Monday, 10 June 2013

The Caithness Triangle...

'As sheep graze on pastures green' - Summer of Colour Week 1

You've heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but I think I may have discovered a new twilight zone where things disappear never to be seen again. It can happen anywhere around where we live but the epicentre appears to be our house.

So far, since moving here in January the following have either never been located during the great unpack or have subsequently disappeared without trace:-

  • The paper counterpart to my driving licence which was always kept in a file along with all my other boring but essential paperwork. Wasn't there when we unpacked.

  • The only 'proper' necklaces I owned - a Tiffany heart and a Tiffany key. I remember packing them separately to all my other necklaces,chains and bits of bling so they didn't get tangled up and break. However, it seems I put them away so carefully that I have yet to find them despite having unpacked everything that we brought over from Ireland. 

  • The stripy hat which I lost, then found, then lost again.  (Although I'm convinced I saw one of the villagers walk past our house with it on her head not long after I lost it for the second time so there might not be such a mystery to that one.)

  • Reuben found a ball on the beach a couple of weeks ago. It was love at first sight. He carried it back to the car and refused to leave it behind. After I'd given it a good wash, he lovingly transported it round the house, occasionally dropping it at our feet and nudging it a little until we got the message that he wanted to play 'hall ball' (a game devised during the worst of the weather when we discovered our very long hallway was perfect for a game of fetch). On Saturday S was playing a quick game of hall ball with the dogs before we took them to the beach. The ball was left in the house. That was the last we saw of it. It has joined all the aforementioned objects in the black hole of lost and found. I've searched every inch of our house and as much as I can of our gardens (it's a jungle out there)and it has simply vanished. Poor Reuben is inconsolable.  Well, he's not but I'm baffled nevertheless. 
Reuben with his beloved ball before it disappeared!

  • On Sunday we had summer - the weather was glorious and we took ourselves out to the garden to enjoy it. We left out two bowls of water for the dogs. Only one of them has made it back.  The other has joined Reuben's ball in the Caithness Triangle.
I may never solve the mystery of the disappearing objects but anyway, today is the first day of the summer of colour over at Kristin's blog and the colour combination that was voted most popular was turquoise and citrus green.


That colour combo was perfect for one of the Big Skies, Little Planet illustrations that I had blogged about last Friday. I just changed the title from 'As the last rays of the sun warm the sky' to 'As the sheep grazed on pastures green'

You can visit Kristin's blog on the link above or pop over to the Summer of Colour Facebook page to see what everyone has come up with for Turquoise and Green all this week. 

40 comments:

  1. Oh dearie my, I hope those lost things magically appear again! Peacefully pretty illustration.

    ♥ aquariann
    Art Update: Steampunk Frog Drawing

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  2. Umm...I'm moving in less than two weeks. The last thing I want to hear is losing/misplacing items!! hahaha :) Anyway, I really, really love this piece. Love what you did with your houses, adding the green and the sheep. :) xx

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  3. Love your SOC artwork............I hope you find everything you have mislaid. Annette x

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  4. I glad this happens to other people too, not just me.
    Merle.....

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  5. How beautiful Reuben is. Well I do hope you find what's been lost. Your SOC work is spot on!

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  6. Cute drawing. Sheep are such whimsical creatures when viewed head-on. And very cute dog. Hope all your belongings show up some day. How weird.

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  7. Awe, this is so cool! I love all your new work - it looks like sprays of ink. So etherial and so pretty! Thank you for playing along this year and good luck with the missing items! I would really fear socks and the dryer in your new house ;0
    xoxo

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  8. I lost a camera chip for 3 weeks of our trip to italy and 500 pictures......1 day I took a pile of papers from our trip upstairs and set it on my desk. I heard a tiny Klunck" and looked down on the floor... there it was!!!
    I wish you the same luck!!

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  9. That picture of Rueben with his (now missing) ball makes my heart melt. Very clever of you to incorporate the Summer of Color colors into your illustration. It worked perfectly.

    I'm sorry to hear about the "black hole" you're living on. But I must admit I laughed when you put away your tiffany jewelry so well you can't find it. I've done that many a time. And that villager with your hat! Hmmmm.....Maybe she has your other stuff as well.

