Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … Continue reading Flowers and Friends

Flowers at Floors

We have some very wet weather heading towards us from the south, so we decided to hit the north today, and visit the gardens at Floors Castle, Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. We had only occasional glimpses of the sun, but it stayed dry, so I call that a result. I love the gardens at … Continue reading Flowers at Floors

Spring Landscapes

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. No particular reason, just life getting in the way. Anyway, I’ve resolved to Do Better, and I’m starting with some of the photographs I’ve taken this spring. It’s been a mixed season, with some sunshine, quite a lot of rain, and even some hail and sleet. … Continue reading Spring Landscapes

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

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

It’s Been a Summer

It's been a shamefully long time since I updated this blog. In my defence, I've been very busy at my day job, and what with that and keeping up with orders, I haven't had that much time to sit and write. I have managed to get out and about too though, so I'm going to … Continue reading It’s Been a Summer

Around Alwinton

Finally, some sunshine. It seems to have been grey and wet so often over the past fews weeks. Winter has been slow to release its grip this year, but finally it looks as though we’ve seen the back of it. To celebrate, we headed off for a walk around the village of Alwinton, a little … Continue reading Around Alwinton

Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

The snow that I posted about last week has finally melted, our broadband connection has been reinstated, and things are pretty much back to normal here. I did use the few days of being snowed in wisely, catching up with some reading, and completing some new jewellery designs. The first are these poppy pendants and … Continue reading Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers