Monday 31 December 2012

Beauty in the Rain

I've been doing my best to find beauty in the rain in the last few weeks. Including dragging The Computer Man to a windy estuary. It's important to feel a little windblown and more alive, sometimes ;-).

Enjoy these-with my best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2013, too.

Friday 21 December 2012

I made this ecard for Jim & I to send to everyone this year...and that includes everyone reading this blog. Have a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a wonderful new year.

The next post will be in January.

Update:  If you'd like to send your own version of this as a free ecard, here it is:

Sunday 16 December 2012

Feel Good Pic: Cute Cats

It was puppies earlier this week, so in the in interests of balance :-), these seriously cute cats are making their appearance today. Just follow the link and enjoy! - Vicces képek, vicces videók legnagyobb gyűjteménye

PS. After this week's experiment with posting every day, I've realised that this probably isn't a realistic goal and leaves me less time actually to create good stuff. Expect something good two or three times a week, instead.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Feel-Good Quote & Picture: Shoot for the Moon

Shoot for the Moo-Even if you miss you'll land among the stars

This quote of Brian Littrell's probably says it all. But the picture is ours, proving that even a wintry London park can have magic, sparkle and atmosphere within it. Enjoy-and remember to shoot for the moon!

Friday 14 December 2012

Feel Good Racoon Pic & Idea: Cuteness is Good For You...

Cute racoon photo adapted by me from original picture by, "irishbrewer74," on Morguefile.
Couldn't resist this cute little racoon, but today there's an idea to go along with him. Scientists in Japan have discovered that cuteness really is good for you. In their experiment, participants who watched particularly cute videos perfomed better straight afterwards on tasks needing concentration than those who had watched less cute animal videos...

(I'd love to have been there beforehand, when they "had" to watch lots of animal videos to decide which was cutest, wouldn't you?)

Anyway, the upshot of this is clear. There's no need to feel guilty (if you ever did!) about spending some time each day watching cuteness: it's officially good for you, too.

Thursday 13 December 2012

Feel-Good Video: Cute Puppies

Today's feel-good stuff involves off-the-scale cuteness. And golden retriever puppies, courtesy of HeatherGRPuppies on YouTube.

Of course, the Dogs' Trust is absolutely right that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. But with that in mind, just let any tensions melt away as you watch this gem...

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Feel-Good Freebie: Free Squirrel Wallpaper

OK, I know. Not everyone is nuts about squirrels. But if you are (and we are, obviously, hence the name of this blog) then squirrel wallpaper is something likely to help you feel great.

Just right-click on the image and save as to grab this little cutey and use him as a wallpaper or background on any gadget of your choice, as a little present from BoundingSquirrel, and a thankyou for reading.

"I want to be your squirrel wallpaper...Please download me!"

PS. If you like him, please comment and/or share the link to this post. Thanks!

Update October 2014: Click here to grab a whole slew of free Nature Art Wallpapers..

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Feel-Good Idea: Be the Gift...

I'm posting this gingerly as digital painting's still pretty new for me...and only something I ever thought I could attempt thanks to a course run by the wonderful Jane Davenport.

What would the world be like if we all concentrated on being the gift this Christmas, as well as, or even instead of, giving them?

Monday 10 December 2012

Feel-Good Pic: Light in the Dusk

From today, I'm going to do my best to post something each day that has a feel good element to it. You can never add too much cheerfulness, right?

We took this first offering last Saturday. The Computer Man and I don't normally spend much time photographing landmarks in our own city...(tut tut, because it's beautiful, really).

But there we were, walking down the South Bank of the Thames. From where we came across an unusual view of St Pauls, which put light and warmth into the winter twilight...