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I must admit , I have found it difficult these past few days to pick up a paintbrush, the news is so hard to hear. As a friend said 'Ukraine is just awful. I know intellectually it’s what has been happening in Syria and other parts of the world, but there is something more visceral about it being in Europe - just appalling!'.  There but for the grace of God...go any one of us.  and probably like many of you we wonder what to do, I have been collecting things to take to a local collection to help the refugees,...

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So today I write my blog after listening to the news no one wanted to hear, war in Europe.... it all feels very scary. I don't know all the implications, or the complicated issues at stake , but I do know that powerful leaders with guns and soldiers are never a good idea.  I went for my usual walk this morning, and took comfort in the things that remain constant, we have been battered by storms but to see trees ,resilient to the weather standing proud, was a joy. My thoughts also go out to people worried about rising flood water, or worst...

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Here in the Uk we are bracing ourselves, yesterday Storm Dudley blew in and tomorrow, Storm Eunice is heading our way. Strong winds and rain hitting our shores. Today there is a lull in proceedings and looking out of the window the sun is shining. Last week I was involved in a car accident, reminding me again how precious life is, and how things can change for any one of us in an instant. News around the world looks bleak, and I empathise so much with people living with fear and uncertainty ...lets hope resolutions can be found and that...

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 Oh the joys of raising teenagers. We have 2 here both sitting exams in the summer for the first time one doing his A levels the other her GCSE's. The last few weeks has been hectic , finally managing to take part in the schools annual production, after months of rehearsals. ....then the inevitable happened and both tested positive for covid. Perhaps it is a good thing as it has made them both slow down for a few days, luckily they both seem relatively well, and so far neither me or my husband have tested positive. Who thought these little...

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So as January turns into February, there are definite signs of the garden waking up. The iris I photographed last week have multiplied in number Today is my mum's birthday, she loves snowdrops and they are out for her in force today. The flowering quince is beginning to bloom and my little corner of Mid Devon is looking lovely, with a hint of blue sky. All that said, I thought I would show you how I painted my owl today, a lot of people ask how I do my backgrounds, and this may give you some insight. I am not...

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