View Full Version : **** Daily Wash- Monday 29th August 2011 ****
08-29-2011, 12:29 AM
Well, here I am opening the Wash from a very Chilly Western Australia, it is 1200 and I have spent all morning making Quiches as we had an abundance of eggs that had been given to us.
I am on Days off having worked on Saturday and Sunday, and as usual the Nursery is very busy, I think long gone are the days when we used to have quiet stints.
I am going to have another go at putting in the photos that I have been promising you all for ages now. I will start with the easel that Monty made for me. I have previously put one photo of it in the Wash but will put it in again so you can see it in context.
It is made of Western Red Cedar and is wonderfully light as far as weight goes.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-cjs_easel_rotated..jpg This is the set up, Monty is going to make a tray that can go on the bottom of it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-easel_with_painting.jpg Here is the easel set up with a painting on it, the section in which you put the board that your paper is taped on has quite a large range of adjustment and can fit a Full Size Sheet.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060157.JPG Here is the easel lying flat so that you can work with watercolour more easily without your washes running everywhere.
I'll out the flower pictures into a separate post.
Lots of Love Carolynn :grouphug::grouphug::heart::heart::heart::):):heart::grouphug::grouphug:
08-29-2011, 01:05 AM
OK, Me again, I will now put in the promised pictures of my flowers and gardens.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060024.JPG I have several Cymbidium Orchids and these photo's will show you the range of colours.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060142.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060143.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060146.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060145.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060147.JPG As you can see there are several colours, now each Orchid had about 5 Spikes each with about 25 blooms on each spike.
To follow are more flower and garden pics.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060098.JPG Here is one of many Blue Irises.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060139.JPG This one comes out with the Bright Yellow tips and the rest is almost white initially turning to this very very pale blue.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060150.JPG These next pics are Freesias and their varied colours.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/85215-P1060107.JPG I will now put in some general pictures of the front beds, I am not sure how well they will show up though.
A group of Blue Irises with Freesias in the background.
These are the flowers on a Yellow Kangaroo Paw that I have in a pot.
Here is a Ranunculi, and the others that are starting to open up are also quite vibrant colours too.
Well, I think that is my 15 pics so I will have to put some others in another entry later on for you.
If anyone wants to snag any of these, they are most welcome.
Must go and get myself some lunch.
Lots of Love Carolynn
08-29-2011, 02:04 AM
Good. Morning all, I am posting with the iPad from my bed :lol:
Fantastic easel Carolynn, Monty is indeed a talented man. It looks perfect for watercolours. Is that your latest painting? I didn't see it in the Gallery.
You have an amazing range of flowers, those orchids are lovely.
Must get up now, get back into my routine.
Doug, you lazy lump:D:lol:
Hi Carolynn, lovely photos. That's a great easel, and the painting looks good too!
My orchids are in flower too, they go on for such a long time don't they?
So what constitutes a chilly day in Perth?? probably higher than the mild 16C we've had here today:D
Hello to all following:wave:
08-29-2011, 02:15 AM
The painting demonstrating the easel, is a Soft Pastel that I did some time ago, in fact it was my very first attempt.
Thankyou, I am very pleased with the Easel.
Love Carolynn. :grouphug: :grouphug: :heart: :heart: :) :) :clap: :thumbsup: :heart: :heart: :grouphug:
08-29-2011, 02:27 AM
OK, back on my laptop now. I feels so decadent surfing from my bed :lol:
Good morning Lulu, you must try that red wine/white wine trick next time you get a spill ;)
Orchids are the only house plant I can grow successfully, they actually flower each year. The Streptocarpus are beautiful but generally don't survive the winter. I have taken leaf cuttingshoping to get some new plants.
My orchids are growing outside Doug, in two big pots. They don't get frosted and don't seem to mind the winter chill.
08-29-2011, 03:06 AM
Good day everyone,
It is a very bright start here today for our Bank holiday Monday.
My cat Casper woke me up at 5am this morning and I couldn't get back to sleep so have been pottering around the house and surfing the web on my laptop, and partaking of tea and bisuits:)
My back troubles are slowly easing and I can move about with not too much pain, but won't make it to work this coming week, I have rushed back too soon before when I had back problems and soon had a relapse so I am taking care this time.
