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


  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!

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

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

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

  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.

  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!!

  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.

  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

  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!

  10. i Truly LOVED this journal page dear Fairy!!!

    your artwork is inspirational specially i am amazed with the expressions of his face ,they are doing justice to the face of hawk that always has such stern and sharp look .
    i am huge sparrow lover so loved this cutie pie so much!!!

    you are so lucky to find time for reading ,enjoy your each breath of life with the love you have for life dear

  11. I am in awe of your talent. Beautiful artwork!

    I too read The Hiding Place (twice). I think my Mom once saw Corrie TenBoom in person. She (my Mom) also met Elisabeth Elliot, author of Through Gates of Splendor and many other books. Wish I could have met both of those women.


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