Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Walk On Hills and A Splash Of The Sea

Who were you.... you who trod these ancient hills... Our footsteps follow the same paths. We breathed the same air, just in different times. Did you stop and see the beauty in the silvery grasses and watch the wind make them dance as I did?

Were the hills covered in so many  papery blue harebells you could almost hear them ring?
When I felt lucky to find just a few.

Did you ride a white horse upon these downs or watch while this one was being carved?


This place, Cherhill ,Oldbury castle hillfort  was occupied in Roman times.  It is said to be haunted by ghostly Roman soldiers. They have been seen on a road near to the camp. I didn't see any sign of them, but maybe I should return by moonlight?

We walked here on Sunday, a lovely sunny day and not so far from home.
There was a powerful silence around these beech trees.

It felt as if they were keeping a secret.... Do you ever get that feeling?


Well my new hearts are not a secret, so I will share them with you.
This week I transported myself (not physically sadly, but in my mind) back to the sea.

 The titles of these pieces are: Turquoise Dreamer, Last Night I Dreamed Of Dolphins (and below) Tintagel

And they are for sale here 
I have another 3 hearts almost finished on a different theme but that will be for another day, not so far off. :-)

36 comments:

  1. I have been through the chalk downs of England in the height of summer - is it always summer there?? It looks so bright and warm!! Up here in the north I had to keep scarf, gloves and jacket on indoors during a lecture this morning.

    And harebells still looking so fresh. Hard to imagine ghosts on such a fine day!

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  2. I find that beech trees do indeed like to keep their secrets close. They love to be mysterious :D

    Love these heart hangers, they are always so gorgeous and special :D

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  3. Dash it! I was so close to buying the Tintagel one (even though I really shouldn't!).

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  4. Beautiful photos, thanks for that. The beech trees do seem very old and "knowing". Love the Tintagel heart.

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  5. Oh, I haven't heard those flowers called "harebells" in such a long time!

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  6. I admire your hearts, and the countryside you share here. I visited Tintagel long away and it is a very mystical place.

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  7. I love your blog and your work is so beautiful. I fell in love with the Tintagel heart and went straight away to buy it and found I was too late. Now I am going to be haunted by an image of something that felt as if it was meant to be with me. Will just have to keep on admiring until something else really calls to me (which won't be difficult)

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  8. Kitty..We have had some beautiful sunny days this Autumn. Wrap up warm where you are. :) x

    Yarrow...Yes, these trees were noticeably so. ;) hehe

    Robin...I think all trees know more than we realise? :)

    Debra... They are so pretty and delicate and very fairylike.

    Terra.. Thank you :)x
    Yes Tintagel is special isn't it.

    Megan...Thanks :) Aw..sorry that you were too late. I know what you mean there is a lot of beautiful things out there on the internet, always there to tempt us and our pennies. ;)

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  9. Those trees are exquisite! Oh the secrets they have. No doubt they have seen those Roman ghosts wandering the midnight paths. I love your hearts. Especially that last one.

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  10. I am always thoroughly enthralled and delighted by your posts....and enchanted by your work!

    Do you by chance do trades? My daughter adores dolphins and that girl dreaming of dolphins on the heart reminds me of her :)

    I have a shop on Artfire....please email me if I piqued your curiousity...haha!

    cameron-art(at)att(dot)net

    Please keep your lovely creations coming...they are beautiful beyond measure!

    Smiles,
    Cameron

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  11. I have seen this horse, and another not too far away. I have a couple of beaded brooches in my Etsy shop (www.emeraldwindow.etsy.com) based on them.
    These horses are very magical, yes?
    Cenya

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  12. Beautiful music and a beautiful post. I came here from a recommendation by Von at The Good Life and will certainly stay. Looks like a wonderful place to come to for peace.

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  13. All trees keep their secrets, that's why they are perfect for telling your own to.
    Lovely post.

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  14. Beautiful post Karen. I too fell in love with Tintagel but can dream. I know what you mean about the feelings you sometimes get when in a place like that and the secrets that trees could tell if only they would. Lovely lovely lovely!

    Jane

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  15. Lovely post. What is the music that accompanies it? Thanks. Anne x

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  16. Oh, I'm soooo jealous of where you live. Soon I'll come back- I can feel the whole of time in England, not just around me but IN me as well.

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  17. What a great post! Most enchanting.
    The Beech Trees remind me of a group of old women, whispering secrets about someone in the village.....

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  18. Ooh looks like I just missed purchasing Turquoise Dreamer. Seems to have been sold on Etsy already. It was very beautiful.
    I love the rolling hills and beech trees, the likes of which we don't see on my tiny island. Thanks for the glimpse!

    P.S. My word verification is Grimm (Grimm's fairytales perhaps, with magical trees, fields and forests)

    :)

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  19. Stunning photos. I love the curved branches of the beech trees, wow.

    Your hearts are beautiful so obviously your walks gave you ample inspiration. Lovely. :)

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  20. I really enjoyed reading this post, Karen. Such beautiful scenery and your hearts, as always, enchanting. I hope you get transported to the seaside soon... :))

    oxx

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  21. I really enjoyed reading this post, Karen. Such beautiful scenery and your hearts, as always, enchanting. I hope you get transported to the seaside soon... :))

    oxx

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  22. trees are so magical, they seem so wise and all knowing. I love those photographs you ahve taken, and your artwork as always is simply beautiful and to me it always evokes a feeling of pece and simplicity. Thank you. xxx

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  23. Enchantingly beautiful and inspiring photos, as always. Your heart hearts are gorgeous. They have such a dreamlike quality. Theresa

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  24. I love the new hearts, and those wonderful blues...
    There is something about certain trees I think, espcially the older ones - makes you wonder about all they've been witness to, silently watching, stitching earth and sky together...

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  25. I've always wanted to go to Tintagel. Just the name makes me close my eyes and wish I could listen to the beech trees being silent.

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  26. Oh that photo of the rolling hills is just lovely! And I love what you said about ancient trees keeping secrets.

    Beautiful hearts. C x

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  27. What a nice walk following the ancestors' footsteps! The past is still there, I believe you- in the fields, in the air, in the silence of the trees... Thank you for the way you built the story...
    I like your wooden hearts, especially the third one! There's something magical in them... I wonder how you succeed to draw so many objects on such a small surface???

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  28. They're even more beautiful Karen! I wish I could buy them all! xx

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  29. I was with you on your walk ,really beautiful views.I love chalk lanscapes and the wild flowers that grow on them. This time of the year is so amazing and full of special magic. thanks for sharing

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  30. The light dancing on those sweeping green hills is just wonderful. Yes it must be hard to imagine ghosts on such a fine day. When I visited Housesteads Crags at Hadrian's Wall I felt sure I could hear the distant sound of soldiers marching ... very eerie.

    I love your hearts ... and C******** is coming!

    Jeanne

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  31. there is always magic in every image, love those harebells and your hearts are a joy to behold.

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  32. *gasp* all so beautiful, the land your hearts!

    (I'm making my first journey to your country this spring and I'm so excited I can hardly bear it!)

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  33. you saw such wonderful sights as your journeyed, thank you for sharing them with us. And you paintings are charming as can be!

    We have harebells also.

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  34. You're so lucky, Karen, to get to see such beauty on a daily basis!

    -Dean

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