Tuesday, 30 May 2023


A visitor in the garden tonight. It came just as it was starting to get dark at 9.30pm. Photo taken through the catflap. I put the food out every night. It's always gone in the morning. Hopefully eaten by hedgehogs. 
They eat first then get a drink of water from the bowl. 
I watched this one until it had finished and took off up the garden. They always take the same route. I checked the plate again ten minutes later and two more were chomping away. Couldn't get a photo, it was too dark by then. 

Isn't nature wonderful. Toodle pip.   ilona

Entwined exhibition.

I've had these photo's for a couple of weeks now, and unfortunately the exhibition has closed in my local 20 21 Arts Centre. No doubt they will be moving on to another gallery. These were the biggest pictures in the exhibition. 
Entwined is a major new exhibition featuring leading British painters, including winners of the John Moores and Contemporary British Painting Prize. The paintings in this exhibition invite their viewers to look closely at plants. They do this through the widest of ranges of approaches to paint, the selected painters all delight in our extraordinary world.
The works in the show work with and against the rich traditions of the many and various aesthetic ways of depicting plants, from botanical illustration, to decoration and design.

Interesting pictures I thought. especially those with below ground views. Roots are fascinating in the way they sustain plant growth, or give up through lack of nourishment and care, then the plant withers and dies. The same could be said of all life. The process of nature versus nurture combined.  

Artists in Entwined: Amanda Ansell, Bryony Benge-Abbott, Hannah Brown, Graham Crowley, Sam Douglas, Michele Fletcher, Barbara Howey, Linda Ingham, Juliette Losq, Paula MacArthur, Iain Nicholls, Joe Packer, Julian Perry, Narbi Price, Harvey Taylor, Helen Thomas, Judith Tucker and Joanna Whittle.

A link to more info about this exhibition.  

Entwined: Plants in Contemporary Painting - 20-21 Visual Arts Centre (2021visualartscentre.co.uk)

Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.   ilona

Sunday, 28 May 2023

I'm glad.

 I am glad I don't buy things off the internet. It seems that parcel delivery drivers are in the habit of chucking packages and boxes over the gate or the garden wall, rather than going to the front door and ringing the bell. I'm also glad I'm not a delivery driver. It must be a rotten job to start the day with a full load knowing that you will probably be out late trying to offload everything and return to the depot with an empty van. 

When I went to collect Billy for his walk last week I was surprised to see a box had been left in the front yard. It looked like the driver had just lobbed it over the wall. He/she could have opened the gate and walked a few yards to the front door. Carol was in and could have received it. 

The box I saw was very badly ripped to bits. It turned out it had been ordered by her son Gary, in Germany. Marks and Sparks do a very nice hamper, which must have cost a fair amount of money. A certain little dog had seized it's opportunity to search for something edible. Luckily most of the parcel was still intact. Some of the contents were scattered around in his frenzied attack. There wasn't much left of a Victoria sponge cake. The icing had gone off the top, and a very small piece of the base was left in the tattered box. 

This story is of a dog attacking a parcel, it appeared in the Express. Fancy ordering three dresses to try on at home, then having to send one or two, or all of them back. More hassle. We get people coming on our village page asking if anyone has found their parcel. They then have to go and collect it from someone else's house. What a palaver. 

I shall continue to go to a shop if I want to buy something which I can carry home. Even if I didn't have a car I would go on the bus with my shopping trolley.  I'm glad I don't shop online. So much easier spending cash in a shop. 

Enjoy your Sunday. Toodle pip.   ilona

Friday, 26 May 2023

Wonky back, coffee chat

Here we go, hot out of the oven. A little something I cooked up this morning. 
Now brain is ready for sleep. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona

Quick in and out.

Remember this. It was just the start. Now they are erecting physical barriers to stop us moving about. Everything that is happening from now on is to get us to comply. 
The plan is to destroy family life in whatever way they can come up with. Children are the targets. It's a world wide plan. DeSantis is the best hope for America. We don't have any politicians in the UK of that calibre. 
There is a remedy. Politicians are our servants. Stand firm and say, no, I'm not doing that. Ignore the sign above, and go out. 
Video uploading, ready later. Enjoy the sunshine. Have a good Bank Holiday Weekend.
Toodle pip.   ilona