Friday, 12 April 2013

21 Years and 1 Day ....


I know that I said I was going to be absent online due to cleaning
but we headed up the coast to the beach
for a good old break away to get ourselves in the mental space needed
to attack the monumental reorganization that the house needs
and ended up staying a bit longer than we had originally planned
despite the fact that it absolutely bucketed with rain the whole time
in fact that was kind of nice
basically we sat around read books, chilled out, napped
drank tea and I even did a bit of painting of the amazing present I got for Easter
which was a wonderful Tea forte set from one of my favourite haunts, Susan's
and even though I couldn't bring it with me which meant the colours were a touch off
it was nice to fill in the line drawing I had done before leaving
and outside of that we did bugger all which was truly magnificent


I had had grand plans for doing a bit of sketching and painting at the beach
but it really was bloody awful weather
and I am not such a hardy soul that I would head out into rain to paint
so I did some little sketches in my sketchbook using a magazine as inspiration
and discovered there is such a thing as wine flavoured tea in the US of A
I am kind of becoming obsessed at the thought of it
though I am a tad worried it will turn out like the chocolate flavoured tea debacle
and be all sorts of wrong
but I am hoping someone out there has given it a try
and can tell me how it is and save me from obsessing about it


So here we have holiday highlights
spectacularly bleak skies
wet as a shag mutt
sandy flip flops
 and a rather cold pool
but on the plus side I sent Sinus off to take some shots of the beach for me
as I am too precious to get wet remember
 and he did a sterling job... like really freakin sterling
so it turns out that my wonderful husband of 21 years and 1 day has quite the artistic eye
and it is an awesome thing that after all this time he can still surprise me
and nice he took all of these on our anniversary... very cool way to remember it


Less fab is that he has started constructing cabinets as I type which means the pressure will be on for me to start culling and sorting
which is enough to make me wish I was back at the beach even if it is still raining


74 comments:

Cat Beringer said...

I can't stop staring at the beautiful beach pictures. I'm dressed in wool and it snowed today. (Actually it thundersnowed which is way cool.) Bummer that it rained, but it really is spectacular!! Lovely tea set too!!

Melissa Dowling said...

21years & 1day!! Wow how times flys!! It's kinda sweet that he still has a few surprises up his sleeve & nice ones at that.
I'm pleased you are back & I can re commence my Friday giggles over a warm brew. (I must say the wine flavoured tea has me intrigued too! Teeheeeee)

Maria said...

omg what a beautiful ocean!!!!! i would LOVE to live close to an ocean or even vacation! :D Wonderful photos!!! Even though the weather wasn't nice it still looks soooooooo beautiful! :D

Giggles said...

Happy 21 years I only lasted 23, with him 25.... I congratulate you!!! Quite a feat being with anyone that long even if they are truly the best!!

Your tea forte is awesome... I showed cupcake...she is tea obsessed and came home today with pomegranate cranberry, berry kiwi colada. Last week it was youthberry and wild orange blossom which cost her an arm and leg. All from Starbucks sister company Teavana!

Hope you enjoy another 21 years!! Great photos Sinus!!

Hugs Giggles

Helen Campbell said...

Congratulations on 21 years, and 1 day. The photos of the beach are amazingly beautiful! I want to be there!
Your painting is lovely as always. I cannot help you with the wine flavored tea, however if I come across some will get some to share. Have a wonderful weekend!

sharon said...

Congrats on aniversary hope you have another 21 years of fun. Love your drawings as usual.

Catherine Constance said...

Wow, that beach looks amazing. Shame about the rain..but if I remember Oz, you have warm rain not the freezing your whatsit's off rain that we have. So yes you are a complete an utter woos.. :) love the sketches...shame you were to whimpy to lug yourself to the beech and paint in the rain. :) am feeling your pain though of culling and sorting...I'd try and hide under a chair if I was you. :)xx

RosA said...

Being at the beach, in any weather whatsoever, is FINE by me! Books with a water view ... lovely!
(Do tell me that's the Sunshine Coast? It is, isn't it?)
Good luck with the cleaning and culling :)
RosA

Eva Ason said...

Being at the beach is always refreshing. Lovely pictures, can almost hear the waves rolling. Nice sketches. Enjoy your Friday!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Congrats on your Anniversary Tracey, here's to many more!! Love your tea forte painting (great present). It's always good to get away for a while, even in the rain! Happy PPF

Ayala Art said...

