Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hares, Colour and Some Sea Air

If I had to sum up this summer with one word, it would be colour.  I've really appreciated the brightness of colour this year. I think more so than normally. The deep jewel tones and shades of green from mossy to emerald. 
More green has been brought inside. It was time to say goodbye to the rather boring white on the window frame. I'm hoping to finish this later today? It's a large bay window and what you see in the photograph is only half the size. It's always a mission painting and cleaning it! 
For the first time ever, this year I grew some Bergamot. I love the shape of the flowers. The seed packet said that bees would adore it, but to be honest I've yet to see any bees on the flowers. They are much preferring the other plants in the garden.
The pond plants are doing well now and look rather like a miniature forest. 
Sulphur shades of fennel dominate the garden on this last day of August. 
 Mr owl was finally given a home on top of the old gate post that we converted into a plinth. 
I think he rather likes it here? It's as if he's keeping watch over the garden.  Mr Blackbird has taken a liking to sitting on top of his head. It's actually a candle holder, so I will take a picture sometime at dusk and see if his eyes light up?
With it being the last days of summer it's time to share the Spring /Summer hares! These were finished a month ago or more, but I just haven't got around to adding them to the shop yet.
So that's what I plan to do very soon, infact on...
                ****Monday 2nd September at 7pm****
One of the reasons it's taken so long to get them ready for sale is because I have been umming and aahing about adding them to my Web Shop this time instead of the Etsy ShopIt's a decision I made a while back to get another shop going, as Etsy, although being fantastic for me, has made rather a lot of changes since I began selling on there 11 years ago. Some of them are not so good for me personally, so it was time to get another shop up and running. It has taken quite a bit of work and will take a lot more, but it's a start. I will keep Etsy as well, but am planning to sell the originals in the Web Shop. Anyway we shall see how it goes? If you were one of the many folks that asked about buying wholesale (cards) for your gallery or bricks and mortar shop, then I've also set up a system for this which I am testing. Just pop me an email using the contact form on the website

These hares were inspired by what was in the garden and around me this summer.  
                                                     Meadow Hare ~ Viola, Forgetmenot and Bee 
Meadow Hare ~ Starlight, Clover and Glow worm
Meadow Hare~ Viola, Herb Robert and Bee
Hedgerow Hare~ Starlight, Honeysuckle and Moth
Meadow Hare ~ Starlight, Self Heal, Clover and Glow Worm
Meadow Hare~ Green, Viola, Herb Robert and Bee
I hope this summer you have found a little relaxation and escape from the stress and worries of the world wherever you may be?  We ventured for a short while to Clovelly a village on the north coast of Devon. Away from cars and noise and down to the sea.
 The only traffic on these old cobbled paths are donkeys (the donkeys are more for show these days and don't do hard work like years ago thankfully) and sledges, which folk use to carry their shopping and other essentials down to the cottages. 
Looking down onto the harbour.
We stayed right by the sea, just behind the white building nearest to the sea, in the little beige stone building to the right.
There was sunshine and showers and not very many people around. Bliss.
We did some coast path walking, beach combing, found angels and places where Devon pixies dwell.
And we watched the sea change her salty cloak from turquoise to grey as the storm clouds gathered.
But mostly we just listened to the song of the waves on the pebbles. And each night with the bed next to the window, the melody flowed into our dreams.