Hello, if you have arrived from
Darcy's Postcard Challenge
and don't particularly want to read about
what has been good about my week,
please scroll on down.......
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For my first Rocking post of 2012
I'll put this list of gratefuls into context:
The wind here is not just blustery, it is gale force.
The rain has been absolutely lashing down
(and dripping through the conservatory roof).
It's been the dreaded return to school/work week.
The days are short, the nights too long.
Pay day is such a lonnnnnnnnnnnng way off.
Ok? You get where I'm coming from?
Bearing all that in mind, you'll understand that
it's the little things that have made a
difference this week.
Full English Breakfast
out with Grant, Luke and Hope on
Bank Holiday Monday.
A real treat on the last day of the Festive break.
Cooked by someone else,
not a pot, pan or plate for me
to wash up.
New Year's Day,
when Grant's family came to us for lunch.
It was lovely to see Karen and Barry,
and Grant's parents John and Barb.
We started planning our 2012 summer holiday
when we'll all be going away together :o)
I managed to come up with some good ideas that
actually helped DD Hope with
her Photography homework.
Kickstarting my creative 2012
with various 'arting' challenges.
probably definitely committed myself
to far too many but I'll see how I get on.
Nothing else for a while
(famous last words!).
The great news that my work colleague and
friend Sarah enjoyed a lovely family Christmas
and New Year. They've been through
some tough times together recently
and it made me super happy that they shared
such a special time together too.
Watching 'The Imbetweeners' film together.
It's so difficult to find a film that all four of us
want to watch. We got this dvd for Luke
for Christmas. It's SO inappropriate
and yet SO funny, especially if you have a
teenage boy in the family.
Well, that's about it!
I'll post this with Virginia as usual
and later I'll go 'Rocker hopping'
to read what everyone else has to cheer about.
And now for something completely different.....
It's Week 1 of Darcy's Postcard Challenge.
This is such a brilliant idea,
loosely based on Nick Bantock's books
A postcard is to be made each week,
'from' a country specified by Darcy.
However, not only is the postcard to be made
but they will be 'sent' to and from 2
The 'correspondence' between the 2 characters will,
over the course of the 52 weeks, tell their story.
Darcy has explained it far better on her blog -
if you click
you can read her
I have decided that my 2 characters will be
1 Police Detective Inspector Clark
and a 'gentleman jewel thief' on the run,
2 Lord James Forsyth.
The first country Darcy has set is
My postcard is of an Alpine Marmot.
To add texture, I lined my postcard with
torn paper which I gessoed.
Over this I drew an Austrian style background
(I was thinking of The Sound of Music
as I was 'arting'!),
and added colour using
Inktense watercolour pencils.
I lightly gessoed again over the top to
mute the rather over-bright colours.
The marmot photo was cut out,
extra colour added with the watercolour
pencils, charcoaling round his edges
and finally gave him a little Austrian flag to wave.
The mountains in the background were given a
dusting of snow (glitter glue), and the flowers
edged with charcoal to subdue them a bit.
On the back.....
Dear Detective Inspector Clark,
So you're reopening my case files. Again! You really want to see me in prison, don't you?
I thought of you when I saw this local alpine marmot. They also are not well suited to heat and they emit a shrill whistle when they spot a predator - just like you when you saw me escaping the diamond heist of '95!
Lord James Forsyth
PO Box 9553
Be not concerned about the PO Box details given
by Lord Forsyth, he will not get caught that way!
There will be information about his mail
collection in later postcards.
The cat and mouse doodles are Lord Forsyth's
attempt at humour. Does he see himself as
the cat or the mouse, I wonder?!
I had to get quite a lot of information in on the
first postcard, so it might seem a little garbled.
Hopefully subsequent postcards
will have less writing.
Darcy's challenge is going to be great
fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what
everyone else does for each week's theme :o)
(I'm still finishing the book that all 52
postcards are going to be stored in........).