some bounty at last

It has been such a chilly summer so far, yes couple of peaks, but last couple of weeks my poor veggies have been tossed and turned in a chilly wind, cold days and even colder nights.  In fact the start of the growing season so a cold wind too and I thought I had lost many of my plants, however, they have all survived and beginning to offer some friutage ! Courgettes, Rainbow chard, Kale, sweetpeas, Tomatos, marigolds, nasturtiom, salad leaves, pea shoots.  Runnerbeans and aubergines are on their way as are chillies and french and Borlotti

Its been a busy time all around, lots  of reading, sewing , writing and working !! so, so busy at work……….

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11 days of sunshine

Can we ever have enough of blue skies, blue sea and sunshine?  well NO ! think I was born to be by the sea, its a place I come to when I need to think, de-stress, unwind, find inspiration and restore my creativity.  Its now over I am back in home in the uk, but looking at these images now I can still see the the boats sailing in the breeze and the constantly changing seascapes as the sun, whispy clouds and weather patterns change colours and shapes of the distant islands.  Bliss.

Wild flowers, olive and cypress trees , butterflies, beetles, lizards and swallows they all live gently side by side  here, guess the island is still lush from the winter rains, so much here to inspire.   A place to replenish the creative mind 

 

 

Crystal Ball – a glimpse into my world

All back on track now, so much going on of late, so many distractions and also a lot of time to think.  Travels to Chartres Cathedral and Brittany, Torn ligament in knee, laptop died.  So drugged up with pain meds one weekend it just drifted by in a sleep haze.  This weekend much better, loads of rest which my knee needs and a dash of creative inspiration, time to write ( writing a fairy story), time to read “The mysteries and Chartres”, time to just be and time to be a little creative.

Have been very  Inspired by my son’s creations , he is soon exhibiting in a London art fair and have been watching his pieces coming together, very inspiring, so much so it spurred me to interpret something my way.

Here is the result, a glimpse into my world……..  I get lost in there sometimes, so much goes on inside, like a magical mystery tour.  Sometimes I wonder when people peer in if they see clearly, does my glass bubble, my  crystal ball  that I call home need polishing and cleaning m0re regularly so people can gain a better understanding of who I am ?…….  then I stop thinking, this is the best time of all, because nothing exists really, only that which my thoughts conjure up.  I know my thought process depends on which lenses I wear in my metaphorical glasses, sometimes they are clear and bright and everything is, sunny, hopeful, joyous and full of wonder, sometimes the old lenses in the back of the box gets inserted and the view is not so good and thoughts  can plummet, its then that I remember they are only an old viewpoint and I can take them out and be left with no thoughts, just taking every moment as it comes and watch life unfold, watch as it ebbs and flows and have this inner knowingness that everything in life is just as it should be, even when, as my inner world shows there are serpents and ravens, flowers and rabbits, butterflies and tortoises………………

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Friday flowers

Another week has passed with no posts, busy at work, busy with my monthly newsletter,  It’s all good and everything as it should be.

Today I gave myself a beautiful little treat, passing by a little country cottage on my way out for a nice walk with a friend of mine, I came across these beautiful bunches of flowers, sweet peas, dahlias and asters, so perfectly bright, cheery and smelled so sweet, just perfect as you can see.  I adore sweet peas, when I had an allotment a few years back now, I always had sweet peas growing so I could have a jug full of  the  bright coloured stems next  to my bed.  Just looking at them brings a big smile to my face and lots of happy memories of  sowing and planting out, weeding and harvesting, always ending a stint on the allotment with a flask of tea sitting outside my shed with Brian, my allotment neighbour  and sharing his years of  experience growing veg, we would chatter away and laugh, drink the last drops from the flask, then I would gather a bunch of the heady perfumed sweet peas and drive of home.  Happy memories.

