so here we are. 
a weekend later than initially planned.
rose is moving this weekend, and we could not exclude rose from our next drawing challenge weekend: she's only the best DC notary ever, besides a creative centipede. go check out her FB, she's shooting the world, besides renovating... 
how doés she do it? 

now. the weekend of 30/31st of august will be the perfect weekend {i sense that} to restart our drawing challenge routine, will it not? i've been tossing a few themes round in my head, but i'll surrender to the east for now. i think it may have started with sushi, and {elementary} learning how to make those little wonders. discovering a few terrific eastern blogs, enjoying slow moving pictures such as memoirs of a geisha, or poetry. learning to appreciate that slow is good, that less is more.
let's talk JAPAN, to narrow down an eastern theme sufficienty for anyone to find an item of interest in, whether it be country, food, travel, technique, colour, philosophy. you name it, any style is much appreciated, be it drawing, photo, installation, performance, ..... feel free to interpret! ☻ see you, gladly, over the weekend of august 30/31st, and meet up with : patrice, veronica, joanne, stefanie, barbara, tanïa, susanne, ariane, sabine, kristen, roberto, eric, leena, ...

month of july, collage be {ii}

last year i did a long july post. i kind of put all things together. 
i liked that myriad feel and decided to do something similar this summer. 
my summer holidays are ending. i feel sad, but happy about the things i accomplished. 
mainly, i have been working, in and around the house. 

the shower is taking shape, slowly, slowly. 
the garden {not shown here} has been seen to, slowly, slowly. 
big and smaller jobs have been done. 
when i wasn't working, i walked about alot and saw ...
curious and ...
... curiouser things. 
it is true, when the weather is a blast, one doesn't need going far to find.... 
... everything. 
... and more ....
... sipping blood red cocktail things, ... 
enduring hot, hot temperatures at times, .... 
taking as many pictures as possible for this project which is now well over half way, ....
not adding all of the images to my folio, because some houses just aren't local, ....

 also, always curling back upon myself, trying out new ventures.
in many respects, the summer holidays have been perfect. 
i may still pop back before the weekend of august 23/24, 
when i'll be hosting the new drawing challenge theme. 
if not, till then! 
enjoy the rest of summer (in western europe), and if not, enjoy anyway! 
i'll be dying next week {going back into work}, ... and live. i suppose. 


you never know

i've never been one for cellars. so when i bought this house-cum-cellars i just hoped i'd get away with ignoring them. then the electrician happened and he suggested i put in good lights and sockets, you never know. well, hooray for my electrician!

cellars plural: i have three and a half. above see the stairs casement cubicle, now home to brooms, ironing board and clothes rack.

the middle cellar houses my 'dirty' studio. here i cut, saw, dust, scrub, paint and drill. the light is perfect, i have electrical power and everything is quite neatly stored.

front cellars are devided into two parts, (shown here is the left store room). seen as i've got things under seeming control down here, i suppose it's hands-on with that blasted footstool i was yappin' on about a while ago. first a bit more plastering. i will keep y'all posted.

no can do

wait a minute. 30°C? {yes, those are old slippers on my feet.}

no can do.
luckily i cemented and plastered the shower walls just a few days ago.

so, this morning, and before the hottest heat, i was here.

now we're back onto drawing houses...
been there, done that

corner view ≈ inner child

every day i learn how to let the inner child have its say

in the past i reasoned i wanted to be a writer of novels. that was after the many years i wanted to become a famous actress. i was going through the-next-martha-stewart phase at some point, but in my dreams also saw myself as the new female joseph cornell

presently i am learning, each day as a matter of fact, to listen to my inner me. the inner me is small, female and hungry. she pushes me to experiment with colour and with medium, to reach out for a more satisfying destination, one closer to home. i hear her. 

she's also urging me into minute, miniature life, guiding me to obtain small vintage paraphernalia {throwing in aquarel for a bargain}. she still also wants me to add words, songs, poetry.... i'm on my way... 

sounds almost crazy, non? i think so. and i feel well chuffed. jane's corner view, francesca's hosting, anna's theme. and with this, i bid you happy summer holidays, and see you soon! i'll be here. throughout summer. n♥

a hard day's day

and thus. 
we grope and grovel. 
we bite the dust. 
it was the prospect of a red hot soaker of a bath that purred me on. 
more of the same tomorrow, i'm afraid. 

drawing | what is that?

maggie took me on a walking trip. 
we live closeby one another and we decided to walk from my place to hers and back in a day. 

she showed me two quiet roads, to and fro. 

more than that, she recounted long gone days, 
when her dad and her, 
and her brother and sisters and her, 
and her mum and her 
roved the woods behind their homestead. 

more than anything else, she told me about loves and loss. 
it was a mild, yet humid day, somehow perfect. 
above are some pics {more here} and below please find ...

... my this week's dc challenge entry. 
what is it that i saw? 
one of many, many animal shelters! 
carole's choice of topic this weekend. 
♥ enjoy saturday & sunday ♥
river update

corner view ≈ replace

through necessity i replaced my car for two steady legs ~ walking, many years ago. {when not living too remotely, forsaking a car is doable.} on good days i replace coffee by herbal tea, i use yoghurt instead of full fat cream or gravy, and i substitute meat by double greens or meaty fish. on all days in between though, i opt for the full monty ☺. jane's corner view, francesca's hosting, anna's theme. 

drawing | inner eye

this isn't what i had in mind, which sounds pretty ironic for this week's theme. i don't even really know where it sprang from. i only know i kept going, against all odds. sus's DC theme this weekend.