January has brought with it the first really cold, frosty days of the winter. Sometimes this has meant sunshine, but we’ve also had grey leaden skies. There has been a lot of luminous afternoon light, and a couple of stunning sunrises. It is definitely staying lighter for longer in the evenings now, and despite the … More January Landscape: Frost
Apparently it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day today. Who knew? As someone who does very much appreciate squirrels, I feel compelled to mark the day. We’re fortunate to live in a part of the UK that still has a population of native red squirrels, and there is a lot of activity in the area aimed at ensuring … More Appreciating Squirrels
The weather has finally turned cold and bright, and the sky put on a spectacular display both this morning and this evening. We have a weather warning for snow and ice at the weekend, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
The birch is one of my favourite trees, and the inspiration for several of my designs. I love their tall, graceful shape, the bright golden colour of their leaves in autumn, and their distinctive pale bark, which peels back in strips. Known as the goddess tree or lady of the woods, the birch is one … More Silver Birch
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 … More October Landscape: The Drakestone
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
I haven’t messed with this – it really was that steep.
January hasn’t been all snow, but we did have a couple of quite heavy falls, the second of which lingered for several days, so I feel justified in choosing this picture as my January landscape. I’d been walking a new route in the countryside around the house, and was nearly home, when I managed to … More January Landscape: The End of a Snowy Day
Take a peek at the detailled carving on the statue of St Paulinus at The Lady’s Well, near Holystone, Northumberland. Now cared for by the National Trust, the legend is that St Ninian used the shallow pool on the site to baptise early Christians. It’s a beautiful, tranquil, and atmospheric place, set in a grove … More Peek: The Hand of St Paulinus