Could summer be here at last? A first evening walk in ages yesterday was rewarded with an hour watching the beautiful Barn Owl at the top of this page. It was getting quite late and the light was fading, the image above was shot at ISO 6400 and the midges were driving me insane but the torture was worth it. The nights will start to draw in now so fingers crossed for more evenings like this, and soon – I think we deserve one or two!
We are hosting our first Arts a Flutter fair this Saturday, 20th June, outside the Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. The event promises to be quite an exciting day and is organised by the local council and titled ‘The Countryside comes to Town’. There will be an animal petting park, street entertainers, craft and food stalls and lots more, if you are in the area it will be worth a visit.
We have been busy preparing our items to sell. Since our visit to Orkney I have been much inspired by the beautiful natural landscape and local wildlife of the area. We were privileged enough to have a Hen Harrier visit our cottage garden whilst there, it was literally feet away.
This majestic bird unfortunately is increasingly rare in most of the UK, it is feared because of persecution by the grouse shooting industry. Unbelievably this bird is quite common there and along with the Puffins and Short Eared Owl we had quite an avian treat.
Whilst Dave was clicking away with his camera, my mind was working through new ideas to add to our range of bird themed gifts. Inspired by lots of Tweed fabrics I saw, I decided to combine the bird with the cushion and came up with these, a Puffin and Hen harrier cushion. Whilst working on these it gave me the idea of making the coin purses, I was really happy with these and think they have worked really well. We have got lots of cards and framed pictures and with my collection of 3d pictures we should have a nice collection for our stall. Here is some pics of my new stuff.
These will all be available in my Etsy shop
All for now, Catherine.
We’re back from our 2015 holiday in Orkney. This post is very pic heavy so I won’t make it even more painful by waffling on too much but in short, what a place! Weather was better than we thought it would be, a little breezy at times but no worse than what was left behind in east lancashire. Obviously the wildlife and landscape is different from home, Orkney is quite flat and open, not too many drystone walls, just mainly fences but all this helps with providing many great skies and views. Also, if you are into archaeology then Orkney is the place to be, both on the mainland and the surrounding islands. Anyway, on with the pics in no particular order..
Moving on to the local wildlife..
Puffins were high on my list, unfortunately we were probably a couple of weeks or so early but we did see a small number from distance..
A few birds…
Finally, a bird at the top of my list, one I had good views of both the male and female but unfortunately the camera wasn’t to hand so this distant shot of a female is all I have.
Apologies for the lengthy post, hopefully something will be in this little lot to inspire Catherine’s latest bird art :o)
3D Bird Art in aged wooden frames
More artwork for sale here https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArtsaFlutter
3D Papier Mache Little Owl
3D Papier Mache Kingfisher
3D Papier Mache Blue Tit
3D Papier Mache Robin
3D Papier Mache Wren
Hand painted wooden bird egg collection
Hand painted wooden eggs Jay / Mistle Thrush