now what?

I have decided to consolidate all my posts and pages on one site.  John and I now have our own web space and will be using it for our web pages from now on.

Please visit my blog here.

2015-06-07 16.51.48Wow – what a trip!  We had a blast.  A week of narrow boating with few locks and lots of lovely scenery, followed by a few days in Liverpool enjoying the River Festival, eating far eastern food, meeting friends and seeing the sights.

Immense thanks are due to Gay and Tony for their skillful tourguiding, their choice of restaurants  and their generosity of time and patience.

I have a slide show on Google+ which you might like to see

A creative mess ….

We’ve all heard the saying: “A creative mess is better than tidy idleness” and I’m sure it’s true in my case.  Today I had to tidy my room.  I’ve been playing at this for a while, but my computer started to make a horrendous noise and, after I quickly made as many backups as I could, I took it apart and cleaned it.  That lead to a large-scale dusting and vacuuming project on all the parts of my office I can’t usually reach!

2015-03-23 15.56.56So that’s the computer fixed and I sorted out a couple of laptops along the way while I was at it, tidying up the accessories, plugging things in or storing them away.  I finally have speakers on my computer.

But now I’m sitting in front of my computer  listening to Liszt, staring at a clear and empty desk and wondering what to do next!  In my case, out of sight is definitely out of mind.  I’ve moved all the junk off my desk and now I can’t remember what the next project was to be.

2015-03-23 15.57.15So – I’ll invent one:  Let’s carry on and tidy up the art side of the room.  I keep the room divided.  This is to keep the pastel dust, glue and glitter away from my computers.

Oh dear!  If I get that done, I’ll actually have to settle down and do some work, or make something or paint a picture.  Perhaps I can just surf the web for a little while?  Or maybe I could treat myself to a “quick” round of freecell, solitaire and spider?

Well, I wrote some doggerel instead.  Here it is:

Now that I’m a “wrinklie” I shall eat like a sow,
Swear like a trooper, fart like a cow.
I won’t have many friends, but that’s OK,
Since most of them are dead or gone away,
To live near their children or play in the sun,
While I’m staying here to annoy everyone!

Another go at life drawing – others produced some stunning pictures, but this was my best.  I wonder why I like to paint in green on black?


Well, that’s over!

I haven’t wished many people a Happy Christmas this year.  I haven’t sent out any cards and I haven’t decorated a tree.  Sorry, but the whole thing seems a bit pointless.  I don’t believe in “the reason for the season”, I hate the greed and the manic buying and I’m just on tenterhooks waiting for the spring.  I don’t have any love of, or time for winter.

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The sunlit view in Cardingmill Valley today.

John seems to feel the same way, so we had a lovely day on our own today.  We listened to the Christmas Oratorio (something we always did when we lived in the US), we had a lovely walk up Cardingmill Valley in the sunshine and John made a fabulous dinner of Beef Wellington.

While he was busy in the kitchen I went out with the camera searching for signs of life in the garden.  Actually, there are lots.  We still have whirley-gig beetles on the pond, and water boatmen below the surface.  This morning there were crowds of gnats above the pond, too.

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We still have a few roses and rosebuds!


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A Kaffir Lily


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The Witch Hazel is just beginning to bloom!


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One of my favourites – winter flowering, lemon-scented Honeysuckle


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tiny Fuchsia flowers


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The little Fuchsia is nestles in the upturned roots of a tree


No News?

They say that “no news is good news” and that’s perfectly true in my case!  I’m having fun with art class, life drawing and badger watching – so there’s nothing much else to write about!

Longsdon Blog is no more

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The NB Longsdon Syndicate held its AGM last weekend.  One of the items on the agenda was our website.  I had become the only person to post on the site, so they agreed that we should take it down.

I have a lot of posts that I don’t want to loose, so I’m moving them all over here.  This means that there may be new stuff in the archives that you haven’t seen before.  If you’re interested in our Narrow Boat trips, please scan back – we bought the boat in 2009, so there won’t be anything before that!

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