These are the best blueberries I have ever grown. The secret is to keep the perishing birds off without netting the birds and perishing them.
this painting can be bought from ( apologies for photo on ETSY page there is a glitch):
Beetroot in a bunch
22cm x 15cm, 9″ x 6″
There is very little time in the day when there are so many plants to water and crops to pick, I do not try and grow beetroot as I am the only person besides lovely aunt who really likes it, so these are bought and no less pretty for it.
The allotment has peas and beans in astonishing variety at the moment, diy dad has dug out his early carrots and the maincrop carrots are coming up. I have a forest of flat leaved parsley in the salad bed and the first tomatoes are ripening. The first autumn cyclamen is out as well….excuse me but the proms are only just begun, cyclamen???
This etching has been framed and is for sale at Burgess Hill Open Houses see blog for June 4th
Day One hundred and seventy six,
Took lovely aunt with me on my trip to Gallery 26, Field Row
Worthing, she visited a friend she has known since she was eighteen and in her
first job outside London, the war was still on. Her friend is in a care home
where they major on the food and fuss made of residents and their guests, they
get a sherry every day before lunch….I should be so civilised!
Gallery 26 are showing some
of my prints for the next week.
Afterwards we stopped for
five minutes to look at the sea but became distracted by the lithe tanned men
working on their kite surfing…lovely aunt was full of questions about this
and was treated with great kindness by one of them who explained how it all
worked to her. She wondered if it was something I would like to take up….I
was very amused…but if it had been invented in the 1970’s I would have been
very tempted ( by the sport I mean), it looked like the next best thing to
being a seagull gliding on the wind. The sea smelt so good and the sun was
strong . We then went on to find a picture framer who also turned out to be
lovely, what a nice place Worthing is!! It was just what I needed after reading
the obituaries of someone I had been a surrogate aunt to when he was a kid. I
really hate it when people die young.
No2 son has sold almost enough modified game controllers with
extra flashing lights to get himself a flying lesson, he seems a bit young to
be soldering and running his own little business but it seemed only sensible to
look for some accounting software for him…..pinch me someone that’s my baby
boy. No 1 son is off to Suffolk for a few days.
Am already beginning to tire of podding broad beans but I still
love my six foot high peas plants. Courgettes doing well and squash, something
‘Toscana’ are overdoing the productivity -will need to thin or they will all
expand and pop each other off the plant.
Here is a picture of a print that missed the exhibition but that I
really like framed up. It is a Hayter print the second pull through the press,
I love it. It’s called Pale Windflower.
Basket with Salvia patens grown from seed.
#176 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog
The runner beans and french beans are coming in now, in the mixture are Red and White beans, Jack Edwards, Selma Zebra and some golden mangetout peas.
Lovely aunt thinks that this painting makes the beans look like evil spotted worms! ” Oh . well.” she said,” keep trying someone might like it!” The point being that if I paint on the spur of the moment I paint what is to hand , not a cute cat because it should sell, not a local view which could be of interest to the village dentists waiting room, just whatever is catching my eye in the time available . In doing this the things that end up in the painting follow short threads which break and reform as life tumbles forward. That, if you like, is the philosophy of this blog.
click on the link to get to my Etsy shop for this painting:
There really are this many different colours in a honeysuckle flower, and yet it looks modest and subtle unlike the flowers in the photo below:
There are several things I ought to be saying but there is so much
that I really should keep to myself. This is very difficult when there is a
blog to write so I have done no blogging for a long time.
Lovely aunt has a home of her own again but there is still much to be done. She had her work
friends over to visit yesterday and took them to Ockenden Manor. There is no
point booking a Harvester for three women who have been professional caterers (
of a much higher than average standard I might add) and the Manor does a
wonderful set lunch. They had a high old time and came back to mine for coffee
in the garden. They laugh and chatter as long as they can whenever they meet it’s
wonderful to facilitate. May I grow old with such good friends.
Coming soon in the garden morning glory and the yellow lily.
Unable to avoid bragging: there were so many strawberries this year we weighed a total crop of over half a hundredweight thats fifty six pounds I believe.
size 10 in x 6 in, 26cm x 15cm
Tigridia, Ranunculous showing off in front of the origano. These are a trial planting in a pot which is what I do sometimes to work out a bedding scheme. This one is really very easy, into prepared soil plant a bag of ranunculus corms and some tigridia bulbs, allow to grow, buy sunglasses and enjoy. Buy in bulk online and this is a very economical blast of colour.
#175 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog