Thursday, 18 December 2014


No, not to Christmas.  I am just about done with Christmas preps.  In fact I doubt I will be allowed to do any ever again. (One lives in hope) .

No I am on the countdown to the Winter Solstice.

Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet's daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. Because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along the planetary pole, as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer. Wikepedia.

Which basically means the days are shorter before it gets dark, after the solstice the earth tilts the other way and the daylight increases.
My view from the shedudio this afternoon at 3p.m.

My 'normal day' consists of me doing anything physical in the morning.  Getting up sometimes being a challenge, and getting dressed even more so.  Have you any thought on how much breath you need to bend over and put your socks on? (As you bend that squashes your lungs = no breath).

After lunch sees me down the shedudio drawing and painting.  Yes, I do have a daylight bulb down there, but when that is switched on all inspiration disappears as I feel like a 

 Hey ho.  So my pencil and paintbrush wielding is minimal.

And a painting takes forever to finish.

Here is one done and one on its way - the Cormorants could take quite a while......


 Roll on the 21st.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Prep 2.

 As explained before our Christmas Tree was from 

It came in a net.  Not as tall as we are used to and very wide at the bottom once released.

Purchased by the Dawn Patroller.  He sat and looked at it.  

This was after we had decorated it.  

And decided it needed to be taller.  So sat it on a table.  He then decided it still didnt look right.  

So while he was out I trimmed the lower branches.

As it became dark I switched on the lights.

This is not a sponsored post.

I am not allowed to use secateurs ever again.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Prep.

Yesterday was the Lighthouse Museum's annual wreath making session.  It is the only one where kids are not allowed! 

After having soaked 12 wreaths in my bath overnight and then had to haul the 12 wet and heavy wreaths into my car, out of it, and into the museum.  Plus half a garden of evergreens, masses of ribbons and secateurs, scissors.... I did not want to wrestle with a wreath.

So I stabbed an orange instead.

In the evening it was the staff Christmas Meal.

As always the Dawn Patroller takes me looking like the Wicked Witch of the North......

Today I finished off the Christmas Decorations.  Here are a few, there are more......

 And as my Secret Santa gift was a bottle of the red stuff I fully expect this will be my blurred view of the tree at Christmas. (Forgot to put the anti shake on the camera.)


Monday, 8 December 2014

December? Almost missed it.

Well, no, not really.  

 I found these lights, gifted to me but, never used before.  They reflect in the opposite window of the shedudio so I look as if all lit!  (As it took me so long to put them up they will now be a permanent feature.)

More free stuff.

 Plan being the visitors spend a lot in the shop and the cafe!!!  And we get the locals in who are always up for a freebie.  Aren't we all....

Since I last blogged I did succumb to one germ floating about .  Although the chest infection - or exacerbation as they are called (?) - cleared pretty quickly thanks to my dear GP ensuring I have antibiotics ready at home, it still knocks the stuffing out.  Plus each time it takes longer to get back up.  I will not tell you how long it took me to clamber off and on a chair to get them b***** lights up.....

But you dont need much breath or muscle power to paint!

So I was able to fulfil this commission.  

 Although the bat eared one was a worry..................   and on the photos they were sitting on a bed.  Hm. ( Says she who cant turn over in bed due to one cat up the back and one anchoring the legs.)

So bring on the rest of December.  
Secret Santas and all. (Has anyone a fool proof solution to these?)

Oh! Almost forgot.  As some of you will remember we have always prided ourselves on buying a locally grown Christmas Tree.  Well this year we struggled.   Ended up with one from Aldi tho it was apparently grown in Scotland.  Well tis a big country.

Friday, 28 November 2014

50 Shades of Grey.

No celebration of Black Friday here.  I am not shuffling along with hordes of germ riddled shoppers fighting in lumps in over heated, overcrowded shops.

First I went where there were no crowds, hopefully no germs, to my framers.  

Not only do I get a cup of coffee but words of wisdom.....

Two lighthouses to mount plus the penguin.

 Rattray Head Lighthouse at dawn - appropriately from a photo by the Dawn Patroller.

The words of wisdom led to the lighthouse being moved to the right a bit more .  Apparently there is some sort of mathematic equation one applies to draw the viewers eye in.
Well as soon as anyone mentions mathematics my brain shuts down.  So I cannot remember what it is called.  It may well be to do with thirds...... There were a lot of hand waving during this lesson.  So I just said, "Get on with it."

Not a lot of possibilities to apply the mathematical theorem to this one, so it will remain in the middle.

After a visit to my favourite place after the shed.

 Preliminary sketch of..... from the best seat in the cafe at Kinnaird Head.

I returned home through 50 shades of grey.

At 2.15p.m. this was the sky.  

 It has been like this for two days now.  From dawn til dusk.  We still have not had a frost. Hence the multitude of bugs and viruses,  unseasonably warm.  

Good job I have a daylight bulb in the shedudio as otherwise I would not be able to draw or paint.

Fortunately my hairdresser has the solution for 50 shades of grey.


Cut it off.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

John Lewis has not cornered the market on penguins.

Not being a fan of performing animals I did prefer the alternative John Lewis advert. But knowing some of my readers are possibly a bit prudish I chose not to share it here.

However the penguin is having an effect in other areas.

I received a commission to paint a penguin.

There are no penguins, to my knowledge in Buchan.

However the Dawn Patroller on one of his jaunts was at Edinburgh Zoo.

So here is my Penguin.

Which sold within seconds.

Perhaps I should do some more.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Santa on his way.

The Lighthouse Museum's third Primary age child Christmas Card Competition.

We received over a 170 entries.  Above is Chairman of the board's wife selecting a winner.


Here it is.

The DP has made the image to fit on cards and I made the cards.  Now on sale in the Gift Shop.

I also had the pleasant task of presenting the prizes to our winner.

 A Family Ticket for the museum, a hoodie with the lighthouse emblem on. a book about lighthouses, a poetry book on lighthouses, and a bag for life to put everything in.  Oh and her card being the official lighthouse card for 2014.

Comes to something when a primary school pupil is as tall as I am.