Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic - Watch Out!

Watch where you're going!
Watch your step!
Watch your back!


So handsome, and always turning its head (270 degrees!),
watching with those amazing eyes!
When back in England a few years ago I visited the World Owl Centre
 (now called The Hawk and Owl Centre) at Muncaster Castle in Ravensglass, 
Cumbria, where I was able to take close up photos of the most beautiful birds.

For today's theme I immediately thought of the owl, always on the lookout, 
mostly for a meal of course!
I edited my photo back to a sketch in PicMonkey, then added color
 with watercolor pencils.
Be sure to visit Michael's SCRIBBLE PICNIC - I just know there will
be some interesting takes and great art for this thought-provoking theme.
Happy day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seeds forever. . . . . . . . .

Hmm! What's this I see?  Something new for breakfast.

Really amazing how one sunflower seed can grow into a strong, 6 foot tall sunflower with a
gigantic head full of another few hundred seeds - didn't stop to count but it certainly looks that many!

I've saved quite a few seeds which hopefully will germinate next summer - the
 remainder are feeding lots of garden birds and it seems the cardinals are really
 enjoying them the most.

Lovely sunflower season is over now. I've cut down all the tall stems and will
 look forward to planting again in that spot next year. 
They brought brilliant color and joy both to me, the neighbors, and even
 people just driving by.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Men of the World. . . . . . . . . . . .

You may recall, a couple of months back, I made a some collages
 of beautiful women I photographed around the world.
Today it's time to show some of the men I have also captured with
 my camera.

Remember travel can take you to wonderful places 
where you meet the most interesting people.
Bob and I had great conversations with many of these gentlemen
on our travels. Interaction with them in their homes across the globe
 certainly made each place even more memorable. 
 Kenya, Ireland, Sicily, Malta, California, Morocco.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The week is almost over. . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . and although still very warm here, autumn is in the air.

Early morning coffee in the gazebo yesterday.
 Time to put the summer decor away and bring out some autumn color.

This was one of those weeks. 
You know, THOSE weeks. 

The ones when you have a lot of crazy stuff going on, stuff you don't have much
 control over. For me, almost five hours (spread over three visits) in the dentist's chair 
was certainly exhausting. Meeting with four house painters for estimates
 was such a chore. Estimates are now in and the spread is so huge
it's going to take us all weekend to make a decision on whom we should hire 
for the job. 

At the end of the day you plop down in your favorite chair, with a glass of wine,
 hit the television ON button and just want to be taken away, somewhere, 
anywhere, to a place where things are calm and beautiful and you don't have to
 think about bad stuff. Best to stay away from any news channels, and instead look
 for cooking, decorating, history, and my favorites. . . . . . .nature/travel shows
 on PBS, all of which are comforting but interesting in times of stress and strife!

I bought some chrysanthemums to brighten the now bare front entry.

Around the cottage things are a mess as we had everything cut down
 in the front beds in readiness for the upcoming house painting.
  It looks desolate and sad but perhaps rejuvenation is required anyway.
Shrubs and vines were overgrown! Soil needs replenishing and new plants
 will go in later.    

Meanwhile another weekend is upon us. Whatever you have planned
I hope you have a great time.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall Fashions - adding color for cool days ahead . . . . . . .

I've never been a great lover of pink shades - for me and my clothes - but I really 
love this long magenta cardigan sweater in mohair.
It does dress up a pair of basic blue jeans (an article of clothing of which I've yet to
 find the perfect pair), and is perfect over this pretty print mimicking floral embroidery
 which is popular this season.

Fall dresses are pretty this season, and actually some look really comfortable to wear. 
This pink and gold print is beautiful on black.

You may have noticed how oversized sweaters continue to be popular. I have several
 from last Fall/Winter - being tall I can wear them. Many are being shown with light, 
sheer but lined, skirts rather than a trouser or skinny pant. This merlot shade is 
lovely in chenille.

Oh my, then there is this coat!
I would adore to have it in my wardrobe.
I can definitely picture myself wearing it to the theatre, perhaps over 
that dress above, and to Holiday parties on chilly December nights.
It looks rich and radiant in this beautiful shade of wine. . . . . . . . 
. . . . . . could it perhaps be an early Birthday present, hint, hint!
I did not see it in the ZARA shop I visited in Viriginia last week so
 think it must have just arrived.

ZARA - Autumn 2017 Collection
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