Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Cooking with Stella" is a wonderful film, very clever and humorous and I wanted to eat Indian food right after.  See it if you can.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Long weekend
Gardening time approaching
Another birthday soon 

This weekend is forecasted to be mild....the grass is just beginning to green-up a bit...more spring bulbs are pushing through....I'm thinking ahead...forever designing in my head....searched 'container gardening' and found these beautiful lush photos that have inspired the design that is inside my head.
I have a bucket similar to this...will I fill it with herbs or flowers?  Herbs on the patio beside the new bbq - cooking area, or flowers down in the bottom where it is lush and green and needs some colour
On the back patio, big pots filled with drought-hardy flowers and a vine that earwigs don't like.
House bricks are this pink colour...I like the purple ground cover, white clematis with the bright orange potted plant...this would work.

Now, to find a sturdy porch swing for the back patio

Friday, March 26, 2010

A strange day today....missing a beat...on the outside looking in...strange day...strange week or two...when there is nothing to say...I will document with photos and pictures...I live but I also document..out of step..saw beautiful sunflower yellow crocuses today...spring.

100 Snowdrops in my garden
Sedum..poking through


Monday, March 22, 2010

  • if a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it....hmmmmm there is some truth there...being a secret 'friend' is akin to being invisible...I should run

  • pay off your credit cards each month....I used to do that and I will again someday...maybe when money grows on trees.

  • make peace with your past so it won't screw up your future....I don't have a past that I need to make peace with...just a past that holds some disappointments..

  • take a deep breath it calms the mind...I know that is true..this may only work for a take another deep breath. 

  • get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful...spring cleaning!

  • what other people think of you is none of your business...I like this one.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


A perfectly lovely lazy Sunday
Cold and damp
A dusting of snow
No sun
A sleep-in
A day to stay in my pj's
Playing and painting
A chicken is roasting in the oven
.......poor thing

Today's Play
The Subject
The Teapot
The Beginning

The end...spring tulips on my dining room table

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Played with my watercolours today....still looks like folkart to me...keep on trying

Friday, March 19, 2010


Spring...tomorrow is the first day of spring...the days have been mild..but we are not fools for snow will happen one more time...but....I could not pass these cuttings by...pussywillow and forsythia for the front porch urn and tulips for the house.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


It is a dull and rainy day today...the snow has been washed away and this is good...spring is coming. 

I made a list of what to do today - paint, read, knit, and walk. The soft showers changed to a bit of a downpour so the walk was out.  I am always knitting and I will continue to knit intermittently throughout the day and evening...two projects with a spring deadline. . I like to read at night mostly, in bed. 

After playing with the camera, I set up to paint, prepared my space, sketched, had all my tools and inspiration nearby and painted.....the picture is now in the garbage...these things happen.

where I paint


why the ipod picture?  this is the ipod that took a bath with me several weeks ago...slowly it has been drying out...and this week I discovered that it plays my music...the screen is blank however and I have no control over what I listen to...playlist, fast forward, shuffle  are functions that no longer work...but the ipod is alive - sort of

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

My contribution to 'Virtual Paintout' on Facebook this month...a house on Norde Ramsvigvei, Stavanger, Norway...watercolours on paper.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Bright Star....I watched this gorgeous film this week...beautifuly restrained...The main character of this story is John Keats but his true love Fanny Brawne was an interesting woman and I wonder how her life played out.  She was ahead of herself in fashion and the scenes where she is stitching fabric are beautiful ...well done by the cinematographer...sad story of true love stopped short.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

and work

and a friend

...that pretty much has been my activity for the last couple of weeks...I can almost feel spring in the air some days...especially when the sun is shining...