Harvesting the Sun.

Sunflowers from our Garden

Sunflowers from our Garden

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”

Pablo Picasso

I promised I would share a little of what I have been up to over last month.. I have enjoyed painting, cooking, gardening, preserving, and reading, several books  in the lazy warmth of Summer’s Sun as it winds down to the cooler days of Autumn..

 I just want to add how you all also bring your warmth and glow of Sunshine to my day.. Some I have yet still to catch up.. others I have already said hello to.. And I wish to welcome all the new subscribers who have clicked the follow button.. I hope you enjoy browsing among my posts..

  So below in picture format is what I have been up to.

I hope to add the recipes I used to my Home cooking pages soon..

All that hard work is safely gathered In. 

Onions and Shallots hung in the shed

Onions and Shallots hung in the shed

Potatoes Gathered in

Potatoes Gathered in

I have been gathering in the harvest and making Elderberry Syrup, And lots of  Blackberry Jam.. I thought I had better take a photo while I still had some Jam left.. I made 12 pots in total. I have already given lots away. 

 

Next I have enjoyed getting back into painting, and creating another Herb tub for our garden.  Apologies the picture came out blurred. 

 For those who knew I was painting an owl on a Milk churn.. Here he is.. 

Close up of owl painting on churn

Close up of owl painting on churn

He is a Little Owl I hope my Acupuncturist likes him.. She requested a painted churn with an owl on it..  

Owl Churn I painted

Owl Churn I painted

Back of Owl churn with poppies

Back of Owl churn with poppies

Large Milk churn in Canal art style, still half finished.. I need to put centre piece on it yet.

Large Milk churn in Canal art style, still half finished.. I need to put centre piece on it yet. This is twice the size of the owl churn..

I hope you enjoyed seeing what has been keeping me busy.. And I look forward to catching up with the rest of your posts soon.. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week..

Be Good to each other

Blessings

Sue

Relaxing Days

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Buddha

Hello again and many have been awaiting updates of my artwork and allotments, so today I will show you how I spent time painting. Below is a metal water jug which I painted.

Water Jug

 

Reverse Side

Another small milk churn I painted for outdoor use as a planter is here.. This was painted Green the I used acrylics which  when dried have then had two top coats treated with Clear varnish to weather proof the tins. 

Poppy Milk Churn

Back View

Back of churn with Mouse

Others I did previously are these..

ButterfliesMore DaisiesForgetmenots

 I am on the countdown now for the end of the month and it will seem very strange not working as I added up my work years to be 40.. So its time to enjoy and relax and pursue the hobbies I love which is painting and gardening.

You win some and you lose some.

Speaking of which  I will give you a picture update here now of the allotments and how things are coming along.. We have had some very heavy storms with flash flooding with heavy rains yesterday, and we have been told by the UK Met Office to brace ourselves for more storms and heavy down pours as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha will hit Sunday, today.

Due to the fluctuating weather of dry the wet, many of the allotment holders have suffered Potato Blight We spotted it as soon as it started to appear on the foliage so we cut the tops off to stop it spreading to the potatoes.The potatoes are fine underneath thank goodness.

Potatoes are still under here But the tops got potatoe blight so had to be cut off so as not to go back down and rot potatoes    Cabbages  Missed spaces due to cabbage root fly getting at them

The cabbages got hit too with root fly so you can see the missed spaces here under the netting.. The Cabbage White butterfly didn’t get to them but the Cabbage root fly did..  You win some and you lose some. That’s how it is when you grow your own.. We do not spray anything.. But next time we will remember to put a circle of card around the new plants as the fly lays its eggs at the base of the cabbage, the maggots then can’t  go down and eat the root as the eggs will often dry off and die.

  Onions and ShallotsThe onions and shallots have dried out beautifully and were left on top to finish off drying.. Unfortunately we missed not going down to the allotments for just one day, but someone obviously needed some extra onions that day and helped themselves to the biggest Onions across the rows…. ( I do not like to think of another allotmenteer  could do this, but we also had lots of garlic taken earlier this year. Some one likes their onions! Sad smile 

A success story though is our dwarf beans and runner beans.. loads have been frozen, and are now stored in the freezers. ( and yes we have a back up generator just in case of emergencies ) As we have had one or two unexpected power outages recently due to storms.. 

Drawf Beans        Runner Beans Had loads

The Sweet corn has gone to seed earlier than expected and many cobs are not fully mature, but having said that we have got quite a few large ones off already..Sweetcorn we won't have a much this year as going to seed It seems everything in the allotment this year is around a month early for harvesting. The Courgettes too have been abundant.

Courgettes have come out of our ears!

and we are just getting the Butternut squash forming.. This is a success too as we hadn’t tried growing this before..

Butternut squash just forming

We Raspberries now coming and doing wellalso have had lots of Raspberries too off the bushes and lots still to come on later flowering crops. So these have been made into delicious sweet deserts some  of these recipes I will add to my recipe pages later..  The Blackberries too have been yielding Pounds of fruit and I am keeping my eye out for the elderberries which are just about ready for turning on the trees.. I want to try my hand this year of making Elderberry Syrup which is good for keeping those colds and coughs at bay..

