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the colour of November #1 (Winterberry red)

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Last week, we went out to our cabin to do some reading and cutting of the ever-growing vegetation.  In spite of the mower and the thinning saw and regular prunings, the field seems to grow vegetation behind your back.  When you turn around, an alder or a birch tree has filled in a patch you thought was only grass.

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As we planned a new path across the field, we considered each sapling before we cut.  To our surprise, we found another bush of Winterberry Holly (Canada Holly, Ilex verticillata (L.) Gray).  Many grow down by the lake, but up in the field by our cabin, we know only of one other.

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This time of year their leaves are bronzed and brown and their berries are orange-red.  The berries will persist on the leafless branches all through the winter.

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The berries of the Winterberry Holly are so much fun to paint.  I started with a layer of red, added orange and then layers of white, yellow and red in turn.  I finished with a dot of black and a dot of white on the majority of the berries.

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October 27, 2013  'Winterberry red'   Jane Tims

October 27, 2013 ‘Winterberry red’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 6, 2013 at 7:17 am

stiles and blue stones (day 44 and day 45)

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How do you get over a fence or a wall if it is too high to step over???

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You can use a stairway or a stile !!!

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day 44 and 45

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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7-44  October 30, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (from Mawnan to north of Durgan)

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Near Durgan, I saw a stone stairway along the road.  As I painted, I began to believe that I saw a blue stone among the others (when I look at the photo now, I think it was a trick of the eye!).  Can you find the blue stone? (Hint: it is not one of the two blue stones in the bottom course of stones)!

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7-44 stone stair

inspiration for ‘blue stone’ (image from Street View)

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October 25, 2013  'blue stone'   Jane Tims

October 25, 2013 ‘blue stone’ Jane Tims

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7-45  November 1, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (Durgan to Port Navas)

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A short way from Durgan, I also saw a stile.  I have seen several stiles along my virtual journey, but this is the first stile I have see made entirely of stone.  A stile is a structure built in a fence, wall or other barrier to allow people to pass but keep animals in.  Stiles were often required in the UK but no standard guidelines to their construction were issued, so many styles of stile are found!  Stiles can consist of a ladder, steps, or even a narrow gap in a stone wall.

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7-43 stile

stile near Mawnan (image from Street View)

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As a kid, I loved to hear about stiles.  One of the stories my Mom told me was about the Old Woman who had a Pig who wouldn’t go over the stile.  She found a Dog and said ‘Dog, Dog, bite Pig so Pig will go over the stile and I can get home to my supper tonight!’  After talking to many animals, items and people, the woman finally succeeds.  ‘The Man began to marry the Maid, the Maid began to milk the Cow, the Cat began to drink the milk, the Cat began to kill the Rat, the Rat began to gnaw the Rope, the Rope began to hang the Butcher, the Butcher began to kill the Ox, the Ox began to drink the Water, the Water began to quench the Fire, the Fire began to burn the Stick, the Stick began to beat the Dog, the Dog began to bite the Pig, the Pig jumped over the stile, and so the Old Woman got home to get her supper’.

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A rather violent tale for children as many children’s stories are.  But as a child, I loved the repetition and the idea of consequence, and the knowledge that the Old Woman got her supper.

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When we first built our house, we built a stile over the fence by the front gate and it was so much fun to step over!

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inspiration for ‘stile near Durgan’ (image from Street View)

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October 26, 2012   'stile near Durgan'   Jane Tims

October 26, 2012 ‘stile near Durgan’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

dooryards and doorways (day 41 to 43)

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In the Falmouth area of the Cornwall coast, my eye has been drawn to the human landscape, in particular the dooryards and doorways …

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map day 41 to 43

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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7-41  October 18, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (within Falmouth)

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On the 41st day of my virtual cycling trip along the coast of Cornwall, I spent all my time in the city of Falmouth.  The best part of the trip was along High Street where the store fronts and signage make me want to stop and look around.  Lots of people too!

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The fence post and red door in the image below resulted in my favorite watercolour to date.   I love the colour red!

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red door

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October 15, 2013  'door in Harbour Village'   Jane Tims

October 15, 2013 ‘door in Harbour Village’ Jane Tims

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7-42  October 23, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (from Falmouth to south of Goldenbank)

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October 23, 2013  'Roscarrack Road'   Jane Tims

October 23, 2013 ‘Roscarrack Road’ Jane Tims

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7-43  October 27, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from Goldenbank to Mawnan)

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When I paint, I often edit out the items I don’t consider to be ‘beautiful’.  For me, this includes garbage cans, litter, plastic of any kind, and so on.  For example, in the watercolour below, I ignored the background.  However, I think that great art probably hides in those not-so-pretty necessities of life …

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inspiration for 'gate on Old Church Road'

inspiration for ‘gate on Old Church Road’ (image from Street View)

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October 24, 2013  ' gate on Old Church Road'   Jane Tims

October 24, 2013 ‘ gate on Old Church Road’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

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