1.28.2016

Challenge #252 - Tangle within a Tangle

It's been a few months since I've participated in one of the diva challenges but today I had enough of a reprieve from helping John put up the framework for his new shed to check out what was happening this week.

The theme? Use a tangle as a string and then draw a tangle inside it.

Here's mine:


A single line of Heartswell forms the string, I then filled sections with Jonqal.

It didn't come out quite how I wanted, but that's the way it goes. I feel like some of my linework is a bit clumsy - not only haven't I really drawn much for a couple of months, I'm getting used to drawing with new glasses - my first set of multifocals - they make me feel old. haha. If you're shortsighted like me, it's such an insult to wear glasses (almost) your whole life and then have your reading vision go on you eventually too! Really not fair at all!

hx

1.19.2016

A super-quick post that morphed into a really long one.........

Happy New Year everyone! I love a new year! Fresh and filled with so much potential! I always feel so excited and full of energy for the year to come! Not only that, I feel strangely compelled to use exclamation points excessively!!!!! Don't worry, this will settle down as the year continues on.

So, firstly......here's a couple of quick Moleskine journal drawings. 



What I love about drawing in my little Moleskine journals is that I just start off with a random shape (the circlet of flowers in the top drawing & I can't remember where in the second), then I just do whatever. Nothing is preconceived. They can end up as a disaster, or something great (usually somewhere in between), but the result really doesn't matter - it's just a way to relax and let it happen.

This has been about it on the drawing front over the last month or so. It's been so hot here that I haven't been doing much else than keeping the garden alive and surviving. My brain pretty much turns off at 30degC.

So, what else has been going on.........(you may find this long and boring).......

On the blog:

I sent out a survey to subscribers a few weeks ago and I want to thank everyone who took the time to complete it - you're all brilliant and so, so helpful in helping me with my planning for 2016 - I've got lots of fun ideas percolating that I really want to make happen this year. Soon I'll be posting responses to a few comments that came up consistently in the feedback, too. Thanks again!!!

You may notice that I've had a bit of a blog redesign? I've pared back to a more minimalist look and even updated my photo - this one's a little more recent, but I need to work on getting one from this year. I do like the lime green on the hat I'm wearing, though :)

I've also added a TERMS OF USE page tab up the top. I've tried to avoid this for ages, but as I get lots of questions about using my work in various applications I really needed something there. I hope this will clear up any grey areas and answer questions. Anything I haven't covered, or you don't understand, please do not hesitate to contact me as I'm sure there are ways it can be improved and I can only do so with your feedback.

Around the farm: 

As I mentioned this Summer has been hot, hot, hot. And, as you all know - I do not cope well in the heat as it means a constant battle to keep the gardens alive. Not only has it been super-hot - Summer started here for us about 2 months early - we had total fire bans and bushfires back in September........seriously.

The hot Spring/Summer has meant more than me being unable to fully function, we only put away about 1/3 of the hay that we usually produce and the paddocks are very, very dry. This has meant that the sheep have had to be reduced from 8 to 4 and we've had to drop the number of cows by 5. We managed to sell two adorable calves and a heifer to a neighbour so I am happy knowing that they are close by and I can see them when I drive past. Unfortunately this has meant that when the weather has been still, their mamas have been able to hear them calling to them. It's been a noisy couple of days, but everyone is settling down now and this is by far a better option than sending them to market. Fingers crossed that Autumn will be wet and warm and the grass will make a comeback so our girls and boys can put on lots of condition before Winter.

What else am I doing this year besides drawing and blogging?

This year is going to be pretty amazing for me as my youngest child turns 18 in a few weeks and is legally able to drive solo here in Australia - she is booked in for her driving test the morning of her birthday. We're both looking forward to the freedom - Erin because she can go where/when she wants. Me, because after 26.5 years I do not have a dependant child. I'm excited!

Besides lots of garden and farm related stuff going on, I'm studying again this year - I am doing both a second PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate), and taking eight tertiary units to fill some skills gaps in the first half of this year in order to commence a Diploma in Graphic Design in August.

Just for fun, I'm also about 25% through an online course that I want to complete over the next 3 weeks, and John and I will be teaching some permaculture related courses and hosting a couple of farm tours. I also want to try and squeeze in a blacksmithing course this year if I can.

It's going to be a busy, busy year. But, you know what? Life is short - you've got to cram it all in, you know?

I want to share a couple of photos of my bee garden with you. The first quarter of the garden was put in early Spring, then the greenhouse was added and the second quarter prepared and partially planted out. I still have the fernery, pond and grass/hydrangea area to complete, but it's pretty wonderful so far. I love, love it and so does Ollie, where else would he be but hiding behind the catmint? Bella loves sleeping in the seedling trays in the greenhouse :)


Compared with these photos (below) from mid-November - it's a big difference in just over two months.


























If you made it through this post, I'm pretty sure that you deserve a medal or something :) I hope your Summer (or Winter) is fabulous, and I'll "see" you on the other side of the hot weather!

hx