Last week we visited Missenden Abbey again. I had the chance to wander in the grounds even though it was a dank and dull day. It seemed to rain whenever I was free to wander, but I specifically wanted to take a photo of these flowers.
Rudbeckia, otherwise known as Black Eyed Susans and more, is a popular plant in gardens at this time of the year, and is a welcome splash of colour as the days shorten and the sun is less obvious in the sky. However, it wasn’t the perfect bright petals that had drawn my eye but those that were withering and fading. If it had been dry I would have quickly sketched them, but after taking these shots I ran for cover.
I began my stitching journey many years ago, first at the feet of my mother and grandmother and stitched my first sampler, which, of course, was in cross-stitch. I still have it, somewhere. In the late 1980s I embarked upon a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery (in truth I think it was called something different then). and I stitched another sampler. This time the ‘samples’ were of threads – different types and, due to the subject matter, shades and colour too.
The subject of the sampler was Rudbeckia. The flowers were hand drawn, then the design transferred to the fabric via a tracing method. Badly stitched (it was very early in the course) it features about a dozen different types of thread, and if you look closely you will see evidence of my very first hand-dyeing efforts. Seeing the Rudbeckias that morning reminded me of this effort, and I think it’s time to make another. This time I will approach it differently. It is on my ‘to do’ list, but first….
….. draw the Rudbeckia!
Sometimes, there are things that strike you as so beautiful you just want to keep them to yourself.
Yesterday I met a good friend and we strolled amongst the colours
Some of them were a bit bizarre
But some of them I just wanted to ‘hold’ on to for ‘ever’
But as you aren’t reading this I can!
It’s been a while since I posted one of these little self-challenges. I have photographed several, but somehow forgotten to put them online. They will appear at some point, but today I’m doing something slightly different.
I’ve had ‘flu! Thankfully I didn’t have it very badly, but at the same time my DH had a dose as well. Now I want to assure you that this was NOT manflu. It was the genuine article, and he was really poorly. I don’t want him to know that there were times when I was really worried about him – but I know that I can rely on you not to say anything. Today was actually his first day out for some time. We had some packages to post, and that is usually ‘his’ task. He was determined to do it today, but I went along as well, just in case. We walked into town – a distance of just over a mile – but it took nearly twice as long as usual he is so weak. I won’t bore you with all the details of a rather boring walk, but suffice it to say that he had to sit and rest on the way home, in our local park.
Basically it’s a wide open space on which soccer is played at weekends by amateur teams, but is surrounded by trees and even has it’s own small nature reserve. Today we were only using it as a short cut – and this was part of our view from the ‘resting place’. I was very tempted to leave my beloved and just take those few 100 steps, but thought better of it. So, instead, I’m sharing a few shots taken from one spot.
It was a beautiful day. Blue skies and sunshine. Perfectly autumn.
And then, on arrival home, the dream was shattered
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Dreamy. I was determined not to enter this week…… so you can draw your own conclusions ;)
Today’s inspiration from the Weekly Photo Challenge:
All I wanted was to get a picture of the grid!
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (jinan city daily photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (beijing daily photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (no fixed plans)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (here and abroad)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (lucid gypsy)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (cool quilting)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (polymathically)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (canadian travel bugs)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (meg travels)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (humbled pie)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (a face from the crowd)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (a nap in the sun)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (tea and paper)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (stenoodle)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs (cee’s photography)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (northumbrian : light)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (vannilla)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (tagnoue)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (maverick mist)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (jinan daily photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (high street photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (little girl story)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (suejudd)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (travel with intent)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (every picture tells one)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (blogagaini)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (beijing daily photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (here and abroad)
Why is it that other people’s cyclamen always grow better than mine?
An empty, Wordless post from Just Snaps
If you read my post over here you will know that I have just returned from a show. I’ve spent today sorting out bits and pieces and dealing with the inevitable admin that always rears it’s ugly head after such an occasion. I mentioned on the other blog that I had spent some time talking to my friend Iona. I’ve know her for a number of years – in fact, it’s so long ago I can’t actually remember how we first met, but if you visit her site you will see that she creates inspirational textiles using fibre and stitch.
Iona has been nominated as one of the ‘Artists of the Year’ contentants in Surrey. You can view her work at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, where there is work by all the finalists. The winner will be the one who receives the most votes, and I plan to go along and cast mine next Saturday. Take a look at her site, and also that of the gallery, and if you are near enough I hope you will visit and view the work for yourself. Photographs don’t do the art justice – you can’t get a proper idea of the texture and depth. Let me know if you are visiting – and if it’s about the same time maybe we can meet in person instead of ‘just online’.
One of Iona’s current projects – worth reading about, see here http://iona-art.com/gallery-stitch/stitch-index.html
Wordless from Just Snaps is here
When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my lovely grandmother. She had a saying that has stayed with me, and this morning I had cause to think of it.
Many of you know that I take a photograph each day of the tree at the bottom of the garden.
The berries are ripened, and gradually disappearing as avian visitors come to feed, but this morning I was greeted by the beautiful sound of a robin singing his heart out. You can see him in the above picture if you look closely, but here he is a little more clearly, although not so sharply!
In spite of the season he was obviously, as Grandma would have said, ‘full of the joys of spring’. Sorting my outside dyeing area was a pleasure until his singing was interrupted by an unwelcome visitor
Although happy, (who wouldn’t be with such ripe red berries to enjoy?) the chatter of the magpie is much less melodic, but his real fun was chasing away the smaller bird. His visit didn’t last long – as with all bullies he was soon off to annoy elsewhere.
So, what happened next?
Mr Robin returned and continued his serenade
He returned to almost exactly the same spot – and his song was as joyful as ever, in fact, he’s still singing some forty minutes later.
You see, occasionally life’s a Magpie! But if you wait you will discover that life’s mostly a Robin.
I hope that today your day is mostly a Robin. Take time to listen.