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Madame Caroline Testout by GeaAusten Madame Caroline Testout :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 5 0 Blackbird  Wood Pigeon and Iris by GeaAusten Blackbird Wood Pigeon and Iris :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 5 0 Blackbird Singing by GeaAusten Blackbird Singing :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 17 7 Blackbird with a worm by GeaAusten Blackbird with a worm :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 16 6 Spider on rose by GeaAusten Spider on rose :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 23 21 Blue Moon over North Devon by GeaAusten Blue Moon over North Devon :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 10 5 Ghostly Galleon by GeaAusten Ghostly Galleon :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 21 3 Moon Tonight 18.5.19 by GeaAusten Moon Tonight 18.5.19 :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 55 20 as above so below by GeaAusten as above so below :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 17 5 Blue Moon... clouds by GeaAusten Blue Moon... clouds :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 21 7 Angelic Lake by GeaAusten Angelic Lake :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 39 11 Framed Lake by GeaAusten Framed Lake :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 86 14
Lake and Tree quotes
...A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.      
William Wordsworth.............................
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
― Martin Luther
"Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish."
― Munia Khan
"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."
― John Muir
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
― William Shakespeare
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year."
― Chad Sugg
"Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness."
― Herman Hesse
"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, an
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REFLECTIONS by GeaAusten REFLECTIONS :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 18 9 LEAVES AND LAKE by GeaAusten LEAVES AND LAKE :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 18 3 The Lake at Tapeley Park 2 by GeaAusten The Lake at Tapeley Park 2 :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 35 7


Varna  20160425 by LenaMorgue90 Varna 20160425 :iconlenamorgue90:LenaMorgue90 7 0 Warm evening by VDragosPhotography Warm evening :iconvdragosphotography:VDragosPhotography 46 16 Tiger. by DebasishPhotos Tiger. :icondebasishphotos:DebasishPhotos 64 20 A flower does not think of competing .... by eReSaW A flower does not think of competing .... :iconeresaw:eReSaW 46 24 Thranduil by slightlymadart Thranduil :iconslightlymadart:slightlymadart 133 13 Sofia by kalinatoneva Sofia :iconkalinatoneva:kalinatoneva 145 15 Lake Placid by DavidMnr Lake Placid :icondavidmnr:DavidMnr 438 92 Colotis fausta butterfly, macro by LaYue Colotis fausta butterfly, macro :iconlayue:LaYue 73 13 Adventure by LaYue Adventure :iconlayue:LaYue 65 10 Happy Mother's Day by class-pessimist Happy Mother's Day :iconclass-pessimist:class-pessimist 262 38 Planet Gathering by GLO-HE Planet Gathering :iconglo-he:GLO-HE 48 51 come and play with me by GLO-HE come and play with me :iconglo-he:GLO-HE 43 46 White roses and three apples 3 by AnnaZLove White roses and three apples 3 :iconannazlove:AnnaZLove 77 40 Fire in the Sky by xjames7 Fire in the Sky :iconxjames7:xjames7 40 53 Turtle Dove by BogdanBoev Turtle Dove :iconbogdanboev:BogdanBoev 344 23 Arguing birds by BogdanBoev Arguing birds :iconbogdanboev:BogdanBoev 1,652 118


Love ya Gea! :D
Tue Feb 24, 2009, 9:33 PM
:heart: :hug: :rose::blowkiss:
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Thu Nov 20, 2008, 9:55 AM
nice gallery
Mon Nov 10, 2008, 2:41 AM
Sun Oct 12, 2008, 8:07 AM
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Sun Oct 5, 2008, 11:27 AM
:heart: :hug: :rose:
Sat Oct 4, 2008, 5:29 AM
Just saying hi! :wave:
Sat Oct 4, 2008, 3:47 AM
Miss you!
Fri Jun 6, 2008, 9:58 PM



It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso Quotes...


“Live your life as a work of art,” urged the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche


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Journal History

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Whether or not Einstein did actually say this, it’s still a serious cause for concern. Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola). by GeaAusten What You Need to Know About Bees and How You Can Help to Protect Them 

Despite a world population of between 80 million and 100 million domesticated hives, each containing 10,000 to 60,000 bees, numbers are dwindling dramatically: one-third of the UK's bee population has disappeared over the past decade and 24 per cent of Europe's bumblebees are now threatened with extinction.

TWO BEES by GeaAusten

BumbleBee by GeaAusten  TAWNY BEE by GeaAusten

Bees are extraordinary creatures that exist in all types of climates around the world, from forests in Europe to deserts in Africa, and even in the Arctic Circle. Unlike honeybees and their hives, wild bees in the U.S. live in many different places: under the ground, in holes, and in trees.

For much of the past ten years, beekeepers, primarily in the United States and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the U.S. is at risk of extinction.

Worldwide bee populations are in decline, including the honey bee and many of our wild native bees. One example: The yellow-banded bumble bee was the most abundant bumble bee in northern Wisconsin in the mid-1990s, then within ten years it made up less than 1% of the state’s bumble bee population. In Oregon, Franklin’s bumble bee has likely gone extinct during the same period. 