Wonderful photos! And congrats on the anniversary! My DH and I have been together almost 21 years too! (in July).
Happy PPF!

peggy gatto said...

thank you for the glorious pictures!
relax!!!

denthe said...

oh, I love that yellow-orangey colour! Looks like the sun! I know, the weather has been whacky lately. Must admit I'm getting really tired of all that rain ....

Jez said...

NowI have to spend the day mulling over what a Tea forte is, and whether there is such a thing as a Tea weako (not knowing the Italian word for weak).
Always good to be back home though. Happt late anniversary wishes. Only four to go to the first Biggie Anniversary.

Netty said...

Reading, sketching and generally chilling sounds totally fab to me. Great photos and thank you for sharing. The wine flavoured tea sounds positively awful, would rather have the bottle and for true decadence pop in a straw...........

Loving your new sketches Tracey.
Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Anne Manda said...

Lovely photographs, sounds like you had a lovely time, too! Lovely sketches! <3

Valerie-Jael said...

You sure got your priorities right - heading to the coast instead of doing H*******K is great! Lovely photos, and hope the next 21 years will be wonderful too! Greetings from cold Germany, Valerie

JKW said...

I love the realistic paintings and how you have shaded them just right. The photographs of the beach is wonderful, brings back memories of when I first saw the ocean. Blessings, Janet PPF

kat said...

Tracey these photos are so gorgeous, ah, they make me think of the South West of France, the wild Atlantic and the big sandy dunes, so refreshing!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Have belated Anniversary! Enjoy your home projects and keep on taking painting breaks. Blessings!

Laurie Mcknight said...

happy anniversary! Beautiful beach photos , he has a good eye, wow, love the waves shot! Sorry it rained for your get away, but u did beautiful work, you always do, I love your style, I truly do,

Deanna said...

Lovely little sketches. Sometimes spending the day doing a whole lot of nothing is just what we need. Great photos by the hubby! Happy Anniversay.

Sandra Busby said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a lovely way to spend it!
I LOVE your paintings - I doubt I'd have been so good!
Even though your weather was pants - I imagine ours is even MORE pants! Still desperately awaiting the Spring to finally come. We have gone from freezing cold and snow, to milder but gale force wind and rain!!! :0)

Rita said...

All is lovely in this post despite the weather. Happy Anniversary and Happy PPF!

Gloria in CA said...

Amazon carries green tea wine. Love those pictures your husband took and your drawing/paintings are awesome as always. Yes we too have been married a very long time and time does fly. Congratulations on your anniversary and it's good that surprises still exist. Happy PPF!

Diana Evans said...

What magical photos and your latest works are fab as always....I also love love love the shoes on your profile!!! super pretty!!!!

Faye said...

Although I am a mountain person, not an ocean person, I do love your scenes from your vacation at the beach. There is something reassuring about seeing the waves constantly crashing on the shore. Your paintings are wonderful as they always are. I admire how you can make anything into an art object and do it beautifully.

Gloria said...

Tracey, glad you got a reprieve from the culling! Your drawings/paints have life in them which is why you are spectacular! Your husbands pictures are wonderful, too. I had no intent to "art" while on my visit with the family trip for 2 weeks, and succeeded! I sometimes need to totally change direction.

WrightStuff said...

Ooh a vacation! That's just faberoonie, even if it did rain. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need (and someone lovely with you of course!)

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Wonderful painting and wonderful Fotos. What could I say, both is looking perfect.
Happy PPF and hugs
Erika

Terrie Purkey said...

A vacation AND an anniversary - what could be better? Well, maybe a little sun. You did make the best of it though and reading and lazing about sounds heavenly.

In fact, it sounds so good, I'm going to go on vacation too! We're headed off for 2 weeks and will share all when we get back. We're headed to sunny places and I can't wait to leave the gray of Seattle in the spring....

Linda said...

love seeing your beautiful watercolor sketches each week Tracey! A very happy anniversary!!! Glad you had a nice weekend at the beach despite the weather. The beach is one place where I can be happy no matter what the weather-and the only place I'd brave going out in for some photos :)As I'm in the US of A and like tea and love wine I will be searching for this wine tea you speak of :):)

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wonderful art work of tea ~ and your vacation photos a re excellent and you seemed to have a great time ~ Great post ^_^

ps. ~ have not had or seen tea with wine flavor so can't help there

Tam Hess said...

