Thursday, September 18, 2014

Absence note.......

Please Miss, I have been a bit busy. Turning this
into this
 The intention was to be able to show my desk as it usually is, with work in progress,  so that I could take part in Seth Apter's challenge.
The spur to have this humungous tidy was the super chest of drawers I had from DH for my birthday but
you will notice that the tidy version has nothing going on.  This is the story of my life, as soon as I have it tidy I sit wondering what to do.  Hopefully over the next weeks I will ruffle it up a bit and produce something.

Since I last posted I have visited the Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show at Penshurst Place which was a very good day out.
This gentleman works in London, moving on pigeons.  He doesn't kill them, just says "Move along please"
and he is just gorgeous.
I have also has a birthday which I celebrated with friend watching the Tall Ships leave London.
Some very tall
and some not so tall but great to see.

I have been doing quite a bit of gardening, bulb planting as we seem to have lost a lot.    Now, to try and get back on track with everything else......looking forward to a visit to Hampton Court  to visit The Handmade Fair on Saturday, hoping that this wonderful weather hangs on just a little longer.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All over the place.......

I've been away, to my hometown.  View of Piel Island from Roe Island. Glorious sea breezes.

We went to Kendal
and walked down memory lane in the Museum of Lakeland Life, a bit disconcerting to see so many things you remember, in a museum. We also loved the Quaker Tapestry.and this quilt.

Made of knitted squares and embroidered panels, I think the square were knitted by a lady (forgot the name, sorry) and the embroidered pieces were worked by her friends. Sorry about the photo quality. There are some better photographs here
We visited Sisergh Castle  I must have passed it a thousand times on journeys back and forth but it is a lovely house to visit.  Fascinating history, Jacobites and all that,wonderful wooden paneling and carved fireplaces  and the portraits, for me, are particularly fine.

In the gardens we found these treasures.

The owls were part of Woollen Woodlands.  A copse of trees had been decorated with literally hundreds of animals and flowers by local groups and schools. Brilliant idea, such fun,We (72 and 82) were running around shouting "Look at this one" "Come and look at this".


I actually took loads more but as this was supposed to be a quick catch up post I better move on, there are some more photographs on this blog
Another beautiful day and a beach combing walk on Walney Island
I didn't wan't to trespass here

The sea made art
Iconic Black Combe
 See how it has inspired other people here
Another view with Walney Channel

Our last trip was to see the tree that has been planted for my brother,on a grassy bank, over looking the town so he can keep it in order.
Hopefully in the spring it will have snowdrops round it and then white blossom.
So that took longer than I thought, if you stuck with it to here can you help me identify this shrub?.  I have searched but had no luck so far.
Right better get to the catching up, seem to have been doing that this whole year which is flying by. 

Friday, August 08, 2014


flying by.  My young friend came for her annual visit and we spent a week walking in Kent, along the River Thames,
by the sea
and through the countryside.
and we planned the walks we would take next year.

This week there was a visit to the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain.  I did love the cockerel
Unknown Bone cockerel

but the star exhibit had to be the  Bellamy quilt on loan from the Carrow House Museum in Norwich.

It was made by Herbert Bellamy and Charlotte Alice Springall in the year before they married. Not the kind of thing young couples do now I think.  You can read the full story here .  You can stand for ages and keep finding new(and surprisingly modern) images.  Unfortunately you couldn't get close enough to examine the stitiches as it was surrounded by an alarm force field which went off everytime you leaned forward or even pointed.
On the way out of the Tate we paeesed through this unusual sight.

Some of the worlds most famous painting being unpacked and hung, with great precision I may add.
I am keeping up with Documented Life, just, and experimenting with weaving but lack the time to scan photograph etc at the moment as we are off on a short break next week. We are going to my home town Barrow in Furness and of course hope to visit the beautiful Lakes but after our scorching summer(so far) the weather is looking decidely iffy. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Art in Action........

was wonderful.  We have talked about going for a long time but it will be a must for the future.  I took some photographs but none could capture the fullness of the experience.   This is the Welcome Gate.
and I would love these two prowling through my garden.
The best thing I can do is point you to the web site and let you work your way through the demonstrating artists. It was a mind whirling day, so many things to see(too many for one day) and so much admiration for the creativity and skill on show. Just a few memorables. Victoria Walker, watch the video and marvel, Amanda Wright  and Harriet Riddell, this young lady was machine embroidering portraits (very tempted) Many of the artists were young which is very heartening.
My weaving samples  are growing, slowly.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I am English so I am fascinated by weather.  I love clouds and last nights approaching storm had me running back and forth trying to capture the most amazing clouds formations I have ever seen

Should have been going to Art in Action today but don't fancy the M25 in a storm so fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Apropos of nothing, my "tree" for Man and June had birds. Not as many as I intended but next year.....
Back to the Tour and the Golf and the Weaving. 
PS I have been reliably informed (see comments) that my pictures (not the first one) depict a "Spanish Plume".  Thank you.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014


I am always interested at the hightened awareness that comes with learning something new.  I am following Jude Hill's "Considering Weave"  and last night I found myself analysing the mat on the floor in the background of a television programme.  an interesting diagonal weave.  This morning Ines Seidel had a link to an older post on weaving plastic bags

and Sri Threads had an explanation this wonderful woven sleeping mat.
Here are my own first efforts.

 and my little loom.
I made these pieces while being glued to the Tour de Yorkshire, sorry Tour de France. What a wonderful spectacle.  So disappointed for Mark Cavendish but the rest of it was spectacular.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Wk 24, Wk 25 and Wk 26......

Time to catch up, these were quickly done,Prompt for Documented Life  Wk24 was " Use book pages of text pages".  I used a book I had used for cleaning my brayer while gelli printing.  Then collaged  a die cut from another page.
Wk 25 was "Cover your page in hearts".  I again yurned to gelli prints which I had already collaged amd put them through the Sizzix to produce hearts galore, which in turn were collaged to another print.
Wk 26 "Add a bible verse that inspired you - or a line from a favourite book.  This kind of thing stops me in my tracks but then me old favourite came to mind. A A Milne's "Now we are Six".
Looking forward to the Wimbledon Men's Final and of course I will be glued to the Tour de France for the next three weeks.I am so full of admiration for the stamina of these men  3,664 kilometres in 3 weeks with onbly two rest days.    Hoping that everything goes well in Yorkshire, especially in Sheffield(DH's home town). I was tempted to go to London on Monday but decided, being a bit vertically challenged,  I would probably be better off with the TV, miss the atmosphere though. We watched it go through the last time it was in England and after a very long wait it went through in the blink of an eye, won't forget it though. This year, particularly,  I will watch it with my brother in mind.  It was he who introduced me to the sport and he loved it.  I will miss having him to answer my questions.