Monday, 28 July 2014
The only thing I have been keeping up with apart from the photography is The Documented Life Project and this is the latest page for my 2014 Moleskine planner. Our mission this week (no. 31) is: Create a pocket - fill it with treasure from your week.
gelli plate printed pages cut to size (approx. 4.3/4" x 8") and went hunting for a pocket. I found one in the shape of a library pocket which I picked up sometime somewhere. I added it to the page by sewing and then set to colouring it with Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell. I added rub-ons and the sticker from yesterday's garden visit. The page itself was enhanced with circular stickers bought from the Etsy shop of Roben Marie Smith, one of the organizers of The Documented Life Project. I added white dots and blue scallops around them to merge them into the background.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Newhall is very close to home, only about 10 minutes away. We have visited before but it has been quite some time since our last visit and specially the walled garden is looking much fuller and more delightful. I was very much taken by the plaque on the wall that reads: Soul, Life, Love, Soil, or in any other order if you prefer.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Vogrie House itself with a colourful garden around it. We didn't go inside to read up on the history as it was simply too warm but instead we set off on our walk.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Here are some more summer pictures. There is now such a wealth of flowers in our garden that the choice is not about finding pictures to take but rather which of the many photographs I'm taking to leave out.
Geraniums are perpetual favourites of mine, ever since reading The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge where one of the disputes is about pink geraniums. Read it if you want to know more, or read it anyway. It's an ideal book fot these perfect summer days.
As is the book I'm reading at the moment:The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift, about the making of a garden in Shropshire. It is about a lot more though. Beautifully written there is a sense of timelessness about it as well as an attachment to place.
I too am feeling more and more rooted in my own garden which is about the same size but much further up north and higher up. This book too should be read during hot summer days while savouring each word and taking time to contemplate the content. The book follows the pattern of the Books of Hours from the past and made me grab The Books of Hours by John Harthan from the shelves. I bought this book back in the late 70's when I had no garden of my own and no knowledge whatsoever of plants and flowers, making me wonder if some things are just meant to be. Do we have secret pre-knowledge of our futures?
I'm lingering over The Morville Hours, not wanting the experience to end, but fortunately Katherine Swift has written another book: The Morville Year , to which I will progress when ready. And a third book is promised!
I have decided to have a holiday while this wonderful weather lasts. So I won't beat myself up about writing less here and instead concentrating on images, and also commenting less on the Blipfoto site. Instead I will be soaking up the sunshine both physically and mentally, and storing it up for the colder times ahead. So I'm making merry! Hope you're doing the same.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Printagram) as it seemed appropriate to the garden centre visit and added the small picture stickers to the bottom (also by Printagram). I found the word Staycation in the newspaper magazine on the day and that seemed appropriate for this week. I used my sewing machine to adhere things (my glue stick ran out) and also to outline the edges of the page.
Blip from that trusty lay-by (where I haven't been for ages now) should that happen but no blog post will appear. Hopefully though all will be well!