Sunday, 14 December 2014

Candle light and donkeys

The Candle light evening at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth was on Friday evening. Lots of candles lighting the pathways and displays around the grounds leading the way to the Main Barn and the Carol Service.  So many people go to this event each year and I am one of the very lucky ones to see it and join in with the festivities.

In case some of you aren't aware,
The Donkey Sanctuary has it's main offices and farm in Sidmouth, Devon.

Although it was at night I got these photos of some of the displays plus....

(this was taken indoors in the Assisted Therapy Centre)

and around the grounds...

 this next photos was taken at a distance across a field where
the donkey emblem is outlined with candles...

This light display attracted a crowd of people taking pictures of it...

So pleased I went to this Carol Service this year and got to meet friends
plus enjoy the Service.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Mini Travel Palette

I've made travel palettes before, but have just made this Mini one containing just three colours and thought I would share with you how I went about putting it if you wouldn't already guess, but goes.

Whilst shopping last weekend in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, I found this cute little tin at

well I couldn't leave it there could I, it was destined to hold three paint pans...

the tin measures 3" x 2½"

with a little work and some magnetic tape placed inside...

plus a little bit of magnetic tape on the bottom of the 3 pans

a piece of watercolour paper to fit inside the lid...

and another piece with the colour swatches on to remind me
what they are:

Quinacridome Gold ~ Prussian Blue ~ Alizarin Crimson

 As easy as that....

Monday, 24 November 2014

Appledore, Devon

A short drive yesterday and we visited Appledore.  On the River Torridge this small fishing village attracts a lot of visitor all year round...including locals!

I took a few photos - well actually quite a lot of pics and although I don't usually bombard you with loads of pics I thought this visit was worth sit back and I'll show you some of this place with its estuary view, small streets (cars cannot get through the little streets), so it has a lovely atmosphere (although I think moving house would be a total nightmare!)

See what I mean about the tiny streets!

The chandlery shop...

If these streets aren't quirky enough, I found the even quirkier....

with it's false windows!

I think this should have been called Duck Lane instead of Gibbs Lane!!

 this was a very short door!

 and on round to the esplanade and sea

on the right you'll see someone using a cement mixer!

....the cement mixer was actually used for cleaning the shell fish he had caught!

the local Gig club had been training and we saw them bringing their boats out of the water...

and on across the road to their shed

 This must be the smallest fish and chip shop! not really, it was
just advertising...

boat parking instead of car parking!

  looking across the river to Instow

the view looking down the river towards Appledore Shipyard

there was a news piece about it yesterday too....

We enjoyed our walk around Appledore...
I hope you enjoyed this visit too.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Pottery piece

I found this broken piece of pottery earlier in the year and now - Eventually - I have got around to drawing it and posting some pics.  Just thought I'd share this oddment with you.  I've no idea what it would have been originally, possibly a vase?....but the pattern is very pretty and the piece itself is fairly chunky... it isn't fine bone china put it that way.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A few jottings

Although I take photos of William, there are times when I need to make a quick note/reminder of something he has done throughout the day...for this I use my sketchbook or, if we are out and about, I often use scraps of paper, they're enough to remind me and give myself a 'brain nudge' as to what I needed to sketch later on.

Occasionally I will have time to add watercolour too, but it is still only a 'note' to remind myself.

you'd never guess who this is - would you?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Surprise Gift!

I love surprise gifts, and recently I was lucky to have one sent through the post to me.    All the way from the U.S.A.  Wow!  I couldn't wait to open it, and what did I find.....

This wonderful surprise came from Robin over at 
Pink House Studio.
Robin has used one of my drawings of William
and made it into this 
wonderful character
- plus he was in a tin with his
picture on the front -

How brilliant is this and how awesomely kind of Robin to have made this for me,
and so cleverly made and packaged.


He sits on my desk shelf and watches me as I type and paint...

I'm chuffed to bits with him.

and see for yourself her
wonderful creations that range from
Upcycled hand bound journals, stuffies, creatures, puzzles and prints from her original artwork, 'canned' toys, 
and an occasional card.


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