Wednesday, 27 May 2020

There are always flowers for those who want to see them

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your day. It was warm and sunny, so I was able to walk about  a lot, and this afternoon I had a nice afternoon nap on my balcony, and woke up to bird song and the wind rustling the leaves of the trees - perfect!
By the way, the title is a quote from Matisse.


I have another tag for Pinky's 'animals' challenge at Tag Tuesday. I used on of my photos taken here in Kaiserswerth as my background, a ginger cat photo and a digital dog image from Mischief Circus, all put together in Serif:



And I have another floral piece for Mia's flowers challenge at AJJ. I used a flower painting made some time back, and magicked it into my digital programme. Then I copied it a few times and placed them over each other. I digitally cut out some of the flowers and layered them on top. This is a rather fiddly job, but great fun when it works out!



On Sunday morning my early walk took me through our little town, and I took photos of the houses and courts which have such lovely window boxes filled with flowers:













It's a lot of work to keep those window boxes looking so good, so kudos to the house owners who do it so well!

Yesterday  we had a lovely evening glow in the sky, so I took photos from my balcony:






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

58 comments:

  1. Beautiful art work, that cat looks like butter wouldn't melt in its mouth!! 😁 lovely to have a walk around your town, the window boxes certainly look great.

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  2. Loving the new header Valerie, sounds like a great way to wake up to birdsong after having 40 winks. Made me smile did the tag, the cutest ones usually cause all the chaos hee hee! Beautiful doors and windows with their shutters, the architecture really is so lovely to see, the iron guard on that window is fabulous. Don't those window boxes look stunning in bloom just as your journal page does. Hugs Tracey xx

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    1. Thanks Tracey, I never cease to love those window boxes! Have a lovely day!

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  3. Window boxes, gorgeous skies and a Gypsy cat! Do you see why I love everyphoto in this post?!

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  4. Thanks for those beautiful flowers for AJJ. Thanks for joining us again Valerie. ANd your tag really made me smile. When I had the cats and a dog I often wondered what they each thought of each other. And all those beautiful flowers are wonderful to see. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thanks Erika! I often wonder what they are thinking, too!

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  5. I really like what that dogs thinking lol,,, the flowers are beautiful! That one house has a most fabulous shape! I love that! Thank you for the lovely walk, I would never have known such a unique shaped house had you not shown us today!

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    1. Thanks, there are some pretty houses here. Have a great day!

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  6. Naps on the balcony sound perfect. Beautiful art and the photos are lovely.

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  7. haha love the quote from the dog to the cat...sounds like you are enjoying life.xx

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    1. Thanks, they are indeed, that's what we all need to do!

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  8. Oh I am loving your post today with the kitty and puppy! My heart! I sure love those red tennies,too- I have a pair of red Keds! Love the walk around town pictures! Hugs!

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  9. Oh Gosh! The "cinnamon" cat is exactly like my cat! Meow! :)
    The skies were really beautiful. The photos are lovely.
    Have a great day! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Ella, I love those ginger marmalade cats! Have a lovely day!

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  10. Love your tag, such fun. I am sure the ginger kitty is a very good girl. lol. Have a great day.x

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    1. Ginger kitties and all kitties are good at looking like they're good! But dogs do just the same. Have a great day!

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  11. Hi Val, hope you are well and happy, and less tired than yesterday. Try having a rest now and then! I love that funny tag with the 2 'innocents'. Great idea. And the journal page is gorgeous, too, love how you did those flowers, although I can't imagine how you did it! Have a lovely day, take care, hugs, Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I am being good, I really am! Have a lovely day!

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  12. Love the dog and cat - too funny and fun!!!! Lovely flower journal page as well- the flowers are pretty and they do have power. They lift us up. As your lovely photos show - they make the world a more beautiful place. I love the pictures of all the lovely flower boxes and pots in your town - sooooo pretty. Lovely sky as well. How awesome to take a nap on your balcony in this lovely place. Hugz

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I had a lot of fun with my 'partners-in-crime' cat and dog back in the day. And flowers really life us up. What a difference a sprinkling of daisies or other flowers makes. I'm planning another nap for this afternoon! Stay safe!

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  13. I always enjoy these virtual walks with you, beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thanks Natalia, always good to have you with me on my walks!

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  14. Good morning Your Royal Valerieness: My word your little town is beautiful, and those flower boxes are a joy to behold. As you point out the good citizens who take care of them deserve great credit. And here you are, snoozing on your balcony, resting like the princess you are, waking to bird song and leaves rustling. Does idyll mean anything to you? Perhaps when next you next indulge yourself in this way we can arrange for Nathalie to play lady-in-waiting and have cucumber sandwiches with the crusts removed waiting for you, with tea in a bone china cup, served on a Royal Doulton tray, perhaps. No! No! You can't have coffee in a mug. It would spoil the whole ambiance. And just make sure there is no paint under your finger nails! Until the next time, I remain ever your devoted admirer from afar, David of Waterloo.

