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. … More Flowers and Friends
I love walking in the countryside, and I usually try to fit in at least one ramble of a reasonable distance each week. This can be more difficult in summer than winter, partly because I spend more time at work, partly because there are a lot of cows about, and they can be very feisty … More The Cheviot and Simonside
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 … More Flowers at Floors
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 … More Latest Designs: Meadow Flowers
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 … More August Landscape: Sheep and Hills
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 … More It’s Been a Summer
This beautiful traditional hay meadow is at National Trust Wallington.
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 … More Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers