Tuesday, 5 June 2018

T Stands for...Thank You....and transfers

Hi everyone! I really must thank everyone for putting up with my lateness in visiting blogs - I hope things will get back to normal quite soon now I have got myself more organised! Going away and going out so much perhaps wasn't such a good idea when I was trying to finish projects!!!

Once again though, we have been enjoying more gardens - this really is my favourite time of year(at least until Autumn!)
Last week we had to drive right past the entrance to Styall Mill(also known as Quarry Bank)so after completing our errand we decided to go for a walk!
The rhododendron walk that opened up last year was lovely

We saw so many bees - this one posed beautifully!

Some of my favourite flowers are blooming at the moment..
Another path that has been made and opened gives a lovely view of the restored greenhouse as well as the heated greenhouse and the gardener's cottage.

Aren't these irises the most beautiful colours?
 We were heading down to the lower formal garden...
...via these steps - there was a warning at the top!
 Great to find some ferns that hadn't fully unfurled and lovely rotten tree stump - a lovely home for some lucky creatures!
This made me smile - the bulb leaves had been cut and were collecting falling petals making them look like a new variety of flower!!  

Love this colour!

I found a bench to sit on till hubby caught me up
A little bit of going up hill and we were headed back to the car park.
 This made me very happy - so many different grass have been left to grow - you can see in the background that there is still a lot of work to be done on the new car park but it is so much better then the old one.
Finally the little pond on the entry path.
If you would like to see Styall earlier in the year the post is here.
Of course the reason for being here today is to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday.
We didn't stop for coffee last week so I have found a photo of our two for the price of one afternoon tea at our local garden centre at the beginning of May.
We ended up taking a doggy bag home (as did quite a few folk)
so that hubby could finish off the cakes!!We arrived just after they began serving so that our afternoon tea was our late lunch!!

As it's Tuesday can I also remind you that 'She's got the look', our theme at Try It On Tuesday still has almost a week till closing.
I had a bit of a warm up play with something I have recently seen on several blogs, that I first saw on Brigit Koopsen's's blog while doing the Gelliplate challenge.
Image transfer straight onto the gelliplate.
I must confess it took a few tries before I was happy but I think I will be making a few more of these!
I would like to enter at Art Journal Journey for Gill's theme 'Inspired by' (Brigit Koopsen)
Country View Challenges - The Written Word

Thanks for looking, Chris


froebelsternchen said...

One single word: A * M * A * Z * I * N * G!

Such fantastic photos! I am in awe of this garden photos and I LOVE your fantastic page for Art Journal Journey dear Chris! Thank you so much for this beautiful page! - Terrific! I love the kind of abstract collage you made here..the colours and collaged bits are super in my eyes!
Happy T-Day - your hubby's smile is priceless!

Hugs, Susi

Dianne said...

Your garden photos are breathtaking and i love them all! what a cool theme "she's got the look," and love your geliplate transfer piece! awesome journal page...and YOU are a work of art too! ♥ happy T day!

Linda Kunsman said...

what a gorgeous garden-and photos Chris!!! Wow! And that lunch- I don't think I've ever seen so much in a single serving. Love your journal page- that transfer came out beautifully! I have yet to play around with transfers on the gelli plate. Wishing you happy T day!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful photos, what a beautiful place to visit, love those rhododendrons. Great journal page, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

oh WOW I am so happy you shared all of these lovely photos of the gardens and flowers with us-I really really enjoyed all of it-so much so I went back and took a closer look.
what an awesome place to be able to walk and admire everything.
your art is great-always-hugs
happy T Day Kathy and no worries at all about visiting me late-when ever is good for me-

Mrs.B said...

A great post Chris and I love the Gelli plate transfer.
Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos, we visited Styall Mill about 3 years ago, such a lovely place but lots more to see now.
Avril xx

Lenie said...

