Keep Busy~ Creating!

Its been a while since I posted here on my garden blog. I have been spending more time off the internet and more time with my hobbies. 

I decided after knitting the finger-less gloves  and snood in my last post to use the same burgundy wool to knit myself a beret.  I found a pattern in our local wool shop and set about knitting it.. nearly each row was different, and needed full concentration and record keeping of where I was when I put it down.  But I was very pleased with the end result. 

Hand knitted Beret.

After the Beret was finished my next project was to paint.. Now  my usual medium I enjoy using is acrylics.. But I had been following Steve on his blog, his love of oil painting and  through his encouragement to give it another try, and already had the oil paints in stock, I gave it another go..  

One of the things which always put me off was the drying time of paintings in oils.. But it also then has its advantages of blending areas where you see mistakes or you need to change. 

So I decided to paint one of my favourite little animals who are at this time of year hibernating, which is a little Hedgehog. 

I called it Hedgehog in Spring 

Hedgehog in Spring in Oil Paints.

Here you can see one which was active in my garden last year

Today as I type this the temperature outside is minus -4°C which is 24.8°F which is cold even for us here in England, and we have freezing fog outside today 

So I thought to show you the little bit of Spring we have in our garden at the moment as some of the primroses are out, and indoors is another piece of Spring in the form of these  Hyacinths bulbs on my kitchen window. The aroma of their perfume is wonderful and greets you each time you open the kitchen door. 

Hyacinths

At the moment I am snuggled nice and warm, reading books brought from the library. While the knitting was underway, I bought audio books to listen to. But I am well into Book one, of a trilogy of books, in the Cousins O’Dwyer series  starting with the first one by Nora  Roberts entitled The Dark Witch.  And I was lucky enough to find in stock in the library both two and three at the same time. So lots of lovely reading to be doing in this cold weather. 

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy) By Nora Roberts

I am also in the midst of putting a collection of my poetry together, in the hopes to get it self published.. This is something I promised my self long ago, and now feel the need to complete this particular project.   A sample of  my poems can be found mainly on my other blog over at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary, the  link can be found on my side panel of my blog. 

I hope all of those in the USA who are in the ‘Polar Vortex’  (The link provides temps across USA, and sky phenomena with the Light and Sun halo’s)  So, keep safe and warm.. I know your temperatures are far, far, below what we are experiencing and its cold enough here and minus four, so goodness knows how you are all coping in the extreme cold..

Take care all of you thank you for reading and welcome to those who are new followers. 

Happy Creating

 

 

81 thoughts on “Keep Busy~ Creating!

  1. It’s good to hear from you again, Sue! Yes, you have been busy. I was expecting a picture of you wearing the beret. Maybe next time.

    All is well here. We were spared the polar freeze in our little corner of the U.S., but it is for sure a deadly one. Meanwhile, we have record warmth in Olympia. Strange but I’m happy with it.

    Take care dear friend. Don’t be a stranger. 🙂

    bill

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    • I did take one, well my hubby did.. but it was slightly blurred and you couldn’t see the knitting just me.. LOL.
      Glad to know its warmer where you are, its horrendous for many parts of the USA.
      Take care too Bill.

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  2. It’s beautiful to see you back in the garden Sue. So many of us are suffering this arctic blast, my heart goes out to them, house bound and freezing. Here it is pleasant. I wish I could bottle some sunshine and sent it Northward. Thanks for sharing your pics, I so enjoyed them. Stay well and enjoy!
    Love, Holly.

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      • It’s really remarkable the unbearable arctic blast that is sweeping through Canada and northern and Midwest USA. Frightening really. So many are suffering through this , Chicago seems to be hit hardest. Take care and stay warm. We still have our temperate weather here. I hope this isn’t an omen of a bad hurricane season here. ♥️

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        • I read somewhere Holly that tornado’s in particular were the lowest for some years as for hurricanes I hope you escape them.. We are VERY fortunate here in the UK, but even we have noticed how the seasons are changing confusing much of the wildlife and nature.
          I can’t help but send out my thoughts to the homeless.,
          I came across a homeless young lad when I was shopping early morning around 8am on Wed, he and a mate were just rolling up their plastic bags, that is all they had been sleeping on, He only had a hoody on, no thick coat or gloves, he was only around 18 to 20 ish ..
          I often buy sandwhiches if I see them in town and give them a canned drink or bottled water.. As if the universe had heard me, He approached me and hubby, asking had we some change for a coffee.. I asked him a few questions about his homelessness, .. Sad… and gave him more than enough for a good meal.. He couldn’t thank me enough…
          We have a growing homeless problem here in our town and country Holly.. The freezing weather in the USA must be a killer..

