Wednesday 1 July 2020

...WOYWW - The One With The Poppies

This morning the workdesk is in a tidied up, in-between state, with nothing much to talk about. I'm fairly certain that other desks (available via Julia's weekly workdesk tour) will have a lot more going on!
Meanwhile, a bit like Big Brother's Little Brother, here is the big workdesk's little sister workdesk, tucked neatly into the corner of the spare bedroom next to the shelves where all the toys and materials that I use for Work work are kept. So technically it's a Work desk, not a workdesk at all. I'm finding that the chair, chosen primarily for its space-saving qualities (and ability to pass as "reasonably comfortable" during a 30 second trial in Ikea where my main goal was to get in and out in the shortest time possible), is actually quite punishingly uncomfortable by the end of the working day. I'm not quite ready to admit it was a total mistake yet, mainly because my back is permanently grumbly and sore these days no matter what chair I sit in. It's too much sitting that's the problem, not what I'm sitting on (or so I keep telling myself).
So it was a relief  to have a complete break from sitting last week and meet up with colleagues for an outdoor, socially distanced, team get together at Lotherton Hall, near Leeds. Even though we couldn't hug each other, and had to abide by the "two metre rule", it was still lovely to see everyone properly, in living 3D, rather than catching fleeting glimpses of them during the weekly video conference call. The icing on the cake of this outing was the discovery that there is a creamy yellow version of my favourite "pincushion flower" (bottom centre, below). Sadly they were still at the flowering stage, rather than the "pop a couple of seeds in your pocket stage".
Back at home, my optimistic sowing of an ancient packet of poppy seeds has paid off. Half a dozen plants, are just coming into flower - one in this rather fetching shade of bubblegum pink... with just the faintest hint of a rosy blush...
...and one in the more traditional red, having trouble getting rid of the creases in its petals, after being crammed inside a tiny seed for far too long!
On the making front, I've been having fun with some custom-painted rainbow masks for two little friends who wanted to match each other on the bus journey to school...
...and a tiny cardboard cupboard for the mouse house, complete with some teeny-tiny tins (little finger-tip size) of lockdown staples. My grown-up daughter, who is still too young to appreciate the joy of revisitng childhood pastimes, is beginning to think I've taken leave of my senses. You don't have to be mad to entertain yourself in lockdown, but it certainly helps!


  1. there is more going on there than here! glad you got to meet up - loving the photos (can't beat raindrops!) Helen #1

  2. wow beautiful photos of those flowers - i love the pink poppy. Sorry that you are in pain . the room does look nice though . have a lovely week - soojay ~14

  3. Hi there. What a great post. I love the poppies, water lily, and the tree bark with the ivy. Glorious. Cute little matching masks. And the Work desk and the workdesk - fun!!
    Take care. Stay safe. God bless.
    Margaret #4

  4. Oh how delightful are those poppies! I've never seen a bubblegum pink one before. I adore poppies and had them in my wedding bouquet. Such a cute idea with the matching face masks!! Have a lovely week, Lisa-Jane #15

  5. Loving the desks so tidy and the flowers are gorgeous. Nice mask too. Wishing you a very happy and creative woyww, Angela x20x

  6. Beautiful floral photos!
    Your first desk looks so tidy - I am sorry to hear about the chair - we keep looking for a desk chair for my husband so will steer clear of that one!
    I love the rainbow masks!
    Happy woyww!
    Susan #12

  7. Your work chair really is in need of a cushion, i'm sure with your handy hands you would be able to reward yourself with some handcrafted upholstery, you could just staple it onto that bare wood surface and make your working day a little more comfortable.
    Beautiful photographs taken at your work team get together, great inspirational studies for future paintings i'm sure.
    Well done on getting those poppies to bond, the bubblegum pink creation is stunning. Happy WoywW Tracey xx
    P.S I think the making of your mouse cupboard is just where our creativity needs to be right now... hee hee!! x

  8. I bet they loved their masks Amelia. Love the tiny shelves. Hope you find a way of making that chair more comfortable. Perhaps a cushion might help. Stay safe and happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #2

  9. Sorry to hear about the uncomfortable chair, and perhaps it could be made more comfortable with a cushion! Beautiful flower photos - I love poppies too! Your little mouse house is so adorable.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #7