Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Wednesday, 28th July 2021 - A Colony of Chanterelle

Today was spent preparing for incoming guests. We have delightful new beds in the twin room. The old pine ones I sold through social media. 

Our foraging friend dropped round a bag of the most beautiful fungi. We are going to search for a recipe that will be worthy of their rarity. He took half a loaf of my homemade sourdough bread home in exchange.

A Colony of Chanterelle

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27th July 2021 - Lime Confusion

I was out walking when I stopped by a lovely scent in the air. It took me a while to find the source. An enormous tree with tiny yellow flowers. I think it is a lime tree but it has caused me confusion as the one next to it is a lime tree but has small green fruits. Maybe one is female or they are different varieties. 

Lime Confusion
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Tuesday, 20th July 2021 - Incoming Tide at Wendletrap

It was a beautiful sunny day to celebrate a birthday with coffee and cake in the garden. Happy birthday Suzy. It was the first time I had made a whisked sponge and decorated it with a birthday candle. June and Alli helped eat the cake.

This afternoon we took the remainder of the cake to Fairlight. I had more cake and tea. Brenda and I sat and chatted about families. 

Incoming Tide at Wendletrap
Oil on Board

Monday, 19 July 2021

Monday, 19th July 2021 - A Sense of Place

So much heat followed by so much rain followed by more humid heat that our air quality monitor warned us our air quality is not perfect. I agree.

 My art tutor set us the quest following our topographical painting, I have now done three and dislike each one, was to abstract with feeling. So I did.

A Sense of Place
Watercolour and Ink

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sunday, 18th July 2021 - Honey and Gold

We were given a glorious gift of creamed honey and sungold tomatoes. I have eaten the honey on buttered sourdough bread, thick and sticky it is delicious and nestles in the holes of the bread. The tomatoes didn't make it into a salad before I ate them.

Wow what a stinking hot day. It was a day to appreciate the shade of the trees to read and draw. 

Honey and Gold
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Saturday, 17th July 2021 -

I blame my poor sweet pea production on a bad situation and poor soil. Next year I will plant them where they will have an abundance of sun and glorious soil.

I have not been good company today as my mind has been plagued with self doubt. The weather drew us into the garden which was a good place for dispersal.

Eccentric Sweetpea
Pen and Watercolour 

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Wednesday, 14th July 2021 - Pink Hornbeam and Sketchbook Pages

Tim and I spent a couple of decadent hours at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. We found an empty bench. I sketched, Tim worked. I have been investigating a glorious very tall plant that is in their nuttery. It is Chinese meadow rue. I now have to track down some plants or seeds.

We have a small woodland that was coppiced in the past. The trees are now rather straggly. I like their wayward shapes. At this time of year you enter at persil. The mosquitos are vicious.

Pink Hornbeam

Pages from my sketchbook.

Charcoal and pen on brown cartridge paper.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Tuesday, 13th July 2021 - Angel's Fishing Rods

Some days I get stuck in neutral. I suppose it is better than reverse.

There is a bounteous display of Dierama in my flower bed. Google tells me the corm is a fertility charm. Hopefully the angels are taking advantage.

Angel's Fishing Rods
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 12 July 2021

Monday, 12th July 2021 - Double Vision

I hunkered down in my studio to do my homework and listened to the rain.

Double Vision
Watercolour/Pen and Ink

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Wednesday, 30th June 2021 - Seed Pods

I think of seeds heads on plants as an autumn occurrence. A dead heading expedition in the garden proved me wrong. The love-in-a-mist and honesty are being left to populate, proliferate and procreate for next year.

Seed Pods
Pen and Watercolour