Monday, February 28

meet a maker

being the inquisitive little feltmaker that i am, i thought it might be interesting to hear about other maker's stories. if you would like to be featured, please leave me a comment and i'll get in touch with some questions for you.

so, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and lets meet ruth of purple pomegranate ...

Hi – my name is Ruth Lane and I live in the beautiful Northwest corner of Montana, USA. I own a fine craft gallery, The Purple Pomegranate, located in Whitefish, Montana and when I’m not at the store, I’m working on my fiber art. I love playing with textures and combining techniques to create unique pieces of art.

When I discovered felting more than four years ago, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. As a self taught fiber artist, the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfils my creative passion.

One technique that I especially enjoy is the ancient technique of felt making. Traditionally to make felt, raw or dyed wool was dampened with soapy water and agitated (usually by stomping or rolling) to “felt” the wool. I use this traditional method of wet felting as well as dry felting with needles, either by hand or machine. I then embellish the felt with free motion machine embroidery, hand stitching and other techniques to develop a unique design.
margaret's vase

I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world, be it an “ordinary” piece of grass, a tiny bit of lichen or the gorgeous Montana landscapes. When you look at my work, I want you to be drawn into the layers and details of the rich, textural surface and to “feel” the joy of its creation.

Since I have owned a fine craft gallery for over eleven years, when I started creating fiber art pieces, it was an easy decision to sell my work through the gallery. However, it did take me a while before I decided that my pieces were worthy of a place on the wall beside other artists work. I started selling small pieces such as felted cat toys, recycled fulled sweater brooches, barrettes etc. I am now selling my one of a kind “felt paintings”, machine embroidered “paintings” and felted “quilts” in the gallery.

Work can be purchased through the store All pieces can be seen on my blog called Permutations in Fiber.

{You’ll also find some great tutorials on Ruth’s blog – very inspirational, but beware … feltmaking is very addictive once you start :) }
what i've been dyeing

By thinking about what I want to do and keeping those intentions in the forefront of my mind, I plan to do more creative work in 2011.
1. Explore surface design on various fabrics including felt, silk and cotton.
2. Explore combinations of machine embroidery, hand embroidery and felt.
3. Take further classes at the Gail Harker Center.
4. Make more work and develop a body of work in my own style.
5. Enter a piece in a local exhibition.
6. Place work in another gallery in the area.
7. Blog more frequently and include more tutorials.

While thinking about the two concepts of picking a word for the year and feeling the fear but doing it anyway, I came up with my word for the year. Choose. I know this sounds a bit silly but it's what came to my mind and it won't go away. I have a choice in how I spend my time. I can choose to come home from work and veg out in front of the television or I can choose to play with fiber or play in my studio journal. I can choose to spend my money on whatever strikes my fancy when I'm at the store or I can choose to save my money so I will be able to attend a fiber art class. I can choose to just have my work in my own shop or I can choose to call other galleries and see if my work can be carried in a different gallery. I can choose to not show my work because "it might not be good enough" or I can choose to enter it into a local exhibition.

So this year, I will make my choices with intention. I will make sure that I am thinking about what I am choosing, not just letting a situation occur by not making a choice.
felted poinsettias tutorial

My perfect day is to spend the day with my husband and our two Yorkies in the great outdoors of Montana. We love to hike, boat, downhill ski and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Of course I’ll have my studio journal along with me and sketch a leaf or a section of bark for use later in my artwork.

Owning your own business takes a good deal of energy and many times when I get home, I am not really motivated to work on my art. It has been good for me to set specific goals to follow and get into the habit of working for at least an hour a day on my art. Even if I don’t feel motivated, the most important thing is to have a project ready to go so I can just sit down and start working. Once I start working on my art, the motivation is there, the hardest thing is starting. I’m keeping a record of my time in the studio this year and it has been giving me motivation to just do something even if it’s only for a few minutes.

I started making art late in life. As a child, I was discouraged from being artistic because I couldn’t draw. Of course, I never was taught to draw and never took any art courses along the way. This discouraged me from being creative. I wished I had known that everyone is creative and as Twyla Tharp says “Creativity is a habit.” It saddens me when people tell me that they aren’t creative. So many people are discouraged from expanding their natural creativity and I am so much happier now that I am creating on a daily basis. My advice for newcomers is to trust your creative instinct and don’t listen to any naysayer in your life (even the one inside yourself). Follow your heart!
using hand-held sander for wet felting

I am always so amazed at the kindness and generosity of the people I meet in fiber forums and blogs. I appreciate everything I have learned from you all and I look forward to meeting more fiber friends from around the world.

thanks for taking the time to chat ruth, i've been a loyal fan of your blog for a while now and really appreciate your inspirational creativity.

