I've been painting Spring flowers, the light is not good today so sorry the pictures aren't very bright...
There are a lot of tutorials on the internet so I have been trying out some of the advice...
I am on the last few pages of my Susan Branch book and don't want it to end!
She understands our 'Englishness' and appreciates a good cup of tea, our hedgerows and country pubs.
Sadly UK libraries don't have SB books but I have put in a request for mine to consider the new SB book due out in May.
This manor house is close to our home, in the winter I can see right into the grounds while the trees are bare, on this day the ducks were gliding and all was quiet apart from a woodpecker hammering in the distance.
These little cottages are right next to our nearest pub, they have very pretty gardens in the Summer full of roses and hollyhocks and it is very hard not to peer as you walk past, they always have vases of flowers in each window - I imagine they have tea and cakes with a proper teapot and cups, saucers, doillies and can picture Mrs Tiggywinkle in there with her apron bustling around.
In the UK we have been watching War & Peace, the main character, Pierre, was played by Paul Dano, I got very attached to Pierre. What a brilliant actor, Paul brought Pierre to life as a gentle, kind, vulnerable character who deserved a happy ever after, I wanted to step into the set and help him through his struggles. The costumes and scenery were excellent, especially the snowy ones with horses and carriages.
Today I have been walking in the woods near the windmill. It was cold and raining but the trees sheltered us. I can see Spring is not far away, there are the green shoots of wood anemone and bluebell forming and there were a few wild primrose and snowdrop.
I spent a lot of time peering into hedges in the hope of seeing signs of birds nesting but there was none to be found, it is still early days.
very waterlogged in places.
Maybe next time I'm here there will be bluebells ... thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated and it's lovely to have visitors here bye for now.