Why We Need to Protect Bees

  • Plants need bees to pollinate, making bees indispensable pollinators of most ecosystems. There are 369,000 flowering plant species, and 90% of them are dependent on insect pollination. A honeybee can usually visit 50-1000 flowers in one trip; if bee takes ten trips a day, a colony with 25,000 forager bees can pollinate 250 million flowers in a day.
  • Bees are a keystone species, with other species dependent on them to survive. Many species of animals depend on bees for their survival because their food sources, including nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits, rely on insect pollination.
  • Pollination not only makes food available for other organisms but also allows floral growth, which provides habitats for animals, including other insects and birds.
  • As pollinators disappear, the effect on the health and viability of crops and native plant communities can be disastrous. We simply cannot survive without bees.
  • Pollinators contribute billions to the world economy. The global crop production pollinated by bees is valued at $577 billion. Pollinators contribute $24 billion to the U.S. agriculture industry, making up a third of the food consumed by Americans.
  • be7969d82a59e0a1af40e30bf9500816 by GeaAusten  Bee on  orange ball buddleja by GeaAusten  Bee on Lavender by GeaAusten

Threats to Bee Species

  • Widespread use of pesticides, neonicotinoids and GMOs
  • Climate change
  • Loss of habitat, including land use changes, habitat fragmentation, loss of bio-diversity
  • Bees forced into service; monoculture
  • Pests, diseases, viruses, and mold  Young Tawny Miner Bee on old leaf by GeaAusten  PRETTY BEE ON LAVENDER by GeaAusten

Actions You Can Take to Help Us Protect Bees  

Bee with very blue sky by GeaAusten  BUMBLE BEE by GeaAusten



Madame Caroline Testout

Just who was Madame Caroline Testout... evidence of the late Victorian rose found in the formal gardens at Gwrych today... an interesting trip into some of the origins of our well beloved English Roses..... 
Madame Caroline Testout

Madame Caroline Testout was a late nineteenth century French couturiere from Grenoble, the proprietor of fashionable salons in London and in Paris. She regularly visited Lyons, where she purchased silks and that city happened to be an important centre for rose breeding. Hybrid Tea roses were at that time all the rage, breeders having at last been able to develop them successfully, and no rose nurseryman was more celebrated than ‘ The Wizard of Lyons’ Joseph Pernet-Ducher.

Mme Testout was obviously an astute businesswoman who understood the value of good publicity, and she went to see Perner-Ducher, asking if he could name of his new roses after her. He agreed, though not with her choice of seedling which he considered mediocre. The nursery’s reputation might suffer from producing a poor rose by the hundreds, but his customer stood firm and a deal was struck. The rose duly made its debut at the salon’s 1890 Spring fashion Show, bearing the name ‘ Madame Caroline Testout’ .

Although not strong on scent, it was an immediate success with Madame Testout’s well to do customers , and with the gardening public , for its abundant silky, rose-pink flowers. Only two years after the rose’s introduction the Royal Horticultural Society gave it an Award of Merit. Four years later the Reverend H J Pemberton, Vice President of the National Rose Society, and a successful rose breeder himself, declared ‘In my opinion it is one of the best, if not the very best, new rose of the last seven years’.

The new variety’s popularity spread to America , and it has been estimated that in the town of Portland, in Oregon , nearly half a million bushes of ‘Caroline Testout' were planted along the sidewalks. Not surprisingly, it was dubbed The Rose City.

In 1901 a climbing form of this rose appeared, and eventually became more popular than the bush rose, which is no longer commercially available.

Whether or not Caroline Testout’s dressmaking business flourished as a result of her namesake’s success is not actually recorded. And perhaps Madame Pernet-Ducher observed the rose’s popularity with mixed feelings. At any rate, only after giving ‘Caroline Testout’ to the world, her husband named one of his new roses ‘Madame Pernet-Ducher’. The semi-double flower of this rose was cream, edged with lemon, which sounds attractive. But alas, it caused not a ripple of interest, and in a few years sank without trace, as did many other new rose varieties. Life can be hard on the wives of rose breeders.

Blackbird Wood Pigeon and Iris
my garden is looking very verdant !!  Black tipped Iris... and bird bath being used !! xx


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Gea Austen
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My father made the first Peace/C.N.D. badges , FIRST PEACE BADGE ERIC AUSTEN by GeaAusten I was with him helping him chose which design to use.. as a child prodigy I started painting when I was very young, but have never really been commercial.. but now I want the world to see my art..Someone asked me if I had ever put the CND sign in one of my designs//I have once,,
but I have a very different attitude to it than I think a lot of peope would expect,
My father was a real Purist,,
he loved simplicity, and black and white,
,. when the whole Peace movement developed,,
many years later, he absolutely winced at what was done to the sign
,, the embellishments of all kinds..
so I think I have copied him, we were extremely close,,
and I worshipped him..
he taught me to draw and paint ,, from when I was three,, and we used to sit together when he was making his pottery and talk about what he would do next.. and different designs etc. I have always felt the simplicity of the design is very beautiful,,, and enough in itself.. I'm glad the Peace movement have embraced the sign, and that people have made it their own.. the extraordinary popularity of the design is due to something I believe is quite sacred ... Gea Austen.



chill and a fever by grafnarq chill and a fever :icongrafnarq:grafnarq 176 29 STANDING IN THE LIGHT OF PEACE 1A by GeaAusten STANDING IN THE LIGHT OF PEACE 1A :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 1 1 WILD POPPY FIELD by GeaAusten WILD POPPY FIELD :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 18 7 PSYCHE by GeaAusten PSYCHE :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 10 4 Complete Makeover by Rozrr Complete Makeover :iconrozrr:Rozrr 9 3 My Uplifted Heart by Rozrr My Uplifted Heart :iconrozrr:Rozrr 23 18 MAD MACHINES by GeaAusten MAD MACHINES :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 287 106 ROLLED GOLD by GeaAusten ROLLED GOLD :icongeaausten:GeaAusten 27 11


My father made the first Peace/C.N.D. badges , I was with him helping him chose which design to use.. as a child prodigy I started painting when I was very young, but have never really been commercial.. but now I want the world to see my art.. Gea Austen