Walking

One of the best things about living here is that I can walk out my front door and walk for miles in the most beautiful countryside.

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I do not as a rule take my camera or cell phone (unless I am expecting an important call) as they distract.

I thought every now and then as the season changes I would bring along the camera and share my walk with you. First I walk through the woods.

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Along the path by the wheat fields.

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Along the track to nowhere, it ends in the middle of a field.

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There is such an abundance of colourful wild flowers it is difficult to choose the ones to photograph.

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Even the man-made structures enhance the beauty of nature.

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I totally love the way the wheat looks fluffy and inviting, dont you want to just dive in?

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Along the track towards the farm.

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Cornflowers.

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The only piece of rubbish I came accross on my walk and even that was beautiful, I took it home.

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Cornflowers and dasies, my favourite.

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Silver.

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Back to gold.

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On my way home.

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A Scottish memory.

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Back along the track by the wheat field.

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Throught the woods.

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Along the new path I just made and got a very painful sting on the lip ( I looked like I had been in a punch up!) by a hornet whos nest I had disturbed,ouch!

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Then home.

Finally some flowers outside my studio.

I am so lucky to have all this and more just outside my door, the wonderful thing is it changes so much, it all depends on what the farmer grows, the weather, the time of day and my mood.

July

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July has been very hot and sunny one day then wet and cold the next, my sunflowers have loved it. I planted them beside the sweetcorn I am trying out.

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My son gave me teasle seeds from the Berlin botanical gardens along with giant grey thistle seeds.

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The bush rose is wonderful, I dead head it and it keeps on flowering!

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The perennial sweet pea is taking over the kitchen window.

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I love the colour of this poppy, it came in a mixed bag of HP seeds so fingers crossed it will survive the winter and I will get more.

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Purple and blue.

Pink and yellow.

Shades of white.

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Fluff helping with a photo shoot of a quilt!

Lizzie’s visit

My  dear friend Lizzie came to stay for a few days, I had plans to take her sighseeing all over the place but as soon as Lizzie arrived at the cottage she said I think I would just rather stay here so thats just what we did, the weather was fantastic and we spent the days, sewing, eating and relaxing, it was a super super time.

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Lizzie is an great artist so she spent time sketching the flowers and cottage. On the chair are some of the wall hannings we worked on. Lizzie is a wonderful story teller of traditional Scottich tales. http://www.tracscotland.org/tracs/storytelling/directory-of-storytellers/…/lizzie-mcdougall.

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I did take her to Ronde to see an open air theatre I thought she would be interested in, she works a lot with the Highland Shakespeare Company  https://www.facebook.com/thehsc.eu/.

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We also went to see some barrows, burial mounds and a long barrow.

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I had such a lovely time with Lizzie I was really sad to see her leave, I hope she comes again soon.

Christmas in June!

I was invited to go to a Christmas party in June! Its just something Danes do, have a super  Christmas party for all their friends in June, Christmas is very much a family affair and the weather is usually pretty bad around Christmas time so they leave off haveing a big party until the summer, makes a lot of scense to me. It was great fun and was held in a lovely old barn.

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Poppet

Poppet has grown into a beautiful cat, she was found abandoned in the village, starving and covered in ticks and fleas 2 years ago. Just look at her now!

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She is the sweetest cat.

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A great mouser.

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Comes in every night.

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Is a daft as a brush, still a kitten at heart.

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And makes me laugh every day!