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          • Homelessness is a huge problem here too. We have many shelters and food lines but some just don’t want to go there. Perhaps they feel it’s not safe. My heart goes out to them. I have given money and been ridiculed for possibly enabling drug use but I am only responsible for what I do and they must decide what they do with what I gave. The weather is so concerning for our Northern region. Here it is 70 degrees. It’s remarkable. ❤

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  3. Love your post Sue, love all of it. The hat is lovely & guess what, I have started on a purple hat to match one of my jackets. Bought the wool ages ago and hopefully move on to use wool for sweater.
    My decision to have a self care January and not have any ‘friends’ meet ups ,assisted by having a lingering cold virus has given me energy & space to be creative & do things that have long been on the back burner. I hope to continue the self care for 2019 🌹⛄️

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      • Was just thinking Sue after I had ate lunch that this nurturing in some ways is hard work requiring a balance between hard work and going with the flow. On one of my posts I stated I was to become my own caseload rather than a caseload of people with problems disguised as friends, or words to that effect. Self care in a way is daunting like receiving a new Health Visiting caseload it requires all the same skills.
        I am signing off from word press today Sue & think I will have an afternoon 😴 nap. Enjoy your day 🙂.

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    • I think it stems from my childhood Renee, my Dad would constantly say there is no such word as Can’t. I even one time laid lino in the bathroom, it took me ALL day, but I did it, and made a good job, no joins at cutting it around the toilet and sink stand etc, Where there is a Will, there is a Way! 🙂
      Sending much love to you Renee, and take care my friend ❤

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      • I love that you do all that you can and I was raised with the same words. When I did have my home I had my youngest daughter, her husband and on occasion one or two other of my adult children to help in the eternal projects. I have always been a “Jill of all and master of none sort of gal”. I have done everything from art to sewing to woodworking (carving), to embroidery and work with yarn. I am always wanting to try something new but not so much now as I once did. I did gardening, dug a ditch for new sewer line and climbed a 32ft ladder to paint the trim on my home. But those days are gone even though I think of them. Then I see all that you do and I remember them some more. Yes, where there is a will there is a way. Take care my friend. xoxo

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    • Thankyou for your interest and comment, and I hopped over to your blog, and saw I left a comment on you last post way back in 2017. I hope you and your family are doing well as your retirement adventure is still going strong. ❤

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    • Haha… good thing they were not for lol, My granddaughter loves them, and my daughter I knitted some for says they come in handy when shopping to stop taking gloves on and off.. 🙂 Need them today, with the snow starting to fall outside today. Hope you are well Ina and keeping cool.. ❤

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  4. Dear Sue, I love seeing your creations! I wish you luck with self publishing your poetry. All the work is worth it. I am excited to self publish my book, a journal for compassionate helpers at the end of this month. I have been celebrating my recent Amazon bestselling kindle book Setting Ethical Limits For Caring and Compassionate Professionals this month. I love writing, creating and sharing. Looking forward to your future creations. Many Blessings to you my friend, Lisa xx

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    • Thank you Eugenia, and sorry for this very late reply, as I said to previous comments, seems these last seven comments didn’t pop up on my notifications on my main blog. And I had not seen them until I returned to my Garden blog today. And thank you for your location, I looked it up 🙂 and see your temps today is 16 C… its around 9 C here today and sunny, so wonderfully mild 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed the hedgehog painting.. Sending lots of love ❤

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  5. Well done on that beret, Sue. My mom also knits and that sort of knitting is difficult and complex. It looks lovely. The hedgehog paining is adorable and I am glad you also enjoy audiobooks. I listen to them when I do fondant art and baking (depending on whether I use a mixer or not). I have seen and hear that it is cold in parts of the UK. Stay warm and enjoy the weekend. PS I will happily prompt your poetry book when you are finished and review it for you too.

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    • Thank you Robbie, Yes it was minus 4C yesterday here, but although we have had snow today not as much as down south, they are not as used to it as we are LOL. So its mega news.
      Bless your heart Robbie for that generous offer of my poetry book to come.. Long ways to go yet.. but its getting there. ❤ THANK YOU

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        • Thank you Robbie, apologies I had not seen this comment on my garden blog.. Seems some do not register in my notifications. I have 7 waiting here in my garden blog I had not previously seen.. So apologies.
          Thank you for your encouragement Robbie, I am enjoying it.. sifting through the hundreds of poems is a process I am enjoying. I had forgotten half of what I wrote years back.. Choosing how to format it all is proving more time consuming, as I wanted to add a little background to each category to each chapters theme.. Of which I have changed my mind and deleted several times now in my drafts.. But when it feels right I will know it.. So just going with the flow of it all and not putting any sort of deadline target upon myself.. Its all just in Word, at the moment..
          So thank you again for encouraging me .. ❤

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    • Dear Jane, apologies for the lateness of my reply… Seems WP is not showing me some comments on my second blog until I actually come in person to it. They used to place them in my main notifications column.. I am pleased you enjoyed the Hedgehog, and yes I have been knitting some more. Sending Love and well wishes your way Jane, and thank you ❤

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  6. Such a highly creative person you are, Sue! Wowee. Maybe these kinds of things would tempt me for myself to do if I didn’t have gardening year around here. I absolutely adore your hedgehog painting! Chris has seen them in Finland when he has visited, but we never had them on the mainland US. So sweet!! Sending you love and blessings for a beautiful end to your week, Sue! ❣️😘💕

