I’m Back on the Blog

What can I say? I’ve been off walking beaches, drawing, working on two children’s books, writing essays and poetry, painting, teaching, hanging out with the grandkids and well, not posting here. You can always find me on Instagram or Facebook if you’re looking for me. My goal is to post at least weekly here once again, however, so keep checking in here as well.

Last November John and I were lucky enough to spend 10 days in  New South Wales, Australia, with his sister, Emily. She treated us to all sorts of wonderful day trips and a 4 day trip into the Blue Mountains. A highlight of the trip was seeing and hearing this kookaburra, a member of the kingfisher family that is both quite loud and quite noisy. I will post more about our trip in later posts.

I’ve been doing lots of writing and drawing. Sketching the birds coming to my feeder has kept me busy on snowy days.

There’s been a lot of beach walking at or just after sunrise…

A lot of dog walking…

and watching my youngest grandson play basketball–that’s him throwing the foul shot.

I’ll be starting a new class next week at the Green Briar Nature Center. Hit the link for the pertinent details. You’ll have to scroll down a bit as they didn’t make a direct link.

More soon!

Magical Cape Cod Winter Morning

There’s something about a winter morning on the beach that is downright magical if you can get past the cold and the wind.

This morning there is rain coming in but the air is mild and the wind is still.

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There are little chunks of icy sand or sandy ice

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There are many beautiful shells

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And lots of birds feeding

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There are lovely vistas

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But mostly there is quiet solitude. What a great way to start the week…..

Snowy winter on Cape Cod

You’d think I would post more since I’ve been somewhat housebound through the recent snowstorms. I have managed to get out quite a bit and to be honest, January was a crazy busy month for me between online sales, workshops, classes and talks. I’ve been writing my columns but not writing here.

Scenes like this have been common this winter….

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as have scenes like this….007

Birds like this male cardinal have had to persevere through the storms in order to find food…006

You know what they say about red sky in the morning….002

Those red morning skies can make for scenes that look more like the arctic than Cape Cod….
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We have become very familiar with many, many shades of gray….009

But some days the sun does still come out and fat little squirrels like this pregnant lady come out to stuff their faces….009

No doubt hoping the resident red tailed hawk isn’t looking for dinner…010It’s been a long snowy winter here on the Cape with more storminess predicted for the end of this week. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling winter weary.