Friday, 28 December 2012


Hope you have enjoyed Christmas - now there's a whole new year looming!  I'd like to share my good fortune - here's a photo of a limited edition sculpture by Ophelia Gordon Bell which I had long admired and which, thanks to Alan, is now mine.  I love it.

Good health and good fortune to you and yours in 2013.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Still going strong...

As anyone who's peeked at my Distant Stitch blog will know, I'm working on module 4 and even enjoying some of it!

Took some time out to post a pic of something I've been playing around with, but which MIGHT appear somewhere later in the module!

Hoping you are all warm and dry during this rotten spell of weather....

Monday, 29 October 2012

Module Four

I'm up and running, so to speak.  See my sister blog

Friday, 12 October 2012

Douglas the harris hawk

Douglas, the new man in my life.

(I'm the one on the right)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


After struggling for far too long I think I have finished my accessory.  What do you think?

Saturday, 4 August 2012


We managed to get out to the Farne Islands on Monday just in time to catch the last few puffins before they left to live at sea until next spring......  Photos courtesy of Al Bravey .....

This chap must hold the record for the most sand eels you can snatch in one go!

Friday, 3 August 2012

A garden by Gertrude Jekyll

Just back from a wonderful few days in the North East.  We stayed at Bamburgh Hall Farm (can definitely recommend it for comfort and location).  Although my passion was to see puffins before they leave to spend the autumn and winter on the high seas, I had to perform my pilgrimage to the Jekyll garden on Lindisfarne.   Bizaarely, it's located in one of the most isolated, windswept corners of the coast.  Very English and so old-fashioned.  Enjoy....

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Crafty days

My sister Tessa and I have thrown ourselves into making things to sell at two craft fairs over the last few weeks - the villages of Ombersley (Worcs) and Austrey (Warks) have been our guinea pigs.  Frankly, we didn't even cover our costs BUT the positive and enouraging feedback from visitors was a welcome surprise.  Craft fairs are not really "us", however - it's the "making" we love.  It's highly unlikely that most makers will ever be recompensed for the time they put into their work but the need to create is so strong!

I now plan to reapply myself to City and Guilds embroidery, having got ceramic buttons well and truly out of my system.  Wish me luck!