Rain, rain go away...Please! PPF

Can you believe this weather?
Especially if you live on the East Coast of Bonnie Scotland!
We have had five days of torrential incessant rain, wind and fog, and I for one have had enough!
Although I'm not impressed with this thing called 'summer' so far, I'm determined to find a positive. 
With all of the wet weather at least when I finally get to go out into the garden once again, the huge weeds that have appeared will be easy to pull up (or that's my hope)
I did spend time working through my email in-box over the last two days and I've managed to answer over 100+ emails! 
I had intended to visit everyone once I'd answered comments on previous blog posts, but I'm afraid that was a step too far. I just couldn't manage it. I'm hoping you'll forgive me and now that I've caught up I'll be able to pop over to your blogs to see what I've been missing.
There's always the added bonus when there's a little extra time for painting and that's just what I did, although once again it's unfinished work.
I thought I'd paint something with reference to Father's Day, which is this coming Sunday in the UK.
I would give anything to spend a day with my Dad... having had him taken away from us all too soon... when I was only 16 years of age. 
So if you have a Father/Dad I hope that you will spend some time with him, tell him you love him and hug him as tightly as you can. 

I thought that I'd try to create a loose painting for this piece. 
Anyone who knows me knows just what a challenge this is for me.
If you missed my post last week of my gin bottle painting then click here

Here's my initial sketch for this week. 
I realise that the tightness comes as soon as I touch the paper with a pencil. 
It restricts me, but I've yet to master painting without a pencil!
I under painted as usual, as now I realise what a difference that can make (thanks Tracey)
I used my favourite Kuretake Japanese paints.
I've still got quite a bit to go with this painting, but I know I'll not be too precious with it. 
The lettering is completely wrong and I've winged it considerably on the smaller writing by just putting some squiggles in. 
I thought I'd just show you one more photo today.
This is a large jar that sits in a corner of my patio windows. 
There are two, one either side, but it appears that we have a leak!
This happened yesterday and it's the same again today.
It's very disconcerting listening to dipping water! 
Well that'll be another job to keep newly retired hubby amused!
Locating the leak source and fixing it... at least the plants are safe for now.

I've got some very exciting news to announce soon.
I'm still working on it, but once it's sorted I'll be sure to let you know.
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend and I'll look forward to seeing you again soon.
(I'm linking to PPF as usual. Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting).

Splish splash.....he was taking a bath!

I'm virtually sitting in the dark here and its only 4.30pm due to an oncoming thunderstorm. I've been watching the skyline this afternoon, like a child eagerly waiting for a sighting of Santa's sleigh. (Yeah...I know Christmas was so last year!) But it’s been quite humid for the past few days now and I really love to enjoy a good downpour when it’s been like that. Here comes the rumbling...and there goes Muffin....under the bed! 
I noticed in our office earlier a photo that's from our days living in Brunei. It shows my son having a fun time in the tropical rainstorm. (I hasten to add that there wasn't a thunderstorm at this time ~ not a good idea under an umbrella under trees!).
I can empathise completely with his sheer delight as I'm fighting the urge to go out and dance in the rain myself : D
Well it is still warm although that rain may not be.....He even got to wear blue wellies!

( Apologies for the quality of the photo because I had to take a photo of a photo...if you follow me?)

I really wasn't going to write about the rain or storm today but don't you find writing a post can take on a whole life of its own? I'm now trying to write one handed because Muffin made a dash from under the bed to under the table by my feet. She's shaking so I'm now holding her on my lap....it's such a shame.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, todays post...
I got a little shock myself yesterday when I checked the filter for the pool I opened the top and plunged my hand in to scoop a few leaves out that were floating....or so I thought, but one wasn't a leaf!
It was a furry wee beast!
Well actually after my initial jump (and I have to confess expletive) I couldn't find where he had disappeared to? Gone...vamoosh....no trace. I can be brave about these things but I just have to know where these little #@%&*$'s go, so I kept searching but to no avail.
I decided that he had just disappeared but then when I took the pool scoop to clear leaves off the water....LOOK!

I thought I wouldn't zoom in on the first photo just in case you're not fond of furry wee beasties.... but then I suppose I should have given you a warning first ~ whoops! Well I didn't get one either.

I have no idea how he got there because it was so far from where I'd seen him, although maybe I'd flung him without thinking when I realised it wasn't a leaf in my hand...it was warm and furry!

