Monday, 3 August 2015

End of July roundup - creations and trips out

August already and I'm noticing the shorter days and I feel like I haven't done much creative work recently so I just looked back to my photos and found a few bits I'd done in July.

Made a few more lavender wands.

I very quickly (hence the hand scribbled look) knocked up this 'transport' theme fabric design for a competition Print Me Pretty are having next week, I've called the design Motoring Sing a Long as I've popped some song titles onto the design. I've snook my own car on there and a few classic shapes, I always wanted a Citroen 2CV or a Morris Minor van so they are on but I did have an old purple Mini Clubman van at one stage which I loved, I realise now that I like vans better than cars!

I had some designs printed on to thick canvas as I'm making some mini messenger bags although they will probably be a bit more simple and like cross body purses when I get chopping and sewing.

That is the current creative doings.

It's fairly quiet on the wildlife front here, most of my bird friends have moved on or cleared off for a few months to do whatever they do before returning for food in winter. I only see one robin now and again.
However we did have something exciting a fortnight ago, a family of shrews. It was as if they had just popped out of the nest for the first time, tiny little velvety things sniffing around and hiding in the dead leaves. They were quite unafraid of us and standing on the patio they would run around your feet before taking cover again. You need to look closely on these pics as they were amongst a pile of rubble and wouldn't stay still for long. 
We had about 7 of them scurrying all over for a few hours one afternoon and the next day they were gone as quickly as they appeared, never to be seen again.

The strange summer weather has not made it very appealing for evening strolls this year. Probably only been out about 3 times but here are a few pics of Flamborough Head the other week and the lovely wild weeds and grasses.

My sister has been back in the country for a week doing some more hospital runs with my dad so we took her out for the day on Saturday for a change of scenery and some tea and cake! Our trip was not very far away, just over the Humber Bridge.

We went to the Ropewalk Gallery at Barton, it's always a nice place to have a potter around and enjoy the lovely treats in the cafe. New to me this time was a little sculpture garden with some of my favourite sculptural plants, the sea hollies and grasses and not sure what these quite vivid purple pods were.

I hope everyone has a lovely August and it turns out to be a good late summer.


greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lovely images from your walks Sally and I love your car print!:)
How exciting having a little shrew family visit, they are cute and what lovely little coats they have!
Fingers crossed for that late summer!
V x

Shaheen said...

Your photographs are all lovely Sally.

I don't think I've ever seen a shrew, so found that quite amusing. There's been a lot of bird action in our garden, but its really hard to get pics of them as they fly away. Hope August is a good one for you.