Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Medusa

Not sure exactly what this is I think it is a clover gone terribly wrong. It just reminds me of Medusa in Greek mythology whose hair was snakes.

Travelling oop north

Today has been a day of travelling. I live in the southern part of the county and my daughter and family live in the north.
Travelling by train is the best way for me to go to visit, I don't drive and a coach would take too long. I rather like travelling by train as I can get up and stretch my legs if I need to.
Today I got my laptop out as soon as I was on the main part of the journey. A 3 and a half hour time slot has to be filled somehow. I decided that time would be best filled doing a digital page for the weekly challenge on UKScrappers. You know those hours flew by and in no time at all I was in Leeds.
It's such a joy when there is no delays, and the journey goes smoothly, I feel that I spent the time wisely for once. The challenge was to use a sketch provided, have some green, pink and white somewhere on the page, stitching and rikrak Here is the result
the photo is of me and my husband on our 25th wedding anniversary back in 1990, I seem to have a lot of hair

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nature's Calendar - ap-peeling

Why does this little tree have bark that peels away?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blogger misbehaving

I don't know what is happening to my blog today. I have been trying to schedule posts but they keep going wrong and posting for today, consequently appearing on Google reader. Sorry folks but they should appear here at the proper time now.
In the meantime, I am please to report my scrapbook class went well last night, the ladies are beginning to branch out from straight copying and using a sketch instead. Hopefully soon I will be able to scrap when they are, although, hopefully, I will be showing them a technique each time and I will still be able to supply them with basic kits if they want them as I do have rather tooooooooooooo much stash.
Next month we are going to have an all day crop on a Saturday, so I have said I will show them how to make a minibook, probably this one.
Birthday party mini book

Nature's Calendar - Vetch

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Bees' nest

Even when walking with a friend I keep my eye open for nature's treasures.
This nest in a hole in an old tree was teeming with insect buzzing around. I couldn't get close enough to be sure if it was bees or wasps and because of the distance I had to put the lens on full zoom so the only thing that shows is the nest itself. Still worth recording I thought

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A different Saturday

I have enjoyed myself today. It's not often I have a friend to go for a walk with, but today I did. We went for quite a long amble through Severn Fields, a wild flower haven, although it is a shame that my friend couldn't see the beauty of it I know that she and her dog really enjoyed the company and the chance to go further afield than usual.
I did manage to get some new shots of plants that I hadn't seen this year yet and also found a wild bees nest in a hollow tree, unfortunately I don't think the photograph shows the bees at all, I couldn't get near enough and it was too dark to capture the activity but I know it was there.
I think we must have walked round in a big loop because we ended back where we started. As I had a little bit of shopping to do we then walked along the lane to Asda, and of course a Starbucks was the order of the day. very enjoyable

This afternoon I finished a layout I have been working on for my class, I want to show the ladies that even when you don't have any information it is still good to journal what little you can glean.

Nature's Calendar - Red leafed weed

It's just a weed, but I love the colouration on the leaves

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Rose Walk

This is a walkway that runs between the Community Centre and the back lane that is appropriately named Rose Walk, houses one side and a large allotments the other

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Hip

It looks like a rose hip but the leaves look all wrong and it is rather too early for them to be so red. Unfortunately I didn't discover the plants when in flower

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Long Tailed Tit

I was so chuffed to get this little fellow, not as sharp as I would have liked but they are so quick I just had to snap and hope for the best

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Week of Sound


That's all folks

Nature's Calendar - A canopy of Red

Week of Sound -


Today we had an all day crop but only managed to complete one layout, with another one partially done.
my youngest grandson, my daughter had removed the potty from the chair to empty it and when she came down this is what she saw.

and these three digital ones done during the week
Love is Special


Tall ship

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Copper Red leaf

Deep copper red, with satin sheen

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Week of Sound

Ker - ching

How do you eat yours

No not Cadbury's Cream Eggs...... I mean apples.