Gladioli

Above  are the Gladioli’s which I have grown to have as cut flowers  to display  indoors..

Well I hope you enjoyed my Relaxing Days, I started with the New Moon and my altering my Intentions and the Full Super Moon is going to be a super one too, so Enjoy! Click the links to find our more..

And Thank you for reading..

~Sue ~

Art~ Hobbies and Synchronisities

I am sitting out in the garden shielding my eyes from the glare of this beautiful Sun as I do not wish to miss one bit of the glorious weather.. So I am sat squinting to see the screen of my laptop as I attempt to publish some more of my painting art work.. 

I have been contemplating for a while in changing direction and taking life a little easier.. Although maybe life will get more hectic, I don’t know, for all is within my thoughts at the moment..Most of you who know me also know I work as a support worker.. Well sometimes this work can be quite stressful as well as rewarding.. And often when you are sensitive its hard to just switch off from the Day Job… So often when I need spells to relax, out comes my paints..

Painted Bucket with planted Fuchsia in it..

 

You all saw the results of my Bucket which I did a few weeks back. Such has been the response to it an idea formed in my mind…  This is the bucket above  as I sit looking at it.. Now filled with a Fuchsia plant..

I did have some herbs in it, but since then I painted a bigger tub, so the herbs are going in that one..  Now while this idea formed in my head, I had one or two ‘Signs’ which also were jumping out at me.. One was from MarDrag’s Blog in one of her thoughts for the day.. Gathering for the Future   this was the second nudge from a post I had read. Now when the ‘Signs’s show up, its important to take notice and act upon them.. Others have come in the form of my Dreams, which when interpreted were also encouraging me to look towards my Creative side, as I let other things go.

Now I am a patient person, but even I was amazed at how the Universe was nudging me along with my train of thought, for a few days later  as I mentioned to a colleague my thinking of putting a few items together to see if they would sell, my idea was to go Car Booting… But she kindly invited me along to a Coffee Morning at her local Baptist Church where to raise funds people were invited to have stalls, the rent for the stalls goes to various charities..

So this morning along I went, and to no surprise I was invited with open and enthusiastic arms.. as I met the various ladies who volunteered and who had crafts stalls along with helping cook meals for at times at least 85 people who came through the doors to have a wonderful nutritious dinner and pudding at a fraction of the cost it would cost in a Cafe.

My Colleague introduced me, and before I knew it I was being invited to bring along my art at any Coffee morning and set up stall… Now that is pretty Quick work in the space of a week, from my initial sending out my thoughts.. So I better get cracking and Paint!..

Below is a Very Large Tub I painted for our Garden, but you get the idea of what I will be painting on small little metal buckets or watering cans… I now have to source some plain metal buckets which could be used as plant holders and see if the Universe keeps delivering.. I know it will… Because it Feels Right…. and one of the things I always say.. Follow your Gut instincts, they  are there for a reason...

To Give you an idea of the Tubs size I sat it on top of the Bird bath

To Give you an idea of the Tubs size I sat it on top of the Bird bath

Below are all the images on the Tub I painted as you view it from each angle.. I hope you enjoy.. And Enjoy the ‘Art’ of Manifesting too… I will let you know how my own Manifestations are coming along ! 

 Love and Blessings and as always thank you for reading, and Welcome too to the new subscribers who have followed recently.. I hope you enjoy browsing and finding many things of interest and please feel free to leave me your thoughts

Sue. 

 

Moving through the Changes

First I just wish to thank everyone of you who have sent your well wishes my way.. Your comments have really touched me, showing me just what a strong WP Family we have here. I am working my way first down my recent comments to repay your kind visits so if I have not visited you yet know I am on my way over the next few days..

I had written a few words in my journal ready to post, but having re-read them I have scrapped them, Why? well I want to focus upon moving through the Changes, not holding onto the past.. For we are experiencing Change ever faster in our lives.. So along with some poetry I previously wrote, my future posts will be covering some of these Changes we are going through both on personal levels and globally..

While I have had time out, I have spent time reading, chilling, meditating, and painting.. Those silent moments of going within takes us on a journey where we reconnect back to our soul. Maybe this is where we get the expression of ‘Soul Searching’ from.

Time out has allowed me to see how I needed to to step back and take time to nurture me. 

So below you will see what I have been up to some days… I have always had  love of horses.. from a young child as I begged to have riding lessons, which I had for a time.. And would love riding out on the moor with my riding class…My family would scrape together my lesson fee, and when the weeks wouldn’t allow a lesson, I would tag along with my farming friends to walk for miles as they would ride their ponies in the hopes I could have five minutes in the saddle.. 

This year too is the Year of the Horse.. and out of interest I looked up my birth year, and low and behold, Yes I was born in the year of the Horse..  and was interested in reading  some Astral Insights Here

Along with the painting of horses, I also did some flowers.. to brighten me up. So I hope you enjoy and I will catch up with you soon…

Love and Blessings

~Sue~

 

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