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Honey Bunny Leaves for England

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Honey Bunny left a message for her friends.

Honey  Bunny left a message for her friends at Long Lane.

Honey Bunny made her decision, she’s moved away from Long Lane to England. But her little friends and she have promised to write to each other. She wants to know what happens back home and they want to hear about her adventures!

The little flowers of her garden are sad.

The little flowers of her garden are sad.

Her leaving has made the little flowers of her garden very sad. Honey Bunny always cared for the little living things at Long Lane and they all will miss her.

Her little mice neighbors were sorry to see her leave.

Her little mice neighbors were sorry to see her leave.

Her mice neighbors had lived near her at Long Lane for such a long time, they were very sorry to see her leave.

Even the little insects were sad.

Even the little insects were sad.

When friends leave it can be very sad and lonely feeling but it can also mean something new and exciting is happening.

Life keeps expanding if you let it grow.

British Flag 2 here at last re

Well life has been expanding for me, as I am now sitting at my laptop in a cottage, in Northumberland  England. Expansion doesn’t happen all at once, I guess if it did it would hurt! What I mean is I think it’s going to take me some time to settle in and feel like this is home. Before when I came, it was for long visits and it was all new and exciting. I’m not saying it isn’t new and exciting now, just that it does feel different. We don’t have that countdown of ‘days until I leave’ now and that’s such a relief!

But I do keep referring to the place I left, back in Clarence Center, New York, as home! I’ll give myself some slack with that; I still refer to the place I grew up, Endicott NY, as HOME. “Going home to Endicott”…I referred to it like this all the years my boys were growing up, so much that even they used to say…”when can we go home to Endicott and see Grandma and Grandpa?”

1-17-15 my walk  (129) (338x450)

Walking down the lane in a small village.

But as they say “home is where the heart is”, and my heart is here with Gary, my soon to be husband. We share a love of nature and walking the hills, listening to good children’s stories and old tales and just being silly and laughing a lot. When I have a new idea for a story or character, and share it with him, it usually expands effortlessly, as he just ‘gets it’.

Gary and I on a walk by Edlingham Burn or creek.

Gary and I on a walk by a burn or creek.

So as I explore my new gorgeous surroundings, I promise to share lots of photos here. The drawing, painting and felting are a bit on the back burner because we’re still working on arranging things to make room for my soon to arrive shipment. “Groan”….I have a lot of boxes and plastic bins coming!! (Remember all those boxes I kept packing?) But I DO miss my ‘stuff’ and can’t wait for it to arrive!

Well here’s a selection of photos from some of the walks I’ve taken. I’ve done a few little sketches but will share them later.

Edlingham Castle and viaduct, just down the road from me.

Edlingham Castle and viaduct, right next to an 11th c church.

The viaduct was built in the Victorian age and was part of a railway line; I’d like to do some sketches of it someday. The views are spread out here, that is you can see really far especially if you get up a hill, and I’ve noticed people just walk to things they can see.

1-20-15 Walk to Crags + Viaduct (17) (450x338)

“My Northumberland!” from on top of the Crags looking down on the village.

Like above, we walked up to the top of the Crags and you have an excellent view for miles and miles!

This is the upper or back lane to the village.

This is the upper or back lane to the village.

This is the upper or back lane to the village and it’s one of my favorite (favourite 😉 ) places to walk…do you blame me?

Another view on the upper lane, coming back.

Another view on the upper lane, coming back.

This is usually how the upper lane looks as I come back, with the sun low in the winter sky.

There are sheep everywhere!

There are sheep everywhere!

Most of the fields and hills have sheep on them. I can guess at three breeds- Norfolk, Scottish Black Face and Texel. They’re all nice but the Scottish Black Faced ones are especially bonnie!

A tiny beautiful bird, the Blue Tit.

A tiny beautiful bird, the Blue Tit.

There are all new birds here for me to learn too. I’m frustrated when I hear them sing or twitter and I have no idea ‘who’ it is! I’m getting good at identifying them on sight though.

A male Blackbird, in the thrush family and closely related to the American Robin.

A male Blackbird, in the thrush family and closely related to the American Robin.

