Monday, 12 February 2018

Nature Journal Sunday



Here's another page for my nature diary - I am really enjoying this little diary as I don't have time to try and paint a masterpiece and usually fail, this is just about manageable, as and when, it keeps me interested in what's happening around here in suburbia/airport/woodland sunny Surrey.


I saw what I am guessing is a sparrow hawk on a fence next to fields just off the road on my journey to work three times this week, I drove down there again today at the same time determined to admire him for longer, despite posing on the fence on weekdays, he seems to have Sundays off - I will persevere as want to try and photograph him and then identify him - my painting doesn't do him justice, he's huge with a lot of brown on his back/head wings and a lovely dappled cream and light brown chest and belly. I think the new estate recently built over old rough land and woodland here has pushed wildlife further towards us as their space diminishes.







At last my library book has come:  The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom, I felt pretty annoyed with myself to visit her house in Haarlem, Netherlands, before reading the book (although I knew her story).  I know it will be a good read.


We had hailstones amid bright sunshine, I went to the gym, cleared the garage and caught up with the laundry.




Things to look forward to in the coming week:
Taking my friend/neighbour to the gym as it's bring a buddy week
Reading my Corrie Ten Boom book
Dipping in and out of my new book purchase: Second Skin, India Flint, all about fabrics, their production, impact on the environment and using natural dyes (recommended by Vintage Vix - thanks, I did treat myself on your recommendation and am very pleased :)
Making vegetarian curry and lentil Dahl
Work, I work with a lot of people so look forward to seeing them all










9 comments:

  1. Oh, I love The Hiding Place. I love Corrie ten Boom.
    Have you ever watched the movie Fly Away Home? You'd love it (the birds having to move a bit reminded me of it).
    Your nature journal is gorgeous, just gorgeous!

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  2. Corrie Ten Boom was an amazing woman. I'm sure you will find the book interesting.

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  3. I think those are masterpieces. Have a great week and let us know how you like the new book.

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  4. You saw crocus our your way? We're a long long way from crocus time...sigh.

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  5. I read Corrie Ten Boom's book in high school almost 40 years ago now. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

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  6. I forgot to tell you that on Countryfile last night there was a lady who painted in the woods. She took some paints and a little notebook and painted on the spot then finished the paintings off in her studio. You could do that!!

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  7. Your Nature Journal is wonderful Betty. I have not heard of that book so will look into whether my local Library has it as I think I would enjoy it. Happy Week Betty.

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  8. I'm so glad you're enjoying India Flint's book, you've inspired me to dig my copy out and read it in front of the fire. It's so depressing outside today.
    I love your nature journal, your pictures are gorgeous. xxx

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  9. Another vote for The Hiding Place! :)
    I loved seeing your nature journal. I hope you get a picture of that hawk. Have a great week!

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