Nurturing Thursday 108


Our house is in the ideal location for Martin and I ~ on the outskirts of the County Town, with all it’s amenities but with two seperate village communities to tap into, (our road actually forms the border between them.) And, although the area has become more built~up over the years, we can still stroll along country footpaths within minutes of stepping through our front gate. Which is excellent for our daily dog~walk and observing nature close at hand:

Yesterday we decided to gather blackberries while exercising our right of way across nearby fields.

According to English folklore you shouldn’t pick these wild fruit after Michaelmass, (which used to be September 29th) the day on which the Fallen Angel Lucifer was cast out of heaven and landed on a thorny bramble bush. He was so furious that he either spat or urinated on them, stamped on the with his cloven hooves or threw his cloak over them, depending on the area in which the tale is being told. In any case they are said to taste awful after that date and eating them is supposed to bring bad luck or make you ill.

Whether or not you believe in this legend, it is true to say that the ones we found yesterday were just on the right side of luscious ripeness, so it was the perfect day to harvest them:

Now they’re washed, drained and frozen, ready for making pies and crumbles ~ comfort food full of nurturing Vitamin C to cheer us over the winter. I kept back a small amount, which I placed in a bottle with sugar and half a litre of spirit, so when Christmas comes we can literally drink the fruits of our labours ~ home~made Blackberry Vodka!



‘Nurturing Thursday’ is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. If you would like to learn more about it please visit her site.  


Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. – Chief Arvol Looking Horse

As my Nurturing Thursday contribution today I am reblogging this important message:


Make No Bones About It


I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf…

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Backgrounds, edges and seeing what it looks like.

In the past I’ve tended to be a bit ‘slap~happy’ with my art projects, launching into whatever comes to mind without too much forward planning.

Exciting and spontaneous as this is, it doesn’t always work out the way that I’d imagined it, so I’ve decided adopt a more organised approach with my new multi~media collages.

To begin with I created backgrounds on cartridge paper and canvas:

To achieve different textures I used alcohol and watercolour ink sprays, sprinkled rock salt on wet paint, flicked and spattered with a toothbrush. Tilting and turning created interesting runs and rivulets ~ with sharper edges where they were left to dry.

Next I applied gilding flakes to the edges of the block canvases, thinking it would be easier to handle at this early stage:

Wrong! It wasn’t easy ~ working with these floaty metallic flakes is super~tricky. Even experienced crafters demonstrating how to do it on YouTube got all stuck up and messy ~ which cheered me up no end! I’m glad I applied them when I did ~ but I’m in no great hurry to include this medium in this way again.

Now I’m at the stage of moving individual elements around before deciding which to include and where to place them.

Hearts and flowers; butterflies, cogs and clocks and washers, wallpaper samples, postcards, bits of lace and packaging. Love and Peace and Art.

The possibilities are absolutely endless…..P1

… this may take some time…..


Nurturing Thursday 106


After a long dry spell some welcome rain fell during last Wednesday night, saving me from having to water my pots of flowers and vegetables. The following morning I was practising my Qi Gong routine in the Kitchen Courtyard when I spotted these droplets glinting on my Valentine rose bush and snapped them to illustrate this week’s ‘Nurturng’ post. I’m delighted with the result ~ you can even see the silhouette of our house reflected in them!

Nature does provide everything, no thanks required!


‘Nurturing Thursday’ is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. If you would like to learn more about it please visit her site.  


Art for Blokes

When we began to renovate our outside building we thought that Martin and I would both be able to use it for our art. But once I’d moved in my tools, materials, books and work table there was less room than we’d previously imagined. So it became my Kaboodle.

Poor Martin!

I eased my guilty conscience by suggesting that he turn our front bedroom into his own creative space.  We sleep at the back of the house, where it’s quieter and it wouldn’t have made sense to keep his computer outside anyway ~ our wifi doesn’t reach that far. I like it that way but he prefers to be connected at all times.

He painted the walls Dutch Gold and Turkish Tile and covered the floorboards with aluminium chequer~plate vinyl :



Although I was unsure of these choices, I have to admit that he’s right (as usual!) His artwork looks stunning against the blue and it’s easy to keep dust~free. This is his studio so I don’t interfere with it ~ although he sometimes allows me to kick back in the Big Yellow Chair and gaze out of the double windows, while he’s immersed in digital painting on the iMac.

This is what he’s been working on most recently:





Inspired by my research into the ‘Steampunk’ genre, these skulls ~ composed from mechanical elements ~ could be printed on anything: mugs, T~shirts, greetings cards. The monochrome one could even be the basis of a tatoo.

We’ll have to wait and see. As with all his artwork it’s the challenges that absorb Martin ~ exploring ways to produce the end result he has in mind, honing his skills and technical expertise and keeping his brain active. Having said that, please respect his copyright. You are welcome to share these images, provided you reference them as his work and link back to this blog.