Thursday, 18 August 2016

One Man Band, Teallach and Swans!

Hello Everyone, hoping you are all tip top, but for those of you who are struggling a bit for whatever reason, I hope things will get better for you soon.

What about this weather!!, blooming marvellous!! We are in a mini heatwave up here in the North of Scotland, I hope that it's as good where ever you are. If I'm honest it's just a tad too hot for me, but it's so lovely to have some good weather at last, and it's lasted more than two days, that must be a record. But, unfortunately our schools returned on Tuesday, when it was scorching, just typical.

We had a super time at the BBQ on Saturday, even although the weather wasn't too great, we all managed to sit outside for the food and a bit of music, then had to beat a hasty retreat indoors as it started to rain, here are the "Boys" giving us Ring of Fire,
There is a fabulous view from Ken and Jan's house and we had Red Kites flying overhead as it was their feeding time too.

Anyway, my card today was made for Simon, 3rd from the left, who is about to become the big 60, and I've made a card for the Boys to give him;
Now I wanted something humorous, and I trawled all the digi websites that I know and finally found this one by Dr. Digi and thought it just perfect for Simon.  He is a Cockney, and plays all sorts of instruments, in my mind a one man band and a Cockney go together, don't know why, and his rendering of Always look on the Bright Side of Life is hilarious.
So this has been water coloured and mounted on to an embossed black background, SB musical notes. I think it's a Tattered Lace Stave Die, and peel offs. No sparkle or glitter on this one.  I think it will go down well.

It's going to be Ken's 60th soon too, but will show that one another day.

As I said we have been enjoying sitting out in the garden, and sometimes there is a fight for the seats,

Alistair left his chair for a minute and Teallach too his chance,

Alistairs' not amused, but Teallach didn't vacated the seat too easily.  What about the style??, this is the fedora Alistair wanted, it's as cheap as chips and if it gets caught in the rain it will turn to paper mache, however it's the 3/4 trousers and the socks that get me, lol.

Finally, went to check on the swans, and there are still all eight cygnets, but my what a size they are now,

The post is a bit photo heavy, sorry about that, but I know some of you lovely Followers have been interested in the swans.

Thanks to everyone who kindly left comments on my last card, so very much appreciated.

Off now to see puppy Milo, haven't seen him since Monday as Damian has been working from home, I'll be given a big sloppy welcome.

See you all soon, enjoy the rest of your day,


Linda Simpson said...

Wonderful photographs, LOL this is what my kitties do when I leave my chair too. A fabulous card.
Linda xxx

Hazel said...

Firstly a great card, just right for someone who can play different Instruments. Oh Alastair needs to look in the mirror and see how others see him I think! As for mr Pussy cat he is just showing who is boss. Your swans are doing well and lovely to see there are still the 8 of them. Enjoy your sloppy kiss from Milo! Hazel X

brenda said...

A lovely post Kate, sounds like the BBQ was fun and I am sure Simon will love his card.

B x

Barb said...

I really enjoyed your post Kate. Your card is great and I'm sure it will make Simon smile. What a beautiful view your friends have and your garden is looking pretty too. Teallach picked a good spot to rest in the shade. Let's hope Alistair isn't wearing his hat when it rains but it does look very becoming on him. Love the swan photos. We were watching the swans on our river when we went for a walk yesterday. Enjoy your fuss from Milo. Barbxx

Christine Harrop said...

THAnks for sharing your great pics with us Kate. Glad you enjoyed th barbecue despite the weather. If we waited for brilliant weather here in the Uk we'd never doanything. Although I must admit that when my nephew and his children were here about 10 days ago we had a barbecue and the weather was great. For some reason Séb thinks that whenever they come here they MUST have a barbecue! I love the image on yir card and I'm sure Simon was thrilled with it. TAke care. Hugs Christine xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate (my floral shop steward lol!)
Perfect card for the birthday boy and beautifully coloured.
Let's hope Ring of Fire was confined to the music and nothing else if you had chilli sauce on your burgers lol!
Ooh those cygnets have grown into beautiful birds.
And Mr T was only keeping the seat warm for Alastair but does have a look of "what is that fella wearing" on his furry face lol!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Diane said...

Greetings Kate, love all the fabulous pictures and story behind all of them. Your masculine card design is just perfect.

Hugs Diane

Valerija said...

This is rally lovely post and a great card Kate.
Valerija xx

cotnob said...

A super card Kate, such a fun image and lovely colours.
Fabulous photographs, the cygnets certainly have grown.

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card and super photographs Kate.

rachel said...

a lovely card Kate and lovely pictures too - Iam so glad you're enjoying the weather - its been gorgeous here too! Big hugs rachel x

pam said...

Fantastic card Kate, perfect for your friend.
Wonderful photos you have shared.
Pam x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I do love all yoir chat on your posts, not too sure about the fashion photo! Fab card, great fun image. Our temperatures have been cooler here, just perfect x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A perfectly themed card for the recipient Kate, I'm sure Simon loved it and had a giggle too.
Cats have a tendency to think they own the place and always get the best seat I've found :)

Lucy Woods said...

Fabulous card for Simon and loving the updates and photos! What a gorgeous view!!
Lucy x

aussie aNNie said...

Love the photos Kate, and love the cheery card...

Pamellia Johnson said...

Well Kate, it's never too many photographs when they're pics of beautiful swans!. Boy the kids sure grow up fast, don't they. lol. I can't tell the difference between the young geese and the parents, they are all the same size now! Looks like you had a great weekend, I love Ring of Fire, my Dad sings that one too! Fabulous card, what a great image! Glad you're having good weather, if you're all done with the rain, can you send it over here please? hahaha. hugs :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what a very super card, and wonderfully created may I add.
Your colouring is ace, and I bet he loved it.
Lovely photos also.
My that's not fair doing a kitty out of seat. LOL.
The weather here has changed today, and it's very dull and overcast.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sandy said...

Dang - I lost my comment. Your card is wonderful and really suits the occasion! 60!! Why he is just a youngster!!!!
I love it when you post pictures and tell us of your life in the wonderland of Scotland. You can never be too picture heavy for me!!!
Sandy xx

Erika said...

Kate it is certainly most unusual for us to have 3 or 4 good sunny days in a row. Guess that's summer in Scotland!
It has been fab.
Loving all your photographs, the wee swans aren't so wee anymore are they?

As for your card I think your hunting for an image paid off. I love him. He would be perfect for my eldest boy too, he loves his music and instruments. Love the look on his face.

Enjoy your weekend, hugs Erika. x

Sue said...

Your card is such fun and sounds like it fits the recipient to a T. I bet he was thrilled with it too, What a thoughtful person you are Kate, to find a digi that is so perfect for this gentleman. Love the pictures of the swans, they are so much bigger than your last shares. The cat knows whose boss!!


Anet van Zyl said...

Beautiful masculine card Kate, love the image. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. Hugs Anet x