The Early Bird…

The Early Bird…

Hi there,

Welcome to the crack of dawn! The silence was deafening, and so it woke me. What a great way to start the day, with a dawn chorus of chirping and twittering, and the sun climbing up into the clear blue sky. After an energetic, fun evening of dancing and singing in the little hall here (the singing raffle was a first!) followed by a midnight cuppa and cake, I was up and at it far sooner than anticipated! Dave too. I heard him strumming his guitar whilst boiling the kettle for the first brew of the day, too. And no, that’s not a euphemism! In the words of Dick Emery, „Ooooh! You are awful! but I like you!“

In fact, my head is full of art today, because, after our hot cross buns, Mike and I are going to make a plan for next Saturday’s TV show. You see, we had this hairbrained idea that it might be fun to do a Hotplate / cold plate duet on HOCHANDA; Mike working with waxes on his hotplate, and Barbie working with paints and inks on her Gelli plate! So next Saturday marks the spot! 12 noon and 4 pm on TV. Hochanda.com

We thought it might be interesting if we swapped seats too, so I’d best practice a bit first!!!! And I’m sure Mike will be thinking the same thing! That I need help!! No, that he should have a play with the cold plate too – the Gelpress.

So before it gets warm and too hot to be cooped up with waxes and a hot iron, I am going to find Mike early!

Have a lovely Easter Sunday.

Love & hugs,

Barb xxx


28 thoughts on “The Early Bird…

  1. Looking forward to those shows with you both have fun practicing must set record as well happy Easter you you all enjoy this beautiful sunshine xxx

  2. Ooh now that does sound exciting, shall look forward to that one for sure. Glad yoy enjoyed your down time. I have always said we have some beautiful places in the UK and you have certainly proved my point. Don’t work too hard or too long, enjoy the sunshine and each other. Xxxx

  3. It looks as though the beauty and peace of Pembrokeshire is working wonders for you and Dave. It is a stunning part of the world. Can I see a Welsh borehole on the horizon? If so,I am sure you have plenty of perfect artwork to put on the walls. True peace and quiet is so good for us all. xxx Maggie (Silvercrafter)

  4. Good morning Barbara! It sounds as though you are having such a great time in Wales! It’ll do your artwork good too as it will relax your mind instead of it running at full belt on other things so you can then really be creative. I bet you make some beautiful pieces today. It’s already warm here so going to sit and have a cuppa outside. Being a Sunday it’s quieter!
    Love and hugs Xxxx

  5. Happy Easter Barb, to you, Dave, Mike, Shona and all the clarity crew. Looking forward to the shows, bet they are going to be a lot of fun. Have a great day everyone. Bx

  6. All sounds very exciting and busy on the Clarity front. Lots to look forward to. Better dig deep in my pocket as well by the sounds of it. Enjoy the break, it will re-charge your batteries for you both. We have a quiet day ahead of us so going to enjoy some of the lovely sunshine. xx

  7. I agree, it is a beautiful way to wake up before the sun rises, listening to the cheery bird sounds. I look forward to next week’s duet and the art that will be created.

  8. Looking forward to the shows, have put all of them on to record. The sunshine outside looks so inviting but all I do when I go out is sneeze & my eyes run & itch so have decided to stay indoors. Hopefully the pollen levels will level out soon – its a case of too much all together. Pembrokeshire sounds wonderful though – far away from the maddening crowd !!

  9. That sounds lime the perfect way to wake up very natural and no horrid alarm clock! I love listening to the dawn chorus. Loving the sound of your Hochanda show, very new and interesting. Good luck making your plans today. Happy Easter. Xx

  10. Morning bloggy friends, sun is shinning and its going to be a nice warm day…wish I wasn’t doing roast dinner for the family now… Happy Easter everyone. Xx

    1. Hi Donna, same here I thought the same.
      Well one cooled Sunday lunch under my belt, and a lovely walk with the grandchildren,and not forgetting the Easter eggs .
      As Barbara says a little piece and quiet now.
      Hope you all Have had a good day.
      Lynn
      Happy Easter all.xx

  11. Happy Easter Barb, it sounds like you are having some great “wind down time” that is also getting the creative juices flowing. Enjoy the day with hot waxing and gel pressing. xxx

  12. Happy Easter to you all…
    I’m glad you’re enjoying your down time. I love Pembrokeshire. Great memories of the area from holidays as a child..
    I’m looking forward to the shows, they sound interesting and fun.

  13. Happy Easter everyone. Lovely to have some decent weather for the Bank holiday. Look forward to your programmes Barbara. Enjoy the rest of your Easter break. X

  14. That sounds quite intriguing – I shall have to set the record button for next weekend. Happy Easter – hope you have a great day x

  15. Sounds like you’re having a great little break! Next weekend’s shoW’s sound interesting as I love watching Mike and Shona nearly as much as I love Clarity/Groovi! Will need to set the recorder as could be a bit busy here…we have plans but can’t say too much as yet. Just keeping everything crossed at the moment x

  16. I love watching Mike and I love watching you, so I look forward to watching you work together. I have not ventured into the Gelli world, but I just love seeing what you produce.
    Enjoy your Easter Sunday and the rest of your break in beautiful Wales. Hugs. Annette X

  17. Woke up late this morning, sun shining, birds singing, and all feels right with our world.
    Did some groovin’ , Ray cooked, and we had a very relaxing day together.
    Definitely going to record the shows as they sound intriguing.
    Glad your holiday is going well.
    Hugs 🍒🍒🍒

  18. Happy Easter Barbara and all the Clarity crew. I can’t wait for the hot and cold shows, ever since you told us your plans weeks ago. Xx

  19. Hi Barb,
    It certainly sounds as though Pembrokeshire is doing you the world of good. You will be all chilled out when you get back I hope. Looking forward to the ‘double act’ shows as I’m really intrigued with encaustic art and I obviously love Clarity. I have always watched shows with Mike and Shona with amazement at what they can do with a little iron and blocks of wax! Love and hugs Alison xx

  20. Hi Barbara
    Hope you are having a great Easter break. It sure sounds like you are having fun.
    Saturdays shows sound like they are going to be a great watch. I’ve already set it up to record so that I can watch it more than once.
    There’s a lot to be said for a bit of peace and quiet. Enjoy the rest of your time in Wales.
    Take care
    Love & Hugs
    Penny
    Xxxxxxx

  21. So glad you are enjoying your break. Wow, how great you are joining forces with Mike on your next show. Loved watching Mike and Shona doing the encaustic art, I remember reading that you had the kit. Be great to watch you and Mike swapping roles. Must record you both to watch again and again. xxx

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