|'Dance along the light of day' - acrylic on 7.5cm x 7.5cm canvas|
Yesterday, I wondered if I had some secret superpower – the ability to conjure something up simply by painting a picture of it. I was painting another teeny landscape inspired by the hills I can see from our sun room window. For some reason I was drawn to paint them covered in snow and, not two hours later, there was actual snow falling all around us! We woke up today to a winter wonderland (so I can now officially stop complaining that we’ve not had snow in the 3 winters that we’ve been living here). I’m going to test the theory of my super painting powers by painting some £50 notes to see if they might also materialise (hope springs eternal!)
So apart from the snow that’s been a crazy few weather days in the UK, huh?
Thursday night last week we had 100mph winds up here in the far north of Scotland and we were very lucky that the only damage our wee cottage suffered was a few lost roof tiles and the collapse of part of a dry stone wall in our paddock thanks to a neighbouring tree crashing into it.
S took advantage of a lull in the storm to fix the roof before the winds started up again on Friday afternoon so we didn’t lose any more in round two of #Scotstorm.
|My mini painting posing in the actual snow! |
£15.00 plus £3.90 UK Postage
We also learnt just how reliant we are on electricity and electronic gadgets. No heat, no hot water, no mobile phone reception (although that’s not unusual up here anyway), no TV, no house phone as they require electricity (luckily we had an old fashioned non-digital phone that we were able to use to phone our families to find out what was happening in the outside world!), no WiFi so (sharp intake of breath) no internet - I even had to resort to reading an old fashioned book made out of paper as kindles are only as good as the power that recharges them!
|This was the view from our sun room this morning|
Never have we been more grateful for the wood burning stove S installed before Christmas as we were warm and toasty in the living room as we sat in companionable silence reading said paperback books by the glow of our head torches. It was quite cosy and fun the first day what with S cooking meals on his camping stove which we ate on our laps while the dogs dozed in front of the fire. By day two however I had the Geordie voice-over man from Big Brother providing a running commentary in my head as the novelty wore off (Day two and Nicola still can't wash her hair) and the prospect of a second day without hot water and internet access did not fill me with joy.
|Just to put the size in perspective|
Thankfully power was restored to Craggis Cottage by tea time on Saturday (and we were the lucky ones, some of the folk up around here had no power for 4 days!) So, Saturday night saw us with normal service resumed - sitting in front of the TV complaining that there was nothing good on and scrolling through our phones to see what we’d missed on Facebook and realising that, actually, we’d missed very little!
I didn’t get to link with Paint Party Friday last week because of said weather shenanigans so I’ll try again this week.
Now, I’m off to paint some money…