Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Nature Journal February


According to the BBC news, Siberian temperatures are coming to the UK and we can expect freezing cold and wind for two weeks.  My garden doesn't know this yet and is busy preparing for Spring.
Just in cases I bought a huge sack of rock salt for the drive and pathway to ensure we don't slip on the ice that is bound to come our way.



Valentines day was spent surrounded by daffodils.
 "We love because he first loved us" 1 John 4:19
I am no longer overly of any religious pursuasion but felt this Bible quote would mark the day well.



The squirrels didn't hibernate this Winter and have been very active, this week they have been scampering around taking nuts which I put out in the mornings and are aggressive towards the neighbours cats who know better than to get too close. 



I found some lovely quotes for my February pages and added them to my journal:
I like this one best:

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" Audrey Hepburn




Although I painted some, I have seen no violets but am hopeful as they usually come up in my garden and the woods in February.
On a sunny morning a beautiful red admiral butterfly sunned itself on the south facing wall of the house, my sketch doesn't do it justice.  It was, of course, perfectly symmetrical with velvet wings gently flapping.



"Come forth into the light of things
let Nature by your teacher"
W. Wordsworth

At senior school, my class group was 'Wordsworth' and we were expected to memorise his poetry, which I didn't appreciate at the time.  I don't remember the quote above, if I had paid attention, it would probably have had a big impact on me and become my motto in life.  I was too busy sneaking out of school and off to Portobello Road on a bus for the day (London) to worry about
poetry, school or choosing a life motto at the time.



I haven't felt very domesticated lately but got my bread machine out to make pizza dough last weekend.  No kneeding involved as the machine takes care of that.  All I had to do was  the rolling of the dough which I find quite relaxing. Everyone can put their own toppings on, so it's easy work.  It's very satisfying to see the results all lined up ready for the oven, and then gliding off, glass of wine in hand......



I am laid low with a virus, sore throat, aching body etc., in fact the whole family has it.  I didn't go to work today and have slept a lot.  So hopefully next time I post here I will be cheerier.  Thanks for stopping by, leave a sign (0)  that you have passed this way, or better still, a comment is welcome. Before I go, thank you very much for leaving comments on my last post, it's really appreciated...

By the way:

I imagine blogland like a room full of 173 people (at last count) crowded in with the light off, just about 14 faces are visible at the front, those are the ones that usually leave comments and are friendly.  It would be lovely if the ones in the dark at the back left a comment sometimes.......



21 comments:

  1. I hope you're all feeling better soon.
    Those pizzas look delicious and your sketches are wonderful especially the Red Admiral.
    It's not looking good for the week ahead, is it? I do hope they've got it wrong. I'm so over winter.
    Love the Blogland analogy. don't be shy people! xxx

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    1. I love checking your comments Vix and sometimes visit the odd few and find some interesting folk that way, there are a few that try to be 'first' to comment, it's fun over at yours :)

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  2. As always such a pleasure to see your paintings, Betty. I do hope you will be feeling well very soon.

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  3. So sorry that you've succumbed to the nasty virus. Almost everyone I know has had it in one form or another this winter. I'm not at all happy about the mercury dropping again. My bulbs are all preparing themselves to provide a colourful show soon. I'm stretched out horizontally on the sofa reading and writing after my Nana duties have been accomplished for another week. I love those girls desperately but my old body is complaining!All I want to do is eat salted caramel dark chocolate and drink tea!Your journal is so lovely and your quotes very inspiring. Get better quickly.xx

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  4. Ps I totally agree with your footnote about blogging.I'm still not sure what makes people visit but remain in the dark.Perhaps we'll never know!!Keep going though.

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    1. There also those who visit as 'anonymous' and those who don't have a blog of their own, it would be so much fun if everyone was visible and visitable!

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  5. We've had rain the last two days and there is no sign of snow in our yard...I have been looking for signs of spring but...so far nothing. Usually our pussy willows are the first to show.

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    1. I think we are desperately looking for signs of Spring all over Europe! although I don't want ice and bad roads, I secretly hope for some nice white fluffy snow that isn't trodden to a brown slushy mess!

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  6. Bonjour,

    Une jolie note d'optimisme malgré l'arrivée du froid...
    J'aime votre petit carnet accompagné de jolis dessins...
    La semaine dernière j'ai découvert les premières violettes...

    Gros bisous 🌼

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    1. bonjour, merci de visiter mon blog, c'est super d'avoir des visiteurs de loin. C'est la joie de bloguer :)

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  7. I love your paintings and your photographs. I hope you and your family are feeling much better soon.

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  8. I love your nature journals Betty. I hope you are soon feeling much improved & over your virus. I agree with your thoughts about blogging but I am not sure what the answer is. Guess we just keep plodding ..............

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    1. I try clicking on followers but it only shows me who they follow! shame as would be fun to visit more of them ourselves.

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  9. I'm the new girl in this classroom and that's why you hadn't seen my face among the 14 faces visible in the front.... but I like what I see and hear here, so I should come back.... love love your journal Mrs. Teacher!! I shall come back!

    Cielo

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    1. Welcome Cielo and thank you for stopping by,I'm not a teacher though! come back soon :)

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  10. I'm coming to the front and quietly saying "hi" : )

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    1. Hello Miss Ann, how nice to meet you!

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  11. I am glad that your garden doesn't care about the news dear friend!

    I LOVED your journal page ,the naughty squirrel ,lovely blooms and beautiful butterfly ,just amazing dear Fairy !!!

    I also found these quotes very inspirational,glad you shared them.
    i am so sorry for the illness (few weeks back we whole family were sick ,no one was fine to look after other )

    Hope ,wish and heartiest pray that you will be perfectly fine my friend and next post will bring the good new of your health hopefully

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  12. My blog reading is increasingly rare; blog writing even more so. But I do enjoy dropping by your blog from time to time and admiring your artwork. I think my favorite from the quotes you shared is that of Audrey Hepburn, although I have been working to plant the truth of 1 John into my heart recently.

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