This beautiful bird is a male Blackbird…the same that were baked in a pie and that the Beatles sang about ‘singing in the dead of night’. They are thrushes just like ‘our’ American Robin; so things it does reminds me of it, and yes they’re known for their song!

Walking down by Edlingham Burn, wearing my gators!

Walking down by the burn, wearing my gators!

It’s spring. It’s muddy. When I go out walking and I put on my leg gators first, I’m always glad I did. The gators wrap around your lower leg and ankle and zip up. They stay put because of a strap that goes under your boot and a hook at your laces. I bought them years ago when I came here and just love them!

A walk along the burn in January.

A walk along the burn in January.

Can you see how beautiful this is? I love the tangle of roots, the moss covered trees and the branches that scraggle in all directions. I just hope I can start to capture it all when I start painting.

The livestock fence across the burn.

The livestock fence across the burn.

Farmers use old pallets strung together across the burns or streams, to keep livestock in the proper pasture. I really like the way this one looks, like it’s blended in with it’s natural surroundings.

Well I’ll leave you here, time to go get busy. I’ll post more pictures as I go and hopefully some sketches. Please leave comments below as I love to hear from you all!

7 comments to Honey Bunny Leaves for England

  • Rochelle Levesque

    Thanks for sharing Mary. I enjoy your posts and your work. Best to you as you go forth into this new phase of your life.

  • Thanks Rochelle! Yes a whole new phase, that I hope I can capture with sketches, paintings and photos of course! I’ll be sharing more photos and such as I go along, thanks for leaving me a comment! (Hey it’ll be even more expensive to mail me rocks now! 😉 )

  • Kelly

    Mary,
    It looks wonderful there! So envious. I just, this very week, moved into my own place now that my divorce is final. It’s just a tiny apartment in Phoenix Arizona but it’s mine and I’m happy to have it now. If you’ve never been here just know that it is roughly the polar opposite of where you now live! LOL

    But outside my window are some tangled wild trees and I’m so grateful for them.

    I had all my things (including my paints and canvas) all packed away for almost a year through this transition. You are going to LOVE getting your things back. I don’t know what it is but I suspect that that are tiny energy threads that attach us to our belongings that we love. I didn’t realize how scattered I felt until I started gathering all my art supplies and other things back to me. 😉 It’s both a bit like Christmas opening it all up after such a long time AND overwhelming.

    I think of you there in your new cottage waiting for it to feel like home. Just know that in the polar opposite place across the world someone else is doing the exact same thing!
    😉

  • Oh Kelly I’m so glad you left me a comment to tell me how things are going for you! I HAVE been to Arizona and I totally agree it’s the polar opposite! It does comfort me to think of a friend way across the world going through the same re-settling. And I appreciate you thoughts on getting your stuff back, yes, I think we’re connected to our special things, no matter how simple they be. I’m going to try hard to get some small sketches done and keep up with scanning and posting my progress. Please keep in touch, things will go well for you too!

  • Neil

    Hi Mary, I live over in Rothbury and I came upon your page whilst searching for info on the viaduct and the old railway line. I see you mention about walking across the viaduct; can I just ask, is it open for anyone to walk across? The reason I ask is ever since I moved here (17 years ago) I’ve wanted to walk/cycle the old Cornhill Branch Line but I’ve been put off about horror stories of the owner of the viaduct, who apparently lives in the old station house. ‘Local legend’ has it that he will chase you off the path! Any info on this will be most welcome. Nice photos, by the way, and welcome to the area!

  • Hi Neil, Thanks for the welcome! It is a beautiful area of Northumberland we live in! The viaduct I learned is not open to walking, it’s privately owned by a local farmer who holds shoots there, and I guess that’s why they don’t like folks walking over it. We walked in another area near it. I love Rothbury by the way, it’s such a nice little town (but growing now I guess). I can’t wait to get busy painting but need to settle in first. Thanks for stopping by!

  • It looks like Gary and yourself are doing fairly well. When I was in England I never got to go explore the ‘wilderness’. I wish I had, had the time and was able to leave my bands company more when I was over there. I wish that I could be over there exploring and seeing if it is like the many many books I have read about walking everywhere and exploring the ‘ruins'(?) or old houses, things that are falling down (that I cannot picture in England very well).

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