38/14: flower photography in france

Whilst holidaying in France, there is no reason why you still can’t be creative. I have managed photography, Calligraphy, and soon I plan to do some sketching.

  Allow me to share a couple of shots taken around  Argenton-sur-Creuse.

pretty potted garden

pretty potted garden


flowers along the Creuse beyond the bridge

flowers along the Creuse beyond the bridge

37/14: my folk art phase: out of the laundry onto the porch

Back in the late 1990’s I was heavily into folk art, attending weekly lessons where I created various items decorated with painted pictures. This reflected a cosy cottage décor. I have a few less knick-knacks around the house, and my tastes have become more centred on an Art Deco theme.

One of the things I enjoyed painting were mammies, who now reside on the laundry porch, so I still get to keep them, but have more room inside, a win-win situation.

folk art shoe shine box

mammies on the porch (1)

36/14: fancy that – art deco style

Knowing we were returning to Napier, New Zealand, on our cruise in January 2014, dubbed “the Art Deco capital of the southern hemisphere”, I came up with the idea of taking some dress-ups and doing our own little photo shoot as a different type of souvenir.

As well as accosting an unsuspecting passer-by to take the shot I had set up, we had the enjoyment of other passengers from the ship thinking we were two of the locals, who habitually dress up when cruise ships are docked. It was amusing when we turned up at the dining room for dinner that night, still dressed in the same gear!

Here is my favourite photo from that day:

Art Deco fancy dress