Saturday, 31 March 2018

Pastures New - Moving On

Changes, changes! Some are deliberate, others are wished upon us! The long radio silence chez Greenpatches has involved a bit of both; not least due to various technical gremlins involving new phone providers and getting locked out of my account. But I’m back at last.

A few of you will know that I’ve begun blogging again in a new place (sshhh! I’ve gone over to you-know where). So from now on, you can find me at Holding Heaven. It’s simpler than Greenpatches; less bells, whistles and bloghoppery. However, you’re very welcome to hop over and give me a look.

I’ll be back over here from time to time, mainly to recycle some of those vintage  Greenpatches and weave them into a new pattern over at HH.

Hoping to see some of you there.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

A-Z Challenge Day 26 - 'Zoom!'

Last year's Z was 'Zoo.' I guess Zebra would have made a good post, except that my stock of images, (mostly drawn from our wanderings in Scotland five years ago) doesn't stretch to zebras, given that we didn't encounter any on our travels. We were at very close quarters to a herd of hairy Highland Cattle during the last leg of the journey, I remember. Shame we didn't stop to take a quick snap. Though if you've met Highland Cattle, you'll understand why we weren't keen on being too friendly with them. As it was, fear at the thought of having to plough our way through them was greatly  lessened by the thought of our destination being (almost) in sight. The thought of dry clothes, hot drinks, a good meal and a warm bed is a wonderful motivator!

So, as the end of another journey, the A-Z heaves in sight, and I'm also celebrating the safe return of my laptop, let's wander back down the years and do, what I'm hoping said laptop will do from now on ; let's  'Zoom!'

Friday, 29 April 2016

A-Z Challenge Day 25 - Y

I think I peaked culturally this time last year when I pointed my poor readers (if there were any left by that time), towards Bananas in Pyjamas and ' The Bannana Splits.' It's a hard act to follow. Luckily, Mr GP has come to my rescue and suggested I take yet another trip down Memory Lane to age seventeen and The Real Thing's 'You to Me are Everything.'  Aahhh! They don't write them like that nowadays. Excuse me while I wallow in nostalgia for an hour or three...

A-Z Challenge Day 24 - X

Extra? Extraordinary? Extreme? Extra effort needed now that the finishing line is in sight? I'm still waiting the return of GP laptop from the laptop hospital, so I'll be brief. Green X Above Left: No nothing to do with the colour of my blog, though I'll admit to having attempted the truly eXtraordinary lately by having a go at sketching. Not something that comes to me naturally; I generally go for the abstract, all-forgiving mixed media stuff. No, I've stumbled across another A-Z via the Tate Modern. We do have a reproduction Klee at home, but I've not seen this one before. Not sure what to make of it, to be honest. What's your take?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A-Z Challenge Day 23- Wet, Wet, Wet... a soaked Mr GP will certify; he's upstairs soaking in a hot bath, after being rained on during a cycle ride. I don't know what's up with our weather; this week we've had several seasons in one day, be it rain, sunshine, hail or snow. Which gives me the perfect excuse to go back down Memory Lane yet again and list songs for a rainy day. No links this time,  too fiddly. I'll start- do help me out and add to the list if you want.

1. Love is All Around Us - Wet Wet Wet (Yes, it's cheating, but it gives me a perfect excuse to dream of Hugh Grant!)
2. Singing in the Rain
3. It's Raining Men- The Weathergirls

Over to you.


A-Z Day 22- Vegetables

Another excuse to go back down Memory Lane, to the Land of Do As You're Told. 'Stoppit and Tidyup' were favourites of the junior Greenpatches many years ago. This episode is 'Eat Your Greens.' I can't say it had the desired effect on their eating habits. I seem to remember the Great Broccoli Revolt somewhere along the way!

Monday, 25 April 2016

A-Z Challenge Day 21- U is for...

Umbrella! Apologies for the lack of images. I've managed to download a rather snazzy pic, but can't for the life of me work out how to extract it from the bowels of my device without a whole load of technical twiddling and fiddling. You'll just have to imagine the brolly of your choice.

The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust hath the just' umbrella.
( author unknown)