October 28, 2009

stolen time & the tale of a stolen child . . .

two weeks have disappeared in a blurry eyed haze
whilst i have mostly slept & dreamt the strangest of dreams
for the oddest of bugs knocked me right off my feet,
leaving me feeling as giddy as a . . .goat??
a wonderful excuse (whilst recovering) to catch up on reading
to doze & doodle & drink endless cups of tea

i discovered this hauntingly beautiful book, the stolen child
an ethereal tale of changelings hidden deep in the woods.
i was reminded of the beautiful poem by william yeats
& of course one of my most favourite & wonderful songs
of the same name by loreena mckennitt
a sweet surprise parcel arrived on my doorstep too
from a dear blog friend, jasmine of natures whispers
it brought such a smile to my face for in it were
this delicate felted tree made from natural fibres & dyes
& a bundle of other thoughtful lovelies,
a knot work purse, heather & shells & all sorts
do visit her blog for a peep at some of her beautiful work
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oh my, its so good to be back
x x x

October 13, 2009

shetland and back . . .

home again from the far off shores of shetland
from days filled with music & wonderful hospitality
Mr O playing with irish fiddler manus mcguire
my oh so talented lovely sister -in -law marie fielding
days filled with wonderful scenery
wide open skies & regal seas
peat filled valleys & ruin strewn hills
with wee sturdy shetland ponies
and curious seals watching from afar
with centuries of history to discover,
from iron age brochs to ancient crofts
pictish carved runes to viking buried treasures
we stayed with the sweetest lady, Harriett
who shared her home & her deep love of the island & made our stay a joy.
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travelling here & there these past few weeks, such things i have seen & heard
but i have missed our wee home & cosying in front of the fire
my fingers are itching to get back to the studio
* * *see more of my shetland photos here
& others shetland photos
here to visit the shetland museum

October 07, 2009

a christmas carol . . .

it is a little early to be thinking christmasy thoughts i know
but this is something i am so looking forward to . . .
a favourite tale of old . . . .the new "christmas carol"
animated movie by disney, and i had to tell someone ...
due for release in november

magical faerie wedding

deep in the forest tricia fountaine
weaves her magical spell
with costumes & flowers & love
for a peep at this fantasy faerie wedding
tiptoe over for a visit to
or see more stunning work
of event organiser tricia at

October 04, 2009

costume & medieval magic . . .

we couldn't leave bath without a visit to
to soak up the details of oldcostume at bath fashion museum
and stumbled upon another unplanned treat ...
an exhibition of designs by "bill gibb"
whose work i have long admired, simply stunningbill gibb exhibition at bath fashion museum
later we found the 13th century st marys church in berkeley
with medieval wall paintings that would once have glowedst mary's church berkeley medieval wall painting
and jeweled colours in its stained glass
painted bright by the sun's raysst marys church berkeley stained glass
and there just outside
the resting place of the very last jester in englandlast jester in england grave at st marys berkeley a trove of treasures we unearthed on our travels
complete with a visit to see my eldestall in all we had a wonderful time away
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now its nose down to finish two commissioned pieces
until next time x x
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more beautiful images of st mary's here

October 01, 2009

a celebration of creation . . sue symons

we couldn't visit bath & not the abbey
a stunning sight, with ceiling to giddily gaze at
but such an extra treat waited around a cornera mouth watering exhibition of works by sue symons60 glorious illuminated pages, her new book
"a celebration of creation"
hours & hours (7000 in fact) of detailed loveliness
embroidered borders & painting pages

intricate designs & sumptuous colours
beautifully celtic inspirations

depicting plants, animals, insects and
"the beauty and wonder of creation"
each page telling such tales, i could gaze for hours!
to purchase a book of these works
or learn more about sue see here* * *to see many more wonderful images of sue's work
see here on denise's blog and here for
"The Bath Abbey Diptychs"