Great photos Carolyn, Orchids are such amazing flowers! very nice easel too, well done Monty for making such a beauty, also that is a lovely pastel painting:thumbsup:
Doug , such luxury surfing in bed on your ipad, I hope to get an ipod touch soon which will let me get on the net away from home using wi-fi(like Geoff does)
Hello ladies from down under, hope you have had a good day and not been too cold:evil:
:grouphug: to all those in poor health, take care
08-29-2011, 03:09 AM
Windy but cool and bright here. There is what looks like a large car boot sale setting up on adjacent land to rally so obviously will go and have look when I arise properly...... Sitting on the bed with my iPod at moment!
Flowers apart from Petunias which have been excellent not a good year at all.
08-29-2011, 06:20 AM
Lulu, when I was writing the post at midday, our weathwr station said it was 13 Degrees C outside and 15 inside. Wonderfully clear blue skies thought. Monty is working until 2100 this evening unless he gets a late job then has 4 days off. And would you believe, the forcast for the next 5 days are for Rain, clearing when we are due to go back to work next weekend.
It is around 1800 just now, very dark and definitely becoming quite chilly again. I have had a relaxing "Me" day as Monty suggested although I did spend the morning making up quiches. I will slice them and Vac Pac them for take to work meals for Monty. I have been using the rest of my day to sit and relax with my Cross Stich, I'll take a photo when it is finished.
The Orchids shown are all grown outside in pots, this year we will select a couple of them that either need potting up or divididng. I am only going to do a couple every few years as after they have either been potted up or divided they don't tend to spike for a couple of years, and I don't want them all sulking all at once.
Don't know what Monty has planned for tomorrow. I have an All Day In-Service day for work on Wednesday 0800 to 1600, so I won't have to work the Friday this week, just the Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow I will book a table at a local very authentic Chinese Restaurant for Wednesday evening.
Depending on when it actually starta to rain, I might try to get in a bit of weeding. We tend to have a stroll around the garden beds most days and pull any weeds we see and any starting to flower, I like to get them before they get a chance to seed. Hopefully by doing this I will eventually reduce the amount of weeds that come up each Winter. Mind you I can't control what blows in though.
Well, see you all again later on. Hope everyone is having a great day.
Lots of Love Carolynn. :grouphug: :grouphug: :heart: :heart: :heart: :) :) :clap: :wave: :thumbsup: :heart: :heart: :heart: :grouphug: :grouphug:
08-29-2011, 06:53 AM
:wave: All Love and hugs to all hurting.
The Art Knowledge News has an amazing Constable painting (http://www.artknowledgenews.com/29_08_2011_01_21_55_salisbury_and_south_wiltshire_museum_show_constables_salisbury_paintings_and_drawings.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+artknowledge+%28Art+Knowledge+News+-+Keeping+You+in+Touch+with+the+World+of+Art...%29) today..
08-29-2011, 07:00 AM
Good Day All,
Quite chilly here. Only 46F/8C, but will warm to 80F and sunny later.
Beautiful flowers, Carolynn. Monty sure is handy. That is a very nice easel.
I, too, want an iPad, but on Doug's advice, I'll wait until it functions better. Though, I was really impressed with Doug's, and would love to have it for on the go and traveling. And bed. :) The iPad 3 is due out in February, and I'm anxious to see it.
We may shop today. Guess where, Ruth?
I'm going to the farmer's flea market this morning to pick up a scissors holder, hoping they are there. I also want to pick a few more elderberries for some fresh pie. Will take one to a couple we are visiting on Saturday.
Must work on my pen and wash challenge.
08-29-2011, 07:11 AM
I see Irene is now in Canada and about to head out over the Atlantic for the British Isles. Much flooding not seen for over a hundred years.
08-29-2011, 07:14 AM
Lovely flowers Carolyn. You gardens are a visual feast. The orchids are gorgeous.
That easel is superb and the pastel on it not too bad either :thumbsup:
Lulu :wave: The only orchids I've ever grown are feral ones that I ignore in terms of care. They're on tree branches.