Love to see/read what your up too! Happy anniversary, happy stormy beach days, happy sketching, happy tea and happy PPF to you! ;)

Marji said...

Get aways are great either rain or shine. Seems sometimes, rain and cozying up inside is really what is needed. Congrats on lots of fabulous years together and here's to the many more to come.

aimee said...

sounds perfect! sometimes it's nice to have a gloomy, rainy week (like the one we are having in north jersey) -- gives you permission to curl up & hunker down with a good book. glad to have you back!

Christine said...

Lovely teaset and a HAPPY Anniversary Tracey! Those are beautiful photos.

JoyCorcoran said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful rainy vacation. Good luck with the culling and cleaning -- take as many art breaks as you need. Your work is amazing and the cleaning has been put off this long, sooo -- enjoy!

Carola Bartz said...

I love your photos of the ocean, and the time you spent there sounds wonderful, especially the reading part.
Wine flavored tea? Ugh, sounds terrible! How could someone come up with that?? Just wine is so much better...

Michellem said...

Do I spot Peerless watercolor paints on your palette?? I've been wanting them since I saw them on Jane Davenport's blog but didn't know if I'd like them or not - -
Happy anniversary!!

Paper rainbow said...

Lovely, lovely photos and a great tea link, I love tea almost as much as painting :)

Nic McLean said...

beautiful illustration of your present - your obession with tea does make me laugh!! It sounds like a perfect get away even if it did rain the whole time. sometimes that gives you the perfect excuse to sit around and really chill instead of feeling like you should be constantly on the go.
great photos that Sinus took. It's very handy to have a husband who's good at photography - S just took some fab close ups of the little lambs and a pheasant in the field beside our house - my next couple of painting subjects sorted!!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Amazing sketches as always - I would run to the beach too if I had to reorganize my whole house- ugh - good luck. Happy PPF xox

Carolyn said...

Beach over cleaning any day! How great that you had time to recharge and relax!

miz katie said...

I was just telling someone how I love gray rainy days, but I wasn't on a beach vacation, like you. Not the best weather, but you sure made the best of it. Your husband is great with a camera. Happy 21st, and one day!! Yay!!

pauline said...

Chocolate flavored tea? Yuk.
Ditto on the wine flavored tea. i'll have REAL wine, thank you very much.
ok, Sinus man has quite the eye!! Beautiful pics.
Tea Forte... don't you LOVE the packaging? i swear i hated to drink the tea, those little lined up triangles were so friggin' pretty to look at.
The break you took sounds wonderful. Sometimes rain isn't a bad thing. Wonderful illustration Tracey. xox

minnemie said...

Wine flavored tea... I just do not know about that, Trace... I totally believe it possible, but...uh-uh... However, I really like your red handbag... or whatever you call it in Australia. Here (you may recall) they call them pocket books, although they neither look like books not fit in your pocket!;-)

Debbie said...

your beach pictures make me long for september, which is when we take our annual trip to the local beach here in south carolina. happy anniversary and love your painting!

Jessica Sporn said...

I would definitely ditch the cleaning for the beach. It looks SO peaceful. Love your watercolor, as always. Happy PPF!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Your beach looks a bit like Tofino. Always fabulous but you never know what kind of weather you'll get there. You just layer up and hope for the best. Happy Anniversary!! Congrats to you both. Great job on those photos indeed! xx

Lucy Chen said...

Happy Anniversary, Tracey. Marriage is hard work sometimes, isn't it? I hope I can be as good at keeping it going.

Zafaran said...

Love the orange bag, your flip flops and the awesome beach pics! I love, love rainy weather...just waiting for monsoons to start here...

Adrienne Smith said...

They did take great shots of the beach. My favorite is the one with the path to the sea. Lovely. No matter if it was raining, I am still super jealous that you have a beach near enough to *go* to. Haha. I would love to go to the beach right now, even in the rain. I mean, I am from OREGON. Rain rain rain. :)

Serena Lewis said...

Happy Anniversary to you and 'Sinus', Trace! As always, awesome art! Nice pics too...I yearn for the beach now. It sounds like you had a lovely break away. We are both in house organising mode as I just posted about assembling flat-pack furniture too.