Yes Chris, the rhododendrons are beautiful. Two weeks ago I was in a park and there were only rhododendrons blooming. Not anymore now. There are some photos on my blog. You made beautiful photos from the other flowers too. I enjoyed the walk. Everything is blooming more than last year! Your spread is wonderful too.
Dear greetings, Lenie

Meggymay said...

I can see from the photos why you love going for a walk in those gardens. The flowers looked beautiful.
Your lunch/afternoon tea looks delicious, I think we would have taken some home for later as well.
I loved your She's got the look page, its a super transfer image.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

Helen said...

loving the iris you admired so much - fabulous colour combination, not seen that variety before. the peonies are stunning too. Great page, to finish with.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, so many beautiful flowers today! I loved visiting the gardens with you, aren't they amazing this time of year and those Iris looks so majestic with their pretty frilly petals 😁. Your afternoon tea looks so delicious, I can see why you needed to take some of it home 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊 x

Divers and Sundry said...

You picked a great day to visit the gardens, and you got such wonderful shots. That bee! Wow! Happy T Tuesday :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had an appointment at 9 am, then off to the bank and PO. After that I went grocery shopping at two stores. Got home, put groceries away, and because I hadn't slept since Sunday, I promptly fell asleep. Just woke filled with angst since I had not checked my blog until now!

I love all the flowers you shared. All my irises are gone. They lasted less than a week. And I don't think my peonies even bloomed this year. Your photos made them real to me. I really enjoyed your walk, right down to the lovely ferns and rhododendron.

Of course, the beautiful flowers didn't compare to the fun look on T's face when you two had all that food and tea to share. It certainly looked like a BIG fare to me. Thanks for sharing these goodies and drinks with us for T this Tuesday.

I want to learn that transfer technique, so I was hoping you left a link. I think yours turned out great. She IS a work of art. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, dear Chris.

My name is Erika. said...

I got distracted after reading your post since I needed to find out how you made that fabulous image transfer. Very nice art piece, and I need to try this now too. And wow, another fabulous fabulous garden. There were so many beautiful flowers blooming so you went at the perfect time. I want some gardens like those near me. Thanks for sharing those photos. Hope it was a fantastic T day. Hugs-Erika

Kate Yetter said...

Oh my! The flowers are so GORGEOUS! I have never seen so many beautiful varieties in one place. And yummy food! I am so glad that you shared the pictures.
Happy Tea Day,

johanna said...

i loved walking with you through all these blooming routes... just my taste of leisure time! and i´m really highly impressed by the gelli-transfer piece, it turned out fantastic!
looking forward to your trip to vienna later in the year... it´s such a beautiful town.
happy t-day, chris xox

Gibby Frogett said...

Oh it was lovely seeing all those beautiful flowers Chris and imagining what it woud be like to walk there. Those Irises were lovely and such unsual colours and those cakes your hubby had looked very yummy ....sigh :)
Your artsy page is really cool and fabulous and I just can't imagine how you did that image transfer so I will have to investigate that further - thank you for inspiring me :) and thanks for sharing what inspired you and joining in at AJJ.
Have a great day.... Gill x

Redanne said...

Oh wow Chris, it is about 3 years since I visited last and it looks so beautiful now with the improvments. I love the gorgeous purple Iris and the Peonies are stunning.

Your page is beautiful, I love how the image transfer turned out, it looks amazing!! Hugs, Anne xx

Rita said...

Absolutely gorgeous there!!
Looks like you and the hubby had a refreshing break.
Sweet page. Hope you have a great week. :)

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Today I'm the late one, Chris. I don't know when my life will settle down. So I thank you for your patience in advance ;-)

The iris photos are gorgeous! Your hubby eats all the desserts and doesn't put on a pound? Life just isn't fair, is it?

Great page for AJJ. I think your image transfer result is amazing.

Belated Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

Rita said...

Gorgeous pictures Chris. Really spectacular. Hope you're both well. Hugs Rita xxxx

butterfly said...

Very cool Gelli play - and what spectacular floral photographs.
Alison x

rachel said...

Great make Chris - and it was lovely to see your photos too - not been there for a long time! Must go again soon! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel x