April 30, 2015

New beginnings, a move and silver linings . . .

All the best laid plans . . .
Here we are at the very end of April already, Spring has sprung and things are a-changing. New life, new beginnings, new things a-growing.
I had such good intentions this year to make lots more art, to write more, blog more and share my happenings, but you only have to be distracted for a  moment and along come all manner of things to send you off on other paths.
 Sometimes a path can be a little misty and you're not very sure where it will lead, it's an adventure, a little scary, yet intriguing and exciting too.
 As you follow the path, you come across unexpected surprises, some good, some not so, but you keep on going, you don't look back. You wonder what waits around the next corner.
If you look in just the right places along the way, you will discover unlooked for treasures, the silver linings, the pots of gold.  The stars will twinkle and the sun will shine and as the mist begins to clear, you will see a whole new world laid out before you and know that life has taken you off on a completely new adventure. 
I wonder if you guessed? Mr O and I found ourselves on a misty path these past few months, setting off on an adventure, not at all sure where we were heading as we packed up our worldly goods. It turned out we were going over the hills towards the little artist's town of Kirkcudbright, to a new wee hoose. All rather unexpected and very quick, I think in a matter of six weeks we discovered we were to move, we found a new home,  moved out and in again! 

As you can imagine, all is a bit of a blur for now but we will 'coorie doun' and gradually begin to feel settled again as we grow into this, the sweetest wee cottage with it's glorious gardens just a-waiting for us to make our mark on them and nurse them back to life.

It will soon feel like home, things will find their place and I know we will be happy here, I can feel it in my bones.

 We have been surrounded by lovely folk helping out, moving us, feeding us, working to fix up the cottage and the garden, folk sending beautiful flowers, cards and other loveliness and want to send out  a huge thank you to all, we couldn't have done it without you.

Whilst we have been such busy bee's, amidst the un-packing, the planting and the exploring I have squeezed in some sketching here and there for the sketch-a-day challenge, but I am longing to get properly back into making some art.

My workshops however, are still running and there was much wonderful creating going on at the print & pattern and the journal making events. There are more workshops a-happening soon...

Introduction to HeART Journaling Workshop
5th May 2015 ~ 6.30-8.30pm ~ £15pp, incl refreshments.
The Art Room within the Old School, Dumfries.

Collage ~ A garden of love  Workshop
12th May 2015 ~ 7-9pm ~£10pp incl refreshments
The Franca Bruno shop, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Playing with colour Workshop
19th May 2015 ~ 6.30-8.30pm ~ £15pp incl refreshments
The Art Room within the Old School, Dumfries

 Journal Making Workshop
21st May 2015 ~ 10am-12noon ~ £10pp
Castle Douglas Community Centre, Cotton Street.

For full details visit www.ruthieredden.com

(The last photo is the magical view from our new wee garden, down across the fields to the sea.)


  1. Best wishes in the new cottage, Ruthie! xx

  2. so many lovely photos
    your new view is lovely and soothing, may it be inspiring for you as well
    you have such a sweet sketching style

    moving can be such a big event, so glad you are settled in for this lovely season spring.
    sweet spring to you ~

    1. The view is very healing Tammie, we are so very lucky to have it, sending hugs x

  3. Good luck and happiness in your new home - the garden looks interesting and full of promise and I do hope you will have time to sketch, your pictures today are lovely.

    1. thank you Betty, finally finding time for my art and creativity again x

  4. Oh Happy happy path - Kirkcudbright will be all the brighter to have you there - I love that little town and am so envious :) all the best x

  5. That cottage seems perfectly situated. Lucky you! Lovely photos, love the fog and trees, its always the most inspiring kind of weather!
    I long to visit Dumfries and Galloway again, it really has the most perfect countryside!

    1. If you ever visit Rosie, let us know it would be lovely to see you, we have a spare bed :)

  6. Oh Ruthie Wow.. you are so close to the sea! How absolutely wonderfully perfect! Looking forward to seeing more photos as the seasons change and you really make it your own :) Hope you are very happy there!
    Gorgeous photos by the way...

    1. WE are close aren't we Deborah, I love that we can see it from the window! Thank you treasure hope all is good with you and yours x

  7. Wishing you happiness in your new home, and lots of beautiful art and creativity. x

  8. Wishing I lived in your country! love this blog, reading again!

    1. thank you, it is a beautiful corner of the world, I feel very thankful daily to be surrounded by such beauty x

  9. This was a beautiful post. Wishing you the best as you move into your new home and begin to make it and the garden your own.


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