Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Time warp...

Hi Everyone,
I thought I would be in the studio..... I thought I would have large blocks of quiet time this summer......

Well, that is what I get for 'thinking'.   Sweet Hubby is making a good recovery, but with six weeks on crutches....and no driving allowed (or much of anything else, except walking), I have lost all track of time and have little of it to spare.

One doesn't realize how much a mate helps around the yard, house, and neighborhood, until he can't help at all (can't even bend over or lift, at the moment).  

I am fairly certain, that this summer will not be a time for painting in the studio.  So, I am just going to pop in on occasion and let you know how we are progressing around here.
SW (that would be, "Sweet Hubby")is walking a mile a day now..... very motivated with the new hip.  

The smell of smoke is in the air, as we watch the skies around us from fires, both north and south of us.  We pray, daily, for rain, and hope that we get it without any lightening (which has started two of the fires....possibly more).  We are also praying for the firefighters, who are risking life and limb, to save people and property. 

On our other front (Florida),torrential rains have caused flooding and sinkholes all along the Gulf side.  It will take a lot of elbow grease and sunshine to clean up the mess that this tropical storm has created.  So, far, our kids are fine.

So, there it is....  

I will be back when I can. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

fluff piece

I find that my time is precious these days.  There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, which reminds me of a time when my boys were very little.  However, a friend had sent me a photo from a magazine, long ago, and it was the first thing that I sat down to copy after a long hiatus from the studio.  It's a "fluff piece", for sure, but at least I had some fun doing it and dusting off my drawing pencils.  Hopefully, I will be brave enough to dust off the paint brushes soon.

Back to work.... (and in my great wisdom, I decided to have a garage sale with my neighbor this weekend....I should be around the bend by the weekend!)

Summer Fluff!

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Friday!!!

It's back to work for me.
It's been a long, hard week for me...
and for my Sweet Hubby.
But he is doing well, and I am getting into the studio.

Here is more of a close up.
I think you can guess what I am working on.

We are looking forward to the weekend.  It's time for a small celebration, and "Father's Day" is just the excuse we need to kick up our heels (well, I won't go that far...).   We are planning to go to our favorite coffee shop this weekend and have an iced mocha...and if energy allows, on to our favorite book store.  Onward and forward..... Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there.... 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What to my wondering eyes should appear????

One of the last things we did in Omaru
was an expedition to watch the yellow
eyed penguins.  We waited  for 2 1/2 hours.
without a sighting.
We were chilled to the bone and ready to
leave when a local man stopped us.....

"If you can wait just 15 more minutes, you will see them"
This darling man of many years was a local that had come to see the Penguins every Saturday evening for his life time.
He had named all six of them and knew their habits.
So.... we waited....
And they started walking right out of the ocean, visiting with each other and waddling along in total comfort....


Once again the local man, came up to us, cautioning us to be quiet.  He then pointed to the grasses right below us.
Lo and behold, their was a yellow eyed penguin that had scaled the steep cliff and sat, not ten feet from us.  There, he would
rest for the night and his partner would join him.


That is about as good as it gets for us.

So, we left New Zealand on a high note.
Our heads were in the clouds!
What a magnificent country
What special people.
We could learn a thing or two from them
about kindness and caring...
helpfulness and sharing.
I am grateful for this journey.
(but. I was happy to sleep in my own bed, too!)


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last Day.....NZ

Aren't these magical, as well?
It's always something.... and these are the Moeriki rocks
which are naturally rounded by the water.
Sweet Hubby wasn't so impressed, but I certainly was....

How do they get to be perfectly round?
You just have to enjoy the beauty.

The beach wasn't too long, but the rocks
did continue for a bit.
I couldn't take these home....just too big!!

Then, on to Omaru, a small historic town
with an air of creativity all around.
There were bicycles to stores...
retro dress shops,  and even a steam punk museum
(a whole movement....might want to google it).

See..???  Steampunk HQ
It doesn't get better than that!!

Want to rent a rusty bike?? neither....but
the Historic District was a delight.

Tomorrow, ( I am a bit limited for time in the next few weeks...let's just say ' Next Blog' ) I will share the last and best magical moment of the last evening in Omaru.
Then we drove up to Christchurch; dropped the car off; took off for Sydney and then home to Colorado.  It's been a delight to share this with you and I continue to work on some art to share next week).

Hope your day is a good one!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

First Prize in my book

You may have noticed that I have been away for a week.  Sweet Hubby had a brand new hip put in to replace his old one.  The healing process will slow us down for a bit, and I may not get to the blog as frequently, but I am around, and when I get a minute, I will complete the last two posts of the New Zealand trip.  Then, it's back to showing some work that has been completed (yeah, I was surprised, as well...that I have gotten anything done this month...but I am working a tiny bit, when I can....)

Happy Saturday.... we are on the mend around here!

As we left Dunedin, early on a Saturday morning,
we stopped off at the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.
We were the only ones wandering in the upper gardens,
but as we made our way down the hill, we were able to
get a lovely view of the entire city.
I, especially, loved the cafe which was in the shape
of an umbrella (and where we enjoyed a delicious Breakfast)

The Green house was lovely, and filled
with ferns and also many cactus.

Every corner of this Botanical Garden had some surprise for us.
New Zealand prides itself on it's Botanical Gardens, as well
they should.  I have never seen as many beautiful examples
of garden design....any where.  That's not to say that there
isn't another wonderful spot on the globe that  doesn't have
wonderful gardens, as well.  This is just the best I have seen,
especially for the size of the country.

FIRST PRIZE: Botanical Gardens

Oh, and did I forget to mention.... the Aviary, tucked away on the hill.  The gardens cover several levels going up a steep hill...and at the top (near the upper parking lot), is
a magical spot with many rare birds of New Zealand (along with a lot of other beauties, not indigenous to NZ)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

....And there she is, tucked away
in a corner of the garden.
Alice... what a wonder land you live in!

I am just going to let you enjoy all the
plants and flowers that were tucked
through out this very well planned garden.

Time to meander.....


Friday, June 1, 2012

A Castle for Alice....

We made our way to Lanarch Castle, for lunch, and ended up spending three hours visiting the gardens.  The owners of the castle have trusted their gardens to several 'magicians', who have created a magical place.  They snuck in a theme of "Alice in Wonderland" and if you are clever and observant, you will spy the special treasures through out the flora.

I love nooks and crannies...
There were plenty of discoveries to be made
in the gardens.  Every corner surprised and
delighted us.

I couldn't believe the view from the hillside
of the Castle.  You could see for miles and miles.
More magic, is all I can say!

The 'Romantic' in me saw a wedding here.
It was foggy, but if you could see in the distance,
you would be thrilled by the hills across the water.

Looking back at the Castle from the front yard.
(Don't you have a front yard like this??)
Alice, where are you!

Well, I found her Chair,
or is it the Queen of Hearts?

.... and hiding in the tree, of course,
is the Cheshire cat.....

Where ever could Alice be.....?