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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.

Two for the price of one…

I have Clara over at Fibrasdepapel to thank for the inspiration for this one. She made a beautiful book like this for Valentine’s Day, a gorgeous idea – two books in one – and as soon as I saw it, I had to try and work out how she had done it. This is my version, again using one of my photographs – in this case Arum lilies, printed on to linen bookcloth.


It reminded me of an earlier project last year to construct a book using two kinds of paper. It was for my ex’s son, a talented illustrator and digital artist and he wanted to have a choice of paper in one book for different occasions. My first attempt at this led me to make an album containing watercolour and cartridge paper. This has the advantage that it can be loaded with whatever paper you like and refilled as necessary.


The new twin book, (not sure what it is called – a ‘dos à dos’ binding perhaps), has smooth cartridge paper in one side and rough cartridge paper on the other side and I chose to use the different coloured but toning, end papers and bookcloths for each spine to distinguish the two. The book can be opened from right to left on both sides by turning it upside down. It ties closed with a thin satin ribbon.

I am so pleased with how it turned out and want to thank Clara for the inspiration!

Today, I was up early and saw a beautiful pink, frosty sunrise – and we have just had a glorious deep red sunset. Difficult to photograph but here are my attempts, both taken outside my kitchen window.


And finally…. I found this, an amusing comment on the male/female divide and with St.V’s day fast approaching what could be better…

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Things that go bump in the night….


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.


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?