This morning was spent making cards - except I ran out of the cards themselves - all the glass and pottery is collected from Parton in West Cumbria - the beach just keeps giving and it's a very good excuse for a dog walk!
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Oh it had happen! There isn't much time so I need to think how to make my stalls look Christmassy.... I may mount these in cards so people have a homemade card that doubles as a decoration and/or make bunting ....and of course just have them as individual pieces to hang on the tree.....I have also got a robin design and am awaiting the delivery of materials. ....then I may just do baubles too!
Monday, 25 September 2017
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Walking back through Oxwich Burrows NNR was a real treat in the late summer sunshine - plenty to see and good to hear choughs too.
|Hundreds of small solitary bees ....|
|Spindle; round-leaved wintergreen; rockrose; carline thistle and autumn gentian ....lots of bloody crane's-bill, milkwort and eyebright out too.|
|Devil's coach horse with prey and a couple of grasshoppers.|
|Wax cap; plenty of parasol mushrooms and a lovely turkey tail.|
After dropping Tom off at Swansea Uni a walk down from our campsite at Nicholaston farm (to be recommended as a cracking campsite), down through the woods and onto the beach and east along to Threecliff Bay. We then walked back west to Oxwich and then back through the Oxwich Burrows and the NNR, but that'll have to be another blog!
|Nicholaston Woods - growing on practically pure sand.|
|Bees enjoying the late summer ivy nectar.|
|Spectacular bedding in the cliffs at Threecliff Bay.|
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Monday, 18 September 2017
Sunday, 17 September 2017
When we went to Fingland Rigg - see the 30th August blog - we saw a rather pecked purple hairstreak. Apparently it was the first record of the year for the site. I spent this afternoon teaching Tom how to use a gelli plate and to rather good effect! The hairstreak was printed on from a 'soft-sculpt' block using water-based lino ink and hand-coloured with acrylic.
|The leaves and printing block|
|Trial run butterflies|
|The uncoloured prints ...|
|The final coloured piece.|
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
It's rather hectic at home, so the only art work I can do has to be done in dribs and drabs - which suits making and designing cards ....although I do have an idea that may take a while once I get some time! So here are variations on a rudbeckia theme.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Today I found some time to print - dipping paper in water, but not soaking it, for about 2 mins, and then using oil-based lino ink onto pressed hedgerow plants.
|Top - too much ink, bottom - getting there and right nice detail.|
We decided that we just had to get out between the showers and went down to Silloth to the Victorian pine woods, in search of fungi. Despite an initial impression of it still being summer - the weather was warm and the grass long, on a closer look, there were quite a few fungi, including in the order of 15 clumps of the upright coral fungus (Ramaria stricta).
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Friday, 8 September 2017
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 2017
Sunday, 3 September 2017
Saturday, 2 September 2017
After a long spell of unpredictable weather we finally had a night where we could put the moth trap out. Seventeen species the highlights were the canary-shouldered thorn, a large number of centre-barred sallows and the wide range of yellow underwing species.
|Lempke's gold spot|