Sunday, February 27

a busy ol' week

well, i don't quite know where this week has gone!

i got back from a long overdue trip to see my family in london on monday night.

it was great to see everyone again and i really enjoyed the trip my mum and i took to the william morris gallery, wonderful - even if it did take three hours to get there on public transport!

then before i knew it, we were off to edinburgh on wednesday for m to read at 'the ghost of shatner', which was held as part of the let's get lyrical festival.

i really loved the idea of this event, which was an experiment to see if song lyrics would stand up on their own, no music, no accompaniment. each reader chose a song that was important to them, gave a little intro and read the lyrics, which worked remarkably well.

a really well organised event, in an amazing venue but a bit of a late night for a work night which meant i slept most of the way home in the car. you can find pics of the event here: flickr - including a rare photo of m and i together that i actually quite like! and audio recordings of all the readers: here.

if i can recommend only one, it would be the last reader of the evening, stephen barnaby who 'read' rasputin by boney m - an absolutely hysterical performance and i can't remember the last time i laughed so much!

friday saw some much longed-for sunshine so m and i headed off out with the nature bag for a walk, heard lots of birds but didn't see that many but we did see lots of mushrooms! it was glorious to be out in the sunshine again, although it was a little windy at the top of the hill ... (as i had hoped to show you but the video i took won't upload for some reason and now i can't even get it to play again, aaaaaargh!!!).

yesterday i went to my first workshop in far too long a time. part of my goals for this year is to learn new techniques and get back to having fun playing with feltmaking and i certainly ticked both of those boxes! i went along to hat in the cat, which is co-owned by jeanette sendler and alison mountain, for a chunky wall hangings workshop and i had a ball.

test piece

this was the first time i had ever worked with raw fleece and i loved it! we were also able to use fleeces that had been washed once and others that had been washed twice, it was amazing to see the difference. but i loved the raw fleece, a lovely warm brown with hints of caramel and oatmeal through it. it was a total aladdin's cave with so many different types of fibre to play with: merino; shetland; cashmere; viscose; soybean ... there were so many i can't quite remember them all.

detail on test piece

it was also a good opportunity for me to see the benefit of making a smaller test piece, which we did in the morning, before jumping in to the bigger piece we made in the afternoon. this is something that i haven't tended to do in the past, partly because i'm so impatient but i'll definitely be changing the way i work now. i love the textures in the final piece, not too sure about my use of colour though ... perhaps it'll grow on me?!

chunky wall hanging with lots of gorgeous chunky surface texture

we also had the chance to have a play at lunchtime and made some felt balls (or 'shapes', mine weren't really ball-shaped when they came out of the washing machine).

and now i'm off to help out some friends who are having a work-party to clear their field and build a fence, followed by the first bbq of the year!

ahhhhh it's so lovely to see the sunshine and blue sky after the fog, rain and bleurgh of the past week. hope the sun is shining on you and you're having a great weekend :)

Thursday, February 24

progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.

Wednesday, February 23

Monday, February 21

meet a maker

being the inquisitive little feltmaker that i am, i thought it might be interesting to hear about other maker's stories. if you would like to be featured, please leave me a comment and i'll get in touch with some questions for you.

so, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and lets meet aileen from the sunroom ...

Please introduce yourself …
Hi I’m the Sunroom and my name is Aileen.

How would you describe your work / style?
Textiles based mainly at this moment in time crochet biased but I hope exploratory and innovative.

Who, or what, inspires you?
In the main I’m a self motivator so the answer would be me. On a more realistic level I don’t live in a vacuum and so ideas and thoughts in everyday life surroundings and interactions can all be ripe for the picking. Sometimes it’s a visual stimulus other times it’s just thinking about how or why things are the way they are. Other times it’s a case of what if, or why hasn’t that been tried.
bluebell granny blanket

Do you sell your work? If so, what helped you decide to start selling your work?
Yes I do sell my work. The decision for that is twofold 1. Necessity if I sell things then I can make more things. 2. It seems, to me, an utterly selfish occupation to spend time making things to then hoard them. Conversely, I do give away a fair amount of what I make and produce a plethora of free patterns and do create for charities too so that must be my altruistic side.

