Friday, March 02, 2012
Dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening
And live like it's heaven on earth.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Pink ink heart Valentine zentangle I made for my DH...that's supposed to be us in the middle...lol...
I like to zentangle, I find it very relaxing and I can watch telly at the same time.
You don't need to be artistic, just do whatever you fancy...it's a glorified doodle really but I enjoy the challenge of trying to create something a little different each time...and I like to make up unusual names for the pieces I've created.
Sometimes I'll give them as presents or cards but mostly they're just in an old briefcase and I look at them from time to time.
All you need is black and coloured ink pens, some pieces of card, I often use the backs of old christmas cards unless it's for someone, and away you go.
Each shape is filled with whatever little design you create, tiny circles, crosses lines, dots...the list is endless.
When it's round and black it's traditional and is called a mandala but really you can just do whatever you want.
I like black traditional ones best but sometimes I inject a small amount of colour to them or else do the whole thing in a colour, what ever I feel like at the time.
Here are a few of the many I've created:
Black ink swirl zentangle
a touch of blue and pink
This one's in black, silver and gold, it doesn't show up too good here but the shape was inspired by a documentary on dinosaurs
I like this pattern, I use it a lot often in different colours
Not real keen on this but I never throw anything away, just learn from them!
This is the first one I ever created, it's a coloured mandala
If you want to see more with better detail you can click on this link then click on my 'zentangles, mandalas, doodles (set) in blue writing, then click it again, you can then click each each thumbnail to view on large.
Monday, February 27, 2012
We walked around Scarborough mere on Sunday afternoon.
A remnant of a larger body of water which surrounded Oliver's Mount, it now covers sixteen acres and is owned by the Scarborough Angling Club.
It was windy and very chilly but enjoyable non the less.
My arthritic knee has been playing me up so we only did three miles, I find if I push it I can get relief the next day. I enjoyed the walk but paid for it overnight with a lot of aching though this morning it's a lot easier.
The dried brown grasses and sedges at the waters edge were beginning to show signs of green shoots at their bases, the iris were pushing out shoots and the hazel catkins were swaying in the wind.
There were a few hardy anglers, bundled up to the nines, either sitting in their little green tent structures or else huddled in their chairs and braving the wind. They didn't seem to be catching much and some were already packing up while others just looked positively fed up!
There were a few families out for a stroll in the fresh air, exuberant children feeding the ducks and running riot amongst the bushes, letting off steam whilst indulgent parents ignored them and walked arm in arm under the trees.
Some of the waterfowl were already pairing up, the crested grebes were doing a display dance but others were still in family groups.
The geese seemed to be pairing off, they weren't all together in the huge flocks they arrive in and there were lots of herring gulls taking a vacation from the seaside.
There were a few despondent looking snowdrops but no spring colour to speak of except a few buds on the flowering currant bushes and the odd red viburnum berries the birds had missed.
Here are a few pictures:
A male Canada Goose asks a lady to take a stroll...
She agrees and he trumpets his glee to the world!
A pair of Embden Geese with a juvenile
A flotilla of Embden Geese go past
A pair of Greylag Geese, I love the way he's balanced on one leg!
Who're you looking at?
His beak is a beautiful colour.
A Mute Swan's feathers are ruffled by the wind
A white Pekin drake and his Mallard duck...a pairing of different species
A lovely young birch tree, delicately silhouetted against the sky, is endowed with witch's besoms. They're caused by a virus or fungal disease and don't do the tree any harm.
An angler, bundled up against the biting wind, waits for a nibble!
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