2016 – a creative experiment

Did this.....
did this…..
and this.....
and this…..
and then this too
and then this too

but not all in the first week! In 2016 Geoff and I settled into our new home by the seaside, and now feel like we’ve been here forever we like it so much. Also visited lots of new places (see Instagram for my excessive photoshooting!).

I’ve tried so many new skills in the last year, that I felt as if it was a creative “bucket” list that I’d undertaken. Loved it all, accepting that I’m not going to master anything in particular, but that there are a few things I’d like to improve on in 2017. Settled down now into only pursuing a few different directions.  A less frenetic approach can be one resolution for the new year! My year of being a dilettante is now officially over.

To all, here’s hoping for a peaceful and happy new year.

Seasonal Weather

It’s been a fairly hectic month – but whose month isn’t leading up to Christmas? After all the Christmases I’ve experienced you’d think I’d know how quickly December goes – but no, as ever, I’m in a dash at the last moment. One year I prepared really early though, and on Christmas Eve could only find the ironing to do, which was a sad disappointment, and one I’m not keen to repeat. So it’s back to the turmoil. I have a list (haven’t we all?), but I cull it the closer the 25th creeps. Noone knows what they might have received if I’d only finished it in time, but there’s always a birthday to aim for…….

Yesterday was mild and sunny. Working in the greenhouse on some white hellebores I’m bringing on for Christmas Day, I was joined by a very noisy and cross bumble bee. I do hope it has somewhere better to be today – it has turned really cold this afternoon.

December hellebore and visitor
December hellebore and visitor
snowdrops, hellebores and white tailed bumble bee
snowdrops, hellebores and white tailed bumble bee

 

Oh well, it was a beautiful sunrise. I think the saying is “red sky in morning, shepherds warning”.

Sunrise South Coast 23rd December 2016
Sunrise South Coast 23rd December 2016

I have yet to master the link between website and Instagram – will be working on that – meanwhile loading photos onto Instagram seems a lot easier than the website. Look for janharbon if you want to see more.