.the moon. Watching clouds sweeping across her at 3 in the morning !!

.all the lovely people I have in my life who regularly make me laugh . 

. the smell of my dogs neck ! 


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.collograph and relief printing . Great for random textures and backgrounds . I have really lost myself today in sticking glueing and printing fun .

. Rediscovering the beauty  of Unison soft pastels . 

. Sleep 


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.the wonderful opportunity to watch a mother hen hatching two baby chicks .Jess named one of the chicks Craig for some reason !mother and babies now at my pals house to join a new flock . 

.sometimes I think I love my dog too much then she does something else cute and I realise that’s not possible . 

. A temporary subsidence of negative mind talk . A chance to breathe !!! 




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I am going to double my gratitude by blogging again daily  at least three things I am grateful for ! When I can’t think of anything to be grateful for I am going to let the universe decide ! Like yesterday . I was walking the dog and I thought “what can I be grateful for today?” And as my mind is consistently throwing me negatives at the moment I also thought ( at the same time I might add) it’s all a total fraud this gratitude lark ! And then I saw a lark !!! Yes I did an actual Lark! This is not an uncommon sight in high summer on the old racecourse where they make nests on the ground and fly up as you approach with their unmistakable bubbling song. But it’s October ! And since the grass has been cut and the hay bales removed I’m surprised to see a Lark on the ground ! 

The day was sunny and I was thinking maybe the lark is going to build another nest ! But that would be a bad idea ! The timings not right at all ! A Lark shouldn’t get over enthusiastic about one day of bright sunshine ! 

Then I found this feather.

I couldn’t think what bird it might belong to so I picked it up and took it home to identify . I also found this  

It looks like a wheat flower . I liked it so I picked it up .

I have found out that the feather belonged to a greater spotted woodpecker 

I know this is not a greater spotted variety but it’s a woodpecker nonetheless and the message is so on track for me now.

And the wheat flower ? I will do some research and let you know . 

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Ttiagratefulft: 27.09.15

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…Labrynthitis is not a pleasant experience !….However …………..the organ responsible (inner ear) is a most beautiful structure, combining all the elements of design I love…spirals, hoops, spheres….I coloured my labrynth in with pretty colours and patterns to encourage it to stop vibrating in my head!!

…Reading the excellent book by Pete Mosley ‘The Art of Shouting Quietly’ it is so so inspiring and practical. I urge all my Artist friends and followers to get a copy right now!

One of the exercises encourages you to draw yourself as a stick of rock and think about what would be written through the core of you. I love this kind of exploration and it is just what I need right now. Thanks Pete!!!

…Sunshine…blue sky…still broody chicken !

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Ttiagratefulft: 16.09.15

. Friends , I have some lovely lovely friends . 

. The opportunity to raise some little chicks !!!! I have a ‘Broody’ and my chicken pal has some fertile eggs for her to hatch !!! So excited . 

.two of the most beautiful, smart, non conforming, rounded, gifted daughters  a mum could ever wish for !!!  


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Threetjingsiamgratefulfortoday: 6:08:15

.today the sun is shining and the sky is perfectly blue . 

.i had an hour to myself to draw chickens !

The smell of a gammon joint cooking !!  


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