Monday, 15 January 2018

Teasels ...a new textile

I've been wanting to do something based on teasels for a while - and it took me a while to get there! Initially I had a blue background for sky and the teasels were too straight. I changed the background and curved the stems to give some movement. ....and enjoyed the free drawing with the sewing machine.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Derwent Water round walk.

A fairly dismal day, so we set off round Derwent Water. Some very 'atmospheric' views across the lake. The lake itself was quite low, which was good, and the path easy to find - although thanks to the developments at the Lodore Falls Hotel you can no longer skirt round the back of it - instead there is a very short stretch on the road. Nice to see the National Trust's centenary stone, which I have never seen before. The far side of the lake was relatively quiet and a late lunch in 'The Chalet' at Portinscale was very tasty.  About 10 miles in total and a good walk out.

Looking up the lake towards Borrowdale.
Heron; one of several coin-studded fallen trees; Lodore Falls - not exactly in spate! 

Looking back down the lake towards Keswick.

A very obliging robin - Fawe Park. 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Valentine's Day cards ....

I'm actually vaguely organised this year ...some new cards for Valentine's Day. Now to work on some 'Love Bird' designs.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

New and old elephant cards...

The traditional 4 elephant cards continue to be popular, but I wanted a new twist, so tried the 3 elephants holding tails.

Monday, 8 January 2018

A clattering of jackdaws ....

Thanks to Tom for the photos - I love the silhouettes and movement. They congregate in a particular tree on Singleton campus in Swansea at about 4:30 pm at the moment, before flying of to roost. The noise is spectacular!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Coledale round

How lucky were we to have a second consecutive Sunday with perfect high-level walking in the Lakes! The roads were slippery first thing so went down to Braithwaite rather than travelling too far afield. We were rewarded by another classic day - crunchy snow on the tops - paths not too bad and no wind to speak off. The Coledale round is a superb walk - 11 miles and cracking panoramic views - interesting coming off Causey Pike mind!

Left: early morning over Skiddaw; across to Helvellyn; towards Crag Hill
Right: towards the eastern fells; Blencathra; Sail 
Left: towards Grasmoor and bottom towards the Langdales
Right: back towards Coledale Hause; from Eel Crag and Causey Pike. 

Lovely icy snow on the tops.
...and who had the best of days? ....

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Crinoid drypoint using the Xcut xpress.

Following our finds on Aughertree Fell Tom did this charming little drypoint print.

Inking up...

The exposure ....

The crinoids ....