Where can I buy your work?
Directly from me, by commission or from the sunroom etsy shop

love heart rag rug

Do you have a website or blog address?
Yes quite a few
The main one –
The arty one –
The experimental one –

On this site we are actively looking for fellow creative people to become contributors. The concept being a communal blog for crafty/arty folks to have a blogged dialogue regarding the creative process. If anyone would like to join as a contributor then please email me at

How did you learn your craft? How long have you been creating?
This is a difficult one – I guess the majority of ‘creative inquisitiveness’ would have been nurtured by my mum at a very early age. Certainly all the basic skills of knitting and crochet were leaned aged 4 or 5. Hand & machine sewing within the next couple of years. I was exceptionally lucky in attending a primary school whose overwhelming priority was arts and expression and it was a fine environment for me. It would probably be likened to a Montessori school nowadays.

I then went onto college to do art where we covered everything from textiles, life drawing, graphics, photography, art history etc. I finally ended up going to Hull University to study Fine Art. Since then I went on to study with the Open University for 4 years (none Arts) and then went and did a degree in Psychology/Sociology in Edinburgh after that. So to answer the question I’ve been creating for many years.

Rag Rug featured in 'Making Gifts' Magazine November 2010

Is there any other craft skill you would like to learn?
I think that the more that you actively engage with the creative process the more you learn and at times it takes you off in new directions. I don’t think there are many things I haven’t done and I’m not intimidated by learning a new skill – it’s down to practice and mastering it and making it your own.

My photography is diabolical but that’s down to eyesight as much as lack of my own interest. I prefer to use my hands.

Anything exciting planned for 2011 you’d like to share?
Createablogdialogue as mentioned previously.

I would like to get my work exhibited in more places.
Currently working on the thing-a-day project which may be of interest to fellow crafties and artists

‘Exploring Fibre with Innovation’ Project funded by Scottish Arts Council via Fife Council.

There are 2 other projects that I’m working on which are cloak and dagger – need to know basis – at the moment.

I’m also in the embryonic stages of writing a Crochet Rag Rug book.

Have you had any work featured in magazines/books/galleries?
Not really. I managed to get one of my photographs into the Liverpool Tate - Wall of Colour, which was fabulous. I haven’t actively attempted to get coverage as yet.

I’ve also made some sample rag rugs, wholly recycled howies garments and fabrics for and have had initial talks about selling them in their Carnaby Street Store, London.

Has your work won any prizes/competitions?
No it’s not something I’ve entered into.
Oh I did win the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award

If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be …
Doing this in a warm place or a place that is more culturally accepting of Art and Crafts.

Freeform Piece for International Freeform Guild Exhibition 2010 - Somewhere in my world

I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t for …
My life and experience to date – bad answer I know.

Any funny stories you’d like to share?
Nothing springs to mind I must just be dull or too serous.

Describe your perfect day.
Sunshine and brightness and new inspiration/ideas probably in the south of France.

Describe your proudest moment.
On a selfish level getting my academic degree and proving to me I had a brain. Having been always encouraged and nurtured in creativity I wasn’t sure I had a brain. I think I confused things a bit up to that point, if that makes sense.

Altruistic moment – having 3 healthy babies my way.

What do you do to relax?
Epsom Salt Baths, Sleep, Garden, Create, Nurture, brain numbing TV when I want my brain to stop imagining/creating and wine.

Marmite … love it or hate it?
Bad answer again – I can take it or leave it.

What animal would you be, and why?
I like frogs and cows asthetically but probably a cat.

What’s your weakness?
Consumerism – it’s the plague of our time. Wanting things that I don’t need especially lots and lots of new yarns. I am actively trying to lose my consumerism.

How do you keep motivated?
It’s not difficult when you love what you do. My biggest problem is trying to hone my focus – too many ideas too little time.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started out?
Life isn’t always fair and patience isn’t my virtue. I might have organised things better.

Pandora's Cushion - Featured article Inside Crochet Issue 13 January, 2011

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Find what you love and keep doing it until you don’t love it anymore and then find something else to fall truly, madly, deeply into.

On a practical note – there is a need to understand that nowadays you can’t just produce your art, there are a multiplicity of roles you will need to undertake:

Self Publicist, PA, Marketing, Salesperson, Photographer, Administration, Blogging, Web development work, Fundraiser, documentation, researcher, follower of other blogs, becoming an active member of various organisations, participating in forums and so the list goes on.

