Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tuesday 14th August - Here, there and everywhere

The son and daughter came on Friday evening for a long weekend (they are still here -the weekend ends tomorrow).

On Saturday, we went to the Kite Festival at Southsea Common. It took a fair bit of discussion before this plan was finally agreed upon; considerations such as what people would like to do, what people thought other people would like to do, what the weather would be like, was it ging to be too crowded, too hot, too far away, too -

It was good! To save crawling along the various roads looking for a parking space, we just drove straight to the Park and Ride, and took the bus that goes to Bus Station. It was a short distance but a long walk through the Gun Quays shopping centre, but we emerged without having bought anything except lunch.

The weather was grey, and occasionally showery, which, on the whole, is better than being blisteringly hot.

 Kites don't photograph very well on my phone.

Fortunately Himself had brought a real camera!

There was a lot going on - who would have thought of 'kite ballet' - surprisingly impressive. (This is a youtube from last year)

There's a lot more to see looking around Southsea and Portsmouth (not including the docks which are worth several trips in themselves). I remember the town featuring in the books by C S Forester, about the naval career of Horatio Hornblower having several scenes set in Southsea, still full of little old Naval Officers style homes. We were also very taken by the idea of a day trip by Hovercraft to the Isle of Wight!

Friday 10th August - More pictures

I did these two;

This is my version of that colour mixing exercise I mentioned in the previous post. I was a bit reluctant to stick the masking tape grid down too firmly, in case it ripped up the paper like the last time I used it. So quite a bit of pigment found its way underneath the borders!

This is a copy of a study in my main "text book" - the Collins Gem book of 10-minute water colours - using just one colour (Hooker's Green, in this case).

Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday 10th August - In and Out of the Garden - 4

The fence is complete

It looks a bit severe at the moment, and the neighbours are a bit thoughtful. It is several feet lower than the confers that they had before; I'm confident that we will get used to it in time...

See that lovely blue sky? It is now 4pm and it has been raining, pouring, Old Man Snoring sort of rain, most of the day. And it will do so again. Which month is this? I know it begins with an 'A' - April or August?

The white Japanese anenome, near the blue tub, has survived all the upheaval, I'm happy to see. I rushed out, and with the help of Himself managed to prop up the pink anenoesat the exteme left of the picture which were all flattened and despondent.

I sowed radish seeds at the beginning of the week - and look - they have come up already!

As well as sowing, I have been sewing. I have been eyeing up a linen tunic-top in Seasalt for some time, but it is £70 and I'm not ready to pay that yet. Maybe soon... but then I got hold of a linen-cotton remnant and have made myself a similar top for around £10, plus several hours, plus a few mutterings and blood stains.

It is remarkably difficult to take of selfie of NOT your face but here it is. I might add some patch pockets later on, but I have run out of time because the tribe are arriving for the weekend so the dining room table needs to be clear. Which it is - now.

I have also discovered how to sew 'bento bags' -  a Japanese thing. You need two strips of fabric, three times as long as they are wide, and you sew them together and do a sort of origami, and sew here, and there, and hey presto! The fabric strips I used were some scraps 12" by 36".

Perfect for wrapping up a small project. Or a small anything. I can see a whole load more of these happening soon. I found the pattern on another blog, and was a little mystified by her remarks about the cold weather, until I realised that the writer lives in New Zealand.

Yesterday I was on my own for lunch. When did I last have a boiled egg and soldiers? I can't remember. The egg was delicious - a blue-shelled one from Marks and Spencers.

I now have a couple of hours before everyone arrives. I shall untidy the dining room table and have a go at this; - painted by Rick Surowicz

Not sure how mine will come out!