March Landscapes

I post these pictures taken during the past month with a slightly heavy heart, knowing that it’s probably going to be several months before I can head off into the hills again. In line with guidelines on slowing the spread of the Covid 19 virus, I’ll be walking from the house, and avoiding anywhere too … Continue reading March Landscapes

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s just over a week until Mother’s Day in the UK, so there’s still just enough time to get a special gift from Bilberry and Birch for the mum in your life. i have some lovely floral and foliage designs, which are very appropriate now that spring is on the way. There are ranges inspired … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Coquetdale Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again. The Coquetdale Art Gallery in Rothbury, Northumberland, re-opens for the season on Saturday 14th March. This year, I have a collection of my designs inspired by beech bark in the gallery. You’ll find a fabulous range of crafts, paintings, and cards by local artists, and it’s well worth a visit … Continue reading Coquetdale Art Gallery

Garden Visitors

Our garden borders on to fields and woodland, and we see a wide variety of birds and animals. Two especially welcome visitors in the last couple of weeks have been this beautiful red squirrel, which we see fairly regularly, and a very large brown hare. This may be the leveret that spent several weeks around … Continue reading Garden Visitors

A Snowy Walk

February has been a wet and windy month on the whole, with a bit of snow thrown into the mix this week. With yet another storm approaching at the weekend, I decided to take advantage of a break in the weather today, and head out from Alwinton up Clennell Street, cut across to Copper Snout, … Continue reading A Snowy Walk

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

February is here, and the thoughts of many people will be turning to Valentine's Day. Hearts and roses are the obvious choices, but if you're looking for a slightly more unusual and symbolic gift, I have a number of designs in my online shop that would fit the bill. Both sweet chestnut and acorns are … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Spirals of Silver

I started making these spiral designs before christmas, and the hoop earrings have proved popular already, as you can see from this lovely review. The designs are formed from sterling silver wire, coiled by hand into spirals, then hammered with the edge of a hammer. They are oxidised, then polished, which emphasises the texture, and … Continue reading Spirals of Silver

A Walk in Search of Cake

I’ve not been out and about much for the past few weeks, after a bout of flu before Christmas, swiftly followed by an annoying cough in time for New Year. Plus, we’ve had day after day of chilly, grey, wet weather. Today though, conditions were perfect for an excursion. The sun finally put in an … Continue reading A Walk in Search of Cake