Painting on a rainy day, I found the house empty and spare time..the light was good for putting colour to paper. The flowers were a treat, I craved colour, a small bunch of velvety, vibrant chrysanthemum with green centres; nature clashes colours so beautifully.
I would probably paint more if I could leave a mess like this and go back to it, but the table must be cleared as it's needed for hubby to work from and for our meals! Two laptops and two young adults studying also keep it in constant use.
I am reading Susan Branch, A Fine Romance (thank you Pompom for introducing me to her lovely books, calendars and diaries). It's all about her epic trip by sea from New York to Southampton and her travels around England - it's really different reading about our familiar places through the eyes of a visitor, even hedges and roundabouts can be a new sight for an overseas visitor you know! She reminded me how much I want to visit many of the places on her tour across the English countryside. A delightful read and I don't want it to end! I am wondering what to read next as it will be hard to find anything in a similar style I think - any ideas?
Plump pink and grey wood pigeons are spending much time in our garden picking around, they like watching the world go by seated on sturdy branches high up in the pine trees behind us. They struggle to balance on our fence and their claws clatter on the conservatory roof when they land briefly to drink fresh rainwater from the guttering.
We are also hearing foxes calling at night and an owl, the woods are awakening although it is still very swampy out there after the heavy rains of the last weeks, shoots and buds are appearing slowly.
I discovered quinoa, it was in a recipe on Deliciously Ella's website, quick and easy and full of baby courgettes, peas and kale. It works well for a packed lunch/dinner. In fact I liked it so much I'm doing it again this week! DE's recipes are vegan, I adapt some of them as the ingredients can be expensive. I used frozen kale as it is already chopped finely and less 'chewy' - more like spinach. I don't have the book but may get it once I have exhausted the recipes available on her website. Have you tried her recipes? The men here are meat eaters but like her healthy, colourful recipes too.
I found this little watercolour in a pile of old stuff, can't remember if I ever showed you.
We have daffodils in the shops but none in the garden yet although I planted many and the shoots are up, something to look forward to.
Back soon with some paintings and a view of the woods... thanks for visiting, your comments are always welcome.