Thursday, 19 May 2016

Back on Track...... Maybe!

I can't believe it's been a whole year since I last updated my blog.  I haven't been idle in the last twelve months at all. I've been busy getting my life, my head and my direction back on track. I think I'm as good as I am going to be for the foreseeable future.

I bob along on the surface of life. I feel like a swan most days, all calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath. I know what my panic and anxiety attack triggers are and do my best to avoid them. It doesn't always work and sometimes the most surprising things can set off an attack. I often feel like a fraud as I try to be very happy and positive on the outside but very often I feel like I'm drowning and want to scream on the inside. I'm sure most people would never know how I feel inside. Oh, the masks we wear. Learning to live on my own has been a very hard lesson. I am ok and can manage all the things I need to do but the loneliness is a different matter. I am so glad I have my dog.
I'm not sure what direction my blog should be taking though. Is it OK for me to just ramble and put snippets of my life out here or should it have a real purpose and be more interesting? For the time being, it will remain a platform for me to ramble on.
What have I being doing in the last twelve months? Hmm, well, I started doing some voluntary work at Whittington Castle, I still do that. I work in the gift/second hand book shop. It means I get to look at all the new books as they come in and snaffle the good ones.

Original photo by AtticTapestry
I also found the most amazing space not four miles from home.  I took a detour on my way home one Saturday, as I'd heard there was a canal local, The Monty, as she is affectionately called. Not only did I find the canal but also the most amazing thing, a horse drawn canal boat. And, ever since I've been a voluntary member of the crew. It has helped me get into my 'Happy Place' more than the rest of the crew could ever realise. The gentle sounds of the canal, the water, the clip clopping of Cracker's hooves on the tow path, the birds, the sights and the smells. What more do you need? The boat, The Countess of Maesbury and Cracker are run by Tim and his dad, Dave from Bywater Cruises. Gill and Mike and their little dog, Daisy, are also volunteer crew. They have an amazing wealth of knowledge about the canals.
And, there is an amazing café right at the side of the canal. Canal Central, run by Iain and Fiona. Fiona makes the most amazing cakes and scones, all fresh, every day. The scones are served warm, with butter, cream and locally made jam. Tea is brought out in tiny teapots with the cutest tea cosies.
I have loads more to share but for now, this will do. More to follow in a few days.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Shameless Plug

I am currently working my way through an online Photoshop course called Awake! Living the (Photo)-Artistic Life. The designer of this course, Sebastian Michaels, has created an online Digital Art magazine and I have a bit of a write up in issue 2.

I'm on page 65.
I feel very humbled being a part of such a talented group of artists. The magazine is well worth a read, not because of my work but because there are some stunning pieces of work in there.
Off to create more art. :-)


Monday, 18 May 2015

Steve Morovek

Steve is an online friend from Canada. We are both on the same digital art course. As part of our course materials we are given photos to use. The photos of the people we have been given so far are all females - usually naked or not far off. I wanted to try my hand at using a male in a piece of art work so Steve kindly donated a photo of himself for me to try my hand with. This is what I did.

This was just a crazy, fun piece to do.

This photo I love. Steve looks so thoughtful.
Off to play with the last photo.
Bye for now!

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Cotswolds continued....

I have managed to do a couple more pages of our Cotswolds holiday. So far, I've only managed to actually do the photos from Broadway> I didn't realise I'd taken so many photos.

Chipping Camden next I believe.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Cotwolds Holiday

I am waaaaay behind with scrapping my holiday photos. So, I'm on a mission to do at least some of them every week. Not in any particular date order. Just as I feel like doing them.

These are a few from our long weekend in May 2011. We went down to the Cotswolds and stayed not far from Broadway.

Here is the first page.

And an artsy piece using one of the photos.
Off to do a few more. bye for now.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Gnomeo, Gnomeo....

Just a random digital scrap of my garden gnome called none other than Gnomeo. He needs a girlfriend called Juliette I think.


Sunday, 26 April 2015


I am very slowly managing to scrap some of my holiday photos. In no particular date order, just as and when the mood takes me.

This is a collage from an afternoon's walk along the Llangollen Canal at Whixall, North Shropshire. Lovely area and very peaceful. I wouldn't mind a canal holiday up there. The date of this walk was 22nd May 2011 so very nearly four years ago. Time flies.



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