Apparently it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day today. Who knew? As someone who does very much appreciate squirrels, I feel compelled to mark the day. We’re fortunate to live in a part of the UK that still has a population of native red squirrels, and there is a lot of activity in the area aimed at ensuring … More Appreciating Squirrels
I always look forward to the appearance of the first green spears of snowdrops in January. Although the bulk of winter is still to come, they do seem to bring with them the promise that spring will indeed come. In French, they are called perce-neige, literally snow piercer. I think of snowdrops as a quintessential … More Latest Designs: Snowdrops
For me, December has been a month of short days, beautiful low afternoon light, and spectacular sunsets. I find the days of late autumn can be quite gloomy and oppressive, especially here in the north of England, where it starts to go dark in early afternoon on overcast days. This year, however, we’ve been lucky … More December Landscape: Winter Light
Compliments of the season from Bilberry and Birch, and from Glitter Squirrel.
Today is the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. It’s all downhill to spring from here!
The weather has finally turned cold and bright, and the sky put on a spectacular display both this morning and this evening. We have a weather warning for snow and ice at the weekend, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
The birch is one of my favourite trees, and the inspiration for several of my designs. I love their tall, graceful shape, the bright golden colour of their leaves in autumn, and their distinctive pale bark, which peels back in strips. Known as the goddess tree or lady of the woods, the birch is one … More Silver Birch
A couple of weeks ago, we bought a new book of local walks, Walking the Old Tracks of the Cheviots, published by Coquetdale Community Archaeology. It’s slightly unusual, in that all of the walks take in historic or archaeological sites. We’ve been keen to try some of the routes, but frustratingly the weather has been wet … More A walk from Alnham
I’m still hard at work on some wintry designs, and I’ve just finished these lovely little holly leaf earrings. They’re cut from lightly textured silver sheet, then oxidised until they turn a dark slate grey colour. I’ve chosen to give them a light polish, retaining most of the oxidisation, as I thought it captured the … More Latest Designs: Holly
We have had a few bright days this month, but on the whole it’s been a grey, damp, misty November. The forecast for the next few days is for more of the same, so I decided that this photograph summed up November for me. I can’t decide whether the sheep looks fed up, or just … More November Landscape: Mist and Sheep