Saturday, 28 September 2013

Time to get on with it!

I decided it was time to get on with it - and resurrect this blog which has been badly ignored for a considerable time. I have plenty of excuses lined up but what's the point - action is the essence...

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Full day workshop with Dionne Swift at Janome Stockport today...using John Piper as inspiration I created the pic below (Reims cathedral) with tips and ideas from Dionne for creating marks and texture using the embellisher...tiring day but well worth it

Sunday, 13 May 2012

More Companion Stones

It has taken a while, perhaps that new-found freedom isn't quite here yet? Last Sunday the weather looked good and we managed to take some time out to catch up on  a few more Companion Stones. Having an aim has made us go out and walk in areas we probably wouldn't have though to do and found some lovely spots - got close up and personal with an adder out sunning itself - photos to follow, and found an old abandoned stove - the grate came home with me for a spot of rust dying - can't you just see the patterns those grids could make on fabric. I have it wrapped up and dipped in vinegar as we speak - results to follow...

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Companion Stones

This morning we did Curbar Head and Eaglestone Flat, weather was beautiful for the time of year too and it was very busy at Curbar.

Information on the original Guide Stoops can be found here

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sunday Mornings

Now we no longer have to ferry son and heir around constantly on a Sunday we are taking a bit of time out for we and the dog! Companion Stones is the name of the game and we are planning to walk to them all over the next few weekends.

I had seen a leaflet about them some time ago and it was something I meant to follow up but somehow never got around too. A few weeks ago I met a lovely lady called Diana Syder who, amongst  other things, is a poet and one of the participants in the stones project, and it reminded me to get on with it!

Two weeks ago we found the first at Hob Hurst's House and this weekend we went to find Ball Cross

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Goodbye Guinness

On Monday evening we had to say goodbye to Guinness, who had lived with us for 16 years, aloof and independent for most of that time. Until recently it took weather like this to keep him indoors.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Predilection for Plockton

Wonderful half term week in Plockton - the first residents we met on Sunday morning were of the Hebridean variety...

An afternoon spent on Calum's boat for a harbour seal spotting tour

For the time of year the weather was changeable but kind and spectacular at times - the changing light on the pass to Applecross:

same pass an hour or so later:
Raasay harbour - waiting for the return  ferry to Skye
The view from Plockton Cottages