Wednesday, 22 June 2016

collage inspired (and dodging bees and feeding birds)

Hi hope you've had a good day.
I'm late again as been trying to do some gardening in between rain showers - but it turned out better weather than I thought and got quite a bit done.
There were a lot more bees about than normal, which is great since they are in decline here -  but they didn't want me in certain areas and I had to keep dodging them, so being a coward and not wishing to be stung I buzzed off elsewhere.

Over at  MooMania   the challenge is using Valerie's wonderful photo collage for inspiration

I was attracted to the lovely rose and swan so went with that idea.
I have tried to use the colours in Valeries collage on my digital piece  to work with my Rose photo and a nice quote I found.

As well as gardening the birds keep me busy

'Himself' sunbathing
I think our resident Blackbird is one of two males that we gave a name to last year - either 'Cedric' or 'Parker' but I haven't sorted out any photos to see if I can work it out.... for now he just is being called 'himself'.
He hasn't got any children this year but is constantly battling to keep out intruders who really need the food more than he does as they have mouths to feed.
Even the intruders have become cheeky and come looking for food - one of them we called Scruffy' as he is a bit tatty and has a bit of a bald bit by his eye. 'Scruffy' has even sat  on the window ledge with his nose (I mean beak) pressed against the window trying to attract our attention. I try and throw him some food but 'himself' always seems to be lurking and then tries to chase him off.


 A little treat has just arrived of some 'Amsterdam' acrylics to play with... Dave got some 'Cobra' water soluble oil paints and since he has stored them in 'my craft room' I am assuming they must be for me too!
(especially as he has not done any painting for months. I will have to try them out and make sure they work properly for him).

that's my lot for now
thanks so much for stopping by
Gill x


  1. Sounds like you had a fun day in the garden! Some of the birds are really cheeky and greedy, and think they have special rights - same here! Love the beautiful page you have made for MM&M, glad you liked the inspiration. Love the quote you used, and thanks a lot for joining us again. I'm heading for bed now, so I wish you a good night! Hugs, Valerie

  2. And love the look of all those paints - have fun!

  3. Terrific collage work with a wonderful swan picture.

    Love the blackbird and he does look like a determined sorta guy with his beak in the air. I would have named him Lord Snooty-our resident blackbird is called Busy Body as he works so hard to find worms.

    Nice paints I am sure Dave won't miss them

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. A wonderufl page for the photo Inspiration Gill! Thanks so much that you made something for Moo Mania & More as well!♥ The quote is one of my favourites! I hope you have fun in the garden, I always have but I have not much to do except of mowing and look after two little flowerbeds. Your birdie-story made me smile - what a special guy this "himself" is! I love birds as well and like to watch them..we feed them the whole year meanwhile in our garden and this year we were proud that 5 tits were born and raised in our nesting box again... so wonderful to see that !
    Wishing you a happy day!
    oxo Susi

  5. Oh and I forgot to say that I would love to know what you can tell about the watersoluble oilcolors.. I think I will maybe give them a try as well....

    1. I'm going to spend a couple of days experimenting with them and will do a post on that x

  6. Love it Gill,really funky. Ha ha love the blackbird, we have a couple in our garden that just love to wind the cat up!
    Donna xx

  7. Really delightful collage. Love the colour, and especially the rainbow. Your birds sound sassy - and I do think you are doing the right thing in making sure the paints are acceptable! Hope you will share what you do with them. hugs, Donna


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