Sunday 17 April 2016

Spring sunshine

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze
(William Wordsworth)

The last few days have been filled with lovely sunshine, and then on friday snow!..
This was Eilean Donan castle last week before the snow... It did look glorious! Those Daffodils really were dancing in the sunshine.
Many of you may recognise the castle as it graces shortbread tins and 'visit Scotland' posters, and who wouldn't want to visit if the sun shone like this every day!

 Eilean Donan is about ten miles from the Skye bridge.

Daffodils blanket the ground in the woods on the Island...celandines too are starting to peep through the earth and open their small yellow flowers.

 Primroses too...

Yellow daffodils picked from the garden...
captured in my sketchbook.

Finally for those curious souls who are waiting to see a little of what I am busy with.....

 I will reveal once finished, but I think you get the idea of where my mosaic paper clay pieces are going!


  1. Your daffodils are full of sunshine! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of Scotland in the Spring sunshine, glorious! You're having lots of fun with your mosaic project, I'm sure it will be very special when finished. So great to have visited this bright sunny post!

  2. Beautiful photos Morag. Your work looks very interesting. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

  3. Your world looks so enchanting! I don't think I would get any painting done if I had such scenery. Love your charming sketch.

  4. Oh I just love your beautiful pictures of the castle and daffodils! I can't imagine living 10 miles away from an amazing castle like that. And your sketchbook daffodils are so sweet. I'm really excited to see the finished paper clay project, it looks like quite the undertaking!

  5. The photos with the castle near a lake and daffodils springing from the ground…looks like heaven on earth.

  6. love your sketchbook daffs :) really interested in your paper clay mosaics - looking forward to the big reveal x

  7. We had a brief stop here when we went to Skye. It was raining at the time though!ūüėČ Your sketches ofthe daffodils are so beautiful and delicate. I look forward to seeing more creations soon!xx

  8. Gorgeous daffodils and thanks for sharing great photos.
    Happy PPF xx

  9. What gorgeous photos of Eilean Donan and the surrounding woodlands - those flowers are so beautiful. Your daffodil painting is gorgeous - certainly more than just a sketch!
    I'm so curious to see what you're doing with those mosaic tiles - it's very intriguing!

  10. Spring is so inspiring!

    Love your sketch and the gorgeous daffodil photos. You really framed the photo well with the castle in the background and the tulips in the foreground.

  11. oh what a fascinating castle!!! I'd LOVE to visit it. Your daffodil illustration is lovely and I can see your mosaics are looking super too!

  12. Lovely photos of Castle Eilean Donan (I've been there!) and awesome painting of daffodils.

  13. Lovely photos of spring. It is maybe a bit odd but I lived in England 30 years and never went to Scotland. I should go one day. My husband was just in Skye and said it was rather lovely. I do also want to check out the Loch Ness monster.

  14. Lovely photos of spring. It is maybe a bit odd but I lived in England 30 years and never went to Scotland. I should go one day. My husband was just in Skye and said it was rather lovely. I do also want to check out the Loch Ness monster.

  15. Lovely daffodils! & the tiles look quite fun!

  16. If only the sun shone every day Morag it would be fantastic here. I've got masses of daffodils in my garden which make me smile and now the tulips are joining them. Perfect!
    You've created a beautiful artwork as always.
    Happy PPF to you

  17. What incredible photos. They fill my eyes. How lovely. I also adore the drawing of flowers from your sketchbook.

  18. So much beauty here today...with a few fun facts too! Wonderful photos and art! You have capture a beautiful essence! Love what you are working on as well as the lovely vase with daffodils! Gorgeous work!

    Hugs Giggles

  19. I would love to visit your castle! Your art is absolutely gorgeous!

  20. I love it so much to look at the pictures you took of Eilean Donan Castle. It reminds me of our wonderful trip to Scotland two years ago. I will for sure come back. My favourite picture is the fifth one. It looks magic and I really would like to be there. I love as well the daffodil sketch you did and I'm looking forward to know where the mosaic paper clay pieces are going.


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