Nearly every evening we wandered down to the shore for a little walk to end the day, just as we would on holiday. I play a game, what would you think if you arrived here for your holiday, what do you think of the meals, what would you think of this view and so it goes on....... and the answer is.... I am absolutely content here on my holiday.
There really is no need to be anywhere else with beautiful sunny days. We ate outside, we read books and magazines, listened to music and relaxed. It looked like a page out of country living, cushions and chairs and afternoon tray of tea and cake. The birds sang and hopped around the garden, sweet scents drifted through the air and my thoughts were of my mum and dad and days like this. Dad in the garden pottering in the greenhouse, mum picking sweet peas and roses to put in the house and her coming out with a huge tray of home baked cakes. A little den with sheets over the wooden clothes maid for the little ones with drinks and cakes in their secret place. It is always nice to have a secret place.
I had time to watch the birds, the bees, the butterflies and to listen and notice things growing. I slowed down time, the days were long and I really was on a holiday. Ice cream with strawberries and raspberries, cool drinks and cups of tea and fresh salads all contributed to the feeling. I noticed the shadows of leaves across the ground and cast over my drawing board. I caught images of light on leaves, branches moving in the breeze and tentacles reaching out to wrap around. I saw tiny pink caterpillars slowly lower themselves down from the honeysuckle on a tiny silk thread, reach the ground and at great speed walk towards the ivy. How do they know all these things, when to drop, where to go and what will this tiny creature transform into? I saw the spider webs twinkle in the sunlight and watched the poor flying objects as they became trapped and tried to wriggle free, tangled themselves up in the web to end up as the next meal!
I won't go into the creatures, we did find solutions to stop finding them in our drinks and stop wondering whether it was a harmless petal or leaf or something with legs that just dropped onto my neck! I also had quite an assortment of red spots and bumps each night, heat spots or bites or too many soft fruits?
So what I really wanted to say is that we had a great holiday. Today it seems such a long way away, just as it always does when it is pouring down, low clouds and no views. You walk up the garden path and brush your legs against wet branches and get a soaking off the ivy as each leaf fills like a cup of water.
So glad I made each day count.
We wandered around the little lanes and I found the hedgerow had been cut back and now revealed so many of the Lords and Ladies. One of my favourite subjects to draw.
I ended up picking up a big bag full of the ones which had been chopped down. My pleasure at finding all these to draw, they are such fascinating plants and last year it was almost impossible to find them.
The fleshy stalks do not like the wet ground and rot and collapse under the weight of the berries. I was sad that these had been chopped but pleased to be able to collect them to draw as they were just changing from green to orange. I have to confess when they reach the stage of bright red glossy berries I really love them and have many examples of them from past years. I am working in a long zig zag book and recording as many as I can.
Longing for the red berries and as I now know where there are some fantastic green ones, just hope they manage to survive the rain and grow on to that stage with glossy red berries that I can then add to my book.
Talking of orange and red we have enjoyed some amazing sunsets.
I don't think I really do them justice with my photographs but I will share some with you.
Hope you enjoyed the summer days too, it certainly makes life seem so much better.
I had lots more photographs but it has already taken me hours to post, we are having big problems connecting to the Internet!
Thank you as always for your comments, I love to read them. Millyx