Saturday, 19 December 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016

Hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon as once again. The unusually mild weather doesn't help off course but I also think as you get older the days seem to come quicker. This year hasn't been an especially good one. First, I lost my lovely neighbour and friend Helen at the start of the year and then towards the end of the year my dear Aunt Jenny, both to cancer. Both beautiful people with so much love and giving in their hearts it seems such an injustice in such a ever growing hateful world. Brother Steven's health issues are also an ongoing concern but we shall just have to take each day as it comes. My art as always is a comforter, where I can thankfully disappear for a few hours, even if the piece I work on ends on the too throw out pile. I decided early on in the year to take a break over the Christmas period. To wind down, eat all the wrong things, partake of a few Bailey's and catch up on the pile of magazines and books I don't seem to find time to read. So, this will most likely be my last blog until 2016. I wish you all the love and joy that Christmas can bring and the hope that 2016 will be a more caring and prosperous one. Xxxx

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Just one of those days...

Ok was so looking forward to today. I toddled off down to Prestwick with hope in my heart that my photos would be recovered. Unfortunately I'm no further forward as Joe who is taking to do with it was off. The girl that was there had a look at the memory stick and although there are quite a lot of photos, she says there are some that when you click on them won't open. She didn't want to give the stick to me until Joe had ok'd it. So rather deflated I made my way home. On the by-pass the low in fuel light came on. I normally get my petrol at Morrison's but pulled into Asda as it was closer. It's about here that everything really started to go pear shaped. I'm a creature of habit, I hate change, in Morrison's I put the fuel in the car and pay the girl behind the counter, easy peasy. Asda, went to put fuel in, I discovered too late I was in the pay by credit card lane. Never having used it before I glance over the facing of the pump and duly put my card in where it said pay by credit card. That's when everything got really complicated I lifted the nozzle and went to put in it the car but the stupid machine kept buzzing that I had to replace the nozzle. Off course says I to myself I'll have to put my pin number in first. Odd I thought theres no numbers. Thats when I noticed it also said pay here on the facing next to it and it had a keypad with numbers on it. I had pushed my card into the slot where the receipt for your fuel comes out. I made myself very popular when they had to dismantled the front of the pump to get my card back out and then when they put it back together it wouldn't load the paper for the receipts so they had to shut it down. I don't think I'm going to be welcome back at Asda anytime soon and some would say I shouldn't be let out alone :)

Sorry not quite sure why it copied like what a day!

...mind you there's alway's someone having a worse day than you!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Heavy Frost...

Woke this morning to the first heavy frost since way back in April. Although very cold it was a welcome change to all the rain we've been having. The birds were very happy to see me not just for the treats I put out for them but for pouring hot water into the bird bath and melting the ice. Sadly by late afternoon the rain was back, but it was a joy to take photos this morning.

"Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it." ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas ~ Peg Bracken

Friday, 4 December 2015


"It is of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter is full of it." ~ John Burroughs

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Work in progress..."Morning Glory"

"Morning Glory" Acrylic 8" x 8.5"

Had a lovely afternoon splashing paint around in the studio. Not sure if this one is done will leave it now, for a wee while, then go back and look at it. Doing my best these days to take things slowly. I've lost count of the number of paintings I've done that I wish I could get them back and do differently.
Can hardly believe we are at December already was quite depressed when I turned the calendar to the last month of the year yesterday. But, the depression didn't last long as I looked at the photograph and its story. Every year for as long as I can remember I've bought a calendar in support of the Injured Jockey's Fund. This past year I have been treated to a selection of photograph's chosen by the former National Hunt jockey John Francome. All have been great choices but December was dedicated to his former boss the late and great trainer Fred Winter. Tried putting the image on but its a bit grainy. The horse is the great Lanzarote with Fred Winter on top. John spent his whole racing career with Fred Winter and recalled going to Uplands for his interview one Saturday afternoon. Fred was less than impressed with him and worried that he might get too heavy to be a jockey. John said " When he asked me what was the lightest I had ever been I said about 7lbs 3ozs. He was not blessed with the greatest sense of humour and I think he took me on out of curiosity!" Made me giggle and cheered me up for the rest of the day :)