Friday, 29 March 2013

The case of the disappearing hat...

Lamb - much cuter alive and not as Easter dinner
Sketch 45 of 75

Like most females, I would imagine, I have a wide selection of hats - not flibberty gibbet, wholly decorative, flouncy ones the like of which you would see on the ladies who frequent horse racing events - I'm talking about functional knitted hats that keep your head warm. My current favourite is a stripy beany hat which my mum gave me.

About a month ago we were walking at our favourite place which entails a steep walk down from the car park through a maze of sand dunes to a beautiful golden sandy beach. We take a different route through the dunes, it would seem, each time we do the walk.  

When I walk the dogs, I start off with several layers - hats, scarves, gloves, ear muffs, which get removed and shoved into my jacket pocket as the walk progresses and I warm up.

Anyway, on returning home this particular day, I discovered my hat was no longer in my pocket. It was gone, lost to the elements, hidden in the maze of sand dunes. It was only a hat; I had plenty of others but I still felt a little bereft because it was my favourite hat. 

Sketch 46 of 75


So, imagine my delight when last week, I was taking another route through the dunes when lo and behold, I spotted something stripy up ahead. There was my hat, wet through from a few weeks of being outdoors in all weathers but still intact nevertheless. I brought it home and lovingly washed it, ready to take its rightful place back on my head. 

Then on Wednesday morning, I took the dogs on a walk to a different beach before going to the re-homing shelter. I had my hat on when we left the house, I got too warm on the way back so took my hat off but kept it in my hand conscious of it falling out of my pocket again. We got home. No hat. It was in my hand - how could I possibly lose it? I can only imagine it became an un-noticed casualty when attempting to untangle myself from the two extender leads (it is apparently impossible for our dogs to just walk in a straight line without criss-crossing in front and behind me when on extending leads).

Anyway,  that's the exciting news from the far north this week!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. Happy Paint Party Friday also to those who participate and to those who just like to visit!

31 comments:

  1. Lovely sketches, and I know what you mean about hats and scarves and layers! Valerie

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  2. Oh well, just take the dogs out there again and you'll find it! And when you find it again, keep it ON your head! ;-) That might be the safest option... The chick is cute, but the lamb is adorable! It's as if he smiles ....

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  3. I am the same with umbrellas! I must always be aware of holding them (especially when its not raining!) Beautiful spring sketches :)

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  4. beautiful sketches. I don't lose hats but am always losing gloves am sure they have a mind of their own.
    Happy PPF and Happy Easter, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I t must be still there maybe you'll find it today, maybe you should put a clip on your jacket and clip th hat to it!
    Beautiful sketch, perfect for Easter, have a wonderful Easter!

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  6. Wouldn't it be wonderful if your hat showed up again? It could. I love your little lamb. It is as though he is looking straight at me with his beautiful black eyes.

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  7. Hope you find your hat. Love your little lamb. I don't eat lamb, could never do that. Happy PPF!

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  8. i'll be interested in the ongoing saga of the lost and found stripey hat. Seems in some way its the Universe that is playing a little game with you. It'll undoubtedly turn up again on a future walk :) Love the sketches

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  9. If you love it-let it go.......I wonder if it will turn up again for the second time, really strange!!

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  10. I love, love, love your pen and ink lamb! Yes, he's much cuter on paper than on a platter. I'm sorry to hear about your lost hat, but perhaps you'll cross pathways again soon. I have a fedora that flew off my head when walking around a coastal city, and made a fool of myself trying to get it back, so I know what you mean about favorite hats. Have a blessed Paschal weekend celebration!

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  11. Your sketching is wonderful. I sure hope you find your hat!!

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  12. I love your easter Lamb and as a fellow none baby lamb eater agree with your sentiments. It has been so sad recently to see the news with lambs being buried in the unseasonal snowdrifts.

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  13. The depth of expression you achieve in your animal drawings is so amazing and inspiring. I love that you share them with us. I'm sure your hat has wander-lust, something that happens to inanimate objects from time to time. I keep my gloves in my pocket but went for a walk one day and saw gloves under a tree that looked just like mine. I checked, and lo and behold, my gloves were gone. They'd gone for a walk without me!

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  14. I bet you'll find your hat again! Your sketches are so finely detailed-just gorgeous!! You have given your subjects such soulful gazes-I just want to hold them :) Happy PPF!

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  15. oh dear - I had a similar experience with a favourite pair of gloves! I'm now paranoid about where I put them! Happy Easter xx

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  16. Adorable sketches...and a great story about your hat! with me it's the car keys...not good. anyway, happy PPF! Love your art!

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  17. You draw the cutest animals Nic! I to pet that lamb right between the ears! My hats go missing because my kids think they are community property.. Happy PPF!

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  18. Your drawings are just fabulous, beautiful line work! <3

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  19. Wonderful drawings, that hat has obviously got a mind of its own!

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  20. I love your drawings. They are wonderful. I just know you will find your hat again. It hasn't been that long and you probably remember the route you walked. Good luck.

    BTW, I chuckled over your description of my little girl in the big hat. Yes, she does look cheeky.

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  21. As child we used to listen to a story on a vinyl record about a run-away hat. It was a beach hat who wanted to be "free" and ended up causing all sorts of trouble for others and self, but your hat reminds me a little of that story:-) Beautiful sketches, appropriate for Easter!

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  22. You know you're going to have to go back the same way again... I'm so sure your hat is just lying there waiting for you -unless your lamb ate it ;)
    I love your sketches so much, you're so talented to be able to draw so accurately & quickly!

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  23. Lovely drawings and I'm sorry about the hat :-(
    IKE xx

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  24. Oh goodness, I totally understand! Whenever I lose anything, I always feel a bit heartbroken! Lovely little chick and lamb! :) Your works are so intricate! I never really have such patience!

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  25. Nic every time I visit you here I get a double feast...such an incredible art and to match equally awesome post :)

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  26. Ha ha what a funny post about your hat, LOVE the sheep art too. Happy PPF.

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  27. Forgot to say- I lose gloves- usually just one, I have a whole drawer of odd matched gloves!!

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  28. The sheep and the chick are the most wonderful paintings. They speak to me.
    Hate to lose my fave hat, but you have the right idea, it was fun to have but it's time to either find it again or let it go. Tough, believe me I know. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  29. An Easter lamb and chick - how beautiful and appropriate!

    Hope your hat reappears again!

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  30. Yes, you can never have enough woolly hats. And scarves. And gloves. I hope you'll find your favourite hat again. Love your little chick!

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