Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Christmas

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

Just trees and some flowers. This first one is a doodle done on the iPad using Adobe Illustrator Draw. There are some very good free Adobe apps for iPads. I especially like the Brush one.

Had a go at making an outdoor tree using twigs collected from local walk.

My real Christmas tree that came from Blenheim. My lights had broken, so I am now the proud owner of 100 small white lights. They looked so good on their own, I was tempted not to add any further decoration. But you know me, there had to be pink, turquoise, lime green and purple.

These lovely winter chrysanthemum were grown by some very good family friends.

May you all have a peaceful and good Christmas.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Sewing and Swans

Made myself new sponge bags this last week using fabric designed by Wendy Kendall  who I discovered when I did the on line course a couple of years ago. Several of the real designer's from that course now design fabrics for Dashwood Studio. I also discovered this company who I got the water resistant fabric from.

I wanted to take a photograph of the water lilies when the swans came along. 


To finish of the rural scene here are a few pictures of the cattle on the meadow. Taken using various filters on the phone.

Those of you here enjoy the summer weather. Best wishes to all.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A Rose

Just a few pictures of a rose taken in beautiful evening sunlight. I grew this from a cutting, taken from a house near to where my grandparents lived. Growing up this week was often sunny, we celebrated my grandmothers birthday. 

Friday, 6 June 2014


At the beginning of this year I set myself fourteen things that I wanted to do this year. The idea came from Kim Klassen's blog Well today I crossed another one off. It was to go to the University church in Oxford and have coffee in their cafe. While I was there I took these photographs. 

Radcliffe Camera.

Braesnose College.

Then going towards the covered market is Brasenose Lane which is often used in Lewis and Endeavour. In fact they were in town once more filming Lewis.

It is a year since I had my operation. In some ways the time has flown by and in others it seems forever. 

Happy weekend what ever the weather. I cannot go without saying thank you to the many brave men and women who on this day 70 years ago gave us freedom.

Saturday, 31 May 2014


Where has May gone to? Here are a few photographs of the meadow, swans, signets and buttercups.

Not very clear I know, but taken through the kitchen window. This year's blue tits.

Will back soon…..I hope. 

Monday, 28 April 2014


Time seems to be running away for some things and dragging for others. I have been hobbling around so not much happens then. But I have for the first time since last May been able to sit down to use the sewing machine. I will show you what I have been up to another time. My sister came for a visit this weekend. Bridget loves making mosaics including ones from photographs. This was taken around my house.

I have been painting on my iPad again, that sounds odd I know, but I am not sure how else to describe it. I find it a great way to switch off. 

Oxfordshire Art Weeks start this weekend. It is the south of the county the first week followed by the north then the city at the end.

Sunday, 6 April 2014


It is wonderful to see all the signs of spring these few photographs are all from my very small front garden.

The wild cherry tree at the back has a fair amount of blossom on it, this does not normally appear until late April. I think we are three weeks ahead of average spring weather.

When having a bit of a sort out the other day I looked at the postcard calendar that I used for designs last year. It was uncanny I found that the next week to do was this week. I have done one design in three colours so far.

Boat race due soon. There is only one crew that I would like to win. Wishing you all a happy week.