Saturday, 27 September 2014



It has been a very long time since my last Blog post for many reasons.  But the photographs above are some of the things I have been doing.  Some I may have posted before so I apologise for that but I cant remember now.  There are a couple of other things as well but I don't have decent photographs of those. 

I have still been busy travelling backwards and forwards to France.  A few of my quilts have been busy too.  One going to Canada for an exhibition and another one to Prague as well as being on display at Festival of Quilts and the ICHF  Shows at Westpoint, Exeter and Cowslip Workshops and National Trust House at Arlington Court, North Devon.

My health hasn't been too good and have been told to rest and look after myself so perhaps it will be less travelling and more painting and stitching.

I hope it wont be too long before I talk to you again.


Friday, 22 November 2013



It has been several months since I last wrote on this Blog.  Plenty of reasons and excuses!!  However the main one is that I have been locked out by Google.  This was extremely frustrating and probably because I didn't pay heed to all the messages Google were sending about their new changes to the system.  But for the moment I am back and will try to keep things rolling on.
It has been a very busy year on the work front with plenty of Textile Fairs to go to and several trips to France to source new stock.  My calendar is empty now and hopefully there will be time for me to get on with making new things and perhaps start early for a change with a Quilt for 2014 Festival of Quilts.  There are a couple of other exhibitions I am working towards next year and I am excited to be sending one of my Quilts to Canada for the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival which is held near Toronto.  No hope of my going with it unfortunately unless I win the Lottery!!
Our last Fair was at my favourite place - Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, Cornwall.  We had a very busy time and as usual Jo had made the place look wonderful and it was just like stepping into Fairyland. 
Our next trip to France will be in February 2014 when we go to buy and sell at a small Dressmaker's Fleamarket at a village near where our friends live.  This is always great fun and not without one or two adventures along the way.  Hopefully we won't repeat the one we had a few years ago when we ended up boot of the car first in a large ditch in a blizzard.
It has always been my intention to put photographs on here of things I have for sale but up until now have not succeeded.  I will try to remedy that and be a little more pro-active with my Blog and website.  I envisage that I will be doing more from home next year as I find the travelling with my stock to Fairs more and more wearing and it is starting to take its toll on me.  But where there is a will there is a way and I am not ready to give up completely yet.
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Friday, 26 July 2013


 i It has been a beautiful sunny day here on the Jurassic Coast today.  I spent most of the day in Lyme Regis with my husband who celebrated his birthday today and my nonogenarian Aunt.  We arrived at the same time as the Red Arrows - I hadn't realised it was Carnival Day in Lyme Regis - bad plan.  The town was absolutely packed and nowhere to park.  We went to my Aunt's house up the hill towards Uplyme where she was watching the Red Arrows.  There was a lot of low cloud so we were not able to see much.  We didn't try to go back to Town so drove out towards Uplyme and stopped at TheTalbot Arms in the village for something to eat.  After a good lunch washed down by some good wine and much reminiscing we took Auntie home and made our way back to Weymouth.  We always drive backwards and forwards along the coast road as the view is fabulous and my most favourite drive.  As we reached the top of Abbotsbury Hill we were met with the most unusual sight.  The cloud formation was very low, lower in fact than the Isle of Portland which could just be seen rising through the cloud.  I have never seen it like this before.  We were unable to stop so didn't get a picture from this vantage point.  When we reached Weymouth we decided to go over to Portland to see what it was like from there.  Another amazing sight from the top of the hill, looking back towards Weymouth.  As you can see from the photographs the cloud and mist is very low and follows the line of the Chesil Bank so far and then crosses to the other side and follows the coastline around towards Weymouth.
 Top of the Hill
 Top of the hill looking towards Weymouth
 Bottom of the hill on Chesil Car Park. The mist is rising over the bank.
 The last time  I saw mist and cloud formation like this from the top of Portland was the night before the big Hurrican in the 1980's.  Hope this won't be the case this time.  It was just a fascinating combination.  Blue sky, brilliant sunshine, hot, no wind, very still calm sea, but this amazing cloud formation and mist .
I love where I live.  There is always something wonderful to see in the Natural World
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Wisteria in the Dordogne

The Vendee

My absence from here for such a long time has not gone unnoticed by me but I have been so busy that I have not been able to clear my head to sit and write something interesting!
It has just been non-stop for the past few months with many deadlines to meet and travels to conduct.
Linda and I went on our 'Big Trip' as we call it to France in April and had a lovely time and found many treasures.  We took in the stitchcraft show 'Pour l'Amour du Fil' at Nantes which was amazing.  A few of my friends were there at the same time as one had entered her 'Dear Jane' replica quilt into the Exhibition of  Dear Jane quilts that were there to mark the 150th Anniversary of the original Quilt that is in the Bennington Museum in Vermont, USA. After the Exhibition Linda and I went on our way touring around for the next 2 weeks looking for textiles.  The weather was kind to us and we visited many lovely places.
My quilting group 'The Hardy Quilters' has had its Exhibition of members work so that had to be organised and I have been making small wallhangings for various events such as Open Studios which happened immediately I got home from France, and in between all this I have been working at various Textile Fairs all around the South and West of England.  No wonder I have been suffering from Brain Fag.!!!  I still have to complete my quilt for the Quilters Guild Challenge at Festival of Quilts this year - I have allowed myself plenty of time - about 21 days before it has to be there!!  I have decided that I spend far too long thinking about things and don't get going soon enough but there is this little demon in my head which keeps telling me "you have plenty of time so don't worry".
It all works out in the end but I do give myself unnecessary stress.

Monday, 18 February 2013

The Sea, The Sea

Today was my local Patchwork and Quilting meeting.  This is held in the village of Osmington just on the outskirts of Weymouth.  We had a very busy day 'playing with paintsticks' with local Textile Artist and Quilter Kate Dowty.  This was the sight that met me on my drive home.  It took my breath away.  In the words of Pooh Bear it was a very blustery day!

This was the sea off the Front Beach at Greenhill, Weymouth. 

Someone was jogging and someone was kitesurfing.

How I love the sea on days like these.  I used to swim in this when I was a child.  Seems like another lifetime - it is another life time.  Now I prefer to capture it all with my camera and translate it into textiles.  I couldn't live away from the Sea.


Friday, 18 January 2013


 This year I managed to get my Sketchbook ready in time for The Sketchbook Project 2013.  I had opted for ' Travelogue' as a theme and the subject was France.  I have masses of my own photographs and literature about various parts of France and used some of these for the Book.  I concentrated on Normandy and Brittany.  I don't draw very well so I used print outs of my photographs and and maps and did a lot of cutting up and re-arranging.  I had coloured all the pages with watercolour washes before I started and painted images with gesso to integrate them into the backgrounds and screen printed and printed over them to add my touch to the whole thing.  I really enjoyed making this book and don't know why I don't do it more often.I must practise my drawing skills and maybe I won't have to rely so much on my computer print outs.
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Monday, 31 December 2012


As the clock ticks around to midnight and the start of a New Year I wonder what is in store for us in 2013.  I won't try to second guess but 2012 has been challenging for us as a family and I yearn for a bit of peace and stability.  Time to reflect, regroup and draw close.

Happy New Year to all my Friends, Family and followers.