Hello, June!

*UPDATE: this wreath is now available in my store here.

I’ve come across some really great “calendars” latey. I don’t mean those blank ones that you are supposed to fill in but those which tell you all sorts of different things about months, special anniversaries, events of nature and things like that. I’v been really taken with one by Hungarian János Xántus, and also the lovely Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. So I thought I’d share a little of these secrets I learned along with my downloadable calendar.

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Ovid assigns the name of this month to Juno; others connect it with the Consulate of Junius Brutus.

The principal days observed in this month are

June 11th: St Barnabas
June 24th: Midsummer Day
June 29th: St Peter

Quotes of the month:

“Mist in May and heat in June
Brings all things into tune.”

“A dripping June keeps all in tune”

“Barnaby bright, all day and no night”

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Seasonal poetry

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
            Here shall he see
            No enemy
But winter and rough weather.
Who doth ambition shun
And loves to live i’ the sun,
Seeking the food he eats,

And pleased with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

William Shakespeare – from ‘As you like it’

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10 random things you didn’t know about me

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  1. I am an Anglo-maniac. I am crazy about everything British, films, books, architecture, history, humour, and I am determined to pronounce perfect British accent
  2. Tea or coffee? Both, but more tea. Black, green, white, without anything (sometimes English Breakfast with some milk; see reasons above, but I actually like it a lot)
  3. Zodiac sign: Leo
  4. I hate sports but I’ve been doing ballet since the age of 16 (with some interruptions…)
  5. Favourite series: You rang, Mylord?, Downton Abbey
  6. Pets: many cats (4 back at home with my parents, 1 at my place)
  7. Last thing I ate: kiwi
  8. Favourite piece of clothing: scarf
  9. Favourite authors: Antal Szerb, Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, and some more…
  10. I’d like to have a small garden or a balcony at least, where I can grow flowers, herbs, vegatbles and some berries, but I have a horrid sense of gardening and even cacti seem to die under my hands.

 

Shall I put the kettle on?

Do you also like tea? I’ve created a whole series of tea-themed greeting cards (here and here), using these fabulously beautiful wooden buttons I got from England. I used 300 g watercolour paper, and a marker to draw the kettle and write the text. All is completely handmade.

There is absolutely nothing like British tea-culture – naturally I was inspired. There is no problem a nice cup of tea would not solve. We – other nations – are full of stereotypes of course, which are, however, more-or-less true. Sometimes less… Visiting Britain I was rather dumbfounded when I wanted to drink tea at 5PM and the lady in the tea-room said ‘Sorry, we are closed’. I also learned while being there, that although the britons invented this crazy practice of putting milk into black tea, you are not supposed to drink all types of black tea with milk or cream (Earl Grey – a great type afternoon tea – is one you do NOT put milk in).

Such a lovely nation, the British, aren’t they? (I promise I’m not prejudiced, I really do!)

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Deer with flowercrown

I painted this deer on a lovely, sunny weekend some time ago. I’m still struggling with painting larger surfaces with the same colour, and this topic has not been one of my favourites. In the case of deers, it is very hard to avoid kitch and I am not entirely sure I landed on the right side with this one. :)

I don’t yet know how to use these random paintings (like this one). They could end up prints, postcards, notebook covers or something, or they might just remain in my drawer until I find a better place for them. What would you do with them?

 

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