Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lounging Lizard

About eight or nine years ago I visited a magical garden owned by a couple of retired art teachers.  They open their garden up every year for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.   Every year I go back, and most years I introduce a friend to this garden, it’s so beautiful.  When I leave I’m usually full of ideas about how I can do this and that in my garden.  A short drive from their Eden is a garden centre so I usually stop off and buy one or two plants and dream of what might be.

stairsA couple of years ago I bought a chunky piece of slate on my way home and imagined how a lizard would look sunning itself on it.   I’ve kicked around with ideas on what to mosaic it with but thought it would be different if I used stones.


I’ve grouted it and varnished the stones to bring their colours out and now just have to find somewhere sunny to place it.


“Her name was Lola ……….. ”

Lola 19.5.14

I’ve never met this cat and have only just found out her name.  It’s quite hard to see the detail of a black cat in a photo, so I found this quite hard to paint.  Still, I hope I’ve managed to capture her personality ……… she doesn’t look as ‘lively’ as my black cat!

Photography course

Last year for my Birthday my children bought me a voucher for a photography course.  The courses on offer were varied and all over the country, but I chose one in Brighton.  Yesterday I got up early (for me!) and headed off to the coast.   Having hung onto the voucher for nine months I’m so glad it was a lovely sunny day.

Brighton beach

Gull's head

Wheel & Pier

Tarot caravan

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Barbed railings

Hendrix Ewok

Brighton Station

I had a great day and learnt a lot of new skills.  It’s going to take a while for my brain to process everything, but I hope to get out with my camera again soon and put in some practice!