I recently completed an excellent one day navigation course with North East Guides, and finally got to grips with using a map and compass. This really is an essential skill if you’re venturing into the hills, even if you usually rely on an app on your phone. I got to try out my what I learned … Continue reading Early Autumn
It’s hard to believe that summer is over. It seems to have gone really quickly this year, maybe because Covid means that we’re still not entirely back to life as normal. “Mixed” is the best word to describe the weather in August. We’ve had sunshine, showers, heavy rain, wind, and some very grey days. There’s … Continue reading August Landscapes
I made this silver and ceramic pendant using a piece of sea-weathered pottery from a beach in Fife, Scotland. I count it as one of my luckier beachcombing finds, because it's a fairly regular shape, and the ear of wheat just sits in a nice diagonal across the surface. So many pieces of sea glass … Continue reading Barley and Wheat
July has been mostly warm and dry, but with some fairly determined spells of rain in between. We’ve had a lot of typical late summer skies, with big clouds. It’s been lovely to get out and about a bit more, and although it’s a little busier with visitors than it was, as you can see, … Continue reading July Landscapes
I was supposed to be doing a 26 mile charity walk in July, along the Northumberland coast. Sadly, like so much else this year, it had to be cancelled. To make up for it a little, I concocted my own challenge walk, which may have been lacking in length at just shy of 15 miles, … Continue reading A Summer Walk
I made the first of these moon gazing hare designs back in the spring, and they have proved very popular with my customers. I have gradually been adding new items and variations, and have plans for more, as and when I have time. The collection was inspired by the hares who are regular visitors to … Continue reading Moon Gazing Hares
All the rain that we didn't get in April and May seems to have fallen in June instead. I managed a final sunny walk before the weather broke, but it's been mostly damp, grey, overcast, and misty ever since. This was briefly punctuated by a couple of short spells of very hot, humid days, which … Continue reading June Landscapes
The Covid19 movement restrictions were eased in England this month, so I have been able to venture slightly further afield on my walks and bike rides. This has coincided with a dry and largely sunny spell of weather. The sense of freedom after being restricted to one short outing per day is amazing, although I'm … Continue reading May Landscapes
My horizons have been limited to locations within easy walking distance of the house this month, so my pictures are not as varied as usual, I’m afraid. There have been some great clouds though, and a rainbow. I should maybe have called this April Skyscapes, rather than Landscapes.
The weather has turned warm and sunny, just in time for lambing at the farm in our village. We're following pretty much the same couple of local routes, so it's really lovely to be able to watch the antics of the growing lambs, and listen to their rather plaintive bleats.