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    • Bela, apologies I had not seen your comment, there were several pending here, they usually come through on my notifications on my main blog, So I had not seen these seven comments until I physically came over to my Garden blog pages. Many thanks for your compliments on my hedgehog painting, We have hedgehogs visit our garden and one which is hibernating right now in a special nest box for hedgehogs in the garden.. We feel privileged they visit 🙂 Enjoy your special weekend retreat both of you too ❤

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      • Aloha, Sue! No worries, I’ve been really trying to catch up with comments here on WP as well. Life seems to have geared into overdrive for many I know these days. We are no exception. Friends sick and dying, kids achieving wonderful things out in the world that I’d like to pause and commend them for in more extensively than in a text, and obligations to my writers group and visiting friends have swamped me under. So I totally forgive and understand anyone anything!

        I love those little creatures ❤ Enjoy your week, sweet one, and hang in there. Your garden shall soon awaken! Nature always holds promises she keeps 😉 Love Love.

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        • Lovely to see you, and so understand the way of things Bela.. I have not been on line in almost a week myself.. And Life is Good.. Sounds like your own life is busy busy, Sorry to hear about your friends… But wonderful about Children achieving wonderful things..
          Catching you on the Wing my friend… Keep flying high and enjoying Nature.. She sure has been beautiful here this week..
          Much Love to you Bela.. ❤

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          • On the wing, indeed! I have arrived back home after days on the road, but had a good restorative time with a dear old friend from wayyyy back. Perched on a cliff next to many waterfalls – wishing I could include a photo. (Oh, duh – I’ll email to you!!) Just amazing. Then we took an entire day and drove up into the backside of Mauna Kea mountain and saw all sorts of wonderful sights and spread his longtime husband’s ashes here and there. Special time. Sacred.

            Glad the weather has been good for you lately. I have got to do some garden catch-up. Meanwhile, I’ve brought home some really striking new additions to the landscape; some of which I have never found on this end of the island. Will also email.

            Sending you love and blessings from afar. ❤

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            • So loved those photo’s too Bela.. Hope you have settled back in.. And what a difference a week makes.. back to gales, rain and low temps.. 😀 but just the weather to curl up with a good book and that is what I have been doing 🙂

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            • Oh, grand! Yes, what a difference a week can make! It’s been really really rainy and chilly here, and we don’t have indoor heat generally speaking on the islands. But I did turn the dehumidifier on last night, and it has been running ever since, which takes the chill factor down a bit. Enjoy your book! 🌺🌹❤️

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            • Hope you are warmed up a little since leaving me this comment Bela.. We woke up to snow on Sunday morning.. It didn’t last as it turned to rain… BUT the wind chill factor it’s cold, after all that warm Sun of the other week 🙂 EnJOY your week Bela.. Much love ❤

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            • Mahalo Sue, the same to you! It has been cool, but not unseasonably cold like it was. Of course the word unseasonably is going to go the way of the dinosaur in a very short time, I am sure. 😉 Sorry you’re getting the cold weather, windchill makes all the difference. Did some mad landscaping yesterday, it’s looking very botanical garden-ish out there, which is really deeply satisfying. Anyhow, on with the week, and may yours be blessed! 😘

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            • I heard there was an earthquake today in your area?? did I hear right?
              And sounds like you are making hay while the Sun shines..
              No garden work this week for us, Gales and heavy rain all week… So more reading time lol..
              Much love dear Bela.. Keep those fingers green 😀

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            • You heard correctly. 5.5. But near the volcano across the island. We felt it like a 3.5 here. Not anything to lose sleep over, went right back to it. As for the gardens, coming along nicely! Will email pics when pathways done.

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            • Oh whoops not done! I was going to say remind me if I forget. So much going on here I feel like my head is going to spin right off. In the garden every day just to stay grounded. Sorry you can’t do the same, but I also remember loving to cudde up with a good book in indoor heat. This we do not have, no matter how chilly it gets. Most houses do not have indoor heat or air conditioning. Weather here is so temporary, we usually ride it out with wool socks and layers. Of course at higher elevations, people do have woodstoves. All for now, sending ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Mi querido Antonio, gracias por ese hermoso video, disfruté el enlace. Disculpas por la tardanza de mi respuesta a este comentario, se pasó por alto y no entró en las notificaciones principales de mi blog como de costumbre.
      Muchas gracias de nuevo..
      Te deseo un buen fin de semana
      Much Love ❤

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  7. That hedgehog painting caught my eye. It is so adorable – I love it. I found my way over here via Marlene’s blog and I am glad to find you. Looking forwards to reading more about your life producing all manner of things. from Amanda

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    • Thank you Amanda for finding your way over here, Marlene is a dear blogging friend.. And I am pleased the painting I did of the hedgehog caught your eye, he now sits on my wall, 🙂 I thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.. And wish you a lovely Sunday and coming new week 🙂

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