Nature’s Jewellery Store

My son, Efan, has recently taken up photography. He has a natural flare and an artist’s eye so watch this space as this boy is going places. and not just with his photography!

Yesterday, we went for a walk. It was a pretty crappy place, to be honest. The surroundings were beautiful, with an old oak forest and lake nearby. However, the place we went to was basically a bit of scrap ground with some sheds. Even here, however, Efan managed to take some spectacular shots.

I’m not the best photographer, and I don’t have the fancy camera he does, but, while he was taking shots and wandering around, I wandered too.

It’s amazing how much beauty can be found around us in the most unlikely places if we only open our eyes and truly look. The trees in our scruffy little corner were basically either bare or scrubby, yet the dying sunlight through them, with the backdrop of a surprisingly (for the Welsh valleys) clear blue sky, was simply astonishing.

Despite, or maybe because, the sun having begun to set, the colours were so vivid it was almost as if they’d been painted by a slightly over-enthusiastic artist. So many different greens. So many patterns, shapes and sizes.

Efan likes macro photography, mainly of flowers, their bright colours highlighted against a blurred background. He took some crackers yesterday, catching unexpected snails and insects. I, on the other hand, usually photograph landscapes, portraits and unusual features – the typical amateur photographer, I suppose. Yesterday, however, looking for vignettes for Efan, I looked around with different eyes. I looked more closely, and was astonished by what I saw.

There were too many things to discuss in detail, although the plethora of forms and colours of ivy in late summer might well be worth its own post. The thing that had the biggest impact on me was the grass.


I’m not girly girl by any stretch of the imagination, but I can appreciate a big of bling (although I’d never wear it!) What I found, when I looked closely at the grass, was a whole shop floor of clear, sparkling crystal that would, I think, satisfy the most demanding connoisseur.


They even had the velvet to display the diamonds on

Things Animals Say

IMG_0608Today, I was sorting out my photographs and I filled a folder with pictures of my pets. Some of the photos just yelled out for a caption so I’ll give it a go. I’m numbering them so if anyone can think of a better caption for any of them, please feel free to post in the comments to give us all a laugh.


1 What? Surely you weren’t intending to give Santa untasted cookies and milk


2. They’ll never find me now


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3. You’ve got to sleep sometimes. If it wasn’t for the ready supply of food and cardboard boxes you’d have been toast by now.


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4. Note to Self. The Kangaroo was lying.


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5  When I snap your fingers you will awaken. You will remember nothing but walks. No wait – nothing but bones and walks. Wait – nothing but food, bones and walks. There are no baths. The bath is a lie.


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6. My ancestors were wolves. I am so ashamed


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7 The voices are telling me to eat your soul…but a nice bone would do. Maybe some treats? A walk would be nice.


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8. You know showing me videos of walks isn’t going to get you out of actually taking me, right?


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9. Dog: Please don’t leave me alone with her. Cat: (trying to look innocent) Keep your mouth shut and I might let you keep one eye.


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10 This is an intervention. We, the animals feel your addiction to the shiny thing is taking over your life. You should walk away and concentrate on healthier pursuits…like treats and walks and brushes and stroking, lots of stroking.






11 What do you mean I’m not a parrot?



12 You’re my liddle buddy and I loves ya



13 I hear you. I’m listening. Feel free to tell me all your troubles – but don’t you find it easier to talk and walk? Or maybe talk and eat?



14 Don’t laugh. It’s taken me half an hour to get up here, let me rest.



15 I’m…starving. Wasting away. Feed me. For the love of God, feed me.


I am obliged to note that we actually have three cats, but Charley is far too serious to get caught looking anything but suave












Sew Good

Bad pun, I know. It also has a clever double meaning. While I am saying how good it is that I’m sewing agian, you the audience, will be thinking how good the workmanship is. Or not. Frankly. I don’t care because it IS good to be sewing agian.

A recent bout of illness has left me with little energy and all the plans I had for sewing and art stuff have been put very much on hold, especially as I couldn’t keep up with the writing stuff (note the highly technical use of the word stuff here. Obviously the word has a vastly different meaning when paired with art and with writing)

I have managed to get some work done, and I think I’m improving. I’ll leave that judgment up to you. I have also downloaded plenty of new patterns to keep me busy for a while.

Without further ado, may I introduce my new creations-


This is my little Welsh dragon, made from a pair of leggings for a two year old, that I picked up for £1 at Asda.

It’s actually red, but no matter how I photographed it, against what background, it just comes out orange.


Tiger Lily the spiky cat. Made with a baby’s t-shirt I bought in the same sale for £1. both used scraps of felt for the decoration but that was it.

I’m quite fond of my kitty. He nods his head and scares the real cats (with a bit of help of course)

And finally, my all times favourite so far, made from the same leggings as the dragon and my third find at the sale, a pink t-shirt.


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Sewing Frenzy

I have passions that go in cycles so I have to be very careful what I start because once the bug bites I can’t get rid of it until the passion has run its course. Sometimes this takes years and I’m desperate to stop one of them stealing my writing.

This time, the obsession is sewing in general, making soft toys in particular. I thought I might share some of them with you.

I started off with owls. Who wouldn’t? They’re simple, instantly recognizable and ripe with opportunity to personalise. some of these are stuffed with super-soft filling, and some filled with dried lavender. As I keep them in the same bag, they all smell lovely.

I can do a couple of these in one night and they’re fun to experiment with. some thing work, some don’t but I used them to practice my needle skills which have been dormant for quite a while. My favourites are the purple one with a feather, and the red and green one with the perpetually surprised expression.

Next, I ventured onto something a little more complicated. After scouring the internet for cat patterns, I settled on this onemimg_0496Again, it stretched my sewing and stuffing skills, and I made mistakes I (hopefully) won’t make next time I use this pattern.

After a cat, the natural progression (?) was to an elephant!! Yeah, okay maybe not a natural progression, but that’s the way it went. (via dragon but we’ll come to that in a minute).


The dragon is one of the most complex pieces I have done so far, and although it was fun to do I don’t think I’ll be going there for a while because it really was fiddly and I want to move on to other things. I do love my baby dragon though, I think he has such a sweet expression.


Although the sea horse seems similar to the dragon, he was a LOT easier to sew and I had fun with him. I did manage to screw up the back fin, but I know what I did wrong and I’ll be better next time.


My next project is a multi-coloured teddy, so watch this space.

I’ve also taken up cross stitch again so here’s a peep at a piece I started probably ten years ago and which has been sitting patiently in its sewing bag for almost a decade.



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