I hope you are all well - thanks for dropping in to see me today - isn't the weather just lovely? I am seeing a festival of colour on my travels this week, Spring is well and truly arriving and I am loving the drifts of white snowdrops, and bright splashes of colour from carpets of crocus flowers.
Isn't it just the prettiest sight? I am amazed at the effect that the weather has upon me, and the seasons too. I have felt so much happier with blue skies, warm sunshine and flowers - whilst I do appreciate all seasons for what they bring, I think Spring is my favourite and there are two reasons: 1, I am a Spring baby, born right on the equinox and 2, Spring is laden with optimism and promise. The feeling of the first day after a long, cold winter when the sun actually feels warm on your skin is beyond words - and something inside stirs up and you think...there's more of this to come!! And isn't that a happy feeling?
These pictures were taken on a walk around the grounds of Cannon Hall yesterday and do you know what? It was warm enough for ice-cream!!! (Raspberry Ripple in case you're wondering!)
We discovered a flock of beautiful geese at the waters edge...
...and fabulously long tree shadows stretching across the grass.
In fact, all that walking about outdoors, listening to woodpeckers, enjoying the sunshine and admiring all those gorgeous flowers reminded me of a painting that needs finishing...
It's been a bit of a slow haul back to feeling 100% after being ill recently, and needless to say all things arty have been neglected - I do miss it but I really haven't had the energy. I'm looking forward to getting the paints out and finishing this. And talking of things that need finishing...
Bit of a way to go yet, but I'm getting there! I'm going to fess up now and tell you that at this very moment in time, there is no pattern! I told you what I was like didn't I? I go full steam ahead and I was so involved on the first front panel that it wasn't til I'd finished off the last row that I realised I'd neglected to write down the tricksy bits....ooops...
Well, what I'm hoping to do to rectify this, is to write things down on the second panel, once it starts changing shape, and then hopefully from that I might be able to construct a pattern for the first side ( I hope - we shall see).
This is a lovely project that I've been doing in the evening, and I look forward to that bit of time each day, when I can settle down on the sofa and get stuck in. It's surprisingly therapeutic too, all those lovely stripes and I must say I'm hoping it fits when it's done as I can't wait to wear it!! Do you think it's looking waist-coaty yet? Can you see the shape I've made for arm holes? I'm a little bit pleased so far I have to say! :)
OK - before I go, Im going to tell you about my most recent discovery.
There are probably quite a few of you who already use e-cloths, but it is a new discovery for me. Ever the one to try and reduce the old carbon footprint, be eco-friendly and all that, I was keen to try them out as they do not require any cleaning chemicals - just water (and I love that idea).
You know what though, they work - they're amazing and I'm over the moon because having a Small Person in the house and the thought of those household cleaners full of nasties has worried me a bit for some time.
It's a bit odd, doing the dishes without washing up liquid - but the pots are just as clean and shiny without the bubbles. It's true, a bit strange, but true!
Anyway, I must be away now - I'm hoping to catch up with you in Blogland again now, visits to Blogs from Moi have been very sparse of late because of the nasty bug and I'm sorry if I haven't been to visit you - normal service will soon be resumed!
Thanks for reading today, do say Hello if you have a minute won't you? It's always lovely to hear from you!