“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Sunday, 1 March 2015

My Sunday Photograph... Robin learning new skills

 I'm aware that my blog name is Neesie Natters but I have hardly said a word all week 
(which is a phenomenon in itself)
andcan you believe it that here we are in March already?
I thought I'd share a few photos of my garden friends today. 

I watched this particular robin perfect a new skill... hovering whilst trying to feed.
He's obviously seen the other birds and thought why not?
He worked so hard it made me think that it was a lesson for us all.
Don't worry he received a bigger reward later... I placed new flat sticks into the holder and he was able it stand on one whilst indulging.
It's obviously his favourite treat.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky
If you'd like to see the photos in more detail then carry on skrolling down...

Have you got a favourite wildbird and do you have bird feeders?
Have a great day everyone.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Paint Party Friday... Japanese Paints

It's been a funny kind of week, busy as usual but with very springlike weather giving us hope of things to come. 
But the highlight had to be that I finally received my Japanese paints in the post.
It was just enough to look at the box never mind opening them to play.

I've been very pleased with my time management because I've actually been able to paint at least for some time every day, which is incredible for me.
I've also managed to spend some time in the garden too.
I've dug borders AND weeded. (Are you impressed?)
I did find a little cat bell in one of the borders, that had obviously become detached from one of our neighbours cats, during one of their forays through the garden no doubt.
We have three cat callers regularly... much to Mufftypups disgust. 
I thought it would be fun to give it a little tinkle, but Muffy's reaction was way over what I expected. Rapid eye movement, head on a swivel and rushing around in every direction.
She obviously thought that there was a cat in need of eviction! 
She had no idea that the bell was in my hand. I know... cruel but fun.
Now I can have play whenever I want.
 I can't wait for the next time that she's hiding in the undergrowth when I'm frantically calling her. 
She has a tendancy to play this game from time to time and just won't come out no matter how urgently I'm calling her or what I'm saying.
Even my trump card of  ' Chicken' doesn't work. Minx!
Now just a little tinkle from the magic bell has her charging from the undergrowth like a raging bull.
The mystery of the invisible cat!
 Anyway... back to the paints. 
I produced a colour chart as I think I'm supposed to do and it was really fun painting Mr Fox.
Why a fox? 
Well I've seen a magnificant fox in our back field but I'm hoping he stays near the woods although I suspect he may have come nearer to the house last week because we had a casualty... 
or should I say a corpse on the lawn. 
A headless poor wood pigeon to be precise.
I'm thinking it was the fox because...
1. Mr Fox looked extemely well fed and healthy, so he can obviously look after himself and...
2. The wood pigeon had no head which I believe is what foxes do to chickens.
I could be wrong, but I'm keeping a close eye on Muffy when she's out in the garden.
With all of the lovely weather we've been having this past week I've certainly got spring in mind. 
We've gained an extra hour of daylight either side of the day, which has made such a difference. 
The birds are singing at the top of their voice, trying to out do each other and the bulbs I planted with such high hopes last year are peeking up through the soil.
With the flowers about to pop I wanted to paint something for spring and because a cuppa is never far from my hand, I thought a flower filled tea pot was the perfect paint project.
I'm still unsure of the paints... we're like strangers but each time we meet over a cuppa we're getting more and more familiar with each other.
I think we're bonding well and may form a firm friendship for many years to come.
Because it's Friday I think it could be party time, so I've linked up with Kristin and Eva at Paint Party Friday. 
This week features Boo's work along with many other artists work.
Paint Party Friday
 Why don't you take a peek?
Or how about Sunday Sketches
Have a wonderful weekend everyone... have fun and hopefully the sun will shine.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Sourdough, Spring and Sunshine

