Just about bordering on odd, I see things through different eyes.The heading says it all - I live, I love, I craft, I am me...


The 'Art' of an evening picnic

A most joyous afternoon and evening walk.
One that felt so so good.
We drove over to a neighbouring town where I'd had
three pieces of art hanging in an exhibition for a few days.
It was a really well organised event, the folk were kind and efficient
and I was made to feel welcome.
Then, yesterday, we had to all retrieve our work at the end of the exhibition.
To my absolute amazement, and disbelief I have to admit,
I'd sold one of my paintings.
Talk about being happily surprised.
Art safely stashed in the car, we continued our evening plans.
To have an evening picnic alongside a most picturesque 
and favourite canal lock. 

It was good to share the evening,
a shame to end it,
but we made plans that we'd do it again :)

Both my laptop and camera (with a flourish and a slamming of the door), have died.
so I am learning how to get on with their replacements,
surprised myself by getting these images up
with relative ease!

speak soon  xxx


Words for July

Thank you every one who joined in with June's scavenger hunt - some lovely stories and photos - once again it amazes me how we all work off the same list and although we sometimes have the same subject matter - each story is our own.
Thank you xx

Words for July ....

Starts with an E
My Own Choice

Have fun - they can be a photo from your archives, or freshly taken this month. Just a few words with each to weave a story and if possible - think outside the box!

We'll share our stories and images From Friday 26th July - good luck!



There are some people that slip into your life,
their words resonate,
a photo they share or comment they say,
 makes you sit up and think -
Yes, I agree.
There are people that, without even really knowing them,
you find you have a connection,
a link. 
On Wednesday Thursday last week (I got my dates mixed ever so slightly...oops)
I met up with someone who I'd met/knew through blogging
and her precious dog's amazing ears
We'd planned this for nearly two years, 
life, as ever conspired against our little jolly out
but this time - we agreed -
  if we don't do it now, 
we may never.
I have found that due to 'this and that' , I have lost my some of my bullet proof ,
so to step out of my safe zone and meet some one that, although
we have spoken, emailed, commented on each others lives
for a while -
was a little unsettling. 
Until I was given such a bear hug by a beautiful lady
that it all felt right.
And it was. 
We walked,
we talked (boy did we talk)
we splooshed through a steam with a giddy dog,
who after the initial gentle introduction
just accepted a new person to her small pack. 
Gifts and nibbles are a wonderful way to a woofles little heart,
and this particular woofle loved her day out.
She was not the only one.
One hour of walking and talking turned in to nearly seven.
Now, that can't be bad. 
 Then, once home, once fed,
this happy little dog,
fell asleep after an amazing day,
She slept well that night.

And us?
Well, we agreed that we would do it again.

And we will xxxxx


June's link up party!!

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June's photos and words

They meant it!
That small dot of light - the exit.....

Her ears are best seen with the light from behind, then a secret stash of spots appear.
Apart from the two dark ones on her right ear, none can be seen from the 'outside' unless the light shows through.

One from the archives. Taken on the last day of an autumnal holiday up in Galloway (2016)

Starts with a K....
K.....is for Kelly Kettle
Also for..... me, walking near Kettlewell.

Himself - stopping to remove his boots, 
the next step was one too far and we had to wade through the water.

My own choice

Monday evening walk. 
Hazy sunset and curious cow.


Summer Solstice

We watched the sun go down.
Turning the sky from a clear blue to one streaked in gold and cerise.
We'd walked all afternoon, listening to birdsong, the wind through the trees, the rush and tumble of water.
We ate sitting alongside a deep blue fast flowing stream and watched water fowl as our small kelly kettle rattled up a steaming hot coffee.

It was just us. Him and me. (and a dilly-dog).

Summer Solstice blessings to you all - may the turning of the wheel bring gentle sunshine, warm friendships, love and laughter.


A word or two for June, beautiful June

Monday, Monday, so good to me Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be. Tra la la la

Thank you everyone for joining in with the scavenger hunt photos - we had a couple of blogs who linked up but did not follow the list of words - so I thought I would give a gentle reminder how our game plays out :) 

I supply a list - a prompt of five words plus the option of 'my own choice'. Then, inspired by the list you interpret it as YOU please - think outside the box, think laterally, take photos and most importantly - have FUN! Some photos could be from your archives, some taken at the last moment!

Then, at the end of the month we all show and share our stories and photos (as inspired by the list) and I supply a link up party so we can all find each other and read and comment :)
Interestingly enough, this month the words 'seat' and 'view from that seat' were by in far the most popular - seats covered in snow, in full sunlight, carved in stone or made of wood - it was such a pleasure to read.

This month's words are:

Starts with a K
My Own Choice

And, today, as we were out walking - I found another bench with a view - in memory of a now deceased couple who used to linger along the river's edge that they loved so much.


May's Link up Party

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Click here to enter

May photos for scavenger hunt

A sublime late spring evening picnic.
Still cool enough to need winter quantity clothing, but warm enough to be able to linger (briefly!)

View(from that seat)
 The view slightly to the left of the above seat, 
but still of the same hill. (Pendle)

Best (if a little pricey) pies on the Isle of Skye, saddened to hear the owners
decided to close their lovely shop and bakery
choosing to do Yoga instead.

Starts with a P
Lentil and vegetable curry pie with optional view (but recommended)
from the above shop

Low tide at Berwick.
Little boats tootle back and forth - not always fishing or tourism,
just tootling.

Own Choice




it has been beautiful this year 
too beautiful not to notice 
I sat in the dappled shade of a huge and stately hawthorn
whilst waiting for Youngest 
She was beautiful and I was so taken by her blossom 
 Glad my Celtic tree sign is the Hawthorn
Have a good week



flying visit to drop off words

With apologies, I have been a little quiet on the blogging front.

Although I have many stories weaving in and out of my life, some have made me laugh, some made me cry and some have made my heart squeeze, none are suitable to share - for personal reasons, for pride and for some reason - I seem to be unable to find the enthusiasm to blog.

I am not falling off the radar far from it - probably just need a break. 

My art and all things art have taken over at the moment - most of my day is making/painting/sketching and creating and in the evenings when I used either blog or knit - I sketch, sketch, sketch.

Any hoo - I am still here, 
just probably in the summerhouse with a furrowed brow,
pencil grasped lightly,
radio on and a mug of tea.

Words for end of the Month of May
View (from the seat!)
Starts with a P
My own choice.

We will reconvene to share and show our pictures and stories on Friday May 31st. Until then! x