Ended up walking along  Ditchling Beacon, a little ways only as it was quite chilly and very blustery, but enough to blow the cobwebs away and  put my life back in to perspective.  The Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and one  can see for miles around.   I had hoped to have a nice drive in my new car with the top down, but it was too chilly.  Did for awhile though, with the heated seats on full blast !!

Lunched in THE WHITE HORSE at Ditching village, a nice simple pub, with nice simple food, totally unpretentious, warm and welcoming…………. http://www.whitehorseditchling.com/index.html

All I want to do now is sleep…………………..

Working under pressure, why do I need deadlines

The deadline is getting close, the pressure is on , i have flowers coming out of my ears.  Why is it I do best under pressure? I have had months to get this project off the ground, all the ideas percolating around inside until I come up with something that just “feels right”.   With the deadline looming I am forced to make a decison and when I do I feel a mixture or elation and peace.  My body acts out what my heart is telling me, this is the one!!!!!!  this is it, a real sense of calm and wellbeing resides, the anxiety of getting it right subsides and off I go, it all seem quite effortless once I start.

I adore roses, so its no surprise that my hands have cut, crimped and glued many today!!  They look so fragile but at the same time so robust!!, there heady perfume and profuse flowering habits fill me with joy.  My favourite perfume which I wear all he time is Rose Absolue.  It is said the Cleopatra laid a thick carpet 2 feet thick of rose petals for a banquette given for Mark Anthony………..

I am also filling some perspex boxes with a swarm of butterflys, about 350 in all.  Then three large trees, one tree per perspex box.  Oh my get a move on CAROL……. no time to write blogs 🙂

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Todays abundance below

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around the corner

dsc_0613img_0992Sitting here this morning looking out of my window, there is a vague stirring in the breeze……..  the beautiful trees still in the their winter slumber, are beginning to awaken.  The air is warmer, the soil is warming and soon the small buds will swell and eventually  burst open into a riot of green growth, blossoms and stems reaching their necks up to the sun.  The seasons are so beautiful, something to look forward to in each one.  The promise of summer and the abundance and colour it brings forth really fills me with expectation and excitement of what is just around the corner …….img_0990

abundance – paper cut / sculpture

abundance, I love that word it conjures up so much in my mind…………  picture no 3, the tree is now in the fullness of its green summer coat and the fruits of the  pollinated  flowers are beginning to grow.  Mother earth is working hard now and is in full flow……..tree-abundance-3tree-abundance-3-detail

Awakening – paper cut / sculpture

this is no 2 in the series, when the day light lengthens and mother awakens from slumber, slowly new life begins its upward journey from the darkness, shoots burst through the soil and buds burst open upon the tree, like white frothy lace adorning the the branches,tree-awakening-2tree-awakening-2-detail

abundant growth

this is the time of year when we rest, store all our energy for the abundant growth that’s around the corner. Its a really good feeling to know in a few short weeks, mother nature will awaken, seeds will stir deep, deep down in the earth, and soon they will start their annual journey. abundant-growth-smallI so look forward to seeing the vibrant green shoots, little miracles that pop their heads up through the soil and be guided by the sun and the moon……… I see this as a metaphor for our lives, the cycle of death and rebirth, as we slow down for the dark evenings and winter slumber, we have time to look over the past year, see what serves us and what we need to release, need to let go of.  We can then replenish our reserves in readiness for the increasing energy that we need to get us though the growing season, the spring and summer  and watch as our abundance grows ……. and so it goes on, how magical.  

With this in mind thought I would try a small, simple paper cut, its around 23cms sq in all.  white cartridge paper on a red ground.

Image chosen for Amsterdam guide

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red-table1wow, a first.  An image from my flickr was chosen to appear in a tourist guide for  Amsterdam.  Went there for a cool weekend with my dear friend Pete.  Spent the day viewing Andy warhol exhibition.  He has to be one of my all time inspirations in more ways than one, film footage, photography, imagery of all kinds, it just kept coming……one cool dude.  This exhibition is now on at the southbank, click image to go to website.  Lady with bushy hairdo is me! 

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