What question did you hope to be asked but didn’t?
Something political.

What would your answer have been?
Let’s stop talking the talk and get on with walking the walk.

You can also find me on:

thanks so much for taking the time to chat aileen, i totally know what you mean about having so many ideas and not enough time! it's a good dilemma to have though :)

Friday, February 18

hee hee hee

not really a good look is it?!

we went through to oban the other weekend for some kayakaing/swimming/larking about in the sea and this was required attire because it was flipping freezing!

Thursday, February 17

age is an issue of mind over matter. if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

mark twain

Wednesday, February 16

Stop the Corvid Cull

I was horrified to learn of this proposed cull from Corvids are a particular favourite of mine and the more I learn about them and study them in action, the more I realise they are totally undeserving of the reputation they have wrongly been given. They are intelligent, beautiful creatures. This does not mean however that I value them over songbirds – I see past the hype and value them equally, who are we to decide which species should live and which should die – isn’t that what nature is supposed to do?!

Plus, I’m really uncomfortable about the level of hypocrisy over matters like this – there are stats from the Mammal Society, which estimate that UK cats catch up to 275 million prey items a year, of which 55 million are birds, and I don’t see anyone calling for a cull of domestic cats! Please don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not advocating a moggy-cull, merely using this as an example.

And then, when you look further into it, you learn that the group calling for the cull has strong connections with the shooting ‘industry’, and the group backing the cull also has connections with the same.

Anyway, enough ranting from me, you can find more information, from animalaid with details of how you can help oppose this senseless cull.

“The Songbird Survival Trust - several of whose most prominent figures own shoots or have strong shooting connections - has called for a cull on corvids (magpies, crows, jackdaws etc). This is despite there being evidence that these birds do not cause the deaths of songbirds as the Trust claims. It is reasonable to conclude that the group’s close connection to the shooting industry lies behind its cull plans given that shooters blame corvids for eating pheasant chicks and the feed intended for ‘game’ birds.

The group’s dubious motives were exposed in The Sunday Times on February 6th. Nick Forde, the Trust’s principle spokesman could not identify any of the three most endangered songbirds, despite claiming to be passionate about them. He had no trouble, however, identifying a pheasant.

The corvid cull is backed by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), which also boasts a number of leading figures who shoot or profit from shooting. Read the article in The Telegraph.

How can I help?
= Sign this: petition
= Write to Defra to oppose the cull:
Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
= Contact the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust on 020 7290 0110
 or email ( to politely voice your objection.
= Attend the demonstration outside the GWCT’s office in London:
Meet: 12pm, Saturday 19th February
Contact on the day: Paul
Tel number on the day: 0799 981 2994
Address: 26 Mortimer St, W1W 7RB

wordless wednesday: välkommen till stockholm

Tuesday, February 15

(belated) happy valentine's

in an effort to be more aware of each month and the passing of the seasons, i'm trying to find a tradition (or excuse!) to have a little celebration about each month and what better reason, on a grey and drizzly day, than valentine's day.

given the total lack of any decent light during the day, it was pretty difficult to get a decent shot of this months decoration but here is a little driftwood/beach glass/recycled paper/recycled jewellery mobile ...

and some yummy jammy biccies too ...

hope you had a lovely valentine's with lots of love and loveliness :)

Monday, February 14

meet a maker

being the inquisitive little feltmaker that i am, i thought it might be interesting to hear about other maker's stories. if you would like to be featured, please leave me a comment and i'll get in touch with some questions for you.

so, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and lets meet victoria from little wren pottery ...

Please introduce yourself
I'm Victoria Baker and I run Little Wren Pottery. I like to produce functional decorative pieces which have a rustic style for modern homes. All my pieces are hand thrown on the wheel in stoneware clay.Who, or what, inspires you?
I tend to get inspired by a number of different sources. I love Japanese pottery, in particular Shoji Hamada. There are some incredible videos of him throwing online, I love the attention to detail his work has. I always think in Japanese pottery nature is directly represented in the colours, texture and balance of pieces - something I try and incorporate in my own work.

I get inspired by nature, the birds in my garden the changing of the seasons. I also look at the work of other potters I know personally and those who I've never met.

Do you sell your work? If so, what helped you decide to start selling your work?
I sell my work predominantly online, I started selling solely as an experiment.

