Thursday, 19 November 2015

Last of the mild weather, part 1

November has been incredibly mild here in Surrey. Every day the temperature has been in the mid teens centigrade and even when it was raining at the weekend my thermometer in my garden registered 18c on a north facing wall.

We have enjoyed some fun Saturdays down in Southampton with our daughter and family and some woodland walks with our son. I wanted to share some super photos I took a few weeks ago. Today I will share the coastal walk we enjoyed with my daughter, son in law and Daisy which culminated in the most glorious sunset. I will share the woods walk another time with part 2 of this post.

We walked a 3 hour circuit from Warsash and it was lovely to spot some sweet donkeys in a local field.

The coast line you can see on the horizon is our beloved Isle of Wight.

 The beach was deserted but we enjoyed walking along and spotting lots of shells. Daisy loves the open air and it was so mild she didn't even want her jacket on. Here is Daisy and her Mummy jogging along.

The shadows started to lengthen as the afternoon wore on.

 By the time we returned to the car the sun was just beginning to set.

We watched it quickly drop towards the sea

We were amazed how the sun a giant fiery goblet hanging in the clouds. I love these photos and may use one in the future to make a Moment at some point.

What a wonderful family day we enjoyed. It doesn't take much to please us...just Mother Nature sharing her beauty.

My card is a golden Christmas card inspired by the setting sun.
The image is a printed Lili of the Valley image. I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with a Memory box Studios stitched rectangle. I also added Noor stars and Cheery Lynn holly die cuts and gems. I also put a golden border around the card using my Krylon gold pen.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday Christmas
Whimsy 1/3 anything goes holiday
Creative Inspirations 1/3 festive fun
Noor UK anything goes
Pixie's snippets playground 3/3 #203  I used snippets of card for my die cuts and the sentiment.
Craft Barn 2/3 Guinness book of records luckily Jane has allowed a loose link for something which "could" be a record...I think my record could be for the bravest card maker who has finished her card and then decides to put a gold rim around the edge.......luckily it went OK but it could have ruined my card and it's difficult to cover up an edge mishap!
Emerald Faeries Oh Christmas tree there is one behind the snowman
Natalie and Amy 2/3winter scenes
Little Claire's Christmas in white
Christmas at sweet stamping stars
Ribbon Girl 2/3 use any image
Deep Ocean white plus one other colour mine is white plus gold.
Papertake weekly let it snow

The weather is supposed to be dipping at the weekend but for now the warm days have been such an added bonus. It's been rainy, blustery but no chill in the air yet.
Thanks for visiting me here today and for taking the time to leave any comments. I'm off to meet my dear Karen for lunch and a Christmas shopping afternoon.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow Jane, your photos are stunning! Something I always forget about is the sunset. I go for my walks earlier in the day, so I am usually tied up with other things when the sun goes down. After looking at your pictures, I realize what a gorgeous part of my new surroundings that I have been overlooking!! I shall be changing that very soon! Your card is just gorgeous! I love the scene in the middle and the gold accents are so beautiful! Looking forward to part two of your walk. hugs :)

  2. Brilliant photos Jane, the sun is amazing, always lovely to see you at play with your family and yes Mother Nature is good! I have to single out the gorgeous donkey it!! :)
    Beautiful card (as always), a bit of gold is always good!
    Happy weekend my friend and enjoy your shopping,
    V x

  3. Hi Sweet Jane, I loved the walk and seeing all you saw, the donkey was so friendly and seemingly so sweet. "Your Isle of Wight" is beautiful and to see it all the way to sunset was so special. Love the gold card and the homey feeling of peace❤️

  4. I enjoyed walking along with you and your girls. What a cute donkey.. and of course Daisy looked adorable. Great sunset shot! Beautiful card.. hope you win. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. What fabulous photos Jane - and a really stunning sunset! Watch out though, Mrs A is likely to 'borrow' that donkey for the Playground Nativity Play!

    LOVE your Christmas card - really elegant and the gold is a perfect foil to the lovely image you used.


    Di xx

  6. Hi Jane,

    What an incredible sunset indeed!
    Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful walk with us.
    I've enjoyed your photos and your card is so precious!
    Love the vintage feel and the whole composition.


  7. This is a great festive creation! I love the classic image. Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  8. Such a pretty Christmas card with a stunning image.
    Thanks for joining in with The Ribbon Girl November use any image challenge and good luck with the prize draw.
    Hugs, Donna xx

  9. A lovely outing with your special girls, Jane! How Daisy is growing! Loved the donkey pic too....really funny :) Your card is beautiful....a very vintage Christmas style and so pretty.
    Have a great weekend.
    Helen xox

  10. Jane, I have really enjoyed reading your blog post - your photographs are beautiful, what lovely place! Your Christmas card is beautiful too - I really love the layout you have designed. Thank you for joining us this time at Creative Inspirations.

  11. A beautiful traditional Christams card. I love the die cut decoration. Thanks for joining us at Natalie and Amy this month. Hugs Sheryl DTmember xx

  12. Love how the diecuts enhance the LotV image. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey x

  13. A beautiful card Jane, how do you get time with little Daisy to keep you so busy! Brilliant record too!! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  14. Beautiful Christmas card! Love the classic colour combination. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Christmas Wednesday Challenge.
    Gayatri xx

  15. I do so enjoy seeing your pictures - thanks!
    Your Christmas card is gorgeous!!
    sandy xx


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