Sunday, 1 December 2019

November Favourites

November was a pretty busy month, but I have a few cards I really liked to show at the end of it.
And one photo I took in the middle of the month, meant to upload and never got round to it - a lovely burst of autumn colour. We had a lot of dull grey days and a lot of rain, but when the sun did shine, the colours were beautiful.

This one was inspired by a shop window display in a florist's near work which I saw last year.

 And this one came about because I had been using bubblewrap with Brusho powders the week before, and a bit of the leftover piece made me think that in black, it would work well to echo the keys on this old typewriter. Sometimes I regret not keeping one of the ones I used to have, but then I remember how much effort it took to strike each key - especially the ones calling for the little fingers - and I am glad that modern keyboards are so much easier.

The header photo was taken in the park on a December day in 2017, I couldn't find any suitable photos in my files from last year. 

Friday, 1 November 2019

October Favourites

October seems to have vanished in the twinkling of an eye. I do have a few photos that I have meant to upload and not found the time...
This month's header is a photo taken in Phoenix Park two years ago - last November was very thin on the ground in terms of photos. From the number of cranes, it's obvious that the recession is over. I like the city views from the park. Even though it was a very overcast morning, I was able to enjoy them when I took an early lift into work with C this morning.

I also haven't had a lot of card making time this last month, but on the either hand I do really like a lot of what I managed to make.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

September Favourites

A good few favourite cards from last month - and a header photo from our visit to Giverny last October.

Monday, 23 September 2019


I liked the contrast of the white Cosmos against the green leaf - which is one of those tall decorative lily-type things, I can't think of the name. The ones in the Botanic Gardens were all orange, the ones we've seen in France tend to be a deep crimson.

(testing a new gadget on the blog)

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Floral Utility

A couple of weeks back I walked home through the park to take a couple of photos for a Flat Stanley project for someone. By the time I got to the park gates (well past the point of no return in terms of getting the bus), it started to rain. So I stopped for a few minutes to shelter till the worst of the shower was over. This utility box is just between the courthouse and the park gates. There were several more showers, but luckily not when I got to the point where I had planned to take photos.

I got my Tyvek out again and made this - I have another piece painted and sitting on the desk waiting to heat and then see what it will become. 

Sunday, 15 September 2019

More autumn colour

A quick look at the forecast and Saturday promised to be a lovely sunny morning - at least as far as current weather conditions go. So we set an alarm, got up in good time and took a visit to the Botanic Gardens.  Disappointed in the sculptures compared to previous years, but that wasn't why we had gone - we certainly enjoyed the rich colours and the warm sunshine. Today, in stark contrast, has been grey and drizzle or downright rain all day. We're glad of our dose of sunshine yesterday.

The bracket fungus looks like the porch for a little fairy house, I thought. And C thought the colchicums were so pristine that they were one of the sculptures.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Autumn Colour

We've had a prolific "crop" of Chinese Lanterns this year. I've started picking them and bringing them in.  It was hard to find anywhere to put the vase to take a photo - it's actually in the window, but that made them backlit. C was trimming back some of the hedges today, so I stuck in a couple of branches of hawthorn berries too.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

August Favourites

Quite a lot of my favourite cards for August are Christmas cards, as I focussed on getting back on target with my monthly quota, which had lapsed ever since I had the flu back in the early Spring.
Since we're into autumn - noticeably chillier mornings and longer evenings here, I'm going to include a couple of them in my picks for the month...
Now I just have to find that mislaid "Silent Night" stamp!

This month's header photo was taken in the Botanic Gardens last September - so I had plenty of choice.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Seen Around Town

I spotted this utility box art a couple of weeks back, when I was walking to get the coach down to Cork. It used to be much more of an abstract pop-art design. This new one is much more appropriate, as it's outside Smock Alley Theatre,  converted from a 19th-century church building, incorporating structural material from an 18th-century theatre building, and built on the site of the 17th century Theatre Royal, Dublin.

This is the mural that used to be on the side wall of a building I often pass on the way to work,
there are a few photos of it as a work in progress in THIS post from last year. 

Since the new Roe & Co microdistillery opened in the old Guinness power plant building, it's been replaced with this bird's eye view of Dublin.

You can see the Pigeon Chimneys on the left - the photo below shows them from the ferry as we left Dublin this summer. The building under them is the new distillery. I assume the river is the Liffey running through. The tall building is St. Patrick's Tower, as shown in THIS post

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Fota Arboretum

C was away for some days - he left on a Friday morning, so that afternoon after work I got the bus down to Cork and spent the night with my sister - we had planned an outing to Fota Arboretum. We did have a couple of showers, but nothing that we couldn't shelter from under the trees. It was a lovely day out.

Here's a link to the album with most of the photos I took, I'm just uploading a select few here. We visited the formal gardens first. Not so formal now as they would have been in their heyday, there were four patches of wildflower meadow set into the lawns.
I was totally fascinated by the way the fronds of the cryptomeria seemed to start out almost fused, looking like a sponge or a coral, and then opened up.