24 November 2019


^^ I'm so grateful to have these gorgeous trees right outside the front door ^^

After a long time without writing here I am (finally) back. I wanted to come back to the blog sooner after we moved, but we had several problems with the internet, resulting in us having to rely on a 4G box thingy, which liked to turn itself off all the time, so I decided to wait until the issues were resolved, and they now are! Hooray for 'BT man Sam' who visited twice this past week!

I feel like the last month has been a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, sorting and organising (and looking for things I had 'put somewhere safe', like my pens and washi tapes for example! But finally we are 'there' and this house feels so bloody good to live in. It is quiet and peaceful all the time, with no busy road noise right outside the window. Gizmo came home a week ago and instantly slotted in to life in a new house; she seemed so much more relaxed and chilled out as soon as she got here, so all in all we are a happy bunch!

Right then, let's jump into this weeks list!

:: Having missed it when it was on TV, due to it being on a tad early for me, at 5pm, I have been catching up with Junior Bake Off and, oh my goodness, what a wonderful programme it is! I absolutely love it and cry each time it is on out of sheer happiness at how sweet all the contestants are! Whenever one of them gets upset over something that hasn't gone to plan, and one of the others runs over to hug them and give them words of encouragement, I get so emotional; they have so much empathy towards one another and it really is refreshing. I highly recommend you watch it if you need a pick me up, but warn you that you will want to immediately bake everything you see!

:: Today, finally experiencing a gap in the torrential rainfall, we drove the short journey over to Marazion beach for a walk. It has been so long since we have been there and, as I breathed in the fresh sea air, I vowed to not leave it so long, after all, being just five minutes away there really is no excuse. I picked up two thin pieces of slate from the beach, which I intend to decorate with botanical illustrations, using white paint and a fine brush and then a varnish to seal in the artwork. Keep an eye on my Leaf Lane Studio Instagram for those as I may sell them if they turn out well!

:: I have made a few pieces of work this week for clients who have ordered from my website, and it was nice to spend my first week in the new studio/office space just painting and relaxing into it again.  I created one of my 'initial paintings' for a lovely lady and a special gift for a friend too, which I can't tell you about until it is in her hands because it is a surprise; I just hope she likes it! I have been feeling so 'out the loop' lately, which I may write about on here soon as it has been a difficult thing to understand, so having time to sit and paint allowed me to do some inner reflection and try and work out what is going on with me! Maybe more on that later this month or next.

:: We let Gizmo out in the garden a couple of times today for a sniff about. I think it you are 'meant' to keep cats in two to six weeks after moving, but she was so relaxed and at home that we figured that some supervised outdoor time would be okay. She has been indoors for over twelve weeks, since she went missing at the old place, so her little face lit up when she went outside again and she went right back to her old habits of sniffing the plants and trotting about. I am so nervous about her being out again, but I know how happy she is outdoors so would never take that away permanently from her. Keeping her inside, after almost coming close to being hit by cars on the main road at the last house, wasn't a decision we made lightly, but it was totally the right thing to do, so I am happy we persisted with it. She came around in the end, but it is times like that where you wish you could communicate with your pet!

:: I did a huge batch cooking session recently and made three types of dishes to be frozen, which has been so much easier after a busy day working. I made a meatball and bacon dish and a pasta sauce, filled with veggies, but my favourite so far is the chickpea and sweet potato curry, it was super yummy and a great Friday night treat with some naan bread we bought from Morrisons! I really enjoy cooking in this new kitchen, it is set out so much better and feels great to be in, so I am far more inclined to cook properly!

:: I am noticing now that the little Cornish villages are putting up their lights and decorations ready for December and it is making me feel a little more festive too! I have struggled with that festive feeling this year so far; I am usually feeling all the magic by now and enter December in a full on Christmas mood! I decided to make some Christmas cards too and have been chopping the card this afternoon ready to start painting the various designs. I am thinking that doing the cards will help get me in a more festive frame of mind! What do you do to help ignite your Christmas spirit?

:: On the subject of Christmas, Joe made some mince pies yesterday! I'm sure he won't mind me telling you that cooking isn't his 'thing', it really doesn't interest him in the slightest, but one Christmas, about two years ago, he wanted to make mince pies and set about looking for recipes. Recipe found he set to work; about three years later he had made a batch of mince pies. I would like to add that, this years 'test batch' as they are known, only took an hour! All that said, and jokes aside, I have to say that they are really delicious, they really are, and I would greatly encourage further cooking experience (but I don't think it will happen!).

I will leave it there for now but hope to be back to my usual schedule of two posts a week now, so please do come back and visit soon! Have a wonderful week!


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