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  1.  Introduction to the Fluttery Ones
     
    Open Speckled Wood in the Ceramic Garden
     
     
     
     
    Starting something simple like clearing the garden can fan into flame many new creative ventures.
     
    My garden was crying out for some special attention. I was spurred on by something I wrote in an earlier blog about creating a fun garden for the soul.  Flowers can feed the soul, so why not improve the garden.
     
    Our garden is a challenging size. I decided to give a little chunk of time a day and now I have spent about five weeks weeding, clearing, finding corners that were choked with bind weed and thorns. Spaces are opening up now and what flowers and fruit to fill those spaces with  are my new thoughts.
     
    The changes to my soul are very clear.
    The experiment has shown me that horticulture calms the soul and also brings even more benefits.
     
    What are these Benefits?
     
    We will be getting visitors for my involvement in Drawn to the Valley, which is a local Open Studio event at the end of August and early September.
    I will give more details of this soon. The big bonus is the garden is literally getting ready to meet people.
     
    I have placed ceramics in the garden to create a unique Sculpture area. The garden is being tended and becoming an art experience.
     
    Yet the biggest bonus, added to the calming and relaxing effect of my daily stint in my green space, is the  profusion of wildlife.
     
    My Garden is now becoming  Butterfly  and Moth Heaven.
    The Butterflies and Moths are going to visit the Blog very often as well as I am developing a passion for learning about them and photographing them.
     
     Do Visit and see.
     

    Speckled Wood on Blackberry somewhere in Torpoint

    Both these Photographs were taken in my garden in Torpoint. It is a photo of a Speckled Wood. They love blackberries!!!
     
    More Butterflies will be visiting. I will be searching for a chance to photograph a Peacock, an unexpectant treat to see unfirling it's wings with the colours of a Peacock's eye on it's wings.
     
    I will be making Butterflies in Ceramics and will have them available in the Drawn to the Valley exhibition in my studio with it's dates soon to be announced.
     
    This is going to be a life time interest. I think!!
     
    Don't forget do tell me your experiences with Butterflies or which ones you really like.
  2. Refreshing water

     
     
    It is coming up to the second anniversary of my website and blog.
    I wanted to thank everyone for visiting over the past two years. and there has been some good news to pass on about visitors.
     
    In May I had  many more visitors and a number of records were made. There were 2684 total visitors for the month of May and there was a huge volume of 125 vistors on one day alone. Interestingly,  a few days ago, there was very high activity of people viewing the individual pages. Usually, the  newest entry of the blog and  the guest book gets looked at in popularity but again the trend has been that more people look at other parts of the blog also.
     
    This experience of writing on the internet to a potential audience has meant that I can talk about many different subjects which really interest me. It  inspires me to research as well.  It also allowed me to put some poetry on the site.
    One huge inspiration has been to begin to tranform my  real garden. I wrote about devoping a fun filled garden outlook on life. This has been transformed into a real garden activity with plans ultimately of bringing more butterflies into the garden and placing ceramics into it as well.
     
    I would love to know who the real people are who visit the website? If ever you respond to any of the blogs, it would really making the website even more interesting.
     
    Here are the plans that I have about the next three months.
     
    • Taking Christian Art outside in the Cornish beaches and moors.
    • Looking for unusual photos of the everyday.
    • Creating a little piece about the " Dock Dung China" which I call Willow Pattern.
    The internet creates access to so much information that the brain can be overwelmed with the noise and image output. My human spirit needs quietness for a place of reflection and  for comfort to thrive. I want my website to reflect this and create a place of peace and enjoyment. I don't want to add to the noise but create an effect like a garden online where people can sit and  have some rest.
     
     
    The photograph above is one of my favourite ones in the grounds of Cotehele House in Cornwall.  It represents what I want my website to feel like when a person visits.
     
    Thankyou again for visiting and please do return. 

         

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