August 30, 2016

A garden of flowers, travels and midnight strolls


I can hardly believe Summer is almost over and September just around the corner! I've been so busy with exhibitions and art trails it passed  in the blink of an eye, but I did find time to enjoy some of the beautiful weather pottering in the garden. It's coming along beautifully now, it was so sad and neglected when we moved in last Spring.
I have loved bringing the garden back to life and it is so rewarding to hear the buzzing of the bees now there are lots of flowers for them to visit. Did you know that in Deeside,  the old name for bees was 'Foggie-toddlers - 'fog' being old Scots for moss or grass and 'toddling' meaning meandering with a gentle sound. Lovely!
Flowers have filled my studio with their perfume this Summer too, some from my garden and some gifted by a fellow artist, the very same lady who provided me with so many delicious cutting of plants last year so that I could stock our new garden. How  rewarding now  to see them growing and filling the beds. The wee posies of flowers below were another gift, left on our doorstep by the sweetest faerie girls who lived next door. They have now spread their wings and flow off with their family for adventures far afield and I will miss seeing their cheeky faces appearing over the fence.
Thinking of wee smiles, I got lots of those  from my wee Granddaughter a few weeks ago when myself and my two lovely daughters spent a week under the stars down South. Very posh camping as you can see! We spent every waking hour in the fresh air and when we weren't cuddling dwarf goats, blowing bubbles or exploring we were sitting up late into the night snuggled in our woollies and under blankets, playing scrabble, and watching the stars. Precious times.
I got a second weeks holiday after that too, when Mr O took me off exploring in Yorkshire. We stayed in an old inn built in 1613 and slept in what must be the comfiest bed I ever knew! We spent our days exploring places that caught our eye, like Hardcastle Crags, Gibson mill, and the lovely town of Hebden Bridge, stopping for cake and tea and mooching through second hand shops!
On our last day we visited the lovely  old village of Heptonstall, once a centre for hand looming. It's cobbled streets were discovered in 1980 when the paving was lifted.  Of course I had to have a peep at the ruins of it's original church, founded in 1260 and once dedicated to Thomas a Becket. All together we had a lovely few days away.
Whilst away Mr O and I remembered how much we love walking. When did our days get too busy to go walking regularly! So we are trying to do a walk every day again and are already feeling the benefit, feeling fitter and healthier for being outside more.
 I haven't shared with you before my 'In the gloaming' painting have I, I finished it earlier in the year and the original has already sold. The word 'gloaming' comes from the old English word for twilight 'glom' meaning to glow, what a perfect description for that magical time of day when the setting sun leaves gives it's last whisper of light to the evening. The painting is available as  limited edition prints in my Etsy shop here

 So I shall leave you with a taste of 'the gloaming' and some images that I caught on my full moon walk down the lane last week,  I love walking in the evening it is a magical time! Such lovely silhouettes to inspire new paintings I hope!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely to see you back in 'blogland' Your Yorkshire holiday was in my neck of the woods and my Scottish holiday was in yours!

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    1. Thank you, it's lovely to be back, lots of catching up in blog land to do. How funny we swapped places :) I loved Yorkshire x

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  2. thank you for sharing

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    1. thanks for visiting here Claude :)

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  3. From this side of the globe, all this looks so enchanting and romantic !!!! Love the way you keep your old buildings, cottages, So Pretty !!!

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    1. Thank you fro visiting Victoria, we are so lucky here to have all these beautiful ancient places to visit, I can't help but take lots of photos. Will share more very soon x

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  4. Good to see you back again, sounds as though you've had a really good summer. It's great to see a garden coming back to life again - very satisfying. You're lucky to have such a good source of cuttings:)

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    1. Rowan, it's so lovely to be back, I have mised blogginh and reading blogs too!

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  5. How lovely to see you back Ruthie, and to see the beautiful flowers from your garden and the faeries, and of course your delightful work.

    My name comes from the village of Heptonstall. One theory is that it's a Viking name, meaning Farmsteads (stall) where the rosehips (hybben) grow, and Hebden Bridge is the Bridge where the rosehips grow. It still translates back to Danish with this meaning, more or less. Having been there I'm sure you can imagine the livestock living up on top of the hill by the main town across the river. :)

    Happy September!

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    1. I love this Janice, I am so fascinated by the origin of names etc. I can imagine that indeed, loved the countryside around there.

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  6. So loved finding your bog through House of Edward.

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    1. thank you Donna, lovely to see you here too :)

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