Sunday, 5 June 2016

birds & bees in the garden

walk in gloomy woods last thursday

bumblebees are very busy in this birdhouse, they are pretty messy, or perhaps it isn't quite as messy indoors as it is on the outside; they're pretty territorial and defensive as I have most recently experienced first hand: I was drilling a shelf unit to the lean-to which itself it attached to the studio and I can only assume that the drilling tremors were cause for their watchmen to search me out as I was ruthlessly targeted and got stung just below my left eye; I never knew bumble bees could sting...there you go, serves me right for being so ignorant; luckily the swelling wasn't too bad and with a generous dollop of arnica I lived to tell the tale



 many drop dead on the path, they differ in size and I suppose in function, I don't really know that much about bees so cannot tell you more; two other birdhouses are occupied by actual bird families, on the studio wall a tomtit family and in the other box a great tit family, this box is arguably not in the best place, however it was meant as a temporary measure. By the time I did get round to screwing it back onto a wall I discovered the family had already moved in; the mums and dads are working over-time keeping the young ones fed, you can hear the chicks tweeting non-stop









 I too have been busy in the garden, as per usual several projects all at once, I won't bother you with all of them (today at least, maybe I'll change my mind later)
have sown many different kinds of seeds in the front and back garden and so far not a lot has emerged, the optimist in me recommends waiting patiently, the impatient part of me has decided more seeds need to be sown and so it was I ordered woad and tea herbs a week ago; amongst the most recent endeavours this pot with the woad seeds and in the earth just next to the new deck, on the southfacing side; fingers crossed I'll one day be using my own plants for blue dyes*....on the other side of the deck some of the tea herbs will hopefully appear one Summer morning, offering colours and scents as one sits bleary eyed sipping one's first cup of coffee. I have started another garden diary, detailing what was sown when and where; if this sounds organised do not be fooled, for many earlier attempts have petered out after initial enthusiastic beginnings
* which reminds me, I still have to find out how to use the tara powder as a mordant for plant fibres!

painting again! the eastfacing wall on our new deck; after encouragement from our eldest son and a dear friend I decided I would indeed and so bought tester pots of wall paint and several large brushes; my friend suggested I paint what I would 'normally' paint on a much smaller scale: tree dog hare bird and so it begins





 this may not look like a big deal, but it so is; I will explain, I had kind of lost interest in this large cloth, I felt uninspired and so stuck I couldn't even begin a new piece or finish anything else, all I could manage was the sewing together of the two layers....which is done now, bar a few spots; how to proceed? many ideas came and went and if I can't remember something it probably wasn't worthwhile, duh. Today I was thinking of printing with the lino cuts or drawing on it, but that just didn't feel right; all of a sudden I did see what I had to do: sketch with thread, tada, so now I know how to continue


a cool evening walk was very pleasant after a hot and humid day


6 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i would have been happy to hear ALL of it, endlessly....and to
see your great self with the paint brush for the wall....how i
have your Air Tree here always just with me

seeds...waiting to see.....

i wouldn't have thought of that...arnica on the sting, but Of COURSE!
always think of it with ligaments, muscles, but tissue too.....so
THANKS for that.

and i am having a few blank days here, with stitching....just am kind of
well, blank. So i'll take your thread drawing as a Sign that it will all be ok any minute.

had thought about that earlier today in response to something someone said...how much goodness i receive just in hearing/seeing what's going on
in Our days...what are we Doing at our homes....it's just GOOD. Very Very
GOOD. Thank you for this post and i'll send good wishes to your bumblebees,
that they can feel peaceful.

Mo Crow said...

basking in the warmth of your summer garden!

Maria said...

that painted tree and you are from the same family
groetjes

Dana said...

I'm with Grace...I love the sense of walking with you through your day and your thoughts. The breakthrough on the large cloth feels like sun shining though the clouds.

Dee Mallon said...

I can't wait to see the large cloth again, am somewhat shocked it did not hold your interest... your art flows from pots to deck wall to cloth to dog walking... Nice to read your words again after a time away! (PS - still rockin' the bikini top!)

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

omg Grace, all of it, surely not! if I were to write a book and folks would have to pay, then I'ld know for sure it isn't quite as interesting as I sometimes like to think it all is here.

winter and cold down under, Mo?

yes, I believe we are Maria

am very relieved Dana, for the breakthrough

haha Dee, shocked indeed....that's how it often goes.....I start full of optimism and get-go....then things slow down (or come to a complete stand-still) and then just like that, through something I might have seen in somebody ele's blog, or on the street or in a dream, I become re-inspired and see new possibilities, tada and charge forward once more!