It's raining, it's pouring, the little dog's snoring... Oh, to be a little dog sleeping on a pile of cushions on this miserable, wet and rather scary windy day. Not that I want to be sleeping - I'd rather be outside in the garden looking at the Naked Ladies. The Amaryllis belladonna is a favourite of mine. They just magically appear as a stem from the ground and a few days later produce these stunning flowers. This one had 19 buds on the single head!
Hippotion celerio, a Hawk Moth caterpillar found world wide. This fellow delighted Eddie - as he moved the caterpillar to a safer place it reared up its head and enlarged the two scary pretend eyes on the back of its head. We were eating outside and the Magpies were watching with interest for any dropped scraps, and they would have made short work of our caterpillar, hence the move to a safer place.
Gordian Worms, harmless to humans, about 30cm/12", and they come out in the rain. So don't click on the link if you are having breakfast or are the least bit queasy about nature red in tooth and claw. There are two in this photo and look like thin spaghetti, only moving. Gosh, I love nature.
Keith Lo Bue's Waxed Linen Sailor workshop. I learned a lot but I only finished one piece. Several others are started, just waiting for me to act on them. This is a piece of very old bone which I covered in waxed linen thread in one of the patterns Keith taught us. I used my waxed book binding thread which has a very satisfying tension and really stays put. And I love the pattern.
Barry's work here. And here are just a few of Barry's items that I am treasuring. (Hoarding!)
Jody Alexander has inspired me. I love her books and her use of paper. Here is more about her.
And here are the school girls going off on the school bus. So brave, full of confidence. And the little girl is SO little. But just bursting to learn...
Michael De Meng, and I felt it applied to all of us who are artists, who love art, who wish to support arts and crafts. It's long but it's relevant, especially in NSW where art teaching is facing horrendous cuts. Michael gives some ideas about how to support art and he also lists people and places of importance to him in his artistic life.
I hope you got past the Gordian Worms.
My Peace Book Pendant made by Barry is inscribed "Peace is every step" which I think will be my mantra from now on, and that is my wish for you.
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