• As much as I love your artwork I would really like to see you make some of your recipes via podcast. FYI – I have been experimenting with podcasts myself and you really do need a microphone to get the sound right. 🙂

  • I have been thinking about a Bluetooth headset with mic setup. The mic on my iPad is ok but I would have much more control with a better mic.

    • Hi John, The mic that was recommended for by a prolific podcaster was Yeti. He specifically said it would provide great sound quality for what I do. Check it out on the link. 🙂

  • HB

    I really enjoy your podcasts. Where do you get your music and sounds? To answer your question, your illustrations are awesome, I love your recipes because they are always something I feel I can make. And the wine? I always need help in that area LOL.

    • Hi HB, I get my music form jewelbeat.com and the sounds form soundbible.com. In other words you like everything. 🙂 Thanks for your kind thoughts. 🙂

  • Julie

    This is so pretty. Is that really your back yard? I also love your illustrations and say do more podcasts. I think your new mic is a great idea.

    • Hi Julie, Thanks so much. Yes it is, or at least how I see it in my illustrations. Thanks for the feed back, it is always appreciated. 🙂

  • So beautiful! And so many illustrations. Must be a labor of love for you, creating all those pictures. Did you say where you got the music? It’s very relaxing, and it goes nicely with the imagery.

  • Everything flows together beautifully. That’s a lovely backyard. Looks like your little piece of heaven.

    I’m usually needing more cerebral or content rich kinds of information although I look forward to your podcasts like this for a wonderful art filled break from all that.

    Thanks so much Susan.

    • Thanks Patricia, It is just that, my peace of heaven. I understand that am so please that you look forward to these. My hope was to give people a bit of a break in our harried lives. 🙂

  • Ohmigosh, your backyard looks gorgeous, in this first real flush of warm weather. Love your composition and colour, and the gentle music. So peaceful and serene. Lucky you to live in such a picture-perfect setting, and lucky us to be able to view it!

    • Hi Krystyna, Thank you, It is my sanctuary away from the hubbub of life. I love that you enjoyed this and my illustrations. WOO! HOO!. 🙂

  • You are an amazing artist. I love Spring and your backyard just took me to another place. I just bought some tomato carts to move around as I don’t get a lot of sun. Checking the growth of the tomatoes everyday has made me look at the bird feeder and take notice of the squirrels and rabbits and the beautiful things about spring and my garden. Watching things grow puts me in a very relaxing state.

    • Hi Arleen, Thank you so much. I’m doing a happy dance right now. :-). I love those tomato carts, aren’t the coolest thing ever. 🙂

  • Susan Bigan

    I really enjoyed your artwork! Thanks!

  • Your backyard does look like a great place to spend time. When I saw the bird it reminded me of the Rosellas we get in a large banksia tree. They are quite loud but as their feathers are full of red and green colours they are a welcomed sight.

    • Hi Susan, It is, it is my little slice of heaven. Rosellas are really neat birds. 🙂

  • Susan I LOVE your podcast and pictures! What a great way of sharing them. Angus

    • Hi there Angus. Good to see you here. Thanks so much, they are fun for me to do as well. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts. They are a welcome retreat in my week.

    As a lover of gardening I can thoroughly appreciate both the beauty and the work it takes to make a yard into a wonderful retreat, to then have the time to develop artwork about it…my hat is off to you. After sharing some of your insight on how you create your beautiful art my daughter is gearing up to get her first iPad this summer. 🙂

    • Thank you Debra. Your kind words mean allot to me. It is a challenge at times to both but both are a labor of love. I that’s really cool about your Daughter. Let me know if I can help in amy way. 🙂

  • Springs a bit late coming to Charlotte. It feels more like March than May. Before you know it, we’ll be straight into high humidity. I can’t wait to move and have a real yard again! It might be interesting to try to do one food podcast a month and one story/illustration podcast a month.

    • Hi Jeri, Spring has been a challenge in many part os the country. Just think, you’ll miss all that humidity… LOL. I can’t wait for your move either. I think a food post would be great. I could help if you’d like. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Loved it Susan! I just can’t get over how gifted you are. The colors in the podcast were so vivid and colorful and the accompanying music was perfect.

    I look at the details and wonder, “how did she add the music” or “how did she add her watermark on the bottom corner”. What can I say, I notice details and they’re beautiful. 🙂

    • Hi Pat, You are so kind. It makes me happy to know that you enjoy my work. When you’re ready, I can help you with that, it really isn’t that hard.

