Snowy Days

We're in lockdown again at the moment, so walks are restricted to familiar routes in the area surrounding the house. There are several paths to choose from, but even so, it could get a little repetitive, so it's actually been lovely to have several falls of snow over the past few weeks. It clothes the … Continue reading Snowy Days

Squirrel Appreciation Day 2021

January 21st is a day to appreciate squirrels, especially if, like us, you are lucky enough to be in an area that still supports Britain's native red squirrel. I have been putting hazel nuts out in a feeder box for our local reds for a while now, and getting the occasional glimpse through the trees, … Continue reading Squirrel Appreciation Day 2021

Welcome to 2021

Happy New Year! I'm just getting back into gear after a very busy November and December, followed by a much-needed break over Christmas. My Etsy shop is now open and fully stocked again, with a couple of new designs as well as some firm favourites. 2021 doesn't look like being that much different from 2020, … Continue reading Welcome to 2021

September Landscapes

It has definitely started to feel like Autumn during the course of September, and whilst we have had some warm, sunny days, this month has also seen the first lighting of the woodburner - a sure sign that it's turned a bit chilly. We've been venturing a bit further afield now that the children are … Continue reading September Landscapes

The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Alan Taylor, Artist - Renard the Forever Alert Fox The Tin Shed is a new virtual venue for LoveArtNorthEast’s pop up fairs and exhibitions. This group of North East artists and makers usually holds regular art markets in Newcastle, together with a number of seasonal and one-off events. None of this has been possible this … Continue reading The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Early Autumn

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

August Landscapes

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