When things are done before the list is written.

Big bales of silage in the fields fascinated me yesterday with their curious reflections. Updated computer frustrated my wishes, but now I begin to fit my head around the changes and all comes together.

The White Cat does so love to stalk The Eelhound.

Today is Hannah’s birthday. 23 years ago, in just under an hour’s time, she was born. Small and dark of skin and hair she came out into the world. Now she is half a world away, in a hostel in South Africa, teaching yoga, swimming, surfing. And Rosie, her hound, misses her so, but we are walking and watching the world, and wishing her a happy birthday, Slightly Salty.

Check out her blog to see what an amazing creature she has grown to be.

Today the air is smooth and cool, the heather fills the eyes with colour and paints the land.

Together we walk and think, and look for stones, and think some more. Seven ravens fly over.

Coming back we see the farmer collecting the fascinating bales. Time to wait and watch. So much to do that sometimes it is good to just stop, think, watch. I’ve books and events to promote. Books to sign. Illustrations to do. A head full of paintings.

I’ve a new list. Time now to work.

Time to draw.

Below is the sign for the door.



About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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7 Responses to When things are done before the list is written.

  1. Cecilia Hewett says:

    What a beautiful day! Many Happy Returns to inspiring Hannah, whose yoga pictures help me to remember to breathe.

  2. Love the note.
    Congratulations for Hannah’s birthday. Love Rosie’s face and all the dogs looking up at you.
    All the best for the deadline – you who are on a sabbatical. 😉
    Sandy in Bracknell

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    The Collie & The White Cat – Mmmmmmmm
    SEVEN ravens flew over – SEVEN ravens flew over. Mmmmmmmmm.
    You are a fortunate woman who Fortune ….minds.
    Keep on keeping on, Jackie

  4. The fifth photo from the bottom, the dog looks like one of your paintings!

  5. Bernie Bell says:

    Re. your Tweet of yesterday – in Orkney, clover is known as ‘Curlydoddy’. It fits.

  6. Claire says:

    heehee, I won’t disturb… only to say hello and I enjoyed the virtual stroll with you 🙂
    PS I almost put ‘Make a list’ as the first item on a to-do list – most satisfying to cross it off when I’ve finished the list!

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