktails, Golden Rock, Nevis, recycling, sculpture, side tables, upcycling, West Indies
spying from my seat
beach activities below
Our Photo Challenge Week 15 : LUNCH
Ronovan’s Haiku prompts (10th April): WONDER and SPY
Two weeks in the Caribbean! Lucky me!
I’m playing catch-up. Thank you so much Cathy for keeping the Photos purring along.
I can’t just leave out the two weeks of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge I missed – not after nearly three years of weekly postings, so I will be catching up with a couple of posts today.
A few more scenes from that balcony – not a bad place to sit and have lunch 😉
Looking towards St Kitts
Pelicans bobbing on the water in the early morning light
diving for fish
the boys going snorkelling
Click on any photo to see it larger.
I was staying at The Hamilton Beach Villas which were beautiful, but not quite what they promise on their website. No Spa. When we questioned this we were told that they “had got a bit over enthusiastic on their website” !
There seemed to be a lot of that going on in the Caribbean. Often when travelling I have found people tell you what they think you want to hear – anyone else had that experience?
Posted in birds, haiku, Haiku Challenge, Photo Challenge, poetry, travel, wildlife
Tagged balcony, beach, Caribbean, fishing, fishing net, Nevis, One-a-Week Photo Challenge, pelican, Ronovan's Haiku Challenge, weekly haiku challenge, weekly photo challenge