The spirits of nature are fickle this year. We've just come back from a walk in the glorious sunshine. We have a hedge that runs alongside our house and there is always something interesting to see in it. Sloes in the autumn, as well as hawthorn berries, not to mention all the varied birds and smaller creatures - we even had a hedgehog make it's way through a tiny gap in our fence in the summer - and they are rarer these days.
Todays surprise was honeysuckle, flowering away quite happily thanks to the mild weather here. Many times over the last few days we have counted our blessings, not to have endured the misery of a flooded out home. It must have been the most horrible Christmas ever for some.
I love the delicate cream and yellow flowers in the honeysuckle plant, and the shapes in the curling flowers, and I can't help wondering how I could make a piece of jewellery inspired by it. Actually I'm quite excited by the idea, as I haven't made many things with yellow shades. Those little stamens could be made by enamelling some headpins. An exciting parcel arrived yesterday with some new enamelling equipment so I now have all I need to give it a go. I also bought a lovely little nugget of lemon coloured jasper that could be wire wrapped and used as a feature in the necklace.
So it will be out with my sketchbook after lunch - I do like a challenge.
Happy new Year!