I mainly wanted to see if my work was good enough to sell and desirable enough to be loved by someone else. In a way I haven't finished my experiment yet, I'm still trying to become a master at the art of selling online but these things take time!Where can I buy your work?
I have shops on Etsy -,
Folksy - and on
Dawanda -

Do you have a website or blog address?
I tend to use my blog to document my process since pottery is quite complex to the uninitiated. I also hope that it gives some sort of insight to my own personality and habits. In addition to my own work I also showcase other artisans who I know or have bought from: did you learn your particular craft?
My Dad has been a potter for over 20 years and through his experience he has taught me an awful lot of what he knows. I don't think I'd be as good as I am now if it wasn't for him.

I also took a night class when I first started, my Dad was keen that I had another teacher for a different perspective on pottery in particular for the more decorative design aspects. I clocked up a lot of hands on wheel time through doing this and all the pieces I created were the first to appear in my shop!How long have you been creating?
Not very long in pottery terms, I've been throwing for about two years now but I still have a lot to learn to adequately manage a studio. It’s amazing to see the difference between when I first started creating very simple primitive work to what I'm able to do now.

It’s exciting to think about where I might be in another two years in terms of my skill!

Anything exciting planned for 2010/2011 you’d like to share?
This year I'm planning on just doing more of everything! More specifically though I'm going to be releasing a new range of products that I've been developing over the Christmas period.

I'm hoping these new pieces will be really popular with buyers despite being fairly challenging at times to make, but you can never really stand still when it comes to crafting.What do you do to relax?
I spend time with my often neglected boyfriend! I really love to bake, watch old films, grow vegtables and knit. My latest project is an arran sweater for myself, I knit my boyfriend one a couple years ago and I got jealous so I'm finally making one for myself!

How do you keep motivated?
It’s really easy to get discouraged online at all the folks out there who might be selling more than you are, but you kinda have to put that in perspective.

Also whenever I'm having a bad day at the wheel sometimes its best to just step away and resign yourself to coming back and trying again later. There’s just no point in trying to do something when you’re not really in the mindset to do it.thanks for taking the time to chat victoria, all the best for your new ranges - hope they're really popular :)

Friday, February 11


well, if you have been reading my blog for a little while now, you'd be forgiven for not realising that i do actually make things once in a while! i've had a really long break from making anything, i haven't made anything since last december and have been feeling a little 'stuck' as to how to start up again.

rather than think of these as decorations i didn't finish in time for last christmas, i prefer to see them as deccies i've finished in plenty of time for next year!

as i didn't really have the energy to be making anything new, i thought it might be a good idea to try and finish off some w.i.p's that i've had sitting around for far too long (i actually have a whole box of half-started or not-quite-started projects!) so here's some pics of some bits and pieces, some are made from scratch pieces and some are just embellished bits and bobs, like the deccies i bought and added beads to or strung onto some crochet. it does feel good to be finally finishing these and i'm now keen to work my way through the rest of the box!
may still do a little sewing on this one but at least it's a fully functioning pencil case now

i think i got into a bit of a rut last year ... i had a lot of stalls to make for and i'm also fortunate enough to have two shops selling my work now, but i think i just got a little burned out trying to keep up with it all. i was making things i knew would sell, but i think i didn't have enough time to be creative and come up with new ideas and designs. i've made the decision not to do any markets this year (well, i may do some christmas ones later in the year ...) so that i have a little more time to play and remember what it is i enjoy about feltmaking.

i think this was supposed to be a christmas decoration but i liked it so much it's now permanently hanging in our hall

aaaaanyway, thanks in no small way to heather (more about that in a later post though) i have given myself a kick in the pants and got my fleece out again so i will soon be boring you all again with some felting pics and chat :)

can you guess what it is yet ... ?

it's a case to hold our geek-kit!

this holds various lenses for looking at bugs and plants really close up - have you ever looked at a flower under a hand-lens ... i can recommend it! and then there's our bat detector for surveys on those long summer nights. this all sits in our nature bag, along with binoculars, camera, identification guides (and usually a snack for along the way) for when we go out 'sploring :)

Thursday, February 10

happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.


Wednesday, February 9

Monday, February 7

meet a maker

being the inquisitive little feltmaker that i am, i thought it might be interesting to hear about other maker's stories. if you would like to be featured, please leave me a comment and i'll get in touch with some questions for you.

so, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and lets meet lisa-marie ...

