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Good weather for ducks

No matter how strongly the sun is shining, you know it’s only a matter of time before it starts raining again. After all, it is the Great British Summer!

Even as I write this, I’ve just had to dash outside to bring the sun lounger in. What started out as a glorious August morning has turned into an unpredictable day swinging between toasty sunshine and spots of rain. Oh well, it started brightly!

When I used to visit my Gran in the summer holidays, we’d look out on rainy days to see ducks merrily gliding along the river at the end of the garden. They’d be swimming along in the rain, diving in, in search of food or an unlucky holiday maker handing out bread under cover of a large umbrella. I’d huff and slouch my shoulders at another day wasted and my Gran would cheerfully say ‘well, it’s good weather for ducks.’

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So maybe, it’s time to stop frowning at the rain clouds and embrace the British weather.

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And perhaps, it’s also time to invest in a good anorak and wellies!

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Where has the time gone?!

Time passes in strange ways.

It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was celebrating the arrival of spring and getting excited about designing a few new cards for my etsy shop. Now its over two months later, I’m sat in glorious summer sunshine, that may or may not be here to stay, and I’m still yet to print my new cards!

Life, or rather work, seems to get in the way!

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Last week, I was in Denmark for work. It was lots of long days, laughs and walking in inappropriate shoes. After weeks of prep, it was over in a flash. I got to meet lots of lovely new people and explore a little bit of what seemed to be a beautiful and relaxed country.

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And so, I’m back home, lounging in the sunshine, getting ready for the next project and putting the final touches to my new cards. As a little sneak peak, here is one of my new wedding cards, soon to be stocked in my etsy shop:

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As a slight aside, a HUGE thank you to those of you who have bought my cards! I don’t think Clintons have anything to worry about at the moment, but it’s so exciting every time someone chooses to send one of my cards!

Recently, my sketchbook has been filling up with little characters such as the adorable little boy with his duck below. As you probably know, I love children’s stories and animated films, so hopefully, if enough little characters appear in my sketches, I’ll be that little bit closer to creating my own story.

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So in celebration of the arriving Summer, here is my Summer girl dreaming of days filled with daisy chains, adventures and ice cream. I hope the sun is shining where you are, as I’m planning on making the most of my time off in the sun and am heading out in search of a cornetto!

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Changing seasons

And so autumn has arrived, with more of a damp plop than a dramatic fanfare…

I love a bit of autumn, with it’s crunchy leaves and the perfect excuse to wrap up in a snuggly scarf, but I am not so keen on it rolling in with endless rain and drizzle in August. We should have had until September at least to enjoy the last of the sunshine!

Being back in the office has made me realise that time passes in a very strange way working from home, each day draws out for an eternity, but weeks pass by in a flash! It feels like so long ago that I was stretched out on a blanket on the lawn sketching, reading and taking endless photos of the cats, when in reality, it was maybe a few weeks ago at most.

Lounging at home with the cats I remembered the happiness illustrations I did last year and I decided on another one to add to the list:

lazy daysI cannot wait for the sunshine to come back and the day when I have a garden big enough for a tree and a hammock to enjoy it in – the luxury!

Weeks ago when it was still summer, I was making the most of the sunshine, raspberry picking with my Mum, where I was determined to hone my camera skills.

IMG_0267This lovely little bee seemed quite happy to pose for me in the flowers while I tried to find the right camera setting. I have a feeling it may have been a distraction technique while the surrounding wasps targeted all the raspberries we’d gathered and did their best to terrorise Mum.

We also stopped off at Happisburgh (that’s pronounces hays-bruh, for any non-Norfolk-folk) lighthouse on the way back

IMG_0270It was an amazing day with miles of blue skies and a gentle breeze coming off the sea and yet another opportunity to whip out the camera for a few more photos. I’m determined to improve my photo taking now that I have a fancy camera. I think the main obstacle is going to be lugging it around, it’s so cumbersome!

Of course no North-ish Norfolk jaunt is worth it’s weight in salt without stopping by my favourite riverside house.

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Not that you can actually see the river from this view! I am determined to keep painting this house until I can finally get across the warmth, happiness and homeliness that I associate with it. Painting this house is becoming my white whale!

On a slightly less frustrating note, whilst thinking about rivers I came across an image of a woodland river with a beautiful stone bridge running through that felt perfect the front page of my newest sketchbook.

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The scene felt like it was straight from a fairytale, a story of good versus evil and the discovery of magical creatures. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a sucker for a good fairytale!

So I guess that’s the last of summer for another year, it was short but sweet and I am so happy that I got to spend so much of it outside enjoying the sunshine. Now we’re on to autumn and I’ve got a new scarf to wrap up in and I’m on the hunt for some new boots to keep my feet dry. I hope you made the most of the sunshine while it lasted and you have a reliable brolly ready for the next season!

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