Monday, 7 April 2014

Flowers in the house............

Linking in with Jane at smallbutcharming for Flowers in the House..............

I picked two small bunches of flowers today from the garden - dodging the showers - but there are quite a few pics, due to my new favourite App -

First, a 'pretty in pink' selection - ranunculus, tulip, hyacinth, hellebores, flowering currant, and a heuchera leaf -

Then I 'painted' a few pics, using Waterlogue - 

The second bunch of flowers are more Spring-like, channeling Easter I'd say, especially with green spot Bunny on the scene - daffodils, narcissi, a tulip, muscari, fritillaries and hellebores -
And some more 'paintings' - 

The flowers my daughters gave me for Mother's Day are still going strong - the freesias smell wonderful -

Hope you're having a good week!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The sun has got his hat on.....

Well, the sun has had his hat on here for a few days, but I gather we're in for some heavy rain tomorrow.....oh, well...

It was great at the weekend, to be able to spend lots of time in the garden -

My mother-in-law (recovering well now from her mouth cancer op, though it has made her seem a lot more frail - and she is 92!) bought me a Marsh Marigold for our little pond -

Many, many thanks for all your comments - and a couple of emails - by the way, on my last post. The depressing mood has lifted at the moment, thank goodness. I was reading earlier that low Omega 3 intake can affect mood - and I am vegetarian......

I love watching the Ranunculus unfold - they start off so tight -

then gradually unfold - so many layers! -

My daughters gave me a gorgeous bouquet for Mothers Day - and took me for a lovely Thai meal :)

Tilly's been reacting to the sunshine and rocking a very cool look -

And, yes, I had to use Waterlogue (see previous post) on the pic! -

Hope the week's going well for you!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How 'appy am I?

Well, the Black Dog (of depression) and I have been battling I haven't been 'appy. But forced myself to get out of bed each day - even if I was crying - talked to people, went swimming, worked in the garden, tried to read, but couldn't concentrate........anyway, just today BD seems to be heading back to his kennel for a while, thank goodness. Just watched this video

And " 'appy' " ?  Well, it was a tenuous link, but I bought an App for my iPad today that I've been enjoying playing with - Waterlogue - changes your photos into a variety of painting styles. Not a new idea, I know, but it does it well and in an interesting way.  This (out of focus - windy day) pic of a Ranunculus -
became these -

And this crocus -

became these -

(Haven't done much else today - can you tell?!)  Pics of Archie, Tilly and Ruby were Apped -

Hours of fun, ha, ha! 
It's been a bit quiet recently in the vintage shop where I have a unit, so I haven't been buying lots, but I did find this rather lovely little stool - with patterned velvet hexies -

It was only roughly finished off round the edges; I'll need to get some braid to cover it -


Something that did cheer me up was that we have some frogspawn now in our little pond -

Off for a swim; have a good week!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Just a few sunny days...........

Just a few sunny days can make all the difference to one's mood, can't they? (Though sadly it's grey and misty here again at the moment)  The sunshine of the last few days encouraged a lot of flowers in the garden to open up -

There are lots of little Narcissi in the borders and in pots - most of them are from youngest daughter's wedding (table decorations) , a few years ago - see HERE and HERE

I like Buddhas, as you can see....


Lovely sunshine!


Crocuses are always so cheerful, aren't they?

Found a lovely vintage flowery apron in a charity / thrift shop the other day -

Hope you're having a good week!