“Create”My word for 2017


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



Getting paint and glue on my fingers …

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some more art journal pages. A group I belong to online (Colour Me Positive) do a weekly challenge around various quotes. It has been good to get creative again. I have also been getting busy in the garden , tidying it up and getting ready for winter. it is another form of creativity I feel with a practical edge of course. This week I have planted out lots of brassicas- broccoli,cabbage,kale ,spinach and silver beet. They will give me the energy and vitamins to get through winter. her’s my art contributions, bye till next time.

Taranaki Garden Festival 2015

It is spring time in Taranaki and the annual garden festivals are on. There are two which run concurrently. The Powerco Garden Spectacular and The Fringe Garden Festival. I have two friends staying with me from the Waikato who have come to see the gardens. They  took in 6 gardens on their way to me on Monday.  Then yesterday we visited another 6 gardens on a day which offered us typical spring weather, sunshine, cloud, sunshine and a bit of drizzle. It was a lovely day. This morning we woke up to winter again, heavy rain all day and a real drop in the temperature as the wind and rain swung around to the south. Brrr. after a quick trip up town to get supplies and visit our local art Gallery we headed home. Today we all decided was blob out day so on went the heater and extra layers for us all. Oh dear fingers crossed we will get out to more gardens tomorrow. In the meantime here are some of my photos from yesterday.

Sustainable living

it is so rewarding to be able to pick fruit and vegetables fresh from my garden I feel a real sense of satisfaction. My garden is not large as a whole but I have several raised garden beds for my Veges one is right out side my kitchen window

Kitchen garden
Kitchen garden

this spring I have also had a lovely display of bulbs at my door they are in a container I picked up for free when looking for pallets

Spring welcome at front door
Spring welcome at front door

Yesterday I decided to make bread for the first time in about 35 years. From scratch as it were I don’t have a bread machine. So I used an old recipe for an easy whole meal loaf which does not require kneeding I had got the ingredients during my last grocery shop so was all prepared. How great it was to experience again the smell of yeast rising, of the bread baking and of course that first mouthful of fresh out of the oven. The anticipation rose as I waited through each process. Wow yum 🙂

Fresh homemade bread
Fresh homemade bread

Of course I still have to get the ingredients for baking and seeds for the garden etc from shops but I am enjoying my new relaxed plenty of time life style. This is my first retirement Spring so I have been watching all the birds building nests and tweeting away all the day. I spend a little time everyday in my garden and those jobs I have been putting off while I wait for warmer weather are coming closer. So must away now to my next project whatever that may be…….. Lynne

Relishing life

image Life has been busy these past couple of weeks, been out with friends, busy in the garden, celebrating family birthday and having a good time. My summer crops have been good though a little slow due to lack of  rain but have been getting a steady supply of tomatoes to yesterday I made a small batch of tomatoe relish. I use an old recipe of my grandmothers and it always bring back memories of her when I make it. She was great, still played bowls and rode a bicycle in her early eighties. She taught me to play cribbage and many other card games. She had a tiny kitchenette where she cooked for large family gatherings often, though there was also a coal fire range in the dining room. There was a large old wooden table which we all sat around to have good old Sunday roasts and yummy food. All very plain but well cooked and lots of gravy. I can remember card evenings when we all played children’s games in the early evening then the adults would play euchre or 500. I learnt my maths by playing these games particularly cribbage.

My regret is that these days children do not get this opportunity to sit around with family and play games like these. They teach you so many social skills as well as maths and are fun to do in cross generational groups.

I am busy packing for a trip to Australia to see a cousin in Perth and then friends in Brisbane, but I hope to continue my blog and keep you all informed of my travels. Heres  a  a picture of Nana Walker’s Relish made by me 😋