Love Nature Painting in Gouache

Well here we are on the first day of Autumn and it's a beautiful warm sunny day.
Blue skies above with fluffy white clouds to complete the picture.
If this is how autumn is to carry on...then I'm all in favour.
Goodbye Summer... sadly you were a huge disappointment. 
If you had an end of term report it would probably read..."Must do better"

Remarkably, this week I actually managed to have a play with my new Turner gouache paints.
I certainly learnt quite a lot using them. 

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For instance, when I use watercolour paints I seem to use them as gouache paint, but when I'm using gouache paint... I use them as I would watercolours.
Does that make sense or is it gobbledeegook?!!?!

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Basically, I don't think I use either particularly well.
I much prefer drawing in ink!

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I'm completely aware that I seem to be neglecting my blog in favour of the quick and easy Instagram, but hopefully life will settle down soon and I'll be able to spend more time visiting and writing posts.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

A few weeks ago I had a little trip to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
I've been visiting quite a few of the big Garden Shows since I returned to the UK.
If you've been following my blog then you might remember my trip to Chelsea Flower Show 
(click here if you missed it or would like to revisit Chelsea)
Unfortunately,the weather didn't really treat us kindly but it wasn't so bad that it stopped us from wandering around and enjoying all of the exhibits. 
I've visited Tatton Park a few years ago, but I didn't remember it being so big or having so much to see and do back then. It might have expanded over the years with growing popularity, or maybe we just missed some that year, but this year I was really pleasantly surprised. 
In order to save you time looking over masses of my photographs
 (especially if you are taking a peek over a coffee/tea break) 
I've collated some of them into collages to just give you a flavour. 
There's no way that I can do justice to the horticulturist heaven of a garden show, with it's masses of incredible variety of plants, enthusiastic experts on hand to give helpful advice and guidance if needed, and products to be seen and obviously bought whilst visiting the show plus what's available to eat and drink. 
I mean how can you convey the sheer volume of perfume that wafts and gently envelopes you 
as you enter the Floral Marquee. 
It just can't be done.
It's a busy day culminating in using all of your senses to the maximum and you certainly know you've had a good workout by the time you stagger through the exit heavily laden with all of your beautiful new treasures.
 Thankfully they provide a free courtesy car service to carry you and your wares back to your car. 
It's a brilliant service for numerous reasons... one if your like me and finding your car a huge challenge especially when you've just left it in a field... or in a deer park in this case. They also help load your car boot for you (which at this stage of the day could be your undoing) plus saving you traipsing through the deer park with your wheelie trolley dodging lots of presents left by the deer along the way!

For anyone who would like a 'she shed' or thinks they need to give their shed a lick of paint then this next collage is for you.
How fantastic are these little beauties?
It's a pity that the sun wasn't shining at this point (it was drizzling slightly) because the photo's don't do justice to all the work and effort in their designs. 
They were amazing.

One of the things that we've been mulling over is whether to become bee keepers. 
We have a fantastic area that is far enough away from the house but near the floral part of the garden plus lots (I mean LOTS) of wild flowers and grasses around our property before the farmland begins.
I think it would be a great hobby for my hubby as he loves honey.
In fact, we all do and I have to buy so much weekly that to produce our own would not only be interesting and possibly be a great new challenge, but it would also save money. 
And finally because the sun's shining and I want to get outside... 
here's my favourite purchase from that day.
I've wanted a weather vane for years and couldn't resist this beauty.
It was difficult to choose what design initially, but I think the pheasant feels right, especially as I hear and see them daily wandering around the fields nearby.
Oh I know whether the wind is blowing in from the North or from the South but I find the weather vane fascinating. Okay small things eh?
I'm easily pleased... bless.
Thanks to my son for modelling the weather vein so well by the way.

So I think that's about enough for today.
I hope you enjoyed our whistle stop tour of the RHS Tatton Park Gardening Show... 
but if you can manage to visit one show in your local area, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 
It really is good to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer and even better if you can add a little something as a reminder of the day to your own garden space at home. 
Have fun and Happy Monday to you all.

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