Sunday scribbling

Catching up on 29 faces (my first face here) I’m so happy, they’ve now posted on their blog, so I’ve linked the button to that (I really don’t like linking to Facebook, if I don’t have to).

practising in my book

And an attempt at drawing from my imagination…free-001… trying to get used to placing features without an image to copy.



Caught on the hop…

I’ve been counting the days till the end of January (never a favourite month!), partly because I wanted to foin in with this (there’s a new button in my sidebar). They used to have a blog, but as blogging is not ‘trendy’ any more (and yes, it’s partly why I like blogs!), there’s now only the FB link… With my Christmas money, I bought this book secondhand (shelf-worn but unused)drawfacesexpressly because I wanted to join the 29 faces challenge! And have I drawn anything yet? Why no! So I’m cheating today, showing an ‘old’ drawing, with the hope by tomorrow, I will have got into the swing of drawing 29 faces in 28 days…

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My favourite writer, and an endless source of inspiration, whose birthday was last Friday (25th January)


The impact of loved ones on our lives is very much on my mind as I work through Month VI of my Spiritual Formation with Belle Coeur. It’s the ‘last’ module, but the work will continue for years… We are to round off the training with a ‘Capstone Project’. This is the beginnings of mine ‘Reflections on Sisterhood’ – photos from over 50 years of female friendship. I have no sisters of my own (just one brother 7 years my junior – he’s in the b&w polaroid to the left of the journal standing between me on the left, Michelle on the right), so my friends are very important to me. I am writing about them all in this gorgeous journal from here (bees/hives/honey play an important part in the imagery of Belle Coeur). Sharing with other crafty deskers over here. sis-001.JPGAnd here’s the slideshow of what I’ve done so far…


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Last week was very hard – I wrote a short post about it here. Somehow, I got through the service on Sunday morning without crying… One of the hardest things about getting older, I’m finding, is the loss of precious friends and neighbours.

This week, I’ve been cutting and pasting – a simple, therapeutic process…journal-001A dear friend in the States sent me this wonderful scrapbook for Christmas, and I cut out my favourite images from last year’s desk calendar…a year of tiny pleasures… and now I have my own book of tiny pleasures (which Flow also produce) to flick through whenever I need a little pick-me-up 😀 Sharing at Stamping Ground.



‘Tis sermon-writing time again… Still waiting for inspiration to strike (as of Tuesday afternoon when I took the photo). We’re trialling a more modern-worded service on Sunday (I so struggle to get my mouth around the thee’s and thou’s of the Book of Common Prayer, no matter how beautifully written it is!) I’ll let you know how it goes… Sharing over


BELATED HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear deskers! It’s taken me a while to get going this year, after all the village festivities (which started with Christmas craft fair on 1 December and never seemed to stop!), so I missed the 500th ‘what’s on your workdesk?’ – WHAT a landmark! All hail, Ms Julia!!! Here’s my tidy desk (taken yesterday afternoon, although I’ve just noticed the calendar’s still showing Monday’s number, sheesh!) – displaying three new treasuresclose-001.JPGleft to right: every day I’m writing the gifts/joys of the day on a piece of paper. Then, on 31 December, I’ll look through all the good bits of 2019 🙂 It’s another way to express my Word for the year, REFLECT. Next to the jar is my wee angel – a Christmas gift from a dear friend who went to South Africa a few weeks ago. Here’s a brighter shotsaangelI don’t know what wood she’s made of (she’s very light), but she’s beautifully carved with THE sweetest face! And the third new treasure is the wee grecian urn – Daughter went to Greece on a college trip in November. She bought this Demeter urn from a local artist who was painting them in the marketplace. And here’s our famiy lunch to celebrate her 21st (how did THAT happen!!) a few days after Christmas (l to r: Dad, Son, Hubby, Daughter, me)Es 21st_ (002).JPGSharing at The Fantastic Ms Julia’s here

New Birch Moon

I love birch trees – the Ladies of the Wood. Here’s our own Lady, on an all-too-rare sunny day, in the backgardenbirch-001.JPGTall, elegant and always reaching for the sky… I’d LOVE to be a birch for a day – a bright, almost-Spring day with the sun shining warmer than it has for weeks, the sky bluer than it’s been all Winter, with wee birds hopping from twig to twig… Wouldn’t that be grand?

Tonight (in the very small hours of tomorrow) is the first New Moon of the New Year and my moonboard is alive with the magical possibilities…board-001Lovely images – a mix of magazine adverts and old diary pages… left page: A big glass of fizz with ‘Oh Happy Day!’ affixed on to the advert; a beautiful woman looks over to the other page (or to the future?); a busy, but organised, home-office; a pretty set of wooden stools; and the words: ‘The day are gods, only no-one suspects it’ ~ Emerson; right page: A cute clock image with the quote, ‘All times are beautiful for those who maintain joy within them’ ~ Rosalie Castro; a PapayaArt image with the words: ‘Follow Your Heart and Chase the Sun’; and a favourite quote: ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.’ And I’ve written next to the spine of the spread, REFLECT JOY AND PEACE – Reflect is my Word for 2019.

I am hoping to make a moonboard every new moon this year, if not every full moon. This is my intention, at least… 2019 here we come!!