You have no idea of the 'shinanakins' that went on, as I tried to keep him here, captive whilst I ran to grab my camera. But he did seem to like the warm sun on his back and obviously needed to dry off.

I do hope he's not going to be a regular visitor ^..^ or bring all his brothers and sisters : $
Have fun day ~ and don't forget to smile : D

Lets take a little trip to Qatar....

This post comes with a warning this morning...put the kettle on and have a cuppa...get comfortable because there are quite a few photographs today....
I'm in a reflective mood this morning it seems...I've been thinking how wonderful rain can be, especially after the hot week that we've just experienced here. Oh I know it wasn't as hot as many places on the planet, but when I heard the raindrops beating down during the night, I must admit it was a relief.
I began to think how it might have been back in the day or still is in fact in many places around the world. To not have Internet access or having the impending weather changes announced by a friendly meteorologist over the airwaves seems unimaginable in our modern technological world.
I can imagine years ago eager eyes scanning the horizon for signs of imminent rain. Homing in on primitive skills ~ smelling rain looming :-$
We knew the rain was coming yesterday and thankfully it did arrive ~ sometimes it doesn't ~ birds, plants and Muffin are very happy.
I also thought back to my garden that I tended in the desert, especially after mentioning my tomatoes in my last post. So I thought I'd show you what I managed to grow in my concrete desert garden in Qatar

Firstly I have to take you back so that you can appreciate the climate and landscape....

I have to admit this is the inland sea and not quite the plot that I had...but it gives an idea of what things used to be like...
Also a good point is if I show you a photo of 'The Sheraton Hotel' back when it was first built in 1979....
The corniche waterfront has now been completely developed...

Apologies I was getting distracted...we were talking about gardens....I wanted to show you a photo of the garden when we first arrived (nothing but a concrete square) before I started growing my plants but its hiding somewhere today : (

So anyway, here's a hanging manager ~ well you know I love them and always have to have them around me. As you can see this one is mostly filled with Petunia's.

On to some veggies... the runner beans and unfortunately I can't remember what was planted in the front little container.

 A grape vine began to explore the boundary wall with a little help of some lattice. The mushrooms have been family members for quite some time now and always cause a stir where ever they reside.

Here's part of the back wall... 
Ahh...I'd forgotten some the these friends...how could I?

The bird bath is in use here in Melbourne and a great watering hole for many little birds and critters...

One of the things that I managed to grow that really did surprise me was Sweetcorn!

They were brilliant ~ so juicy and sweet

And then the corner veggie plot...
  I always love to have fresh herbs that are just a stride away from the kitchen...

 Things at one stage seemed to be getting out of hand...
 The outside eating area became my nursery...well these delicate seedlings needed shade from the scorching sun and it was too hot for us to sit and eat...air conditioning saved the day when temperatures started to climb.

 And then there were more....

Wasn't I a busy bee...
 Here's more of the tomatoes...

The tomato wall...quite literally...but they grew so well at the side of the house on the boundary wall and the neighbour was free to pick any they could reach : )

Like beautiful red rubies...

Yet another wall....I was sorry to say goodbye to a lot of these friends plus their pots.

This was a photo of our first house in Qatar...if you look closely you can see someone special enjoying the sunshine. Yes Muffin is an expat too and has always liked the sun. This garden had two green lawns...emphasis on green.

So I think you'd better get on ~ I've taken so much of your time today. I've been aware that the last few posts have been rushed, so I wanted to take more time today and believe me it took some time to find these photos!
I hope you enjoyed your trip to Qatar....come back soon and who knows where we'll get to : D
Have a terrific Tuesday...Enjoy!

Wet Walkies

Muffin thought it was a good idea to go out into the pouring rain for her walk today. I did warn her it was near torrential out there but she still insisted.
I'm not sure she felt the same once we were out there though....
To think that for most of her life she hardly saw two raindrops join together

On to the drying process....yet again. We seem to be doing this on a regular basis here in Melbourne these last few months. But help is at hand, I've booked the groomer so at least a teddy bear cut will shorten this performance

She knows the process.....

One bonus is that Muffin loves the hairdryer. She often comes into my bathroom when I'm using it to have a quick blast. I think she may be reminiscing about the hot breeze or the warmth of the Middle East.

Don't worry Muffy hopefully the Melbourne weather will change....give it five minutes, it usually does.