Tempus fugit …

Time flies and before you know it, it’s nearly Christmas … again!!

Having more time on my hands, “laughs”, you’d think I would have all the time in the world to update blogs, Facebook pages, twitter and so on. But no. In reality the new spare time I have is taken up with doing all those things that I didn’t have time for when I was working full time. Gym sessions, runs, walks, days out, bike rides, wild swimming and last week, walking up Snowdon. So when I looked for a particular post about cats and voles on my blog I realised that, yet again, time has no meaning when you are getting on with your life.

So how to catch up? Well, it would take ages, so at this point I’m looking forward. I’m looking forward to creating more work, I need to sort out a selling format on line. I keep saying this, I just need to do it!

I’m looking forward to getting a training regime kickstarted for a number of running challenges, biking challenges and swimming challenges, maybe a triathlon. All seems possible.

I’m looking forward to an Ultra Challenge that I’m waiting confirmation on which will take place next July. Very exciting.

I’m looking forward to clearing out the garden areas and getting them ready for a glorious show of colour next spring and summer. I planted some wonderful flowering plants in our front patio tubs, some worked, some really needed their own space to go mad.

I’m looking forward to days out with my husband and days out with friends. Exploring new places and old favourites. But most of all I’m looking forward to the spontaneity of each and every day.

A brief catch up in pictures of the year so far … a very small selection!

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Chinese New Year giveaway

Happy Chinese New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey. To celebrate I’m giving away 3 shiny red parcels. These contain scrummy, delicious BOOMF marshmallows which have been printed with some of my artwork and photos.

Which set you get will be a surprise as I have no idea which is in which box! All you have to do to win one is to like and share my Facebook page.  If you’ve already liked, no problem, just share to your friends. Names will be entered into a hat and the first three out will win one of these. Unfortunately, they are not suitable for vegetarians, but don’t let that stop you liking and sharing, you could gift them to a loved one🙂

Closing date will be Friday 12 February 2016 at midnight. Winners will be announced on Saturday 13 February 2016.

Good Luck xxx

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Bumper Birdwatch

This weekend was the 2016 Big Garden Bird Watch and I did mine on the Saturday after lunch which is usually when all the birds flock down on the feeders. I was a bit worried because visitors of the feathered kind have been a bit quiet later but I needn’t’ve worried because they put on a brilliant show.  My tally was:

4 sparrows, 2 blackbirds, 10 bluetits, 4 chaffinch, 2 great tits, 6 goldfinch, 2 collared doves, 8 long tailed tits, 2 coal tits, 5 greenfinch, 4 pheasant and 1 greater spotted woodpecker.

Other wildlife seen were the usual family of squirrels, all in a small, rural garden in North Wales among fields, trees and sheep.

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Work in progress

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Slowly adding more to the blog that is relevant to me and to my work and interests now.  Also discovering lovely new things that I can do to the blog that helps showcase my work. Have added photos to the gallery, I’ve included shots of work done and work in creation.  I do have some better photos but I need to upload them before I can add them to the gallery.  In the meantime I am getting together stuff to put in the etsy shop so if you see anything you absolutely have to have, then you can buy it. I’ve also added a contact details page if you’d like to contact me.

Today I’ve received lovely packages which are going to be freebies in a Facebook competition I’m holding to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016. If you’re interested, go take a look at my page Sarah Barker.

 

 

All updated and refreshed ready for 2016

Yes, it’s been a while, a long while, too long. But it’s a new year and a new life and if that’s not a good enough reason to resurrect the blog then I don’t know what is.  To cut a very long story short, I quit my job and am now working for myself and learning the finer details of printmaking.  The art of creating images using lino cutting, etching, drypoint, screen printing and other techniques, all hand printed and created. It’s great fun, I’m constantly learning and enjoying every minute.  I also now have more time to knit, crochet, sew, take photos, go for walks, go for runs … oh and also to lie on the sofa and read when the sloth takes over.  I’ll be adding more to the blog in the form of a gallery of creations and a shop where you can order stuff.  Watch this space.

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It is still Summer ….. isn’t it?

Seem to have woken up this morning in the middle of Autumn!  Grey clouds and very high, blustery winds, and so cold!

Any hoo, home from work and felt pretty up beat so donned the gear including skipping rope and assumed the position.

Managed my 10 sets of 20 skips equally 200 skips.  Totally knackered but pleased.

Oh, and if you follow me on twitter, I’m having a twitter break to escape all the noise!  Back soon.

Day 24 of #juneathon, where twitter and i parted company after 5 years!