Working on angel paintings

As suggested I have begun working on an angel painting for the local hospice. When mum was in the hospice I noticed that there was a notice board in her room so that things could be pinned on to it. Obviously nobody is going to send a get well card to someone in a hospice 😬 but maybe some people may like to put an alternative card on the board.

My mum although a believer would not have appreciated an angel card 😳 it would have probably frightened her which is strange as she knew about my beliefs, I tried my best to reassure her that death isn’t the end because I believe it’s the beginning.

Hopefully now she’s living the dream 😉

Obviously all the same angel different colours and wording. 😉

Awake in the night.

I went to bed early much to Mia’s disgust, so she decided to keep jumping on and off my feet until I got up. She wanted some fuss then laid on the sofa beside me and instantly fell asleep! Not only am I ruled by the moon, I’m ruled by the cat as well! ❤️

I’ve been thinking!

I’ve been thinking, dangerous I know! Anyone who knows me well knows that it’s a year ago on Christmas Eve that my mum passed away in a local hospice. I will be forever grateful to the loving care they gave to my mum, nothing was too much trouble for them and my mum passed away peacefully and pain free.

This was the view from her window
They had fairy lights in the trees which looked beautiful in the night.

I vowed that I would give something back to the hospice to help them raise money and I thought I would take some of my art prints and a range of cards.

My sister and I would go into the little shop in the hospice reception. and buy things almost every day and it was a great way to raise money for them.

When I was creating some cards today I remembered how I was feeling at that time, trying to keep going and trying not to let the grief overcome me. It suddenly came to me, perhaps motivational cards would be nice. They could be on sale all year round.🙂 Below are a few that I did this afternoon. Any motivational quotes you care to share with me would be appreciated.

My favourite!

My husband has just reminded me that not everyone likes cats 🙀 so tomorrow I will try my hardest not to include cats 😉

Elaine ❤️😇🌹

Gallery visit

One of my neighbours asked me if I would like to accompany her to an art gallery to see the new artwork created by a local artist. She had done some promotional posters for him and he had invited her along to this private showing which was being held in a nearby town.

It began at 7pm but my neighbour said it wasn’t fashionable to arrive first! So she drove very slowly to the venue, so slowly in fact that it caused the person driving behind us to blow their horn 😬

After three attempts to park near to the venue my neighbour managed to get a space close to the gallery and we walked inside. Within minutes we were both offered either orange juice or wine. We both had orange juice 😇 😇

I noticed that people were clambering to get near to the artist who paintings were being displayed which made me smile. We walked around looking at his paintings on the walls stopping many times to talk to my neighbours friends, she introduced me to them telling them I was an artist 😳 which made me feel embarrassed because I don’t class myself as an artist, just someone who likes to paint.

My neighbour wandered off trying to catch a few words with the “artist “ and I hung back looking at some of the other work on the walls. I saw some gorgeous art on the walls a Lowry type painting and although the figures weren’t matchsticks the colours were beautiful and some fantastic glass birds, fishes and cats 😊. Why is artwork so expensive. 😭

Later I was talking to a man and we were stood near the most expensive piece of artwork in the gallery. Someone had just bought it and the gallery owner was putting the reserved sticker on it. “ You weren’t wanting this one were you she asked”. “No it’s okay” we both replied then looked at each other and laughed. “ Are you here to buy” the man asked me. “No” I replied, “are you”? “I’m not, he said, I just like the wine and a trip out. 🙄

My neighbour finally got the chance to speak to the artist, she didn’t introduce me to him thank goodness 😊 and then we came home.

That was my first trip to a gallery and hopefully not my last but next time I would prefer to be early so I could have plenty of room to walk around.


We have had Mia one week and a day now and she has settled in so well. She tends to follow me all round the apartment occasionally making little gurgling noises to make sure I know she’s there. I was asked if I was going to paint her, well this is my first attempt.

The sleeping cat.

Flooding update!

The nearby river level peaked in the night and thankfully didn’t spread into our car park. Lots of leaves have fallen overnight which is a shame because I was enjoying looking at the vibrant colours.

Meanwhile Mia couldn’t care less as long as she has a full belly and the occasional stroke she’s happy. She has two cat beds yet she seems to prefer the floor. We’ve noticed that she sleeps in the hallway on a night. Possibly so she can keep one eye on us at all times 🙄

Flood alert again!

We’ve just had another flood alert! Although it’s lovely living near a river it’s a bit of a pain having to move the car. The trees are releasing their leaves 🍁 beautiful colours still surround us.

Outside the kitchen window, the brook which overflows.
You can see the river through the trees. It’s been raining all day long, next will come the rainfall from the surrounding hills.