Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas - let it snow!

A very Happy Christmas to you all, and here's hoping we get some of the white stuff before too long! xx

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

My First Efforts...

I am a student again... it's exhausting, interesting, and I am learning a lot of new things.
Here are a few of my very first attempts at silversmithing! Watch this space...

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics

I was there! So was the Queen!
A wonderful surprise present from my daughter, and a wonderful evening!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Artistic Goldfish

I borrowed this link from a friend on Facebook. I've watched the video several times now - absolutely fascinating. Do take a look...

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture painting fish art

Friday, 29 June 2012

"Sacrilege" - bouncy castle with a difference!

Very unexpectedly, I found myself in Exeter on Tuesday this week, in Belmont Park, where I was confronted with an amazing sight! A life-size artwork replica of Stonehenge!

"Sacrilege" is touring the country, and thanks to LOCOG, Exeter was one of the places chosen as we have never had anything like this before. It is part of the London 2012 Festival
You can read about the artwork and the artist here:

It was so good to see whole families enjoying themselves, bouncing and running around!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

ICHF at Bluewater

Nice write-up of the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts fair at Bluewater in February. It was the first one they have held there, and it was excellent. I loved demonstrating there.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Harassed by a Chicken

It's not the first time I have been harassed by a fowl. That was when I was chased by a cockerel, screaming my head off, at the age of three. This time it was a chicken who behaved more like my pet cat, with territorial rights.

Today, I decided to go to my allotment briefly - the sun was shining, and I wanted to see if the cooch grass had won again during the winter months. Last time I posted about the allotment it looked like this:

 In the Autumn, I did quite a lot of hard digging to achieve this look:
 My poor, poor fork.............

Pleasantly surprised, the ground wasn't too bad, and had not been taken over by an insidiously creeping  carpet of tough green grass and unidentified weeds with roots that go down to Hades. So... I did a little digging, then realised I was not alone - something was lurking behind me -  and scratching.
I turned and the chicken stared at me, then manoeuvred itself on to the clod of earth I was about to lift with the fork. Undeterred by levitating six inches, it clung on, beak darting in and out of the soil I was lifting. I tried moving up a bit on the patch. No way. The chicken planted one clawed foot on my boot and looked up at me, before moving on to the next patch of soil I was going to lift. This went on for some ten minutes, until I began to think one of us would get hurt ...... bets on who? So, fork put away, knocked mud off boots, and all the time the chicken fixed its beady eyes on me, while scratching and digging.  As I left, feeling distinctly harassed, it stuck its' tail in the air and stalked off to the allotment next to mine without so much as a backward glance, thank you, or forwarding address.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A belated Happy New Year

Hello, and here's hoping you all had a great Christmas and the new year hasn't started too badly! I have just updated my Facebook page with a new album - some of my unusual and original bunting, perfect for special occasions! Christenings, weddings, Valentine's Day, special parties.............