Snow, Art, Sparrows and Hawks.

Hello again, and where did February go to? I can not believe I only posted once here in the whole of February. But then I have been focusing upon other things.

We did not have half as much snow as in the South and further North of us had We have been lucky, yet there was still enough snow fall to close roads and schools  were closed down for three days. 

While the Winter weather has caused disruptions and chaos on our UK roads, and for some bringing tragedy, for others its been a time to enjoy snow in parts of the UK where snow has been a rarity for many years, So for many youngsters this was the first real snow they had seen in a while.

Sledging. over a bridge on a local walk we take. My Granddaughter aged 7.  Having Fun in the snow. 

The last heavy snow fall we had been in 2010 the year my granddaughter was born.  So while we have had snow,  for many this was the first significant fall they had seen in years.

Making sure the birds do not go hungry. We moved their feeders under the bushes for protection from the sparrow hawk.

Its been important to keep feeding the wild life, who have also been suffering, we moved their feeders around a bit to help shelter them. For where they were, they were more exposed.  And Since January our garden has also had a visitor looking for food.. A Sparrow Hawk.

Sparrow Hawk in January. Now he knows where sparrows feed, he’s been trying his luck at catching them in our garden and came on two consecutive days last week in the snow. So he/she is also feeling hungry. But as far as we know he flew away empty-handed.

While winter here in the UK last week got its teeth into us with freezing temperatures and snow storms, I was huddled warm indoors painting and doodling, while I continued putting my collection of poems together and managed to write my third chapter on something I am working on.

The parts of the green house model making took a back seat for a time.  though I did spend several hours creating these flowers. They were fiddly, but absorbing.

Roses, made by winding folded paper around and around and gluing onto wire.

Here you can see a collection of flowers I made

But my main concentration has been on creating two paintings, they are already hung in my home as I swap my artwork around every now and again.  I paint purely for pleasure . So this was the first I painted, a Leopard. The second painting a Lion. Both of these Animal totems spoke to me in different ways.  And I wrote more about that on my main blog.

My Leopard painting in Acrylic.

My Lion painting in Acrylics

I hope if you have been affected by the Winter weather and storms, you have kept safe and warm where ever you are. 

 I hope Spring  starts to Stir Soon,  I can not wait to reconnect with our garden. 

Take care until next time.



Update on Knitting and Weird Skies and Contaminants

Hello to all again, and yes another month is over as we embrace Autumn, her falling leaves and those spooky Halloween Costumes again. There have been some lovely days and we made the most of them, I planted the wall-flowers, though have not taken photo’s of them, I was too tired at the end of all that kneeling and bending as I planted out my front and back garden.

Here you can see the mirage effect of the Sun very weird

Halloween was not the only thing spooky going on over here in the UK.. For the day Ophelia made landfall here in Britain, she also brought some rather spooky skies..  As she brought in a sand storm that turned the sky yellow and the Sun Red..  Everyone was snapping photo’s of the sky.. and a deeper report can be found here, in a BBC News report.

This was taken a few moment later and it had disappeared back to one

I was also clicking away and ran outside to take these shots.. As my husband shouted that there were two Suns in the sky.. Not believing him, I grabbed my camera and this is what we saw. But in a matter of seconds the shadow Sun disappeared and became one as this image shows..

We can often get sand in the rain, and other bits and pieces, as my hubby found in our pond as he cleaned it out for winter.. We found lots of little bits of metallic debris just a little bit larger than glitter in the silt at the bottom of the pond..  As both of us see lots of Chem-trails above our heads on certain days, we know are not the usual flight paths of planes..  They happen over head at regular intervals, and we both concluded that what goes up, must come down and on investigating further I discovered this article about Chemtrail Syndrome.  On learning more you will see metallic bits are what is in them.. We have long known this goes on, though many are denial that this is happening, it is  a Fact..  So those of you who wish to do your homework on your own investigations, you  need to follow-up the link and do your own research, but it’s not good news for us or the planet, which ever way you want to look at it.

So finding so many little pieces in the pond was disturbing to say the least.. There is not much I can personally do about it, but be mindful of it and  makes sure we double wash our veggies even more. Peel our apples etc..

Back of Waste-coat now finished sorry its a bit blurred

OK now onto something much Lighter.. I finished my waistcoat, all I need now is to purchase 3 buttons, its made up and sewn together, but here is the back before It was joined.. I will show a completed photo when I get the buttons,

Ratty the Book Mark


As well as doing that, I crocheted a book mark in the shape of rat, or mouse.. lol.  My granddaughter loved him and we named him the three R’s, Roger, the Reader Rat. ..  I really had fun creating him. So THANK YOU Mrs C..  🙂

Close up of face.

I got this idea from Mrs Craft.. over at .. Crafts and Other Crazy Plans       Where she provided a link to the pattern and any one wanting to see just what kind of things Mrs C gets up to I recommend go over and see her amazing skills, she not only Gardens, she knits, crochets, and makes amazing cards..

Have Fun everyone on Halloween.. and thank you to all who are following.

  Until next time

Happy Gardening, and Creating!