and on the last day of the Summer Holidays (this week) with the boys
a wonderful place to cool off
and build on happy memories in a favourite place.
This scene is from a walk I did with a friend and her dogs on Thursday, just over and mile from my house. (click on the photo to see it larger)
We have done the walk many times, but we both just had to stop and soak in the view which seemed particularly beautiful in the September sunshine. We both remarked on how lucky we are and how we never take for granted that we live in a beautiful and relatively safe part of the world.
My heart is with anyone affected by wildfires at the moment, all those in California and particularly Cee, who has been evacuated from her home.
❤ Stay safe friends wherever you are ❤
The year of Stitchbook Collective is nearly over. What a well timed, fabulous course of workshops it has been! Just one more delicious box to come winging its way to me from Yorkshire and Helen Birmingham of Untangled Threads.
Would you like to see progress so far?
Although there is a slight sadness that this project is drawing to a close, there is also excitement going into Year 2!!
There are about 65 of us who are embarking on Year 2 which is in a different format – quarterly instead of monthly. I am very excited about this and it feels so good to continue in the community of supportive stitchers that has built up over the last year.
Helen is also starting a new Year 1, which I highly recommend.
The Workshop boxes are still available from her Shop.
Are you working on any textile related projects at the mo? Leave a link in the comments if you would like to share them with us.
A wonderful afternoon on a socially distanced walk with my granchildren, my daughter and daughter-in-law.
I have loved lockdown as a long-running creative retreat, but today recharged my batteries in a way that meant more than I realised it would.
O Happy day!
Today I learnt a friend and unique artist has died.
I am sad beyond words. I need no sympathy because that belongs to his family and closer friends. I just want to celebrate his talent and his art.
Marc created this wonderful ceremonial expression of connection – a magical time on Mwnt beach. One of those people casting moving shadows is me.
Here is the post I wrote about it.
And another when I went with my cousin to Mwnt beach for a New Year’s Sand Circle.
I set out across the field thinking that a field after maize is a bleak sight, devoid of creative opportunities. …
….and then I started noticing details in the hedgerow
Pussy willow, so magical in the sunshine. This photo was taken with my phone, isn’t it remarkable how technology has moved on in such a short time.
Looking up against the sky, lifted my spirits
My mind translated this picture into stitch: running stitch, fly stitch, couching and French Knots.
With stitching in mind the patterns of trees against the sky and the maize stubble became more intriguing
the mark-making danced in front of me turning into pattern and line
This mix of random shapes, which hold a sort of rhythm is what I am aiming for in my pieces of textile art – I haven’t quite got there yet but now I’m inspired by these images to have another go.
Joining in with is great theme: https://thesandychronicles.blog/2020/03/06/friendly-friday-challenge-art-unexpected/
I’m sure you too have found inspiration in unexpected places……
I have had difficulty commenting and ‘liking’ posts on other Blogs for a while and now my own site is causing me difficulties.
I think you might be seeing a mass of adverts sprinkled in amongst the text and the comments. I am so sorry if this is the case. Could you let me know if this is happening.
My site is free and I have never felt the need to change it, but I think WordPress might be making things difficult so that I will be forced to pay for a site.
Anyone else having similar issues?
Update: I have noticed that recently there has been NO Spam in my Comments, whereas before there was always quite a lot that WordPress had captured for me to check and delete. That might be why they had to make changes and get everyone to Log In afresh – which makes sense. A courtesy email to explain that would have been good.
I would not normally post about things like this but these are extraordinary times.
It seems the government in Australia are largely responsible for the inability of the fire services to contain the bush fires that are causing so much devstation, because they have radically cut their funding. When Governments do not step up, we have to.
It is hard to know what we can do from this distance, but money can provide all sorts of resources that the Fire Fighters need. One messaged that they need more face masks to protect them from the fumes and volunteer Fire Fighters are having to pay for the petrol that goes into their fire trucks.
There are a few places to donate. The Red Cross being one. However I am sceptical of large organisations. I have been following Celeste Barber for a couple of years now and as far as you can trust anyone you only ‘met’ online, I trust her. This is where I have donated and I share this just in case you wanted to do something to help but didn’t know how to.
Celeste Barber on Facebook
Willing it to rain in Australia, wishing everyone involved safe.
It is my birthday today, and look what a lovely card my daughter and her children made for me. Particularly love the portrait by Little Miss M (7).
Do you remember last year when my nephew and his friends were on the Mongo Rally and wrote a song for me?
Well Aaran who put it all together has a new song just out: Amber Skies
I think it is beautiful.
And if you want to see and hear the song written for me – I’m known as Dondi by my nieces and nephews – here it is again – earworm alert!