This lovely little lady joined my family on the 12th of January. She is a miniature poodle and I have named her Gigi. At 7 months old it is like having a mischievous toddler around the house and also involves house training oops a few puddles but it’s getting better. She has brought laughter into my house again. I am also getting out for walks every day as she is great motivation. Yesterday was a beautiful summers day so we went to the park. Gigi is full of energy for an hour and then plops down for a wee nap until its time for the next burst. The recycling bin newspaper has taken a few hits bit its relatively easy to clean up. ha Ha she also uses my circular ottoman as part of her race track she is so quick its hard to get her on video as I am busy laughing. Oscar the puddy tat is not so impressed and only comes in at night when she is asleep in her crate. So he lives in the front gardens and Gigi has the back yard. She is actually good with cats unless they run away which Oscar does.Not too worry early days yet. Catch you all later bye
January 2017 a new year and while I am not doing resolutions I decided that I would follow a trend of folk I know that choose a word to guide, inspire and encourage them throughout the year. I chose Create because I felt that it could have so many different meanings for me. For example I would like to create a fitter me; a pretty back garden, a newly decorated bedroom and of course more art.
My first play day was with the Gelli plates which I have not used for ages and ages. I had a wonderful time making lots of printed papers that I could use for card making and for my art journalling. I decided that the kitchen was the best place to spread out and have fun so away I went, spending most of the day creating getting paint on my fingers and everywhere else ha ha
A couple of days later I decided to use some of my pretty papers and made a range of cards ready for almost any occasion
So My year is of to a good start. More exciting things to come soon in the next chapter
Today I want to wish all my followers Seasons greetings for this festive time. I know that we all have different ways of celebrating and also different faiths but this is the time of the year for me to celebrate Christmas. Being a December baby I have always loved Christmas time, the carols, decorating the house and bringing in the Christmas tree or even putting up the fake one; the family traditions and then joy on peoples faces as they gather with their families and friends.
This year is a little different its been harder somehow to get into the spirit of the season. My decorations are more low key as I have no family visiting this year, I am going to my sister’s for Christmas Lunch then back to my Brother’s for the evening meal.
There have also been so many momentous happenings here in New Zealand with another major earthquake shaking us badly and creating chaos and recently our Prime Minister suddenly resigning,. Internationally Donald Trump in America winning the Presidential race, Brexit in Britain and so many injustices around the world in war zones and terrorism in cities like Paris and just last night Berlin. just to name a few.Each year we ask for Peace but it never happens.
I guess that the best we can do in our small corner of the world is to share love and happiness with those close to us and in our community too. As a country far away from the unrest of the world we are known to be generous and supportive of those in need all over the world as well as in our own backyard. We must all lead by example and show the way so I wish you all
Joy, Peace and Happiness this Christmas and for the coming Year.
Last Thursday I woke up to wonderful clear sunny autumn morning. It was too nice to stay home so I decided to set forth to Opunake a lovely beach side town about 33 kilometers from Hawera. I wanted to try painting with my water colours again outside in the “plein air” . I do struggle a little with water colours but practice makes perfect or at least better so away I went. I used a small A5 pad and actually as I favour landscapes I think I need a bigger canvas lol. However after a lovely couple of hours picnicking and doodling and dabbling in my paints I came up with the above painting of Middleton Bay in Opunake. The tide was almost fully in and the sun was shining brightly so my colours are bright as well.
I also took my camera to take photos of the Mountain which is totally bare of snow at the moment. I took some of the Middleton beach as well so you can compare my artistic licence with the real thing. It was a fun day and I will do it again.
A couple of weeks ago I set off on a road trip to catch up with several friends. I travelled down to Masterton for 6 days then up the island to Cambridge. Because I like driving off the main highways and exploring my friends told me about highway 54 from Ashurst (Palmerston North) bypassing Fielding and then connecting with State Highway 1 at Vinegar Hill. They also told me to watch out for this viewing lookout. So I stopped and got some photos. It was amazing as it shows thousands of years of river beds and how the land was formed. Once I was on Highway 1 I headed north to Taihape and then on up the desert road. it was at least 14 years since I had been on that road so really enjoyed myself.
Stayed with friends in Cambridge and then Morrinsville, huge changes in the roads up there, lots of new express ways and towns being bypassed. It is so nice to catch up with old friends , chat about old times and relax over a wine and a meal, lots of coffee as well. I even fitted in a little art as well and a visit to Raglan.
Then it was time to head home and back to my world of gardens that needed work and a week filled with meetings. A lovely friend had mowed my lawns so that was a neat surprise.
A road trip is such fun, find new roads and by ways, sharing experiences with friends and refreshing your own spirits. Do my readers enjoy doing this, I wonder? Do they have the opportunity to drive off into the country , visit old friends and explore their world. We are so lucky in this country that we can be mobile easily. I am blessed to have wonderful friends and a car that takes me safely around the country and the health and time to do it now that I am retired.
I have been exploring my creative side through Art Journalling over the past year and I enjoy this way of expressing myself. I now belong to several groups with members world wide and it is fun to see how each of us works on a theme and come up with totally different art.The latest group I have joined gets a new word or phrase each Friday. There is no pressure some people are right up to date I am a little behind to due life getting busy. However I finished one this morning after working on it for a few days , then another one fell into place very quickly. I thought you might like to see what I have been up to over January and February 2016.