Hello.......... So today was the last day of Summer here at the Summerhouse, yes I know I'm being slightly dramatic, but what I mean is it's my last day in the sun. As tomorrow I'm resuming my antibiotics for my Lyme Disease which make me very allergic to the sun. My symptom's have started to flare again, five weeks without any antibiotics means fevers, joint pains, sore glands, no energy and feeling very fluey are all on the increase again.
So I decided today I was going to make the most of it, I'm not feeling well enough to go to the beach or out and about, so I today I was destined to spend some quality sitting in our comfy old garden recliner and I decided to take my paints with me.
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to feel the sun on my skin, as I spend most of my time avoiding it, So from the middle of August I was hoping for a few weeks of sunshine, but August sadly proved anything but Sunny here at the Summerhouse but the last couple of days have been just perfect.
As for the paints, I'm on catch up again, this is technically my August picture, I planned what I was going to paint a few weeks back but never got around to it, but it was so lovely to be painting out in the garden today.
Following my usual pacing, a bit of activity followed by a rest to try and make the energy last.
Water colours are kind of perfect for this as I can rest between each stage, gradually building up the colour washes
The picture is of one of the Roses in our garden called Masquerade, which is a beautiful Rose that changes from yellow to orange to pink in the sunshine.
Whilst it was drying there was time for another rest
before adding some ink detail to the image.
Then a bit more rest, reading in the glorious sunshine, trying to finish my July read from 'The Year in books' (I'm so behind)
It took me the best part of the day ten minutes at a time of painting fun, but I got there in the end. I thought in this post I would explain a bit about how I have to pace my days and crafting to give you a little bit of insight about how it is to live and craft with ME/Lyme disease.
Today was a relaxed pacing day as I'm on my Summer break usually it's stricter with just ten minutes a day to craft.
'My last day of Summer Roses'
As from tomorrow it will be jackets hats and parasol again for me, if I have to venture outside. So today I've savioured every last ray. (Do you like my new parasol, I got it while at Folk East?)
Before I came inside for dinner I picked a few flowers from the garden to bring a little bit of Summer inside with me.