Friday, March 02, 2007


We had birthday presents at breakfast time. The birthday child had a wreath of flowers round their plate. Other children each received a small un-birthday present. I often asked for a Pelham string puppet to add to my puppet family.

We could choose any shape for a birthday cake and Mummy and Granny would make it. One year, I had a volcano cake. It had licorice allsorts and marshmallow 'rocks' stuck into chocolate icing lava - and sparklers and candles. Suddenly, the marshmallows caught alight and burnt icing oozed down the sides. What an eruption! Then someone doused it with the party lemonade. My other Granny said that eating burnt things helped her live to a very old age.
(memory book paintings)

Today is the first birthday for this Scribbles Adagio blog. This past year, I have learned to draw, started daily sketchercising (on my Five K Radius blog) and done all the memory paintings on this blog. I have Danny Gregory to thank for getting me started with sketching and the visitors from the Yahoo Group Everyday Matters, and others for encouraging me to keep going. Here's to another year.

18 comments:

Robert said...

Happy Happy Birthday! And congrats! It is certainly a big accomplishment to come this far. You have great artwork. Thank you for sharing.

shirley said...

Happy Birthday/Anniversary to you and your blog. You have brought joy to me with your memory paintings - please keep sharing.

phthaloblu said...

Happy Birthday and keep up the wonderful work!

Linda said...

Happy Happy Bloggabirthday! I hope you had flowers around your plate today! I always love your memory paintings and reading your little tales -- they are such a delight!

Deborah said...

What a nice way to celebrate your venture into the drawing world. The first of many years I'm sure. Really enjoyed your birthday tales.

Sydney said...

Happy Birthday / Blogiversary! I'm a new visitor to your blog. I love your memory paintings! Thanks for sharing them.

Penny said...

As usual Alison it brings back memories of my birthdays too but I dont think we ever had a volcano cake that nearly erupted! Terrific and happy blog birthday.

aPugsLife said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I love the idea of drawing memories. My mom and I lost everything we owned when I was 12 and so I have no old photos or anything, so lately I have been doing some memory drawings, too. :)

Julie Oakley said...

Happy birthday. I love the sound of the Volcano cake - Might suggest it to one of the kids for their birthday.

martha said...

Happy BlogDay! What a wonderful achievement.

AnastasiaC said...

Happy Birthday to your blog! love the illustrations!

Nancy said...

I love to visit - both sites are very welcoming.

littlemithi said...

Happy bloggerversary! SO nice to see how you've been progressing through the year - hope reaching this milestone will inspire you to keep drawing even more!

ps, thanks for coming round to my blog and leaving the much appreciated comments...

The People History said...

Hi Alison ,

I just found your blog after you left a memory on the people history , It's an amazing blog and I do love the paintings you are very talented , would it be possible to display one of your pictures with your memory on The People History as I am sure more people would then go to your blog from The People History ( PS a copywrite notice stating the work is yours would be included

steve

I would also change the Link to clickable at the end of the post

Tommy Kane said...

I love your drawing style. It's so unique.

Sarah said...

Happy blogday!

I just spotted the alternative alphabet in that top drawing. I had some monstruous teachers at school too. This is a tremendous project.

Jan said...

Happy belated birthday Alison! My what a year you have given us. Thanks heaps, and I wait with baited breath for the rest of this fabulous year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Alison...I really like the idea of painting something from your memory. Our parent's house was burned (1990)and all our pictures was lost. I also had a wonderful childhood memories with my family especially with my grandparents.My desire is to start doing my own memory painting, documenting my experiences.By the way, I am Meds Sarmiento. We visited Canberra last May 2008..We really love your place!Thank you for sharing your talents and your works! God bless you!