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Butterflies and Bows

This week has been a real struggle and my emotions have swung from a complete melt-down on Monday, when I truly thought I was heading for hospital in-patient treatment to a mini-high on Wednesday when I thought I’d cracked this latest episode of depression only to dip again yesterday. Depression can be a roller-coaster of a ride and I have certainly experienced the very lows and some mediocre highs over the last few days.

I have committed myself to going back to work on Monday. I am not 100% yet but I have to make the effort and start to get back into routine. It will be tough. Very tough, but fortune favours the brave and I am determined to challenge this illness as best I can and I need to be back with my friends and colleagues.

In the meantime, I have been trying  very hard not to sleep during the day in preparation for the long days ahead. I have kept busy without exerting myself too much and although I feel exhausted, I know I must not give in to the fatigue without a fight. A regular sleeping pattern must be established if I am to return to work successfully so no midday naps allowed!

Instead, card making has taken priority today, and another design inspired from an article in Craft Stamper.

Butterflies and Bows.

Butterflies and Bows

Butterflies and Bows

Gorgeous.

Imago

I have been very busy the last 2-3 weeks. Plenty of little creative projects keeping me busy on my travels like my patchwork quilt, knitting and crocheting poppies for friends and family, making special occasion cards and reorganising my stash.

However, my main preoccupations have been losing weight/getting fit and securing myself a new job.

I can say that I have rejoined Weightwatchers and lost 3lbs in my first week-a solid start to my latest campaign but I can’t say anything about my new job yet other than I am incredibly excited and thrilled to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to start on my new journey. It looks like this won’t be until January but that gives me some time to prepare as best I can, and get organised.

It will be a huge challenge, but I love a challenge!

Go me!

Butterfly bag

This is my latest work in progress. Not quite what I envisaged but there is plenty of time yet to fiddle about with the design so that I get a decent finished product.

I bought the bag from Aldi yesterday, a bargain at £4.99 and perfect for experimenting with stamping onto canvas. I had to prime the surface with gesso first and painting the butterflies has been much more difficult than I anticipated. There have been several moments when it almost ended up in the bin….BUT as I keep telling myself, “there are no mistakes in art” and “if you never make mistakes, you never make anything” so I will keep going and see what I end up with.

The colour of calm

With the onset of autumn I feel much calmer, more in control and most of all I feel optimistic for the first time in months. I believe that I have the ability to change my life into a place I want to be and I am at last confident that all will be well in the end. But instead of feeling “blue” as in melancholy or unhappy, my particular shade of blue is one of calm and peace. As a result I have updated my Blog to reflect this new positivism using a photograph of a blue butterfly taken earlier in the year. Still and quiet this beautiful creature sat slowly folding its wings to a slow rhythmic beat whilst I watched, my eyes becoming heavier and heavier with each wave.

Even the names associated with shades of blue are somehow comforting. Azure, cerulean, cobalt, cornflower, cyan, indigo, midnight, sapphire and slate. Conjuring images of hazy summer skies, warm seas, spring flowers in cottage gardens, rainbows, moonlight and stars, rich jewels and cosy Cornish cottages.

I hope you like the new layout and fresh, calming blue.

I do 🙂

Blue-Butterfly Day

 

  Blue-Butterfly Day-Robert frost

It is blue-butterfly day here in Spring
and with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
there is more unmixed colour on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire

 



How to attract wildlife to your garden

Just this week, survey results revealed that man-made wild-life homes don’t work and can be a waste of money. So, if you have found this is the case in your garden, what can you do to make your garden more wild-life friendly? The following information and photos show you what I have done to successfully attract animals, birds and insects into my garden which makes it not just visually pleasing, but highly functional and a haven for a variety of species.

Hedgehogs

Meet Henderson our hedgehog. He has clearly shunned all man-made shelters in favour of the luxury pad he has found in the corner of my vegetable patch. And why wouldn’t he? This woodpile, created out of tree branches blown down in a gale, is enhanced by dry grape-vine leaves every year (and also some still-fermenting grapes which might explain his tottery progress round the garden occasionally) and this year, two old and woody discarded lavender plants. I challenge any hedgehog to find a warmer, more secure and fragrant nest this winter. All this comes with food on tap; frogs, slugs and plenty of woodlice to my knowledge. Perfect.

   

Butterflies & Bees      

     

Apart from the usual apple blossom, sedum, and buddleia’s which are particularly attractive to butterflies I also leave the nettle patch to thrive near the aforementioned woodpile as this encourages many species of butterflies. Bees arrive in droves, attracted by the lavender hedge, honeysuckle, cornflowers and teasles.  

Squirrels

Not everyone likes squirrels and wants to attract them to their garden. I personally find them fascinating to watch and currently have two regular visitors who thieve the bird’s peanuts from the various feeders spread around the garden. These are incredibly intelligent, determined and agile animals and however difficult I try and make it for them, they always get their nut rewards in the end. It is also funny to watch them dig small holes in the lawn and flower pots to bury their treasure and I quite often find monkey nuts and peanuts the next spring when I dig over the borders and replace compost in the pots. I do have squirrel-proof feeders as well which protect sufficient food to keep the birds happy.

Birds

Feeding birds during the winter months clearly attracts them to your garden and I supplement fat balls, peanuts and nyger seed by growing sunflowers and teasles which provide birds with fresh seeds in abundance. Plants and shrubs which produce juicy berries in the autumn not only add colour to your garden after the main flowering season is over but also provide a feast for the birds. Good choices are cotoneaster, berberis and holly. One word of advice in the autumn. Try not to park your car under trees, eaves or wires where birds gather. You are likely to come back to a car splattered with the rainbow-remains of these berries which can be hard to remove!

Not so obvious is the growing of pampass grass. Last spring I watched a family of sparrows strip four spears of pampas to feather their nest. It must have been like a down-quilt to them and their offspring and I hope they will be back next spring for more bedding. 

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Frogs & Pondlife     

I have a relatively small garden and therefore a huge pond was not an option. However, you don’t need a large pond to encourage frogs. My pond which is approximately 3 feet round, is full of frogs, with the surrounding marginal plants and lush foliage providing the shelter and damp conditions which slugs just love. Froggy-food by the ton!

  

The best thing about all this? Very little effort and expense for great rewards. Let’s hope it continues