Autumn: The sweet song of the robin, sleepy magpies and moongazy hares

Autumn has arrived with a vengeance here in the valley. Leaves dance out of rain sodden skies, buffeted by sharp westerly winds. The Indian summer we have been basking in throughout September is a now a distant sun-kissed memory. However the Robin who was the melodic soundtrack to September is still filling my days with its sweet song. Perched on either the Holly or Rowan tree in the garden, its song wakes me in the morning and is often one of the last birds to be heard at dusk.

Robin singing in the Rowan Tree © bevdunne

Robin singing in the Rowan Tree © bevdunne

I have been busy making new brooches to put on my Etsy and Folksy stores. As a tribute to my red border collie, Carreg who is often neglected in favour of the cat collective, I have designed a brooch based on him. I have also created a wren and a blue tit design, inspired by the many wrens and blue tits in my garden.

Sketches and ideas for new brooch designs

Sketches and ideas for new brooch designs

Red Border Collie, Wren and Blue Tit Brooches (clockwise from bottom)

Red Border Collie, Wren and Blue Tit Brooches (clockwise from bottom)

I have also begun a textile piece utilising my moongazy hare design using denim painted with bleach, floral cotton fabric, machine embroidery and sari ribbon.

Moongazy hare

Moongazy hare

Finally I spotted this family of magpies asleep in the yew tree in our garden a few weeks ago. They are there most nights and last Thursday I was honoured to watch them wake up at dawn. One by one they shook themselves, cawed loudly and flew off down the valley.  So beautiful.

Magpies sleeping in the Yew Tree

Magpies sleeping in the Yew Tree

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Welcome

So here I am with another new blog, but this time I will be recording my new adventures creating nature inspired crafts and paintings. I have just opened shops on both Etsy and Folksy and thought this would be a good opportunity to chronicle the creative process and some of my inspiration that leads to the items I will be making to sell. It will also serve as a diary for me to try out new ideas, thoughts and inspirations…and I would love feedback from anyone who reads this.

My painting Silver in the Tree completed in 2010 featuring a white hare.

My painting Silver in the Tree completed in 2010 featuring a white hare.

 

I have always loved hares and they will feature extensively throughout…but I also love other creatures- birds like raven, wren, robin and magpie, foxes, badgers, deer, cats to name but a few. I am also inspired by trees and am surrounded by them in my garden…many species such as Beech, Scots Pine, Rowan, Holly, Ash  share the garden with Robins, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Wrens, Woodpeckers, Owls, Magpies, Badgers, Bats, Foxes, Lizards, my three beautiful cats, Max, Luna and George and Red Welsh border Collie, Carreg.

Autumn Trees in the garden

Autumn Trees in the garden

 

 

Summer in the garden

Summer in the garden

 

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