Tony, glad your back is improving.
:wave: Geoff, Doug and JJ
I'm in Victoria at present, lying in bed in my Mums spare room .. Playing iPad. READ poke out tongue icon Lulu.
Good trip down and for once luck went my way. Cheap little hire car I had booked in Melbourne wasn't available so I got a free upgrade to an Audi A4 :D :evil: Hope I retain my drivers licence :lol:
Got to go sleep. Jaw worn out with all the nattering and a long day. Good to see Mum.
08-29-2011, 07:27 AM
Hi Carolynn, are your reservoirs up to normal now after all that rain?
PS Hi Annie, Hi Bill.
The iPad three isn't expected until next Spring, but who knows? It is going to be a significant improvement, hopefully a better camera and who knows maybe able to print?
The 3g version works over mobile telephone frequencies and is handy for when you out of wifi range but requires a monthly subscription. The wifi only one is subscription free.
Ellen in Ont
08-29-2011, 07:35 AM
The good news is that the cellulitis in Brian's foot isn't in the bone. The swelling is slowly coming down but he is still in a lot of pain. He had to call in sick to work as he is still going for IV antibiotics every 8 hours.
I am off now until Friday nightshift so I can get caught up on a few things on my list around here. Errands to run this morning, helping my son with a few more loads of small items to move, and at least taping paper to board to start my commission. I also have some computer work to do today and tomorrow. I will probably also start painting my son's stairway. We didn't paint before the move because we knew it would get scraped and dented. We were right.:D
My son is feeling so much better now that the new house is coming together. He was able to get up and have their morning coffee on their front deck and they are looking forward to shopping for a living room and dining room set. He is even at the point of deciding where wall decorations are going to hang. I haven't seen him so relaxed in months.:thumbsup:
Reggie - what a lot of flooding in your town. I hope water receeds quickly so the clean up can begin.
Lots of members are hurting lately. White light and lots of hugs going out to everyone who can use some.
Carolynn - great photos this morning. Monty did a great job on that easel.
I better go and get started on my day. I am heading uptown shortly. Have a great start to your week everyone.
Hi All, :wave:
Great photos Carolyn and a neat highly adjustable easel.
Doug, you sure are living the good life. Did you get breakfast as well ?
We had about 14 degrees here in the south , with a touch of sea mist later this afternoon, a good day :)
08-29-2011, 07:40 AM
Good Morning Everyone!!!
9C right now, sun is out, going up to 23C, can't hear me complaining:)
I am working in the gallery until 2:00 p.m. and playing table tennis after that. Back at the Senior Center, will be interesting how the set-up goes since we are still not in the gym.
Carolynn, your flowers and garden are wonderful!!! The easel quite fabulous and that is one beautiful painting!!! Thanks for taking the time to show us!!!
Doug, so I guess henceforth we have to have a bottle of white wine on hand even if we drink red:D
Annie, I missed that you were going to visit with your mom and am glad you had such an expensive trip:) and good visit!!
Geoff, a car boot sale right next door, how convenient is that:D
Tony, keeping :crossfingers: for your back!!
Hi Bill, Lulu and JJ!!!
:wave: to all yet to come and wishing you a good day!!
P.S. Ellen, :thumbsup: :thumbsup: that Brian's leg is getting better.
08-29-2011, 08:17 AM
Good morning! It's cool and a little cloudy in SW Ontario this morning and it's not going to warm up much more throughout the day.
I need to call the Dentist for an appointment. I broke a filling and it must be fixed asap. I'm not looking forward to that...
I need to call the vet, too, to get little Skittles in for his big surgery and his first set of shots... If he understood, he wouldn't be looking forward to his appointment, either!
I think that I'll finish up a couple of wips that I have on the go... and begin planning the compositions I'll be using for my upcoming Workshops... I have two six-week workshops to do at the Cultural Centre here in town starting September 20th (one night per week)... and we'll be working on four colour-theory examples... monochromatic, complementary, split complementary and analogous...
Carolynn, your flowers are gorgeous... I have an orchid on my windowsill... :) Monty did a terrific job of your easel! And your pastel is a beauty too...
