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Strawberries and cream

Here it is. The super book, the ratings winner! I give you – the strawberry book! It’s a photograph of strawberries printed onto ink jet linen book cloth. I dithered for ages wondering what colour ribbon to use – red just blended in too much, my green ribbon wasn’t the right shade of green – and then it hit me. Strawberries and cream – why not? This is the original photograph, you can see the colours are much more vivid but I quite like the weathered look of the image when printed onto the linen

I had some visitors yesterday. They had obviously left their wives at home looking after the kids and were on a boys day out…they were so sweet. They were six ducks who have visited several times before and explored all the garden, much to the consternation of my neighbour’s cat who was very intrigued and one day, lay in wait behind a plant pot waiting to ambush them. (The photo is blurred but you get the picture!) The ducks just looked at the cat disdainfully and waddled back to the river and swam off.

Poor kitty. Still, he’s no hunter but he can always get a job with one of these kitties. Maybe this is where the word caterwauling comes from….

Anyways, I’m off to watch ‘Heroes’. Series two is just starting -I’m so excited. For those of you who didn’t see Series 1 or need a quick catch up….

Got that? Save the cheerleader, save the world.

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It’s windy out….

I love the colours of this book. I’ve always been a fan of lime green and navy blue and this Japanese Katazome-shi stencilled paper from Falkiners (where else) is very pretty indeed.

As you can see from the photographs it is still very sunny here in Dorset. We have had a really long spell of clear sunny days – a bit chilly perhaps but it’s so wonderful to see the sun. It encourages me to take long walks on the beach. I went a couple of evenings ago and watched the sun go down – so lovely, here are some shots I took.

It wasn’t the best sunset I have ever seen at Hive Beach but it was quite nice. Here are a couple of shots I took a couple of years ago. It was earlier in the year and there were a couple of nights when the sunsets were breathtaking. These photographs don’t really do justice to the colours in the sky but do give you an idea how stunning it was.

Today, I went for a walk along the cliff tops. Although the sun was shining there was a freezing easterly wind blowing which was at our backs on the way out but in our faces on the way back. I thought my ears were about to drop off. Here’s a shot of how rough the sea was as we set off on our walk.

Luckily, at the end of the walk, we stopped for lunch at the Hive Beach Cafe and devoured a bowl of wonderful Spicy Seafood Soup with a huge chunk of granary bread. It was delicious and I guess, quite a healthy lunch, which was good as the purpose of all this walking is to try and lose some weight before the holiday season kicks in. So I resisted the temptations of scones, Dorset Apple cake and other yumminesses on display – but it was very hard for someone who has no will power whatsoever. Luckily, my skinny friend has loads (which must be why she is thin) and I was shamed into resistance. On a nice day, (ie warm) everyone sits outside and enjoys the view and the sunshine but today everyone was packed inside keeping out of the icy wind, so we had to share a table with a couple who tucked into ham, egg and chips, followed by a huge slab of carrot cake with a lime frosting – so you can see how I suffered.

Not much else to report really. I received this in an email the other day. It reminded me of the days when I used to have cats, the days before they decided they preferred my next door neighbour to me and moved in there…..

and there is another one….

How true.

Things that go bump in the night….

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Another of my photographs. This one is a sunset I took when out for a walk in Marina del Rey, California last year. It was gobsmackingly beautiful and my photograph could barely do it justice – but it does make a nice book! It’s actually a mirror image of the original photograph as I wanted the interesting part of the image to be on the front cover of the book so I flipped it in Photoshop. This is the original image.

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I was woken by a noise early this morning, just as it was getting light. I thought it was my son whose bedroom is above mine but then I remembered he isn’t here at the moment, so I lay there, listening and a little apprehensive to say the least. I kept hearing scurrying noises and I eventually realized that the noises were coming from my roof space. I live in a 3 storey house and my bedroom is on the middle floor so the roof space is a long way from my room. When I went upstairs to my workroom I could hear scuttling footsteps and a tearing noise. (I think something is eating my loft insulation). I opened the hatch to the roof space and climbed on a chair and shone a torch in there and banged about a bit but I’m not tall enough to get in there or even see in there (and to be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to anyway!). It has been quiet ever since. Rats? Birds? A burglar? Aliens?

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Eeeeek! Where are all the men when you need one? Or perhaps I should just get a pet?

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