1) Take one rosy apple, I love Pink Crisps,
2) Give it a polish
3) get my corer/dissector
4) position it over the stalk
5) apply some pressure
6) cut up some cheese
7) eat slices of apple with chunks of cheese


Nature's Calendar - Extraordinary Seed Pod

these extraordinary seed pods are hanging from one of the trees in the tree reserve at Coate Water, again no plaque to say what it is though. Such a shame as I would love to know.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Week of Sound

Purr Purr

Nature's Calendar - ?

I thought I knew what this tree was, but I got it all wrong. It is such a shame that none of the trees in the tree reserve at Coate Water seem to have a name plaque. This one was laden with these blooms

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Week of Sound - Onomatopoeia

Schlopple popple schloople popple

When I asked for a word that water boiling in a kettle makes this is what my friend came up - I love it

btw this was such a hard photo to take as the lens just kept steaming up

Nature's Calendar - Lavendar

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just a few Layouts

Time to put the few layouts, done this month, on my blog.

This first one is using part of my Counterfeit Kit for June. The patterned paper is a double sided one and I only showed one side when I uploaded the kit.
As I like to see what the journalling says on other people's layouts I thought you might like to see what I have put, so here it is :-
While walking through Queen’s park, Rufus suddenly crouched down and started to tend to this plant. He carefully gathered earth around it and sprinkled some in the middle to make sure it had plenty to grow in. It was so sweet to see. I think he has been watching Daddy do some gardening at home and decided he would like to be a gardener too. Is this his career sorted?
Parks Gardener

this one is to go in My Little Treasures album. the bicycle was given to me as a joke because my real one broke down on me the other day and I had to walk home with it in the pouring rain
Bone Shaker

they are the only two pages done with paper and elements the others here are all digital. (I seemed to have lost my inspiration for doing 'In real life')

Waiting in Anticipation

Then & Now

that's all for now folks

Nature's Calendar - Centre of a daisy

I love the way the florets seem to go in a pattern

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Blackbird singing

This blackbird was singing his heart out and didn't move at all even though I got quite close to him.

He was posing for me, well I like to think so anyway

Friday, June 10, 2011

10 on the 10th Boiled Egg for Breakfast

Here is my 10 on the 10th (well it was only 8 so I've added my cup of coffee to make up the number lol :D)
When I was a wee lass back in the dark ages, when ever I had a boiled egg there was a ritual to be performed. I don't know who started it, probably one of my grandparents.

Whatever the reason for the ritual it was such great fun smashing the shell till it was unusable, and even now 'tis still something to be done. I think I am now in my second childhood.
Now to make it up to 10 this is what accompanied my boiled egg this morning

A cup of real coffee in my nice glass coffee mug I love the shape of this one even though the handle is in such an awkward place.

If you want to see more 10s on the 10th head over to Shimelle's blog

De-cluttering continues

Good morning bloggers, my de-cluttering is coming along nicely though it is going to take a long long while to complete as I am a member of HA (hoarders Anonymous)
I started well as you remember (if you read my last de-clutter entry that is)
Since then I have done quite a bit more but it is still in the kitchen.
4th June
Oops these two cupboards were full of provisions that dated back to when Noah was a boy but I forgot to take a before photo. Still as you see they are now neat and tidy and I have left the top shelf free, saves having to use steps every time I need something from that shelf. I will put things there that I use on rare occasions
6th June
My work surfaces tend to get loaded with tins and jar of items I use very frequently, but none the less some do not need to be there and as my larder and cupboards are now clutter free these can go away leaving me a nice clear surface to work on
8th June
Baking tins. I so seldom do any baking now, being on my own it isn't worth it. so a cull of these items was very very long overdue. Again I forgot to take a before photo

Here are all the clutter/un-needed items that will go to the Jeremiah sale at church. As you can see there are quite a few baking items that came out of that small cupboard. (goodness knows how I got them all in there)

So the work continues. Hopefully by the end of this week the kitchen will be clutter free completely but for now it is a pleasure to use

Nature's Calendar - the Crow who came avisiting

He was walking around the street, don't think he could have found anything to eat though, not in the front gardens anyway

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Nature's Calendar - Urtica Dioica

don't get too close it will give you a nasty sting.
A place for me to put the pictures of layouts I have done that I am pleased with, to put in the poems I write and to add snippets of things that have caught my eye