February Landscape: in like a lion…

According to the proverb, it is March that is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but this year it could apply equally well to February. The first of February brought the first serious snow of the winter, yet by the end of the month, we we having a … Continue reading February Landscape: in like a lion…

January Landscape: Frost

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 … Continue reading January Landscape: Frost

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

December Landscape: Winter Light

For me, December has been a month of short days, beautiful low afternoon light, and spectacular sunsets. I find the days of late autumn can be quite gloomy and oppressive, especially here in the north of England, where it starts to go dark in early afternoon on overcast days. This year, however, we’ve been lucky … Continue reading December Landscape: Winter Light

Silver Birch

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 … Continue reading Silver Birch

A walk from Alnham

A couple of weeks ago, we bought a new book of local walks, Walking the Old Tracks of the Cheviots, published by Coquetdale Community Archaeology. It's slightly unusual, in that all of the walks take in historic or archaeological sites. We've been keen to try some of the routes, but frustratingly the weather has been wet … Continue reading A walk from Alnham

Latest Designs: Holly

I’m still hard at work on some wintry designs, and I’ve just finished these lovely little holly leaf earrings. They’re cut from lightly textured silver sheet, then oxidised until they turn a dark slate grey colour. I’ve chosen to give them a light polish, retaining most of the oxidisation, as I thought it captured the … Continue reading Latest Designs: Holly