Friday, 18 December 2009

Avoiding the rain

Usual walk along the FW to Yarmouth old railway track. We walk through woods, looking out for squirrels, until finally the woods stop and the view is open across the Yar estuary. It was threatening to rain all day. Looking towards Yarmouth it looked fine, but turning round at the same spot the clouds look threatening, although we got back to the car without getting wet.

Rolly keeps sitting on the cupboard next to the Christmas tree. I have a pot of catnip here. I think he can smell it. He quite often keeps his mouth open when he's relaxed (which is most of the time)

Pyrography Horse

A horse I did from a photo. I was a bit reluctant to copy a photo, as it's hard to capture the true picture of an animal that is seen every day by the owners, but I was pleased with the result. It was done on Oak, which has the advantage of creating a lovely, black burn similar to an ink drawing, but the disadvantage of having a strong grain to work against.

Monday, 9 November 2009

More Squirrels.......

This lovely squirrel watched me take many photos while he munched on an acorn. His nose was strangely dark, but I think it was from rooting around in the damp leaves beneath the trees when he dug out the acorn. He was with two other squirrels, and we saw another further along the lane eating what looked like a bit of toadstool or mushroom. He nibbled around the edges before stretching up a tree and pushing it between two branches, saving it for later no doubt!

A closer look at his strange nose! He looked fat and healthy, even with his dark nose and one ear longer than the other!
While I took the photos three elderly walkers came past. The last one asked me what we were looking at. Thinking they were Islanders, I just replied "A squirrel".
"Oh, it's a red one!" she replied, and I then presumed they were visitors to the Isle of Wight, as all residents know there are no grey squirrels here. Nevertheless, her two companions were distinctly uninterested, and continued their walk without either looking or commenting.

Pyrography field mice on a slice of wood, unknown origin but possibly oak.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

My Favourite Walk.

This walk used to be a railway line between Freshwater and Yarmouth (Isle of Wight). I expect the branches will be stripped bare of all the lovely autumn leaves the next time we go, as we have had gales today and yesterday.
In between dog walkers and silent cyclists, red squirrels come out and root around for acorns on the path. There is a lovely cafe at the Freshwater end, called 'The End Of The Line', which sell hot, home made quiche with salad and hot sausage baguettes.

At the other end, through the woods and along side the estuary is Yarmouth, and Gossips cafe that is built on posts over the sea. In Gossips you can eat a meal while watching the comings and goings of the car ferry, which docks nearby.

I love this little squirrel. He looks like a baby and he wasn't scared of us at all!

Monday, 26 October 2009

red squirrel

red squirrel
Originally uploaded by Chine Cats
At last I have been able to take a photo of a red squirrel! We have seen them so many times, but they are always too fast, running up and down trunks and branches. This little fellow knew we were very close, but he had an important job to do. Collecting and burying acorns! At one point he nearly climbed on my feet!

Here on the Isle of Wight there are no grey squirrels, so there's plenty of food for the reds. Grey squirrels are capable of eating green acorns and unripe nuts, whilst reds have to wait for them to turn brown.

Thursday, 1 October 2009


Pyrography owl on thin beech ply with pine frame.

Pyrography Avocet on thin beech ply with pine frame.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Late Summer Sunshine

Max always knows when the sun is shining on is favourite places.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Rolly's Paws

No matter how dry and dusty the soil is, Rolly always finds a muddy place to sink his paws into. He gets earth squashed between his paws and wet mud up his short legs.

Then, instead of carfully washing his fur white again...........

.......he just sits on them and pretends they are fine.

Sunday, 2 August 2009


The latest of my burnings on the slices of wood I got from e-bay. I only have 2 slices left now. I don't know what sort of wood it is, but it burns well.

It wasn't me!

Originally uploaded by Chine Cats
Rolly just after I told him off for bashing Whiskers on the head when he thought I was not looking.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Two more cats...

Pyrography Cat Face

Whiskers patiently waiting for a shrew to appear. He had been following it round the garden for nearly an hour, and had plenty of chances to catch it but he couldn't be bothered, preferring just to observe for a change.

More Pyrography

Landscape. Practicing filling in areas of wood. First attempt looked blotchy & reminded me of a ploughed field.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Garden Visitors

Mr.Pheas and a littlebun that eats the bird seed. I have put some carrots out for him.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

And when I got back.......

Sitting on the sun lounger with Max and a cup of tea. Bliss.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

A Walk Through Yafford

There are wild roses in the hedgerows, and the old rookery is deserted now. I don't know if the rooks will be able to return next year, as the trees, like lots round here, are dead.
The two ducks are sunbathing by the pond, which is alive with shoals of fish. A banded agrion followed me down towards the fish farm.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Aquilegia flowering where last years seeds have fallen, growing amongst wild campion which is abundant this year. It may be considered a weed by some, but the bright pink campion flowers look as pretty as any cultivated flower to me.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Whiskers Comes Home

Whiskers jumped through the cat flap at 8.30 pm Sunday May 3rd. and did not come back. I have spent the last 10 days walking across fields both day and night calling him, putting leaflets through doors and asking people to check sheds. When I had just about given up hope a psychic lady told me he was still alive and close by. More hunting and calling followed, but yesterday he just walked through the door, meiowing very loudly. He was thirsty and hungry, and making lots of noise. He has had bad dreams, waking up suddenly and crying loudly, but he is settling down again now. I think he was shut in somewhere near by, but I will never know for sure.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

My Fairy Name

Your fairy is called Tangle Elfwand.She is a cheerful sprite.She lives at the bottom of tangled gardens and in hedgerows.She is only seen when the seer holds a four-leafed cloverShe wears tangled dresses of multicoloured petals. She has delicate green wings like a cicada.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Rolly Rollin'

According to the forecast, today is the last of the sunny days. Rolly loves rolling in the sun, and seems to spend most of his sleep time on his back with paws in the air.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Sunny Afternoon

Max, Candy and a nice cup of tea!

A tiny baby grasshopper resting on top of a leaf.

Horses & Violets

So many violets this year.....

When my collection of horses got to big, some ended up in the garden.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Harvest Mice

Detail from pyrography on pine. The grain hardly marks and the oil comes out in the heat.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Easter Monday

Easter Monday was very hot and sunny. A day spent in the garden with the cats.