I hope your back is feeling better as I type this, Tony!
Geoff, did you have a better night?
:envy: Bill... are you going to Ikea??????
Happy visiting with your Mum, Annie... and :thumbsup: on the car!
That's good news about Brian's foot, Ellen... stay busy today... :rolleyes: :p
Hi Uschi... have fun playing tennis back at your own Senior Centre!
:wave: Hi Doug (what fun indulgence), Lulu (pics of the new lambs???), JJ (thanks for the link), Rod (sea mist sounds so enchanting)...
It's time to get dressed and get on with my day... I hope yours is the very best possible!
08-29-2011, 08:26 AM
No, Char, it's Costco. Ruth and I have this running joke about how it seems everything we have is from Costco.
08-29-2011, 08:40 AM
Hi Bill, Ruth caught your reference to (Costco) :lol:
08-29-2011, 09:00 AM
Happy Monday Washers;
It's another lovely morning here; with sunshine and mild temps. I hope our Autumn will all be like this. This week I have Friday off to head north for a family get-together. It's our annual thing we do every Labor Day. It's the last hurrah for the kids as school begins next Tuesday.:thumbsup:
I got my Nana kisses yesterday with little Klaira. She was kind of fussy later in the early evening. She's been having some bad evenings Jen said. We think she might be teething. Kaitlyn got her first tooth at 4 months and so did my Justin. Klaira is 14 weeks old already. She still smiles all the time.
We heard from Josh while we were mall shopping on Saturday with the girls for school clothes. He's hunkered down with a friend and will stay in NYC until this Wednesday then he'll fly home to Nashville. I guess the show is done filming but he won't tell us anything. So I guess we are in the dark as to what happened and we'll just have to watch the show when it airs unless we can squeeze it out of him in the meantime.:lol: :rolleyes:
Yesterday was a positively GORGEOUS day and the mosquito's weren't too bad because we had a brisk breeze. BUT.....as soon as the breeze died down around 5pm they came out in droves...:confused:
I hope you all enjoy your day; it sounds like you all have plans. Make time for doing something creative.
Carolynn, YOUR PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS as is your GARDENS! That easel....well Monty is a genius!:clap:
:grouphug: :wave: :heart:
08-29-2011, 09:21 AM
It is a lovely day here too. Unfortunately, I have to spend it at work and not out and about with a sketchbook. Perhaps if the weather holds, my dog Zoe and I can go out sketching this evening, before the bugs get too bad.
Teething can be a bad time, for all those involved Ollie. My son was particularly bad. Two things that worked well for him were really old school. First was good old fashioned teething biscuits (basically an unsweetened hard cookie) and peppermint schnapps. Don't laught (or freak out), but he hated ora-gel the doctor recommended, and carried on worse than the teething alone. So I went back to my great grandmothers solution, and rubbed ice cold schnapps on his gums instead of the ora-gel. Both the peppermint oil and the alcohol are analgesics, and the cold helps too, and the peppermint flavor is much more pleasant than the clove oil that was in the ora-gel. And then there is always plenty for a sip or two for the parents should it get really bad.
Love the flowers and that easel looks marvelous. Think he'd make me one? Or at least share the plans?
08-29-2011, 09:28 AM
My, lots of people have been here already today.
Carolynn, what a beautiful easel! You have a talented hubby. Your flowers are lovely. I, too, have an orchid, a streptocarpus. I have had it several years and was about to throw it out because it never flowered. Put the pot out on the porch and occasionally threw some water on it. As I was about the throw it out for good, I noticed a stem growing out. Sure enough it flowered. From then on I have had it in flower for months out of each year. After a rest, it reflowers. I keep it in a south facing window in the winter and pull it back from the sun in the summer. I am thrilled it is happy.
We had a nice anniversary day on Saturday. We decided to make it a relaxing day and went to the Nature Center. Had a nice walk around the wetlands there. We had a big shopping mall built on the north side of town back maybe 12yr. now. It was located on wetland, and in order to build there they had to replace the wetland elsewhere. They moved tons of muck from the wetland out to the nature center and created a new one. The micro-organisms that were in the much repopulated the new site. I have included a few pics.
