Hiking comes naturally to me. So does, being outdoors, enjoying the beauty of nature. So when Jamey talked about going fishing, I was happy to join him!
So far, he’s brought me a 7.5’ fly rod, reel and a cool fishing vest! I got some hip boot waders, so I’m all set! We’ve only been out once so far, as the weather hasn’t really worked with our schedules. The fish were not cooperating that day, but it was just nice being out there and relearning the method. After all, it’s been decades since I last fished! Yeah, I know, a very long time, right? 🙄
Anyway, Jamey had gone a while earlier, and got a photo taken of him while he was on the stream. It called for a sketch, and here it is.
For the last several years, I’ve described myself as a scooterist. Obviously, that’s not all I am, but it’s been 6 years of fun with the Vespa GT200 in Portofino green! Recently decided to hang up my boots and sell it, as Grey Matter is taking up lots of time and energy. Alas, the scoot doesn’t have the same appeal as before.
At least, it IS going to a good home. My friend Jim, who is the one who found it for me, is the perfect new owner for it. He has given me driving tips and done the maintenance on it. Happy scooting Jim!
It’s been so much fun with the coffee and tea towels (see that post here), I decided to add to it. Here are a few postcards for sale, they’re 4×6 with an envelope.
I also ordered a mug from my zazzle page, just to see one, and I do love it! (You can get your own here). Of course, if you’d like a different design for your mug, send me an email and let me know which one!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a raptor show at the Waterman Conservation Center. I brought my sketchbook and camera. A few very rough sketches made me realize I could best capture them with my camera, and soon, only with videos!
It paid off, though. I came home and, using my photos as reference, completed eight 9×12 ink and watercolors. Very happy to share them with you today. Hope you enjoy them!
My niece pointed out that those green things growing outside might be ostrich fiddleheads! These are good for eating, after boiling and sautéing. So I picked several and tried them. It may have been a little early to pick, because there was brown stuff that was rather difficult to remove.
But I did like the taste, so I decided to buy some at our local market. These were a little larger, with no brown ‘stuff’ on them. Very yummy, like a delicate asparagus flavor. Of course, garlic, butter and salt helped. It seems like a bit much effort needed, so I won’t be doing these very often, but I’m very glad I gave them a try!
I’m very excited to share this news with you! There’s a new van in town, and it’s going to be converted into a camper van!
I’ve travelled quite a bit, but not a whole lot around the U.S. This van will change that. Starting later this year, on the east coast, then expanding towards the west and those national parks that are calling.
I hope you’ll decide to follow along, I’ve decided to make a new blog for you to follow along. Because, well, some are following here for my art and travels and some will follow there to see what is being done to “Grey Matter”, the name we’ve given to this lovely hunk of metal. See the new website here, it’s pretty bare so far, but plans are in the works! Sign up for updates here! (You have to sign up separately from this one!)
Grey Matter is also on instagram as greymattercampervan.