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
It’s hard to believe that November is nearly over, and that Christmas is not that far off. Apologies to those of you who prefer not to think about it for a few more weeks, but those of us hoping to provide you with gift ideas have to think ahead! With this in mind, I’ve been … More Latest Designs: Mistletoe
Autumn colour has really taken hold of the landscape now that we’re nearing the end of October. The bracken in particular is looking gorgeous, especially against a blue sky. The weather has been mixed lately, so I was fortunate to get a beautifully sunny day to walk up to the Drakestone from the village of … More October Landscape: The Drakestone
My latest pieces are two pendants inspired by traditional meadows. Wildflower meadows are a vital habitat for birds and insects, but sadly they are in decline. The campaign group Save Our Magnificent Meadows estimate that only 2% of the meadows that existed in the UK in the 1930s still remain, and those that do survive … More Latest Designs: Meadow Flowers