TRAVELING THROUGH BLOG LAND - AUGUST 2014
1st September 2014
Dear Blogging friends . My dear friend Judy of
"Gold Country Cottage" - invited me to join in a journey through blogland. I gladly accepted.
Its a way to get to know more about each other. Judy and I became blogging friends a couple of years ago.
I always enjoy going over to her blog, and Judy is always so generous with her comments on mine.
She writes about her beautiful Victorian Cottage- that her and her husband bought, and have restored through the years. Keeping its original Victorian appeal . It's simply beautiful. She also writes about her family and her travels and visits to different towns and locations. Her blogs are full of beautiful photography. And so well written and presented.
Judy lives in California.
Here is a photo of " Gold Country Cottage 's front porch door. Always decorated with different arrangements during the turning of the seasons.
I invite you all to Gold Country Cottage.- Knock and Judy with her big smile and kindness of heart.. will open the door. You can then enter and she will show you her beautiful home that she lovingly shares with us all. You can follow her on her travels, and her stunning decorations within.
Please take time to visit. She will make you most welcome. I have enjoyed my visits to " Gold Country Cottage." I know you will too.
"Gold Country Cottage "- Front door porch
...............................I will be be answering- 4 questions, that have been presented , I hope that you will learn a little more about me, and my life , and living here in Portugal.
1) --- WHAT AM I WORKING ON.
At the moment, I am dedicating and spending more time to my art. I started painting porcelain reproductions over 20 years ago. A most fascinating hobby, and totally different than painting with oils. It did however ease my way into using oil as my preferred method.
After moving full time to the country, I did not continue with the porcelain painting. Who knows, I might do that again at some later date. I have painted some beautiful re productions.. and they hang on my wall.
One day, I bought a canvas, and painted in oils. I painted my first painting. Ever so chuffed with myself.
Never ever having had lessons. I bought myself a starters pack.. and took sheer delight in the process of painting with oils. The enjoyment of seeing what I had painted, and the smiles and well wishes from my family, encouraged me to paint more.
I now have been painting for about 25 years. I have canvases unfinished and others to start.
Somehow, life gets in the way- and there is not always time to persue our desires. So .. for the next few months I will be at my easel as much as I can .. hoping to produce a few new paintings for my cottages. I enjoy art, the history of art.. and above all painting , and the thrill of hanging them on the wall.
2. - HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE.
I like to think, that my blog has something different to offer my blogging friends. That they get pleasure in reading my posts and take away from it something they like too.!
Following other blogging friends. I think that all blogs differ in some way.! Thats the beauty of blogging. It would be dull, if we all wrote about the same things.
Eventually we find more or less a genre close to our own. And the process begins. I never thought i would blog.
I just started to look at blogs and what people wrote about. Thought of a name for my blog and with trepidation went into blogging not really knowing what it was all about. And here i am with "Vals Alentejo." Blogging can be a pain sometimes.. but with perseverance we get there.. with help from good friends.. we persist .
Writing about what we like and sharing, and knowing that we can all take something away from each and every one of our posts is a sociable way of getting to know each other.
I enjoy sharing my life and happenings with you all . Maybe more so now, in the Autumn of my life. Living once again in the country. I write about life here and around my 5 hectare Olive grove. Passionate about family . My travels, my animals, horses, my 4 wonderful dogs, my roses and sometimes something different.
Blogging has added a new vision and perspective to my world.
Through reading other peoples blogs.. I have learnt so much. I hope that I can continue to post for a long time to come, and make them as interesting as possible.
White wedding roses in my garden. The little boy statue behind the bush, my mother bought for me over 25 years ago.............................................................................................................................
3- WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO
I have always enjoyed creativity and creating something new. As a child, I used to love to get my friends together and make plays.. I always made up their characters, we used to dress up and make some sort of play.. It was fun.
When I am out in my garden, or around the local villages ,or taking a trip to Lisbon .. My camera goes with me .
The photos and what I have seen or the happenings of that day . Usually gets me into a creative mood.
Then choosing the photos I like, I start to create my post. It is a creative process. Getting the photos you like, setting them aside. checking out this and that. Then putting it all together. Click and its posted.
If one is active and enjoy what we are doing, no matter what. If you do it with love and passion.. that is creation in itself.
My thought process has always been at its best, when I get into a motivating mood . I can be active for a few days .. Then I take a rest again, then I will be on the move again. Even going shopping or visits to our local historic sights. Its all inspiring.
There is always something that comes to mind., something nice to create and think about, and share.
HOW DOES YOUR WRITING PROCESS WORK._
This question is pretty similar to my creative side. Writing to me, is creative. I have no particular method. I like to write about what I see around me. Some of my experiences.
I have always written in my diary. I write my post, check it over.. sit on it for a while, then post.. I write my posts to keep . One day, hopefully my grandchildren would enjoy reading them.
Traveling through Blogland!.. We are asked to name three friends. The three friends that I chose were on holiday or traveling ..
I then thought , I have such lovely blogging friends that are all worthy to be named . I ask you all to take a peep at my sidebar and take a little time to read some of the amazing blogs I follow.
I and hope that you enjoy reading their blogs as much as I do. I consider myself lucky to have such super followers and to be able to follow them. Thank you one and all. So far, its been a good ride.. great experience, lots of getting to know each other.
Thank you once again to Judy for choosing me.
I now have a couple of newcomers to my blog, that came over from "Gold Country Cottage". September, will be the month to catch up on you all and read about all your happenings.
I am me --------- I write from the heart.