I’ve been very quiet for a few days. and that’s because I’ve been out walking as much as possible. I live very close to the Trans Penning Trail and there are some beautiful walks by canals, along disused railway tracks, around reservoirs and through woodland.
Yesterday I walked with my friend Sandra and her dog Bonnie (aka Bonnie Boo Banana Dog) to Newmillerdam. On the way we passed fields full of rapeseed flowers:
This is the view over towards Emley Moor (you can see the mast on the horizon):
I wanted to walk to Newmillerdam to see the bluebells, and I wasn’t diappointed:
I have never seen as many bluebells in my life. It was absolutely beautiful. We sat for a while enjoying the view and breathing in the beautiful scent of the flowers. We both agreed that you could travel to the ends of the earth, but you wouldn’t find anywhere more beautiful than a wood full of bluebells. It’s so nice to be reminded that there is beauty all around us.
Today it was my friend Sandra’s Birthday. I wanted to give her something special, something personal, something that showed I’d put some thought and effort into her present. I’d given her a thread sketch of her dog Bonnie at Christmas and she was over the moon. Last year she lost her lovely dog Toby. We both miss him very much as he was such a lovely character. I knew that she would really like a sketch of Toby, so I spent some time sketching the little darling.
Allow me to introduce you to Toby, also known as Tobias Tea Bag, Satanic Hellhound and Squirrel Hater:
I’m sure you will agree that this little terrier has quite a title. Samuel (my friend Sandra’s son) named him Tobias Tea Bag; where that came from we do not know. The Satanic Hellhound and Squirrel Hater part came from his favourite passtime of chasing squirrels (and cats). Thankfully he never caught either.
Though Tobias is now in the great hunting ground known as doggy heaven, we often feel sure that he is joining us on our walks, especially as Bonnie has started exhibiting some of his little behavioural traits (we think he could be whispering instructions in her ear).
Toby was a bit of a Jeckyl and Hide character. When outdoors he considered himself to be Tobias the great hunter and pack leader. Tobias loved taking us on long walks down dead ends. We have a rule that we never turn back, and he seemed particularly happy when we were trying to scramble through thorny hedges or climbing impossibly steep embankments. If Toby wanted to follow a path, he let us know by stopping and staring. If we tried to ignore him he would lay down on the ground, cross his paws (another of his nicknames was Posh Paws) and stare so hard that we would swear that his eyes were boring into our backs. Sandra spend a lot of time laughing when I chased Toby. He always managed to adjust his speed so that he was running along about 3 feet in front of me. When I wasn’t expecting it he would suddently stop and try to trip me up. His reward for being caught was having his wiry coat ruffled and his tum tickled. When Toby was home he became a different dog, he was soft, lovable and just wanted the longest tummy tickle ever.
I gave Sandra the framed picture this morning:
She loved the photo, and though it was a really good likeness (particularly the little wet nose). I then took her out for a meal and we went to see Fast and Furious 7 (I hadn’t seen the other 6 and spent much of the time annoying her with lots of questions like ‘who are the goodies and who are the baddies’, ‘is Kurt Russell really that old’, ”whose funeral was it’, ‘is it in the past or now’, ‘why is it so loud’ etc.) She did agree at the end that there was more testosterone flying around in that film than and other film we had ever seen. And there was muscle all over the place. Unbelievable!
Anyway, I am back down to earth now. I have made a little more progress witht he fabric paper stitching, but it’s a slow process. I love the texture, but I’m realising those little pictures showing through the tissue paper can restrict what I do with it. I think that next time I make some I will either use plain paper underneath the tissue paper, or plain paper decorated with permanent ink, that way I can decide on the theme and what to include. More on this tomorrow.