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    1. Thanks for the laugh again! My fingers and clothes are almost always full of paint, and on the balcony I drink my coffee from an old tin mug! We don't stand on ceremony here in Balconia-by-the-Rhine. Somehow it's always my job to cook and serve, too. but Nathalie is visiting her mother this week so will be waited on there instead! Have a wonderful day Sir David!

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  15. OMG. That first tag is priceless. Love the second one also.
    Your town is beautiful.
    Stay safe. Be healthy.

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    1. I thought you'd like that one. Our pets keep us amused! Stay safe!

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  16. Hi Valerie lol how cute is the tag love the words the dog is saying,gave me a chuckle,i also love your flowers ,such happy colours. Oh wow tyhe house pics are amazing i did enjoy looking at them,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

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    1. Thanks Sheryl, glad you liked my animal fun. The houses here are really amazing, I so enjoy walking past them. Stay safe!

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  17. She's not as innocent as she looks 😺 Very true for cats. The window boxes are amazing. I have window boxes, but when there are flowers, I forget to water them so they don't look amazing as those on your walk. Speaking of amazing, the sky photos are gorgeous! Take care and enjoy your day

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    1. Oh yes, this was so true with my two! I have been good with watering these past weeks, so my balcony is doing well.

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  18. Oh, I was impressed with the flower pots on the balcony ... the blossoming flower added to the beautiful scenery there.

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  19. I love, love, love that you woke to a bird singing. That's the best. So fun. Love your art and the pictures. You have a good eye. Very good eye.

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    1. I wake up with the birds every day, But often it's the crows and they are not so melodic!

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  20. LOVELY-LOVELY photos from your walks and from the sunset, Valerie.
    Your tag is really beautiful and funny. But your page with the flowers is a masterpiece! Wow! Your flowers are amazing and what a gorgeous idea to multiply and cut them digitally. Valerie, my dear friend, you are soooooo talented!
    Thank you for joining again my challenge at AJJ. I send you BIG hugs.

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    1. Thanks Mia, glad you liked the journal page. Have a great day!

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  21. Sehr schöne Arbeiten und Fotos!
    GlG, Iris

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  22. What that dog said about the cat in your art made me laugh. Lovely window boxes filled with flowers.

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    1. Thanks, I think that dog will know what he's talking about! Have a great day!

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  23. Lovely tag, and lovely pictures of your town. The window boxes look fantastic and talking fantastic the evening sky certainly is.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

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  24. That dog may be correct, but that is an absolutely adorable cat. A genuine beauty.

    Flower power. Haven't heard that for several years. This is incredibly well done. I love the bright and bold colors and the lovely flowers, too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Mia's theme.

    I've often admired the flower boxes that are on the windows in your town. Add to that, the potted plants that sit next to doors, and you have a very colorful and rich, beautiful place to walk and admire your surroundings. Great photos.

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    1. Flower power was my fave 'historical' time, so like to use the term! The flower boxes and pots here are wonderful, always so beautiful! Have a great day!

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    2. Its a great sentiment you added to the awesome fun tag. The cat and dog both have the...'who me' look.
      I love the fabulous flower page and the happy sunshine colour you painted the flowers. Thank you for linking to Mia's AJJ theme.
      Stay safe.
      Yvonne xx

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    3. Thanks. Dogs and cats have great talent for putting on innocent faces! Have a wonderful day!

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  25. I have so enjoyed walking around your town and seeing the houses and the beautiful window boxes, reminiscing about the time I have spent in similar places in Germany whilst on my travels. Thank you for the nostalgic trip. So enjoyed and lost myself for a minute or two.
    I must commend you on your sky photographs - especially the bottom one which is so beautiful in its colouring. I love how the purple in the sky is reflected lower down - it is a beautiful photograph, but then they all are.
    Like both your pictures. Love the way you have layered the bottom one with those rectangles framing the whole and how you have allowed the flowers to escape from the shape at the base of the picture.
    The other one makes great use of a photograph of yours and that tiny kitten is adorable but I can see what the dog is saying could possibly be true.
    Lastly I must comment on your blog header - love the footwear, I can envisage you wandering around your lovely walks and the wonderful places you take us to see. This must have been taken during a well earned rest sharing the peace and tranquility of the day.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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    1. Thanks Neet. It is pretty here, and I never tire of walking round here. Although it's so small, I always see new things each time. Glad you like the journal page and the tag, I had fun making them and trying out new tricks. I have a break at that place nearly every day, with my feet up on the railings, and I always wear sneakers. Have a great day!

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  26. I'm struck by all the window boxes. They make for such pretty photos.

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    1. They do indeed. They remind me of my childhood in London with the old, dark houses and window boxes full of geraniums, so pretty.

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  27. Wonderful art Valerie, I love the flowers!
    And great photos of your beautiful town.
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks Alison. It's always good to be surrounded by flowers. Have a great day

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