Snow Scenes on Slates... PPF

It seem rather ironic that I should be sharing my snow scenes painted on spare roof slates, when in fact we've had fantastic weather during this last week.
For example it was -3 degrees this morning, but on mornings such as these, it can be pretty magical.
Everywhere is covered with a crisp white crust, clear blue sky's and the sunrise brings an amazing colour palette.
I'd much rather this kind of weather during winter wouldn't you?

It can be a winter wonderland out there, especially if you are wrapped up well.

But I'm not sure Muffin agrees with this last statement.
We started our walk yesterday and not far into the walk, she refused to move any further and promptly sat down and wouldn't budge.
Here's a photo of her...

My hubby had to carry her for the majority of the walk.
(I should have taken the pooch pouch with us)

When I saw this photo, I immediately thought of Paddington Bear for some reason.
I think I'll have to hide her passport just in case... Peru is after all warmer than Scotland.

I think I need to warm up a little now. 
I'm going to link up with Paint Party Friday and hope you'll join me there. 
Thanks Kristin and Eva for hosting once again.

Have fun everyone and thanks for popping over to my place.
I hope to see you again soon.

Busy Elves and Backgrounds... PPF and Sunday Sketches

Not much to show for this week's Paint Party Friday link I'm afraid... as I've only just started painting this background.
I'm enjoying coming in from picking up gazillions of fallen leaves and spending a little time adding a touch a little at a time to this piece. 
It gives me time for a cuppa and a quick thaw out!
I then leave it to dry whilst going outside once again to battle the tons of potential leaf mould!
It's not an ideal way to paint, but at least I make some progress this way.
How do you manage to fit in time for your painting? 
Or are you more disciplined allocating the time?
We're also going up a gear here, with the Christmas preparations. 
I know... I'm only just waking up to the idea that it is going to arriving too, so I best start preparing.
We are not quite in our Christmas Elf workshop yet, but we have started.
As you can see below 'the supervisor' is keeping a close eye on my progress.
There's spreadsheets, stickers and packaging... quite skillful for a little pooch!
We haven't quite ventured into the Christmas outfit's yet, but no doubt that'll happen soon.
The orders are beginning to flood in so it's all hands to the pump.
So I'll get back to spinning plates and juggling time.
(I'm making a commitment to myself that I will give my art more priority)
Have a fun weekend everyone and maybe I'll see you over at the PPF link up. 
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I also want to link up to the final Sunday Sketches from England
Alexandra over at Blue Chair Diary heading back to the USA to rejoin her family and fur baby.
The time seems to have flown by for us, but I'm sure Alexandra is desperate to arrive back home.
Unfortunately, good old Blighty is sending her off with a terrible cold. 
One of the perils of the British weather.
Bon Voyage Alexander and Michael... have a good and safe journey.
See you from the other side of the pond. 
Enjoy your homecoming.
Sunday Sketches
(I've enjoyed having my logo on display) 
Thanks for visiting and I wish you a wonderful week ahead everyone.
Toodleloo for now

Muffin Chronicles

Something a little different for you today.
My son created this video with our own star Mufflepuff (Muffin).
She's quite the Diva and is now insisting on her own trailer!
I hope it makes you smile 
I'm going to link up with a few blogs for this post... I'd love you to take a peek at them. 
I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Autumn... Through my lens.

September has been an exceptional month so far. 
It's reaffirmed to me that it is one of my favourite months.
Here are some autumnal photographs...
This was my view this morning... not all Mondays mornings are bad.
It's certainly crisp and fresh first thing, with temperatures dropping to 0 degrees overnight, but at least the day's are bright and full of sunlight.
Here's Muffy checking out one particular patch in our garden that's been intriguing her all week. 
I suspect that the fox (which we saw in the back field yesterday) has visited us.
You can just see Madame Muffy's back end sticking out of the shrubs, as she tentatively takes up the trail. 
Each year I love to see the Virginia Creeper change colour... I'm never disappointed.
It certainly brightens up the garage wall.
I was going to put out a warning on this next photo, but there's no spider in sight so I thought it would be okay... which makes me wonder where it might be?
This was the sight that greeted me as I opened the back door this morning, but thankfully I'm vertically challenged and wasn't tall enough for it to swipe across my face. Ugh!
(Funny I've never been thankful for being short before
Someone's certainly been busy overnight.
I believe September really is the spider month, because it's amazing how many cobwebs can appear even when you've swept through with the hoover nozzle, or feather duster.
(Honest I do make a gesture now and then)
Because the weather has been so brilliant it's obviously affected the plants and wildlife in the garden.
Here's a sample of some of the plants and grasses that I picked for an autumn display.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to pick flowers from outside and bring them in to fully appreciate their loveliness.
Although having hubby send off for an offer for some spring bulbs took me to the limit this week.
I use the term 'some' bulbs loosely because when the boxes arrived there were a variety amounting to 800 in total. 
I'm still not through planting them all yet. 
I think I've got four more packets still to plant and I'm telling you now that if they don't all appear in spring... you'll hear about it! 
I normally take down my summer hanging baskets by now, but I just can't when they are still flowering so well. 
The winter display will have to wait.

The photo below shows Aberdeen once again, but this time from a different location.
It's still not clear, but I liked it.
If you'd like to see the other photo which was linked to My Sunday Photo... then click here
...and finally because I'm aware that this post is getting rather long and I could go on with autumn photos... 
One sight and sound that confirms that Autumn has definitely arrived, is the departure of the geese flying south for the winter.
Hearing and seeing them makes me slightly melancholy, but I know that they'll be back and what a sight that will be.
I'm going to link up with a few blogs for this post... I'd love you to take a peek at them. 
I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
I hope you have a brilliant week ahead and I look forward to seeing you again soon