Sunday, 13 April 2014

Our feathered friends

Hi everybody!
Today started out cool and misty again, but by the time I was ready to go out the sun was out and trying to chase away the clouds. But it was a pleasant temperature for walking, and I enjoyed my walk to Kalhum to visit the ducks and geese, and then a stroll along the Rhine.

This is another of my FT pieces for Gecko Galz. I used an image from the Musical jewel it collage sheet and the background paper is from the Background Jewel it  2 sheet. I used dark grey mirri-card for matting the image, and mounted the BG paper onto a green card blank to pick out the green in the BG paper. For the embellishments I used a shabby bow, and a textile rose. The little birds have been cut using a MS punch from scraps of black card, mounted with foam squares and given gem-stone eyes. This card reminds me of spring and the birds making their music.

Material list: card blank, image and BG paper, paper birds, ribbon and flower, mirri-card for matting.

 The path through a patch of woodlands between our little lakes:

Flowers growing through the paving stones:

The goslings are nearly as big as their parents, who are still watching over them fiercely, and have managed to look after all of their children, none of the 8 is missing.

There are lots of lilly pads on the duck ponds and in the moat, and I am looking forward to seeing them bloom:

This fellow thinks he is boss and chases all the others away from 'his' pond:


And the stone lion was holding his nose into the sun:

As I got back to the Rhine the little pleasure boat was just taking on passengers for a trip to the old town in Düsseldorf. It's an enjoyable outing, but rather expensive, so I shall continue to walk....

Hope you enjoyed 'our' Sunday walk today, I enjoy taking you with me!

Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Lovely photos and a gorgeous card, I remember going on that boat when the kids were small and G was sick all the time! Have a good start in the new week, Hugs, Sarah

  2. That's a very fine card with the little black birds at the top, beautifully presented as always. When I was reading the description first I tried to imagine what a "shabby bow" was.
    You've outdone yourself with the walk today, from the green lane onwards. That's a marvellous photograph of the pink castle with reflections, and I'm glad all the goslings are still safe.

  3. That's a beautiful card and thanks for the walk Valerie! Lovely reflections.

  4. wunderschöne karte,und herrliche rhine impressionen,mein favorit sid heute die Entenjunge,die sind soo süss und sehr neuguerig,sieht auf dem Foto aus,als würde die Mutter total aufpassen,geh bloß nicht zu nah ran mit der Camera , sie könnte beißen die Mutter.
    wünsch dir eine schöne neue Woche :-)

    GLG Jeannette

  5. Really beautiful card Valerie and it looks like a nice sheet from Gecko Galz that you used.

    Amazing photographs as always and the reflection ones are terrific

    Have a good day-hope it is warm and sunny for you.

    Love Chrissie x

  6. Beautiful card and fine photos. Wish you a great day!

  7. Love your musical birds on a wire card, very beautifully made xx

  8. Diese Karte ist einfach traumhaft schön ... und genau meine Farben! Schön diese Vogelsilhouetten! Auch wunderbare Frühlingsfotos zeigst du wieder! Ein paar wunderbare Momente zum Genießen!
    LG, LonettA

  9. That was a lovely walk Valerie, and I would mind going on that little boat trip! Your card brings to mind the blackbirds we have here - honestly they could sing for Scotland - day and night! xx

  10. That's a stunning card, and love the way the birds on a wire became musical notes. Your photographs are breathtaking as usual, and love the reflections series. Blessings, my friend!

  11. Your birdie card is so sweet, and your photos make me miss traveling! I haven't been to Europe in awhile....maybe it is time!

  12. Gorgeous card, I love that image too! The little birds are the perfect addition too. Lovely walk today, I always enjoy walking with you. Big hugs, ~Diane

  13. Hi Valerie, What a lovely card and the image of feathered friends. Pretty color too. Enjoyed going with you on this beautiful walk. Love the reflection pics. You are so talented with your camera and have a great eye to notice these great displays to photograph.
    Thank you, yes, dental work all done and doing great now.
    Have a great Monday.

  14. Ein traumhaft schöner POST liebe Valerie- die Karte ist sooo schön!

  15. What a wonderful card my friend. I LOVE the bird image you used. And once again I have to say how much I enjoy your morning walks with your camera. Loving the photos from your neck of the woods.


  16. I love this Valerie, these papers are really pretty, and your photographs are so bright and cheerful, its lovely to see green again! xx

  17. That sweet paper punched bird atop the GG image is a lovely touch. This is such a pretty card Valerie.
    P.S. Thanks for your lovely message of congratulations for my Guest Artist spot.

  18. You know I really like what you do and the background on this card looks beautiful.
    What amazes me most about your walks, you always seem to make things look different. I know you are better off not taking that boat - the walks are much better for you physically and mentally. Look at all those boats - the most you have shown!
    Take good care of you sweet lady!
    Sandy xx


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