We also went out for a nice dinner downtown, sitting outside. I love the dining out. Remembered all the reasons we got married and had just a nice day.
Today we are going to wash windows. They were supposed to get done in the spring and didn't. They must get done now. We have a power washer that we use to get the job done more easily on the outside. All our screens are inside, so they will have to be taken out and hosed down. Probably will save the inside of the windows for another day.
Wishing all a happy day.
Here are the pics of the wetland. The waterlilies were lovely.
08-29-2011, 10:08 AM
I finally made it back to the wash after a very frustrating weekend. Power outage started on Saturday evening around 6, and power was only restored this morning at around 11.00. And the water went off this morning around 10.00 - I believe due to the fact that they were unable to pump to the reservoir because there was no power! We still don't have any water and I really hope it comes on by evening. Our municipal workers are on strike and the private contractors who stepped in to deal with issues while the strike is on, don't do overtime work, so anything that happens after 4pm on a Friday has to wait till Monday morning to get fixed. And people wonder why Africa is such a backward continent! It's infuriating.
Sunday was wet and cold too, so sat on top of the fireplace all day trying to keep warm, and had to heat water on the gas stove for a bath (only got about 1 inch of water). Didn't sleep wonderfully either - woke at 4.00am and couldn't get back to sleep, so not feeling very chirpy today.
Only good thing is that I did get another painting finished and took it, along with 2 others to be framed this morning.
Carolynn, loved your flower pics. My bulbs are finally showing signs of flowers - starting with the sparaxis which are beginning to open their buds - no signs of buds on the ixias or the freesias yet though. :crossfingers:
Your orchids are beautiful and your easel - :envy: - I love that it goes flat for watercolour painting - how clever.
Doug and Bill - looking forward to seeing more of your challenge pics. Loved the one you did Doug and now waiting to see what Bill comes up with.
Seems there was a lot of wine-slinging going on in the wash over the weekend :D
Annie, congrats to the Wallabies on winning the Tri-Nations! And Pat, congrats to the Wigan Warriors too for their win.
:crossfingers: that all in the path of Irene have survived with minimal damage
:grouphug: to all who need one.
See you all tomorrow
Greetings and salutations to all still to come
08-29-2011, 10:29 AM
Hi all :wave: Just zooooooooming through! coming out of a migrane fog, I was reading, but no brains to post :) I don't handle antibiotics well (aftermath of several dental visits) but they are done now. Lots of good photos and news here.
Hope you all have/had a great day, I'm off to the boxes and the discarding.....very theraputic!
08-29-2011, 11:58 AM
Busy day after the car boot sale (bought a saucepan to replace one lost in the fire and a Peter Kay DVD , that probably won't mean anything to non UK readers but he is a very funny actor from near Pat)
Thereafter went to Harrogate which was a ghost town in a Bank Holiday apart from a long queue outside Bettys Tea Rooms. Then came back the long way via Knaresborough which was solid and no ca parks, couldn't ring JudyL as her number was on the phone ........That was also lost in fire!!!!!
Stopped for a teetotal pub lunch en route and we got back light rain started.
Watched the DVD then fell asleep, most unlike me but had a better sleep last night.
08-29-2011, 03:08 PM
Good Afternoone Everyone!!!
I just got back from the gallery and am off again in half an hour but thought I'd relate a funny (weird) experience in the gallery.
I sign my paintings as UrsulaR actually use the same signature for everything. A lady came in, looked around, admired my watercolours, recognized my accent and asked me "are you Ursula". I said yes, so she told me she is Ursula too, she too paints watercolours and she too signs her paintings as Ursula but with a B at the end. She said our signatures look almost identical, she said she will change hers:D The funny thing is, she is originally from Germany but moved to France 35 years ago and is visiting here to meet the same signature:lol:
I thought it was interesting anyway:D
Other interesting thing, some time ago I bought myself slip on sandals with a 2" heel, due to my hip pain when walking I was very hesitant to wear them, but thought I'd give it a try today. I am walking in them with NO pain, weird, isn't it???
Read everything, :wave: to everyone, going to change clothes and I am off again.
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