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Challenge #208

At the moment there are seriously not enough hours in the day.

Autumn = mad, crazy times around here.

I'm canning like a woman possessed, there's tomatoes everywhere! It's almost time to begin on the apple pie filling that my daughter loves and I am contractually required to put a years supply away for her or, apparently, I am out of the family.

We're madly scrambling to get things done around the place in time for a Permaculture group tour in May - one of the big projects was to properly fix up the kids old cubby that I've been using as a potting shed over the past year. By the end of the week it will have shelves and wall hooks and big windows and doors that closes. It will definitely be my garden happy spot.

We've got some cool Autumn festivals that I just have to go visit - today I was at Cloudehill an amazing garden that's part of the Diggers Club (heritage seed savers/garden club that I'm a member of) of course,  I couldn't help but buy a stack of seeds and plants - just doing my bit, you know? (well that's what I tell John, anyway).

Tomorrow we attend a Biodynamic field day as part of the BD course we're doing.

I've got lots of gardening to get done over the next few weeks, compost heaps to build so that everything is ready for the Winter wind down. Whew. I'm feeling tired already.

So, I did get a chance to take a peek at the challenge this week, which was a duo tangle using Cubine and Pokeroot, and this idea came right to mind, so I was compelled to put it down on paper:

ribbon and floral using cubing and pokeroot tangle patterns

I'm going to apologise in advance for not getting around to visit any challenge blogs this week. I'm hoping once Winter is here things will settle down and I'll be able to get more involved again.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Wow Helen.....This is definitely the most beautiful drawing for this weeks challenge !

  2. Gosh Helen. This is amazing. How inventive to make this duotangle look so beautiful. I agree with Mariet - it is the best.

  3. Beautiful! Your work has such poise and grace!

  4. It's so funny to read that you have to prepare your garden for winter!
    It's nearly spring where I live, the first flowers are out and we all are waiting for some nice sunshine *grin*

    Your tile reminds me of these flowers and a nice ribbon around it. I like it very much!

  5. Wonderful flow! I like the way the berries branch. Good luck with all the projects around the house!

  6. Beautifully done! Such lovely flow. Enjoy your fall, that time is so fleeting.

  7. Das ist eine sehr schöne Zusammemstellung und die Wahl des Schleifenband ist toll

  8. Lovely so beautiful. Greetings Janny

  9. Love yout always have such a unique take on the tangles. Love the way it flows. Great work.

  10. I am always in awe of the whimsy that you create with...whoa! It always makes me pause and wonder about the process that goes through people's minds when they "see" something and then put it onto paper with art tools. Beautiful work!

  11. This is a stunningly, amazing piece!!! Absolute elegant and gorgeous! Love it!

  12. Very beautiful, simple and flowing.

  13. So pretty! Lovely cubine ribbon!

  14. sounds as though you have your hands full! We were members of the Diggers club years back. Love their heritage seeds - would love to have an opportunity to visit them at some stage, but for now will sigh and look at their website (thanks for including :)) Love the easyflow pattern that you did of the pokeroot and cubine tangles - your tangles almost always look like native plants. Take care, Tracy

  15. Thanks for sharing the link of Cloudehill, I just saw the most beautiful photo's of this garden! Your challenge piece is so very much you: gorgeous! Success with all the work.

  16. Another beautiful and elegant design... Your art is so inspiring!

  17. Thanks for sharing your artwork in the midst of all that other stuff! ( ... and that apple pie filling sounds like a winner! Do you have a recipe you can share?!)

  18. Done in a way that only you can do. Love the shading. Good luck with all the prep work, When finished I am sure that it will be worth it.

  19. Awesome Cubine ribbon and shading!

  20. As always, your work is simply lovely.


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