Sunrise, Sunset

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.

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 … More 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 … More 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 … More Latest Designs: Holly

Snowed In

Well, that’ll teach me to talk about signs of spring. Since my last post, it has snowed every day. Sometimes all day. Our village, indeed the whole of Upper Coquetdale, is now pretty much cut off from the outside world. Roads are closed across the county, including the A1, the main north/south road. Luckily we … More Snowed In

Beloved: snowdrops

One of my favourite sights at this time of year – a carpet of snowdrops. These were in the grounds of the National Trust property Wallington Hall. ”Beloved” is the theme for the photo challenge this week, and you can find out which objects, views, and people are held dear by other bloggers over on … More Beloved: snowdrops