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Smells like Autumn……………

I love Autumn – what was it George Eliot said about Autumn – ‘Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns’. The smells of autumn are more evocative for me than the changing colours – the smell of … Continue reading

Why I love wool………..

Firstly, I am acutely aware that most of this Blog will read to my pals as if I’m teaching them to suck eggs – it will appear to many as pretentious and give an inflated sense of my limited knowledge – shamelessly gleaned from Internet sources as I don’t keep sheep myself – yet……to these … Continue reading

It’s never the way you remember it……..

……is it, though. Never as good as you remembered it was – except if it was the 60’s and then you wouldn’t remember it anyway – although I have vague flashes of hedonistic times and sometimes still burst out laughing for no good reason – why is that, anyway….? Anyhoo – back to the present! … Continue reading

The Black Dog……………then and now

When I started this Blog I determined that it would not only be about my attempts at creativity but about my determined, lifelong and tortuous  journey to get to this place – the happiest I’ve been in many years; and what I’ve discovered about myself along the way. From the bleak title you will see that I’ve … Continue reading

Woolly matters……….

Spent a great afternoon with the lovely and incredibly busy Nickie of Eden Gotland Sheep at her farm, Scalerigg, situated between Renwick and Kirkoswald at the foot of Hartside Pass……….What a glorious view – I even saw the wee house at the top of Hartside and the visibility wasn’t that great. Imagine what it must be like on a clear … Continue reading

Drypoint printing – great fun……..

Yesterday my lovely daughter and I – along with Fliss a great sculptor/printmaker – spend a most enjoyable day with Ian Hill and his wife Jackie – Ian is a bookbinder/printmaker who lives in the West Lakes, near Cockermouth. We first met Ian at Music on the Marr where we were both exhibiting and he had some beautifully delicate … Continue reading

Recycling and money…….

Yesterday while we were rock pooling in Whitley Bay with my Grandson, my daughter asked me ‘…..if money were no object – would you still buy all your clothes and materials from the Charity Shops, pick up found objects, use Freecycle and adopt animals from Rescue Homes……’ Didn’t take even a heartbeat for me to … Continue reading

Originally posted on pixelchick:
Wandering down the main street of my gorgeous little village home yesterday, I looked in the window of a corner shop to see what I immediately thought was a junk store. On closer inspection however it became apparent that this was a private Gallery. I never ever allow myself to criticise…


I’ve just been reading a great little book  called Surfaces and Textures by Polly O’Neil with some fabulous and unusual photographs of urban and rural textures and have decided that this is my new project. I dabble in a very amateur way with a very basic camera taking photos or snaps I guess they are really but I’ve … Continue reading

Nana’s Rule………………

Yesterday I took a day off from feltmaking to attend my 7 year-old grandson’s School Family Picnic held at Fairhill in Alston which is a great Community space encompassing toddlers and older children’s play areas, wild spaces, a couple of wildlife ponds, paths, wooded area and car park – just the right amount of space … Continue reading