Sunday 24 April 2016

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Hi there, I hope you are having a lovely Sunday :) I have had a wonderful day - pottering in the garden this morning and painting this afternoon.

I have grown lots of plants from seed this year - veggies including lettuce, runner beans, dwarf french beans, peas, tomatoes, sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, courgettes and spaghetti squash. Flowers including sunflowers, rose campion, nicotiana, chrysanthemums, scabious and zinnias.

As I don't have a greenhouse, they have completely taken over my conservatory (well...I say conservatory but it's more of an unheated lean-to on the side of the house!  Finally it is almost time to move them outside so we can reclaim the shelving space, so they need to be 'hardened off' by taking them outside for a few hours everyday for a couple of weeks before planting. They weren't at all happy about their first outing yesterday and were very droopy and sad looking, but perked up again when I brought them back in. They didn't seem to mind so much today :)

My husband was busy stringing solar powered fairy lights around the garden ready for early summer evenings sat outside with my crocheting and a cup of rose tea watching the sun set :)  I can't WAIT for barbecue season!

And this afternoon I have been trying my hand at watercolour painting. I finally finished my painting of a bridge along the Brecon and Monmouth Canal just outside Crickhowell:

And then I got started on an addition to my planned collection of knitting and crocheting artwork. I made some lino prints of Stocking and Garter Knitting Stitches earlier in the week and today I have done a watercolour of a crocheted granny square in the making with a couple of balls of yarn.

I'm not sure if they are any good or not - it's quite scary displaying your artwork for all to see and criticise. I have put them both up for sale in my Etsy shop and will see if they receive any interest.  It's something I really enjoy doing so I am hoping someone will like my work!

Well, it's early evening here now and I am going to get back to working on my Sugar & Spice Crochet rug.  It's really cold tonight and according to the Countryfile weather forecast I could be waiting for some time for those summer evenings crocheting in the garden with a cup of rose tea! Bye for now.

Love & hugs
Claire Clutterbug xx

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