Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Weekend

A walk in the fresh air to see some very large cows grazing, the brown one had surprisingly curly horns.

lots of celandines and scatterings of wild primrose. 



 My nature journal page for March is rather empty, as all we had was snow, rain and cold, I didn't get out much and had to use my imagination .  No sign of toads under my shed yet.....





 we tested the panoramic option on our camera although it was a misty, grey day it captured everything well.



There has been much on the news about plastic waste and how it is impacting on our environment Worldwide.  I wrote to McDonalds a few months back asking if they will look at changing plastic straws for paper and reducing plastic waste, they replied recently to say they are indeed  doing just this, having found a biodegradable paper straw alternative which they will test in some of their restuarants - on the news this week they announced this.  So pleased to see that this influential food chain is responding to the need for change.  Hope many more will follow.


plastic waste, low tide Costa Rica beach 2017

It was the picture above that stayed in my mind when I went along the tideline during my holiday in Costa Rica, I was looking for shells, there were hardly any, but there was a lot of plastic waste, including this toy plastic pig with tiny little shell creatures attached like feeding piglets, twine round it's neck - says it all really.




It's Easter weekend and we are eating hot cross buns and chocolate Easter bunnies and contemplating the religious significance of the day.   Easter bunnies have absolutely nothing to do with Christian Easter, they didn't die for our sins like Jesus, they are apparently of German pagan origin.


 I do like to be out in the woods at Easter, this is an old silk painting I did some years ago.



 
I am busy now with last minute planning for our holiday in Vietnam next month, as there will be a lot of travelling around (air, rail road and sea) from the cities to the Northern hill tribe villages and back to the city and then to the beach, we need to plan our luggage to be as light as possible!









20 comments:

  1. Happy Easter dear Fairy!!!

    may you see many more with your precious family!

    being from village makes me little familiar wit cows though their curly horns always scared me :)

    i enlarged your panorama image and it looked BREATHTAKING!!!

    your page is also GORGEOUS even though march was not much inspirational !

    you old silk painting is so beautiful !

    this is great that you have plan for trip in coming days ,sounds so exciting!

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    1. thank you Baili, I guess we take for granted what we see every day and I will see the panoramic view with fresh eyes next time I go up there! it is a popular spot with dog walkers and families and I have never actually explored it all, maybe in the Summer.

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  2. Beautiful nature photos and artwork!

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    1. Thank you Sandi, it's difficult to capture a feeling of Spring as the UK is so wet and cold right now :)

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  3. Happy Easter, sweet friend! I thinking spending Easter walking in the woods sounds perfect!

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    1. Just been re-reading your letter :) Susan Branch is in the UK, I am sure you know - she is so good at appreciating everything I feel like I don't know my own country!

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  4. Trailed over from Gretel's blog, and enjoyed reading your thoughts. I am going to have to follow your trip to Vietnam--my husband was a Marine in the war and I would like to see more of the country but he has zero interest in ever going there again. I guess he had enough the first time!

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    1. I expect he has experienced things in the war that he doesn't want to be reminded of. I will do my best to bring posts of our travels that show the beauty of the country and people.

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  5. Happy Easter to you and happy travels as well.

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    1. thanks, it seems a very big adventure as haven't done this much in a short time since my twenties!

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  6. Happy Easter Betty. I am so pleased you got a reply from McDonalds! Thats wonderful to hear. Your silk painting is just gorgeous Betty. Have a wonderful trip to Vietnam - how exciting.

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    1. thanks Julie, the silk paintings an oldie - maybe I will do some more some day. Can't wait to see the colours and patterns of the silks in the markets of Hanoi!

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  7. Lovely nature photos especially the curly horned cow. Your sketches are beautiful, too!
    Fancy McDonalds sending you a reply. It's good that they listen.
    I'm excited about your upcoming trip, I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll take in your scaled-down baggage! xxx

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  8. Lovely pictures... so nice to get outside and enjoy nature. Have a wonderful time on your travels Betty. Xox

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  9. The plastic issue seems to be a really hot topic right now, it feels like positive changes are being made (better late than never!).
    What a lovely silk painting, I tried this at college once and really enjoyed, the colours you get are so vibrant and beautiful.
    Have a great time in Vietnam, I'd love to go, so I'll look forward to reading all about it
    x

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  10. Can't wait to hear about your trip to Vietnam. I was there 6 years ago, a very quick trip but wonderful.

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  11. Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment. I finished hooking the rooster rug last evening but I might change that florescent orange color.

    Good for you for contacting McDonald about your concern of changing to a more environment friendly degradable product. Plastic in the food and drink we consume is getting pretty scary. I'm glad they responded positively.

    I love yours silk painting. They are so beautiful. They must be tedious to paint.

    Your trip to Vietnam sounds very interesting. I hope it turns as wonderful as you expect. Have a safe trip.
    Hugs, Julia

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  12. Vietnam? How exciting! My son's currently trying to find temporary work there. Have a fantastic time!x

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  13. Lovely to see your photographs.
    Happy travels.

    All the best Jan

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