Tuesday, 26 July 2011
It was a lovely bright day. I walked my usual route and timed it to see the tide pouring in and quickly filling up the wide tidal river. I was amazed at all the feathers I saw, there seemed to be hundreds. Then I found the place at the edge of the bank where the geese have returned to, the evidence left was the many pellet shaped poos, small fluffy feathers and the flat edged larger goose feathers scattered all around. We heard the geese one morning through the week so I knew they had returned although there was no sign of them now. Each morning we hear their familiar calling.
The sheep are also back with the lambs now grown to a teenage size, soon they will catch up to their parents as they eat the lush grass. I kept thinking of my Dad, seeing all the sheep muck which we used to collect with a garden trowel and place in a sack to make a fertiliser for Dads tomatoes. It also reminded me of the mushrooms which grow on this grassy shore in the summer months. A pastime we enjoy each year collecting them. I don't like them to eat but love to draw them. They grow tall in the grass and have such lovely patterns on the underside. All alone on my walk I had lots of thoughts of the past, as a child in the school summer holidays when I spent lots of time on this shore, we all did.
Just as I was leaving the shore with my collection of objects...feathers, sycamore, snail shell, a crab apple, a piece of china and some plants .....there it was, a single mushroom. I bent down and picked it, yes, that will go nicely on my page.
I sat outside in the garden on Sunday and drew it in pencil and then added white ink with a paintbrush. I have tried to capture this lovely opening flower head picked by the railway line, using black ink. I placed it in an old bottle found on the shore last year at low tide. A few other little finds on the page were drawn in pencil and then painted with acrylic ink. Hope you like it. Mean while, I have been washing some of my feathers and drying them in the hot sun today.
Posted by MILLY at Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The limestone is now patterned with acid yellow lichen and seaweeds. The banks of the railway line home to so many different wild flowers and insect life. The shore is an area of special scientific interest because of the birds and wild life. As I collect my objects each week I learn more and more about this place where I was born and grew up. It is familar to me and yet it becomes more interesting as I record my weekly walks. I am getting to know it more. A wet tangled up piece of seaweed, so different when washed and drawn on the page. I like the not knowing what I will find, the strange assortment of objects that are found in the tideline and end up together on my page. Hope you do too.
Millyx p.s. my husband took the Whitby photograph.
Posted by MILLY at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
It has been a week of mixed weather, hot sticky days and then on Thursday a heavy thunderstorm with thunder and lightning. We have had really heavy rain showers and a strong breeze so it explains how the leaves and seeds could have ended up on the shore.
We heard a real squabble going on in the sky above us as a black headed gull chased a Heron, as they both shouted back at each other. The swifts and swallows were skimming the water and as usual and the ducks were swimming near to where they always congregate. We could see the railway workers getting ready for another weekend on our bridge. As we walked back through the long grass I picked two pieces of the coloured stems, which are making the whole shore appear as a red drift. I don't ever think I have seen this before. The evening sky was mostly hidden by the clouds, but as the sun set, thin bands of red peeped through. The huge billowing white clouds sank lower into the gaps between the hills. The clouds dominated the sky, no stars tonight but the sound of the railway men and their bright lights on the line as they work through the night to finish our bridge.
My page contains some of my finds from yesterday. I used acrylic inks and a fine paintbrush.
I set the task of choosing the giveaway with my husband, he put all 21 names on a ticket, put the names in a hat, and with eyes closed chose .........Michelle Palmer. She will get the little painting of the two feathers. Thank you for all the comments and kind wishes, I am feeling better.
Hope you like the page and seeing the real objects. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Monday, July 11, 2011