So, can I safely say you brought all the rain back with you? ;)

Have a great weekend! xo

Dawn said...

First, Happy Anniversary!! Sorry it rained at the beach, but hubby did get some gorgeous shots to remember it all. Love your magazine sketches and the Tea Forte! Never heard of wine flavored tea...I imagine it could be very good?

Elisa said...

beautiful post tracey! enjoyed the journey with your art and the beach! even if the weather is not so good but still it gives you time to unwind and make art still. Enjoy!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Wonderful pictures of sand and water and grasses. I also love the tea pictures. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I live on the coast. The beach is 1/2 mile from my house. But it is the Oregon coast and it is cold, freezing wind I would rather do house work. LOL
Very nice shots
Nicole/Beadwright

bellefrogworks said...

Happy anniversary - I am amazed that my husband and I will have our 30th in June (and we were both married before - of course, I was a child bride!) Your husband does indeed have an artist's eye - those pictures of the beach are wonderful. Sounds like it was a no pressure holiday - the best kind (although a sunny day here and there doesn't hurt). Beautiful sketches - HPPF

Victoria said...

Beautiful art..I love the lemon squeezer, I have been meaning to get one..they are so cute..yours is fab! gorgeous colorful creations! Yay..looks like a super beautiful place..lucky girl..lovely photos..enjoy enjoy!
Victoria

Dawn said...

What a lovely time (even if it did rain) the sea really give us wonderful things no matter the weather great shots by hubby indeed. books and warmth while the rain hammers at the windows does sound like my cup of tea lol Happy anniversary Dxx

Dawn said...

Oh and HPPF Dxx

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I think the beach is a fabulous alternative to cleaning (I would do absolutely anything to get out of cleaning though!)

And as much as I love the beach in summer, I am a huge fan of winter beach holidays - the grey skies! It sounds like an idillic time away - I am envious! x

Sabina said...

Wow, even with the lousy weather, it still sounds like a great week with a getaway trip and studio time. Love your tea box--makes me want to go to cafe and pick me out some southern mint.

Ilona Heimböckel said...

How you make my heart smile again :-)

Thank you for visiting! I need more time for these visits stretching them a few days even into the new week, as the group is growing also ;-)

Lovely beach photos and great to hear how happy you are!

Have a great sunday and upcoming week

Ilona

Rita said...

Wine flavored tea sounds horrible to me--LOL! Never heard of it before this moment.

Sinus took some awesome pics! Happy Anniversary to you guys!!!

You always do great work--even on sloggy wet lazy days. Are the cabinets for your art studio?

Lindsay said...

The last collage looks so relaxing. Beautiful sketch too! Happy ppf :)

VonnyK said...

Happy anniversary. Gotta love this school holiday weather. At least you were at the beach. My little miss has been sick for the entire holiday, so nothing for us. Love your tea forte and I have to say I love chocolate tea. I have two sugars in it and it leaves a yummy sweet chocolate after taste. Good luck with the cleaning (yuk).
Von xx

Neesie said...

Happy Belated Anniversary to you and Sinus
Shame about the weather but then look at those fabulous photos Sinus took plus you were able to use the conditions to your advantage.
Don't like the sound of the sorting and I too will have to shake my toosh when I get back...thinking about running away so I don't have to face the impending move :(
But then looking at your work makes me smile :D
By the way tea and wine mixed - nah! Not in my book!

Jenn said...

Happy Anniversary!!! It's so much fun to learn something new about your love - how awesome! Kudos to him for taking beautiful beach pics....makes me miss the ocean! As always, I've enjoyed your post and beautiful paintings.

Dianne said...

I am not really sure what a tea forte' even is...but sounds interesting, and looks like lots of lovely flavors of tea! Happy anniversary, even if it did rain. Sometimes the quiet vacations are the most restful. Good luck with the 'clear out' and reorganization. I'm late visiting too...happy PPF!

NatashaMay said...

Looks like you've enjoyed yourself despite the rain. :) Wonderful photos and great sketching. :)

janice smith said...

Honestly I have a hard time imagining how wine flavored tea could possibly be good but if I run across some here I will send it to you so you can be the guinea pig! I am so jealous that you have been at the beach. What I wouldn't give to be there now...

Chel said...

What a blissful, lovely post. I'm a tea addict so I LOVE your painting of tea... *swoon*. Just lovely!