Thursday, 8 April 2010

Home again

I am pleased to say that we are now back home and Mum is with us.  Her pacemaker was eventually fitted last Wednesday and she is healing up well, just needs to get her strength back and a bit of confidence and she’ll be well away.  Thank you, everyone, for all the lovely thoughts and wishes that you have left here as comments and sent to us.  It has been wonderful to have such supportive friends.  Bloggers are wonderful!

Needless to say there hasn’t been much happening on the creative front.  I am trying to get my Journal Quilt for April finished but it is going to be a bit of a sorry effort as I am low on interest and enthusiasm at the moment.  Temporary I’m sure!

So, what can I tell you?  Before we went to see Mum we had an overnight  in Nottingham meeting up with one of my DH’s blogging friends and the next day I took my DH back to the Rock Cemetery that I had taken Susan Lenz to.  DH had a great time finding lots of inspiration for his photography and he is currently blogging about it.  We explored areas of the cemetery that I hadn’t had chance to look at with Susan and I found some wonderful textures that may provide backgrounds for some future digital images. 

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I haven’t had time yet but I am looking forward to manipulating these images in Photoshop.

There are some beautiful sculpted headstones in the cemetery, some of which are broken like this one below.

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This obelisk above has some interesting markings on it which could easily be interpreted in stitch.

Although it was a really blustery day and I had forgotten to take any masking tape with me, I did manage to make a few rubbings of the images and lettering on the headstones.

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The first two are on silk and the third rubbings are on a piece of previously dyed cotton.  Some of the flowers on the stones are beautifully carved and I hope to incorporate some of these rubbings into a piece of work. 

I don’t think I am going to be very active in blogland for a while, especially while Mum is here but I will be looking in at everyone’s blogs.  At last we are having some lovely Spring days so I hope you will all be enjoying the sunshine over the weekend.  Isn’t it wonderful to see some colour at last?  I can’t wait for the Magnolias to flower, they are an amazing plant.  I shall have to go for a walk in my neighbourhood and photograph some as we don’t have any in our garden.

 

16 comments:

Jan said...

So pleased your Mum is home and getting lots of TLC ,your textures are lovely as are your rubbings ..love Jan xx

PeggyR said...

Oh I'm so glad your mum is home! Love seeing your textures!

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Hi
I am so pleased to hear good news about you mum. It sounds like you need as much TLC as your mum does. The rubbings are great and I can't wait to see if you use them in journal quilts. I visited this cemetry a few years ago but have an urge to go back again after your visits

Trudi said...

Glad to hear you are all home safe and well. Good news about your mum too! Enjoy the sunshine and rest a while!

sweetypie said...

hey jules really pleased to hear about your mum...you have got me thinking about gravestones now will we see you monday?

Ro Bruhn said...

So glad your mum is home and on the mend. The graveyard rubbings are fabulous, being such a young country we have very few really old cemeteries, especially with such magnificent head stones.

Gina said...

Pleased to hear Mum is on the mend! Your rubbings are fantastic... what did you use to make them?

Angela said...

Thats great news about your mum. Your rubbings look interesting, I'm sure your going to be very creative with them.

Emma said...

Love your rocks & rubbings. So glad your mum is on the mend.

We'll be here when you 'get back', but don't forget, we all need 'me time' :)

maggi21 said...

Glad to her that your mother is home Julie, I am sure she will go from strength to strength now. You have some great textures there.

Heather said...

So pleased your Mum is doing well and now with you. She'll get proper rest, lots of love and care and you must be so relieved. The rock textures are wonderful and your rubbings are very inspirational. Enjoy the sunshine.

Sue Wild said...

What lovely photos of the graveyard and the rubbings too. I hope that your Mum will continue to make good progress.

Wendy Coyne said...

Great news that your mum is doing so well :) What did you use to do the rubbings? Crayon? They look superb and I may need to do some. I love your angel photo too. We had a wonderful blue sky day today didn't we? I hope you were able to enjoy it

sharon young said...

Great! so glad your Mum's recovering and is home with you, it must be a huge releif.
Love the texture shots and the Angel statue is realy inspiratioanal.

JP said...

glad all has gone well - take care

Jacquelines blog said...

Great pictures Julie!!!