Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Festival of Britain

There is a great programme on iplayer about the Festival of Britain HERE. Watch it while you can! (I think it will be up until Saturday)

Here's a Health to the Barley Mow

Just got my copy of this BFI DVD in the post yesterday so am working my way through the many hours of footage documenting 'a century of folk customs and ancient rural games'- 2 hours down and I am still enjoying it!

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Had a nice wander around Lewes last weekend in the sun and picked up a few bits - spent a grand total of 75p I think!
Lovely colours on this french map. The book 'Visitor's London' I picked up because it is full of lovely (tiny) wood engravings including a few by Ravillious. The little one of the pearly Kings and Queens reminded me of some drawings I did way back at the beginning of Summer which I have posted HERE.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Friday, 3 June 2011

WJAA Open Day

Its Open Day for my allotment site ( West Jesmond - Forsyth Rd/ Fairfield R Newcastle upon Tyne) on Saturday June 11th. One has to make an effort......

Monday, 30 May 2011


It has been a LONG time since I posted anything on here- Anyway I meant to put this up ages ago. It is a lovely children's counting book that my dad sent me....beautifully printed black and white photos with strange rhymes...unfortunately it was missing the first few pages otherwise it would of been worth a couple of hundred quid!

Sunday, 10 April 2011


Box hedging at Washington Old Hall

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Nice bit of design spotted on the back of a bible on someone's book shelves

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Look at my lovely new curtain fabric from John Lewis!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Wild Child

Have recently been to Seaton Delaval Hall for the first time. Intrigued and confused by this notice

Does it have something to do with this odd scenario seen through a locked gate?

Anyway it was a beautifully cold and sunny day and good for taking photographs of the crumbly ruins. Inspirational.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Old Gold

I really like this picture.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Folk dancing

I have been reading a lot about traditional british folk dances recently, being most excited by the britannia coconut dancers (There is a great explanation in THIS book which I found in Waterstones bargain bin at xmas and is my new bible). I am thinking of making an A-Z of folk dances but so far have only gathered about half the alphabet...ANYWAY as a bit of inspiration I watched THIS which was brilliant and evocative and made me want to take up clog dancing. Watch it before it disappears!

Thursday, 6 January 2011


I wonder whether Walter Potter knew about this 2 headed calf? It has been on show at the Bowes Museum for several years and a favourite exhibit with all children!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Walter Potter

I went to see the collection of Walter Potter taxidermy as part of Exhibition no.3 at the Museum of Everything, in London before Christmas and fell madly in love with a miniature stuffed staffordshire pitbull terrier (it turned out it was a stuffed foetus!) that was mounted on a red velvet cushion in a box frame. I decided I would just make myself one instead (out of fabric, not foetus dog) but I have forgotten what he looked like as I couldn't take photos! Anyway he was great. and looked kind of like these. I just wanted to share that.

Sunday, 2 January 2011


If you haven't watched the BBC adaption of Nigel Slater's 'Toast' you have just a few days left....
It had a lovely concept for the title sequence so watch it for that alone if you must...HERE

All images from BBC iplayer.

Desk Envy

Just saw this website in the Guardian and it is now my favourite blog....serious workspace envy to ensue. Check it out

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