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  10. Sweet illustration, such a cute scene! Hope you'll find at least your necklaces, they sound so precious and pretty!! :)

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  11. Poor Reuben...takes me to comment on that before your beautiful soc painting...I hear ya...I have no idea where my sparkly h20s are for months and months now...a krimper to try and fix my chain, and a pair of earrings I often wear have disappeared and I need to find them...I am perplexed...
    I know they will show up when I DON'T need them.... It happened with a pair of glasses...
    Hope a few things return, the license, necklaces and of course Reubens ball at least!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. I found a necklace I thought was lost last month - 3 years after I moved to this house!

    love your drawing

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  13. Such a lovely peaceful scene! It is probably those sheep running off with your stuff LOL.

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  14. I chuckled at this post - Love at first sight... I can just see it now, the furry pup running slow motion across the beach to the ball.... Ahh... poor dog! It is a mystery - all adding to the charm of where you live I suspect! And I love your little scenes - they are adorable and so unique :0)

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  15. Love your Summer of Color illustration and I think the fairies are making off with all your stuff!

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  16. You quite obviously have a ghost who loves playing games, Reubens face is a picture, bless his heart :)

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  17. The mystery has all the makings of a super mystery...hmm... wonder what happens? The painting looks yummy...and I love that fence!

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  18. love how you changed your title for the SOC3 challenge! Hope you find the mysteriously missing things. Sweet pic of Reuben :):)

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  19. I loved the whole on Sunday we had Summer... just the one day then... but the disappearing mysteries are quite something... poor Reuben... hope the ball turns up soon... and the necklace...xx

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  20. Aww, poor Ruben!. This is a wonder I love to hear about, I do hope they re-appear again like magic :). I LOVE what you made for SOC this week, such peaceful green pasture :).

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  21. SPOOKEY! There was a similar triangle in Wales, but I left it behind!

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  22. Maybe you have some of the wee folk living in your house collecting your treasures! Loving your new oaintings x

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  23. I love your sweet SOC painting - in light of your "losses" reminds me of the Bible story of the lost sheep! I moved over 2x in 2010/2011 and among the interesting things we lost were: a good size paper shredder (never to be found), some silver Norman Rockwell small reliefs (I was going to sell them! Oh well), coffee maker (finally found after we were here about a month) and several others! My house still eats objects on a regular basis so your stories made me smile!!!

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  24. Wonderful illustration. The sheep, the fence and the house all look very cute.
    Susan

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  25. Wonderful drawing! Great how you could use the colors so perfectly.

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  26. What a fun story to tell along the way to Summer of Color!!

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  27. I love the house and sheep. Are you sure you don't live at my house? Things seem to disappear here all the time....or maybe I just forgot where I put them....LOL.

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  28. Lovely!! I hope you find the ball! Poor Reuben! He is sweet! :)

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  29. Love the colour in the house and and sympathize with you on the missing items, I have a black hole here too, strangely after a few months or year! it decides to spit the stuff back. Hope your hole spits back that ball for Reuben, he is so cute.

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  30. Your dog is so stinking cute! I commented on your artwork on facebook but since I'm just now getting around to the list I'll comment again lol! I just love your artwork!

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  31. Lovely painting of your picturesque countryside. Seems that turquoise and green are very well suited to it :)

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  32. Your painting is so wonderful and I really like your black drawing on the beautiful background. Awesome!!!!

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  33. Love your artwork and I'm intrigued with your bermuda triangle story. :) There could be some animal that is stashing your stuff. But then again a bowl of water is kind of hard to walk away with if you're a squirrel. :) Maybe you have fairies and goblins in your yard. You never know. :)

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  34. I think I may have a black hole in my house as well where our items disappear, never to appear again!! :)

    Though it seems to especially happen when I put items somewhere for safe keeping, that place is magical and when I find where that place is I will be very grateful!! :) Love your image. Great pen work. :)

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  35. Hi! I love your citron and turquoise art piece. Beautiful! Happy Summer of Color to you! I too am baffled when things disappear...especially after I organize them. I do hope you find your precious goodies.

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  36. Love your SOC art. I hope Rueben finds his lost ball. I have a black hole in my house that things disappear into all the time. (especially socks that go into my washing machine)Either that or things seem to grow little legs or wings and off they go. Maybe one day we'll all solve the mystery.

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  37. Oh, that certainly sounds mysterious. Well, the disappearance of the ball and the water bowl does. All the other things are rather normal when you move house. I think.... At least, in our house it's the same...
    Love your summery illustration ....

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