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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CHOCOLATE LIFE AND JAZZ!: Holiday time

CHOCOLATE LIFE AND JAZZ!: Holiday time

Holiday time

I love Cornwall and l was lucky enough to spend a day and a half there, the other week. The following images are some of the hundreds of images l took!!

Found this church Launceston. 




Praise the Lord!


Just as beautiful on the outside as it was on the inside!


Don't know the story behind these straw men l saw all over the place ... but were fun to see.



Then we headed to the beach ... that's what Cornwall means to us ... sand, sea and surf!


Stunning







Who would believe this was actually stone. l think it looks like Mercury.


The caves are just magical.


Rocks and stones every where ... Paradise to my eyes!




Just love sea weed and l have never seen any like this before.




The walls of this cave was covered with stones, which people had written messages on. l think it showed how high each person had managed to climb . Interesting cave.



The view from inside this cave ... stunning!




Can you see where the surf has crashed over the rocks? The noise was amazing!


Never seen a jellyfish like this before but l am told they are very common on this beach. Beautiful isn't it.


This is a pool that the sea has created. It is deep enough to become a diving pool.


Wow ...all these on one small rock. There were hundreds of them, clinging to rocks all over the cliffs.




This says it all really ... doesn't it! ha!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My gym walk!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, l walk this route to get the bus, to go to the gym. I love this house and over the years, it has just got greener and greener and greener!



Across the road and look what l saw on the path. Looks like it could be a piece of a skull !


All along this walk there are alternate routes .... which path would you take ?





So many possibilities!!


The blackberries have suffered this year, through lack of rain. They are so much smaller than normal.


Lots of lovely colourful leaves on the walk.




Then l am out of the woods and suddenly there are roads and houses!


Isn't this beautiful? Some flowers are beautiful even when they have died.


I noticed this bee doing acrobatics ... such fun to watch.



One of the gardens l go past has a fig tree growing in his garden. There is quite a lot of it hanging over the fence. Luckily for me.


I broke off a leaf for some printing. l felt awful that all this sap started to pour from the stem . :(



Every year this plant is just so beautiful, it really cheers my day up.



Goodnight and have a goodnight's sleep. x




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dad,my grandchildren, Art, being a carer and stones!

Being an artist can be quite difficult in oh so many ways. When l have an idea ... that is all l can think about and who needs to eat anyway? BUT if you are married to someone who is not an artist and on top of that is very tidy ... not good. It does not help that l am not a tidy artist! 😏 I am very lucky that my other half is so forgiving and has been for the last 44 years !😎 He comes to most art shows, galleries and museums with me. When l did my Art Degree, at the age of 50, he helped me with all my work and my research ... bless him. But we do have one problem ... he cannot understand how l can be so "absorbed" in my art project over the rest of my life! Most artists will know exactly what l mean. Now he is retired, it is even harder to deal with. I am not moaning about my other half ... just trying to work out how best to deal with the " problem". Oh the joys of life .
This image is one of the reasons l smile most days. He is my first "birth" grandson , who lives in Australia.



Another of my joys is this young man. He is my three year old "adopted" grandson and he is so cute. Long story but he also helps to keep me sane!




Nature plays a huge part in my artistic life. The colour of flowers, trees and so much more. I carry my camera with me every where. When we go on walks, my husband often walks off ahead of me because he is fed up of waiting for me. Ha! We decided that on some walks ... l will not take images!😏 I then go out on my own, with the intention of collecting images for my work and to add to my photograph research files.




Feathers have always been quite an important part of my life. The thought of these feathers showing me, my Guardian Angels are looking after me and keeping me safe and sane. While l was looking after my parents, the death of my father and then the aftermast has been VERY hard. The relationship l have with my mother is NOT good, which has made coping with her difficult for me and inevitably my husband. So seeing a white feather and some days many white feathers, became so important to me. 



The white feathers have caused me many hours of thinking, drawing and thinking more about my next project.  I have lots of ideas, lots of drawings and now l think l know what l want to make. BUT l am still not yet ready to say what that will be.
I have been cleaning out a lot of drawers, cupboards, a loft and so much more, since my dad died. Loads of photo's, letters and some of my old art work. I found this pirate l created on a Scrapper Board, aged about 10 ...  54 years ago!!!  Does it remind you of anyone?



 To have a break from the atmosphere in my mum's house and all the arguments we were having ... l went for walks on Rustington's stoney beach. I came across loads of heart shaped stones .




And also loads of stones with holes all the way through them. Just think how long it took to for the water to work all the way through ... amazing!



I also found" this " on the beach and l have no idea what it is or was! 


I found the beach to be a wonderful place to turn off my mind and just "be". Just what l needed to help me during this time of being and learning how to be a Carer!