Helloooooooooo... is there anybody there?
I know I've been neglecting my blog which is not what I planned.
It seems Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have taken over my online time, they just seemed to sneak in and take over... but now I'm aware of that I'm going to do something about it. 
The good news is that my laptop finally made it to A&E and should be ready by Saturday to come home... woohoo
The Geek Squad (and that's the real name for the guys looking at it) didn't seem to think it was that much of a problem. I thought I'd need a seat and at least a cuppa of strong tea to be told the bad news. Many of you might be thinking why on earth doesn't she just get a new laptop, but in my own defence... it's not going to cost a fraction of what I thought it would to get it fixed... but more to the point there is SO much junk, stuff crutial information stored on it, that I need it back to sort through everything and transfer it to a seperate hard drive at least. 
So what's been happening?
Well the craft fair last weekend went really well. 
It was a first for us but everyone made us feel so welcome. 
All of the other store holders were lovely and helpful. 
They nattered, exchanged experiences and expertise with the newies on the block which was very generous of them. They are like a little crafty community. 
And gues what?
 We were incredibly lucky to be next to the baker Vicky from 'The Little Sourdough Bakery'. 
She bakes a range of speciality sourdough pastries & breads.  Yummy!!!
Of course we had to sample her products (and bring home lots) to check them all out. 
The Blueberry and white Chocolate Sourdough Loaf was possibly my favourite.
But there were lots of wonderful goodies... 
Here's a link if you want to start drooling The Little Sourdough Bakery

Before we entered the Bon Accord Centre on Sunday where the The Crafters Roadshow was to take place the church bells rang out. I adore church bells but I'm not so sure the seagulls perched nearby do. I hope you're noticing that glorious blue sky. 
 In fact we've been having fantastic weather over the last week or so. 
The kind that I love during winter. 
Crisp frosticles with glorious sunshine and clear blue sky. 
Just perfect.
I've been posting photo's on instagram lately, so you may have noticed them or if not on instagram... I have the feed on my sidebar here on the blog, so that you don't miss them.
 This photo was taken in a local park. 
Duthie Park is a park of 44 acres which was donated to the city by Miss Duthie in 1880 and opened to the public in 1883. Mufftypup loves this park but then there are so many others in Aberdeen and fantastic dog walks it's difficult to choose a favourite.

 But don't dispair if you need a little spring... it's taking a peek.
(in a whispered voice...) there's actually a little warmth to that sun.
Yep I kid you not... you just have to make sure that you are out of the wind if its blowing. 
The birds are twitterbaiting (Bambi reference here) and sounding absolutely delighful plus there's little bulbs and shoots appearing everywhere.
I've even managed to dig a border during the earlier part of this week.
It's all looking good and certainly heading in the right direction with an extra hours daylight already. 
I'm keeping a close eye on developments!
So that's it for today... I know there was lots to tell you, but I know you're busy and that's possibly the end of your coffee or cuppa break.
I must dash... but it's great to see you again and I hope that I won't be so long with the next post.
Have a great day
Pass on a smile 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Paint Party Friday... Sunrise Watercolour and Valentine Postie

Hello Party People... I managed to finish the sunrise watercolour I brought to show and tell last week, so here it is...
I'm late coming to link up today and I can't stay long because we (that is my daughter and I) are keeping the romance alive out there. 
My daughter's art and illustration business is well and truly flying. 
So much so that I've had to leave household chores (heartbroken... NOT!) and everything that's on my current to do list to give her a hand. 

Here's my daughter with the cards and presents for one postal run.

 As you can see there's a fair few love birds out there...

It's warming to see such affection out there especially when everything's chilly, frosticles and covered with snow. 
But take heart spring seems to be taking a peek... 
There's a slight warmth in the sun light AND we've already added an hour to our day light.

We're getting ready for my daughter's first craft fair, so as many of you will already know... there's masses to organise and prep to do so I must fly.
Have a wonderful weekend and I will come to visit all who visit me... promise!
It might take me some time and I am aware that I've still got some PPF peeps to visit from last week... but I will 
Paint Party Friday 
 Toodleloo for now

Sunday, 1 February 2015

My Sunday Photo... Cozy Wood Burner

I had to open my mouth didn't I and say that we'd had no snow...
Well not twenty-four hours after making that statement it arrived. 
The wind has been blowing an icy blast (apparently from the Artic) all day and now snow has arrived with it. 
Hence this Sunday's photo is of our inglenook with the wood burner blasting out heat.
You just can't beat it on a day like today. 
The large tree trunks to the side of the burner are from a friends garden... they chopped down a tree some time last year, so it's perfectly dried out now and ready for burning.
I'm linking up with Darren over at onedad3girls.com once again
Have a great Sunday everyone
I'm off to have play in the snow... what are you up to? 
Whatever it is have fun!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Paint Party Friday... Sunrise (PPF)

