Thursday, 20 November 2014

Painting a big bird (of the winged variety)

This is my very first attempt at a non- human painting, inspired by our recent trip (see last post).
Her name is Dave (yes I know).
I have given her extra long lashes, well she is a lady after all.





Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Enchanted Cottage

It's not often you find a really quirky self catering cottage that is so different to anything you have ever seen.  We found it in East Sussex.


If you love being in the middle of nowhere (literally), being surrounded by birds and animals that roam freely, this will be a slice of heaven.



Wellies in the autumn and winter months are a must as you are in the middle of a forest.  If you enjoy walking all the better.



The cottage is full of quirky 70's kitsch touches.  Like the TV, soda syphon, crockery, and of course an original Lava Lamp.





Original and unusual decor!




Check out those groovy lamps!!

There is always something new to see!






The outside comes inside - peacocks, rhea's, ducks, geese etc  just may pop in to say hello.



If you wonder what a Rhea is...........



This is Dave (a girl).  Very pretty she is to!  Some other residents :-



and.... some wild Boar!  His name is Russell!!  He has many wives and children.



Images of the Cottage





The owners Martin & Christopher were friendly and charming.
A wonderful experience.  We are already planning our next visit.

xx













Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday fun from the art table


Just a bit more Friday artistry - my mojo came back with a bank this week!




Happy weekend



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sparkles in the rain

Another whimsical girl - nothing is going to dull her sparkle!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Whimsical Girls

Today was an 'arty' day, so here are my whimsical girls for Sunday :)
 © all rights reserved




Happy weekend bloggers xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Harrogate - Gorgeous!!

I have always wanted to go to Harrogate (Yorkshire) and always knew that I would like it.  So I persuaded hubby and off we went on an 8 day trip.

We had been to Yorkshire before (York) and enjoyed that.  This was a new experience and i'm so glad we did it.

One of the loveliest places was Valley Gardens, and fortunately we were blessed with the most glorious weather.

A busy bee!!


Immaculate gardens








Secret tunnels


There is a beautiful tea rooms in the gardens, so a light snack and coffee were the order of the day.
And guess who turned up for a cuppa?  Do you recognise her from Emmerdale?  
Actress Natalie J. Robb who plays Moira Dingle (Cain's other half).  Just strolled in, so camera at the ready I managed a quick snap without being noticed :)





There were some lovely carvings on show :)





A beautiful knotted tree 


Wonderful architecture 


A tiny well in the gardens


A squirrel posing eating his nut :) 


A real beauty just having a sunbathe, sorry it wasn't a clearer shot


A massive Weatherspoons in town


Of course we had to sample 'upstairs at Betty's
Tasted and looked gorgeous but well over the top on price, but we just had to do it :)





Some chocolate Owls


A wedding exhibition was going on in the town, scrummy car :)



It's that squirrel again burying his nuts :)


The most beautiful Chinese restaurant I have ever seen - first time we have eaten with chop sticks (properly).  I only wish I had my camera with me that night. 


Yellow bikes were everywhere in Yorkshire because of the Tour de France this year


Knaresborough Castle - some wonderful views




Another bike


Inside Ripon Cathedral












Quaint shops and road signs :) 



Bob selling Smart coffee from his Smart car :) in the market place (Ripon)
Clever idea!


A wonderful experience and I would go again like a shot.

10 out of 10, and it's not often you can say that :)