Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Although my last posting had today's date, I actually wrote it on Friday and the winter army has advanced significantly since then. A great deal of snow fell on Friday night and yesterday was extremely cold then it snowed through the night and continues to do so as I write. We have also had lots of thunder and lightning and many areas have lost their power supply, AND it's only November!
I don't mind the snow, but I feel very uneasy in thunder storms and the dogs get terribly agitated and nervous. I think collies are particularly bad in these situations and they're also terrified of fireworks so at Guy Fawkes we all huddle in the kitchen with the wireless turned up to drown out the screaming and banging of squibs going off in the village. It's amazing how the noise travels and the dogs' hearing is so much more sensitive than ours.
We were in Perth yesterday for an afternoon of talks organised by the Perth Burns Club in the A.K.Bell Library. What an interesting afternoon it was, covering a range of topics including storytelling through tales and ballads, the history of the lowland pipes, the poetry of Robert Fergusson and the Scottish Enlightenment.
We had overlooked the fact that this weekend is a celebration of light in Perth and wandering through the town later, we discovered that various choirs were performing in the concert hall so we decided to stay on and listen to some of the singing. It was all very festive with whisky cocktails being handed out and amazing interactive light shows bouncing off the concert hall walls. Dominating the auditorium was this amazing moon made from thousands of lightbulbs and casting an ethereal light over the performers.
Snow has fallen and the world looks like a big Christmas card! We have escaped the worst of the weather so far but no doubt our share will come. When does winter officially begin? We were talking about this yesterday and thought it would be the 1st of December or perhaps the 21st of November. Anyway it certainly feels and looks like winter now!
This bright, still, weather is great for photography and the sunsets too are amazing at this time of year. We had lunch with friends today and afterwards I spent some time in their gorgeous garden taking photographs. The sun was low, the snow was sparkling, and there were lots of lovely seed heads and spiky plant shapes. One particularly spectacular teasel will probably end up in some of my cards!
Last night we got together with some friends in our local pub to play tunes and sing songs. It was a spur of the moment idea, but these are often the best and it was a lovely evening. It's a good time of the year for doing these things as those of us who do a lot of outdoor work tend to be more available in the winter evenings.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, is Winter Festival day in the new hall at Balkeerie. This is the first event to be held in the new hall and I'm really looking forward to seeing it when I go along tonight to set up my stall.
The festival runs from 10am - 4pm and there will be a wide variety of stalls selling lots of lovely things for Christmas. There will also be live music throughout the day provided by various local musicians, and tea, coffee, cakes and snacks will be on sale. I'm sure it will be terrific fun as a tremendous amount of work has gone into organising it and it's so exciting to finally have the hall ready for use after all the years of fundraising.
I will be selling my cards, felted brooches and scarves and some vintage linen. I'll also have my little bags of vintage buttons which are always popular.
I've also designed some new cards which will be on sale for the first time and as they feature a well known local landmark I'm hoping they'll appeal to the customers.
|Kinpurnie Hill from the Myreside i|
|Kinpurnie Hill from the Myreside ii|
|Kinpurnie Hill from the Myreside iii|
|Kinpurnie Hill from the Myreside iv|
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Katie has just announced on her blog that over £1800 was raised at the Handmade & Vintage Fair at Kinrossie! This money goes to the Help for Heroes charity and Katie and Lisa must be absolutely delighted as they put a huge amount of work into organising and promoting the event. The fair was tremendous fun and there was a lovely, jolly, festive atmosphere throughout both days with lots of friends meeting up and starting their Christmas shopping. You can visit Katie's blog (Vintage Squirrel - link from here) to see photographs of the event.
Monday, 8 November 2010
It is wild, wet and windy and our lovely copper and gold clad birch trees are fast becoming stark, skeletal shapes as the leaves are stripped from their branches by the storm. The dogs hurtle around in the wind, excitedly snuffling the leafy piles before rushing back into the kitchen to be rubbed dry and resume their positions by the stove.
Recent blog-neglect is due to the fact that I was furiously preparing for the Handmade and Vintage Fair in Kinrossie last Friday and Saturday. The fair, which was organised by my friends Katie and Lisa, was held in aid of the Help for Heroes charity and I think everyone agreed that it was a huge success. It was lovely to see so many friends and there was a very jolly atmosphere with live music in the background and teas being served by the local W.R.I. There was a wonderful selection on offer including soaps, tweed handbags, ceramics, jewellery, hand painted furniture and masses of pretty homewares and accessories.
My cards went well, especially the Christmassy ones and I also took along my hand felted "hedgerow" scarves and Magical Myreside brooches. I sold quite a few originals, so the paints will be out again to create some new works for the ENCKA Christmas Fair on November the 20th. This will be the first event in the new hall and we're all looking forward to it.
|winter trees iv|
Here are two of my little mixed media collages which I mount on 5" square cards.