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Visit to a longstanding friend this morning.


A friend of 40 years who actually encouraged me to 🎨 paint. Very grateful to her for her patience over the years.

Rhona lives in a small valley with surrounding orchards.Her cottage is perched halfway down Spout hill looking out on the wooded Colne Valley. She is very lucky to have a small brook of which I’m very envious.

Sadly the local rabbits are very abundant and particularly fond of her garden . She is restricted to planting only anti rabbit shrubs.

Blackcaps, Fieldfares and Redwings are regular visitors in the Winter months.

There are many Apple and Hazel trees .The following photos show the snowdrops just emerging under the Hazel tree.If you stretch the photos you can just about see them.

The last photo is of a recent pai ting of mine….the photo was taken last Spring showing the path which leads from my friend’s house.It was a gift for her 80th birthday.

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Smashing blog, Julia! Your friend has a picturesque place, filled with wonderful wildlife and a babbling brook...and surrounded by orchards. An idyllic place to live I'm sure.
Your painting is lovely, she must have been so very pleased to receive it for her birthday.

3 Feb, 2023


A lovely blog & your friend is a very lucky lady to live there! Your gift of a painting for her birthday must have been received warmly!

3 Feb, 2023


Your friend has a beautiful outlook Julia, your painting is lovely, a gift to treasure, I bet you made her day with your visit x

4 Feb, 2023


What a beautiful painting - you have such a delicate touch. Your friend looks out on to lovely countryside which must look so different as the seasons change.

4 Feb, 2023


What a fabulous outlook! All very paintable if you have the talent (which you have and I haven't...) Its a wonderful gift.

4 Feb, 2023


Lovely blog & painting. Glad you were able to visit your friend, she is in a beautiful area.( pesky rabbits though).

5 Feb, 2023


Yes I agree with everyone, your friend is blessed to live in such a beautiful place.
I love your painting and after seeing a few of yours have decided to start painting again.

6 Feb, 2023


Thanks Julia, I will!

8 Feb, 2023


I do so like your painting Julia, I can imagine it bought your friend lots of joy.

20 Feb, 2023

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