  • BeaSempere

    I love this post. *sighs* It’s great to hear your voice. We see pictures of each other, but rarely get an opportunity to hear someone’s voice.

    This podcast is great. Like you, I have been enjoying Spring. We have our balcony set up with our flowers, and I pretty much live on our balcony when it’s nice out. It’s a beautiful setting. Although Spring isn’t my favorite season, it is one full of inspiration.

    I enjoy your blog. It has variety, which is something I truly enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Bea, Thank you so much. I agree, it really is nice to hear and voice that goes with the pictures we see.

      No matter the season, flowers no matter where they are can bring joy and happiness to us. 🙂

  • We’re also enjoying a long-awaited spring in the UK. We live in the country & are also lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful sights. Lovely pictures & music. Thank you!

    • Hi Barbara, The UK in spring is beautiful. I am envious. Thank you for your kind words. :-)))

  • claudiajustsaying

    We have a bird nest with six very tiny eggs, in a geranium plant on our patio certainly a sign of spring. Claudia

    • Hi Claudia, It is so nice to see you here. How cool is that. It will be fun for you to watch the progress of that next. 🙂

  • Anita

    living in the tropics , its summer all year round…I experienced the change of seasons once when I was in Norway and it was magical…

    • Hi Anita, I love Norway. It is one of my most favorite places to visit. The seasons are nothing short of speculator there. 🙂

  • BroadcastingSunny

    Spring is a tease for me, it gets warm but there is an underlying cold that says, ha ha you can’t have that yet. With that said, I love the flowers. You do get the plethora of flowers in any other season.

    • Hi Joanne, I’m glad to see that spring is finally coming for you. I do hope that it is a glorious as mine is. 🙂

  • Spring is here for the most part, actually summer already is heading in. I live in Texas and we don’t really have much of a spring or winter for that matter. It was in the high 70’s today but the last two days it was almost 90 so it’s getting hot. I will say though the weather has really been lovely. So glad you’re enjoying it Susan and thanks for sharing this with us.


    • Hi Adrienne, I have family in Texas so I know what you mean about the seasons. It really has been a great spring so far so I wish the same for you. 🙂

  • Hi Susan: Mother Nature is playing games with us here in Manitoba, Canada. We had a couple of really nice days that felt like summer was finally coming. And then … wham! It got cool again. We’ve still got the heat on in the house and it’s May 9th! I can only hope that we end up with a super great summer. Fingers crossed …

    • Hi Doreen, I do feel blessed to have a great spring right now. I’ll keep my figures crossed for you as well. 🙂

  • Margaret Duarte

    What a lovely tribute not only to spring, but also to your art. The music brought the images even more alive. What a nice way to start my morning.

    • Hi Margaret, Thanks so much my friend. You must come over sometime soon. 🙂

  • Jacs Henderson

    Susan, that was lovely, and such calming music too. Your birds and squirels must be very happy – looks like you feed them a gourmet selection of nuts and nibbles 🙂

    • Hi Jacs, Thanks a bunch. :-D, You could say that, They do stay around for the feast… LOL. 🙂

  • Susan – I really like where you’re taking this…

    And to your question, I love spring and the “greening” that comes with it. There’s nothing like the blooming of flowers grown from a bed deadened by winter to remind us of the beauty of life!

    • Hi Dan, Thank you, I would agree with on all of that. I know that your travels will take you to many different climates so enjoy each as you go. 🙂

  • Wendy Merron

    Hi Susan, just dropping in to let you know that your blog is by far one of my top favorites. Thanks for the stories and recipes. One day I’d love to meet you for tea. Keep on doing what you are doing!

    • Hi Wendy, We should make it a plan to do that. Thanks for all your support. 🙂

  • Wendy Merron

    Susan, your post is by far one of my top favorites.

    Your stories and your recipes make me feel as if we are having coffee every week, just sharing.

    Keep doing what you are doing 🙂

    • Hi Wendy, Thank you so much. You just made my day. :-). It would so fun if we could do that for real someday. 🙂

  • Michael Belk

    Very nice and relaxing Susan. I like the pictures and the music was soothing. I loved the caricatures.

    • Thanks Michael, These are fun to create as well. 🙂

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