flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Photys, Uncategorized, Walks, wild flowers

another spring (plus song)

Another spring, and despite the “smog” took a set of photys around the top of the hill. Comparing them with those from last year (about a fortnights difference), the same plants are out but there might be a bit of cross over with the primroses still in flower.
After ten years I have finally caught the fabled Duke of Argyle’s Teaplant, the winter conditions and the warm dry spring must have prompted it into flower. Or I have just wandered past it for all those years? Nahh!
The number of orange tailed bumblebees took me by surprise too. At first I was sure that only one was following me around till I came to the whins – there were more than a dozen of them! but would they sit still for me, of course not.

I have included the sign describing the castle, click on it for a large, readable version.

And here is the song Another Spring performed by Nina Simone… enjoy

Duke of Argyll's Teaplant lilac
may blossom - hawthorn wallflower
ivy flowers fern furl
Orange Tailed bumblebee bluebells
red dead nettle and primrose Halton Castle signage
buttercup dandylion

I have to admit that last years photys were brighter and more colourful. Sunnier day, or sunnier photygraffer?

  1. Duke of Argyll’s Teaplant
  2. light colourd lilacs
  3. may blossom (hawthorn)
  4. dark orange wallflower
  5. sinister ivy flowering
  6. fern furl
  7. annoyed Orange Tailed bumblebee
  8. english bluebells
  9. primrose, goosegrass (stickywullie), red deadnettle
  10. Halton Castle sign, click to read
  11. buttercup
  12. dandylion
flowers, Garden, Personal, Photys, Uncategorized, weather, wild flowers

springy…y…y!

Quite unnoticed by me the forgotten pot and bucket of grape hyacynth (muscari) had grown, multiplied and bloomed! So jolly and springy. And today it promises to be warm again. The daffs are out in the street too so here’s hoping they are left alone for us all to enjoy.

A bit straggly I know but has made me feel more optimistic about restoring the wee flower bed and rejigging the space in the coming months.

bucket o flowrs

The deep glowing blue of the flowers is not represented accurately, my wee camera does tend to freak out with some colours but I didn’t want to fiddle with the pic.

grape hyacynth

Also awake is the first wee violet, these lettle devils are impossible to move so I’m just letting them grow wherever unless they are a nuisance.

violet

forsythia – pruned last year to get rid of the longest straggly branches, this has forced the flowers in nearer the base.

forsythia

Art, craft fair, Crafts, Folksy, Polymer Clay, Shops, shops, Uncategorized

ready for craft fair on Sunday?

Ohh now I am in organise mode
I am getting all my bits and pieces ready for an early start on Sunday, planetaye will have a stall at the Contemporary Arts and Crafts Fair at Astley Park, Chorley on the 6th Feb 2011 so here is a wee sneak preview of some new Valentinies that will be available!

If you are around Astley Park – Chorley on Sunday please drop in and have a look.
Now I must  get on with my organising… making teeny tiny boxes for teeny tiny cakes.

Valentinie Cake heart raspberry Valentinie Cake round coffeebeanValentinies Cakes sponge Valentinies Cupcakes on plates

Craft Fair 6th Feb Flier

flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Photys, Uncategorized, wild flowers

As I Walked Out…

…one early morning. Not so early and with my coffee and biscuit in one hand and wee camera in the other, and I even had to nip home for a new card and batteries. So please enjoy my hour and a half wander round Castle Hill.

  1. whins (gorse)…mmm that coconut scent
  2. broom with their little bean pod shapes
  3. may blossom (hawthorn) cast yer cloots if you wish!
  4. lilacs, unlucky to have in the house?
  5. field of baby ferns emerging from their dead
  6. english bluebells drooping grcefully behind a wall
  7. fern skeleton and new hawthorn blossom, old meets new
  8. a huge and slightly annoyed bumble bee
  9. buttercups from my front door – yes it’s meant to be a patch of “weeds”!
  10. wild turnip, …really?
  11. baby oak leaves unfurling and looking a soft and shiny

Gorse or WhinsBroomHawthorn BlossomLilac BushFern FieldEnglish BluebellsLast Year-This Year Big Bumble BeeButtercupsWild TurnipOak Leaves

cardboard, Crafts, recycle, Uncategorized

Cardboard City

No, not a nickname given to a certain housing devlopment built in the late sixties/early seventies. Although from a stylistic point of view it might be easy to represent in this medium. These are the results of my late 2009 glue fixation 😉

please note: The folowing was prompted by an accidental viewing of Mister Maker when rescanning the telly for the digital switchover.

Starting with the underpinnings of flattened out book delivery covers, crisp tubes with lids, empty (and so far uneaten) muesli box, chosen because of the roofline,  and for the main building- a good plain box with an opening lid.castle first view
Moving on to the first decorative phase and the application of a good few coats of plain white acrylic over wrinkly tissue paper for the rusticated effect. I liked this look but it was to be a gift for a wee girl  so I kept going.
castle view 2
Finally I settled on yellow after trying beige and pink and added a few wee sparkly bits and greenery. I did remember to add chains for the drawbridge but it didn’t move as well as expected. The surprising thing was how useful craft foam was for roofs, cobbles and grass! The inside of the main building is lined with coloured paper. It opens at the top to house little people or dragons or trebuchet and seige equipment.
Castle - final view
This was not the end though. Having eaten all those crisps there were two wee tubes left. Towers! Little free standing Rapunzel enclosures, the pink one has a lifting off roof/lid the other has a base/lid with a push led light inside. Just poke your finger in the door and press down.
pink tower light tower
p.s. I am a bit off Pringles for the forseeable future!

Books

A Good Haul

booksMy local library has just has another sale of withdrawn books, Hooray! and this time I knew about it in advance. The booty today was 9 books for a total price of… £1.60!

two to give to friends, probably: H.P. Lovecraft “The Dreams in the Witch House” and John Updike “Villages”

two Scottish writers: Christopher Brookmyre “A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away” and Quintin Jardine “Dead and Buried” (reading the Bob Skinner novels in sequence but encountered a bit of a gap)

two American writers: James Lee Burke “To the Bright and Shining Sun” and Patricia Highsmith “The Blunderer”
a funny one?: Matthew Baylis “The Last Ealing Comedy”

improvement?: Classic fm “One Hundred Favourite Poems”

artistic: Maria Constantino “Klimt”

So that’s me sorted for the next few months. More shelves  probably required tho’ as the  backlog is growing . Good thing I was given a wee portable reading light as a present so I can work through them even in the gloaming of 3:00 and 5:00 ish on dull afternoons.

Books

the wee folk

Ever since watching a TV advertisement for headache tablets that featured a woman juggling her tiny family and collegues in her hand then dropping them into a flower bed, I have worried that there were tiny people living in the undergrowth. (I worried because she does not pick them up again.)
Well, today I had it confirmed. The usual Amazon email arrived and glancing at the first row of pics there they were, captured in a wee book. Yes, the little people are among us, just look where you put your size fives!