My little back garden is overflowing with climbing roses – Alchemist, Albertine, Metanoia and two Dreaming Spires!
Those, together with the Honeysuckle, Lavender and Mock Orange, make just nipping outside to my dustbin a hazardous experience for me with my sensitivity to perfumed flowers!
But that doesn’t stop me enjoying this time of year when all my favourite flowers are valiantly blooming in spite of weather that would be more typical of November! The view of the Albertine from my dining room where I work is magnificent at the moment, even through the tightly closed French Doors!
So here’s a ‘Rose’ repeating pattern I created for a June Birthday Card:
And it fits quite well on these newly launched ‘Accessory Bags’ –
But I think I like this little ‘pitcher’ best of all.
I’ve taken nearly a week off for my birthday! My son came down from York and spent a lot of time 'spring cleaning' my computers and setting up my new A3 scanner for me so this is as far as my next design has progressed – the tracing paper stage:
I’m tempted to try this out in soft pastels to get a furry effect for the squirrel's coat; though I might have to wear a mask to stop the pastel dust getting up my nose!
The squirrels in our local park are the grey variety but in the course of googling 'squirrels', I discovered that there are still some of the red, native variety left in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Wight (where I was born). There are also some in a kind of 'reserve' in the North of England but sadly the virus carried by the grey squirrels has managed to deplete their numbers.
While I was writing this, my daughter, Louise, sent me a some photos of a family visit to their local Art Museum (in Sweden).
Here’s Hafsah, my only granddaughter (six grandsons!) ‘having a go’!
Apparently the visitors’ artistic endeavours will be displayed in a local hall at Christmas and Hafsah added the price she expects to sell hers for!
I’m really, REALLY hoping that she somehow manages to hang on to that precious confidence!