Woah, a busy few days carpe-ing the diem with my delightfully crazy aunt who came to stay (and then a couple of days at work). I love my aunt. Having a vegetarian to stay (aka a herbivore, in the Toddler Twinnage’s very carefully considered opinion after I explained that we wouldn’t be eating any meat/fish for a few days) was a happy excuse to cook lots and lots of curry stuffed with veg and chickpeas, and to drink sparkling wine and talk about love. Not that vegetarians/herbivores have a monopoly on wine or love, but that’s just how we rolled.
The Toddler Twinnage adore my aunt so much that they showed her all nine squillion pages of their various dinosaur books one by one, with detailed questioning of her understanding of each picture, just to make sure that she was paying due attention. Trust me, they wouldn’t do that for just any old visitor.
We also went out to admire the summer, and meander for miles through the countryside with the Toddler Twinnage on their balance bikes. I’m writing this whilst the rain is pouring
in through the pesky cracks in the roof, but for a few days, summer looked like this:-
Actually I was quite pleased with this picture, so I posted it on my personal Facebook page, at which point my artist friend Caroline Fox Betts took a liking to the image and decided to paint it. Want to see something wonderful? Seriously? Well look at these images. (She hasn’t quite finished, but like me, she wants to show you work in progress.)
So she began with an image on a screen plus a blank canvas.
And then she began to work, adding broad areas of colour and mood:-
And then, the beginnings of some detail;-
And then this!
Isn’t it fabulous? She says it’s not quite finished because she’s waiting for the paint to harden before she adds highlights, but isn’t it still just full of light and warmth and lazy days? Man, I wish I could paint. If you’re looking for the creator of this wonderfulness, Caroline is at firstname.lastname@example.org . And she’s at carolinefox.com, too.
Talking of works in progress, we now have a lawn for the crazy-house-project. It’s a little uneven, a little weedy, just like every real lawn that’s ever been under my care, and it’s involved about a billion crochet stitches, but it’s done. More photos coming…