Please introduce yourself …
I'm Lisa-Marie, a Jewellery and Accessory maker in Cornwall.

How would you describe your work / style?
Unique as I never make 2 items the same, I use a wide range of different materials so my designs range from funky to dainty and pretty.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Anything and everything! Colours, the sunshine, the beach, flowers in my garden and around Cornwall, most things can be inspiration...Do you sell your work? If so, what helped you decide to start selling your work?
Yes I started selling my creations last year, I spent a few years getting lots of compliments about my own jewellery I’d created that I decided I’d share it with other people and start making jewellery and accessories to sell.

Where can I buy your work?

Do you have a website or blog address? and

How did you learn your craft?
My fiancé bought me a gorgeous necklace and earrings set from a local craft market, I used to wear it every day until it broke, I was really upset so I went to a craft store and bought the materials to fix it, I realised then I really enjoyed making beaded jewellery and never looked back!How long have you been creating?
A few years.

Is there any other craft skill you would like to learn?
All of them lol, there’s so much I would love to learn, glass crafts and candlemaking are the 2 I would really like to try.

Anything exciting planned for 2010/2011 you’d like to share?
I talked my fiancé into getting me an art clay silver starter kit for Christmas, hopefully I’ll get chance to practice with it soon and if all goes well hopefully I’ll be making unique silver clay jewellery for spring/summer.

Have you had any work featured in magazines/books/galleries?
Not yet.

Has your work won any prizes/competitions?
Not yet.I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t for …
My fiancé Justin, his gift got me into jewellery making and he's really good at finding new beads and materials for me to make jewellery with. (He even walks along the beach with me collecting shells for my designs)

Describe your perfect day.
Sitting in the sun in my garden creating with all of my beads

Describe your proudest moment.
When a local salon asked me if they could stock my jewellery! I now have a full display cabinet of creations in their reception.

What do you do to relax?
Make jewellery or read books.

Marmite … love it or hate it?
Hate it!

What animal would you be, and why?
A Gecko, I have 4 of them and they're beautiful creatures, always so calm and content.

What’s your weakness?
Black forest gateaux.

How do you keep motivated?
I don't need motivation to make jewellery, I find it fun and relaxing.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started out?
What materials are the best to use and which ones break easily, instead of finding out by trial and error.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Buy a good jewellery book that tells you which supplies and techniques to use, it's a lot easier than just buying a bit of everything to find out yourself.What question did you hope to be asked but didn’t?
What would you do if you won the lottery?

What would your answer have been?
I would build a big shop overlooking the beach that would be a jewellery maker’s paradise with beads and gemstones from around the world, and a workshop space to chill out and make jewellery whilst watching the surf!

thanks for taking the time to chat lisa-marie. oohh black forest gateaux is one of my many weaknesses too!

Sunday, February 6


well, it's been a busy old time here, so i'm only just getting round to posting my numbers from the rspb birdwatch (i blogged about it here) ...

10 woodpigeon
7 chaffinch
4 blackbirds
3 house sparrows
1 robin
1 blue tit
1 magpie
1 dunnock

it was a shame that the coal tits, great tits and collared doves didn't put in an appearance, and the numbers did seem a little low, but as i was reading on shirl's gardenwatch blog it seems like there may be a conspiracy by our feathered friends to 'hide' when they know a census is being taken.

i thought that i might do this once a month to see how the seasons affect the types and number of birds that visit our little patch, it really was a lovely way to spend an hour :)

Saturday, February 5

i'm quite excited ...

i've got a trip to london planned!

i'm so ashamed that i've not been down to see my family since last summer, last year passed me by in a flash and this is the longest i've been away without a visit, it'll be lovely to see everyone again.

i've never been a fan of flying and i finally stopped giving myself a hard time about it a few years ago, now i go by train and it's a much more relaxing way to travel! part of the fun is planning my picnic and entertainment for the journey. this is the book that'll be keeping me company for this trip ...and while i'm in london, i'll be visiting the william morris gallery - can't believe i've only just discovered this place exists! quite funny really, as it's not that far from where i was born and where my paternal grandfather used to have his market stall.

i've been drawn to william morris prints for a while now but, having only flicked through the book, it seems like he was an amazing person too, i can't wait to get reading.

Thursday, February 3

an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

mohandas gandhi

Wednesday, February 2