The photo above shows what a glorious sunrise greeted us on Thursday morning...
 no snow or not even a snowflake for that matter. I know the reports and news have said we are snowbound in the north of the country but yoohoo we're here and other than a slight flurry last week we've seen nothing... so far anyway.
Since taking this photo I've desperately wanted to paint it. 
So here I am using a borrowed laptop (unfortunately still no life in my own as yet) in order to share and take part in Kristin and Eva's Friday Paint Party
And so it starts....
 I'm not rushing this piece so yet again unfortunately you're going to see unfinished work but I promise to come back to show you the finished painting.
I think one of my faults is that I don't give my paintings enough time to develop.
I seize the moment and go like the clappers because I know that sooner rather than later my time will be gobbled up by other chores, tasks and requests (I was going to type the word demands but maybe that's a little harsh) 
I'm still working at the kitchen table and will be for the foreseeable future because my daughters taken over the studio. Her illustration career has really taken off which is wonderful so I don't mind moving over (for now)
If you want to check out what she's up to then here's a link... click here
I'm just about to start the exciting part... the trees
See you soon when I'll be back with the finished painting.

Paint Party Friday
Have a great fun weekend whatever you have planned. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Sunday Photo... Neesie Nattering in the hot tub

 I love this photo of my daughter and I having a good natter whilst sipping champers in the hot tub. We're amongst some of the best winter scenery I've ever seen. 
A winter wonderland
It's been quite a week...
 I've had to add yet another year onto my milometer, even though I'd like to fix it so that the numbers go in reverse.  Unfortately that's a skill that I've yet to master. 
I'm sure that if I do actually manage it one day, then I'll be very popular and my skills will be in demand. 
But for now, I'll have to be content with a new skill that I've perfected in recent weeks... and that is the art of getting dressed and undressed in multi-layers all at once in one swift movement! 
Since we've been experiencing winter temperatures of - 4 and 5 degrees Celcius 
(ha... I hear you laugh in Canada)
I need thermals and lots of layers... multi-layers in fact... so to save time and to keep my exposure to the chilly air to the minimum, I now can put all the layers on at once!
I know... I'm quite proud of myself.
It's like being able to take off your bra without taking your top off first.
You know what I mean ladies, but I know any guy reading this will be totally mystified... but then that's females for you.
(Don't try to understand us... trust me you'll never do it!)
I have to admit that this all sounds a little drastic but for someone who doesn't like to be in temperatures below 16 degress... it's a must! 
Which reminds me of someone else that isn't a great fan of the cold weather...

 I've been taking lots of photos of all the wintery scenes (nothing new there) and posting them on instagram.
You'll be able to see some of them on my sidebar on the right of this post.

By the way the news on my laptop isn't good.
Well I suppose it would help if I actually took it into the repair shop for starters! (Gasp)
See I told you it's been one hellova week.

I'm off to snoozeyland now because tomorrow I need my wits about me as I'm taking part in the British Garden Bird Count. If last years count is anything to go by then I'll be in for a stressed and hectic time trying to count all of my visitors to the bird feeders! 
I'll let you know how I get on and I've already started to take the most regular visitors photographs to complete a visual collage. 
Wish me luck

Have a great Sunday
If you'd like to see some more Sunday Photos then click here to be transported.
Bye for now...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Keep breathing!
Are you sitting down?  Then I'll tell you what happened...
 My laptop crashed and died!
I KNOW (sob, sigh, wail, tizzyfit and tantrum)
I'm booking it into intensive care in the hope that they can breath new life into it.
In the meantime, I'll keep everything crossed that they will be able to save everything that's stored on it and continue to use someone else's laptop for now.
The only thing is that my fingers are lost.
The keys on this laptop aren't playing as I'd like them to... they're being sneaky and are all in different places. Everything is taking much longer to type and enter. 
I'll wait to see how A&E get on before trying to write another post.
I hope you have a great weekend and hopefully I'll see you soon

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