Latest Designs: Snowdrops

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 … Continue reading Latest Designs: Snowdrops

December Landscape: Winter Light

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 … Continue reading December Landscape: Winter Light

A walk from Alnham

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 … Continue reading A walk from Alnham

Latest Designs: Holly

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 … Continue reading Latest Designs: Holly

November Landscape: Mist and Sheep

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 … Continue reading November Landscape: Mist and Sheep

Latest Designs: Mistletoe

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 … Continue reading Latest Designs: Mistletoe

October Landscape: The Drakestone

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 … Continue reading October Landscape: The Drakestone

Latest Designs: Meadow Flowers

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 … Continue reading Latest Designs: Meadow Flowers

August Landscape: Sheep and Hills

August has seen an end to the hot dry weather, and the landscape is starting to look much greener again. We’ve also seen some beautiful skies, with big dramatic clouds. This puffy formation over Simonside was a particular favourite. There’s a definite feeling of changing seasons in the air. The nights are drawing in noticably … Continue reading August Landscape: Sheep and Hills

Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow

I’ve become a little obsessed with the hedgerows in our part of Northumberland. They’re really characterful, and although they do form a unified hedge, you can still clearly see the individual plants, each one unique. I particularly love a stretch that we pass on one of our regular walks. It’s wonderfully gnarly, and looks especially … Continue reading Latest Designs: Northumberland Hedgerow