Friday, 12 June 2015

Excitements of the week.

Got my very own Kim and Aggie.

Remember them?  For readers overseas these two did a t.v.  programme,  I think it was called 'How Clean is Your House.'  

Well mine wasnt. The Dawn Patroller does loads in and out of the house. But there is a limit.  His was above floor level.

So I was banished down the shed while my two ladies got stuck in for two hours.  Henceforth it will be an hour a week.  I returned to find everything gleaming. Although I did have to open all the windows and doors to get rid of the perfume of Stardrops.  We did examine closely the ingredients as they left the almost empty bottle.  I will eventually get round to googling the ingredients as I didnt do chemistry at school, but the perfume was a very large percentage ingredient.  We are used to white vinegar and borax here....

While they were beavering away in the house I sat down the shedudio.  I did some painting.

My granddaughter is into elephants so this is on the drawing board.

As is this one of PuffinsI always have a few on the go as I get frustrated waiting for the paint to dry.

But this one is finished.  Wren Family.

In September I am taking part in NEOS - North East Open Studios.  Solo.  In the shedudio. Scary.  

So I am, in between -painting - tweaking.  Trying to make it ok for visitors....

 This is the back of the shedudio.  I managed to (nearly kill myself) haul this huge mirror to behind the sink and reflect a bit of light back. I cleaned the mirror too. But not yet around it!

Later in the day I was out at one of the art groups and on coming home came across something similar to this.

 Got the photo off tinternet.  Our roads dont have white lines.  But you get the idea.
Other cars were driving past the poor beast.

So I turned off up another lane to the farm.  

"Take it home, chop it up and eat it." was the laid back response.
Howsomever one very glamorous attractive young lady came and rounded it up and announced , "I think its lambing."

One never gets bored living here.

The Dawn Patroller also had a surprise this morning.

If anyone is surprised at him seeing a badger in daylight, we are nearing the longest day 21st June, so it doesnt really get dark.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Thought I better say I am still here.

Apart from being heavily involved -still - with yellow plastic ducks I am busy on other fronts.

All Saints Episcopalian Church at Strichen had its annual art exhibition.

It is a lovely wee church.  Balanced on all the ends of pews, on pews, on the shelf all the way around, up the pulpit and in front of the was packed with paintings and photographs.

I sold this one.

Stupidly sad to see it go!

I am now in the throes of arranging an exhibition.  This is our second which will be in Dalrymple Hall in Fraserburgh.  The three art groups who meet their weekly, at different times, together with the Photographic Society take over the hall for the weekend at the end of June.  Trying to sort out rotas, labels, hanging is a nightmare.

Here is me last year. And I still havent worked out how to have a wine glass holder on the 'chariot'......

Another Art exhibition looming at Mintlaw next week.

Oh - I have set on a pair of ladies who start next week cleaning our home.  My last experience of employing a cleaner was many years back when I worked full time.  Strangely there is a duck theme here too.  I had a collection of wooden ducks.  Over the weeks of her employment she managed to break off every beak from every duck.  Perhaps I should stick to plastic ones.

So I leave you with a photograph of a variety of signs down our lane with a yellow plastic duck in there somewhere. No prize for spotting it.

Although I would like to know what happened to the dead in the 19th century......