Monthly Archives: November 2012

Life drawing

I am just back from the college shop, my pockets bulging with brand new bottles of bright inks. I also picked up a graphite stick on the recommendation of my tutor in Life Drawing yesterday. It’s essentially a pencil but … Continue reading

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Father Christmas vacancy

This morning was bright and frosty. Ollie the new sheepdog puppy was tearing around the farmyard. She has earned herself the name of ‘The Mouth on Legs’ for her propensity to chew everything in her path. This is a piece I’ve been … Continue reading

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Myxomatosis

This week at college all of us fourth years gave presentations about our work to the rest of the illustration department. I’ve never had to give a presentation about myself before and it felt especially odd because so much of … Continue reading

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Christmas Star

It’s not like me to sing the praises of Tesco. Especially when they do that labelling thing where I think I’ve bought a ham for £4.99 when it was actually £4.99/kg but I was too busy wrestling a 3 year … Continue reading

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Lardy Cake

This morning is bright and crisp. The washing is on the line. Lorries have been trundling in and out of the farm yard. They are here to collect some cattle. Have any of you ever heard of Lardy cake? When … Continue reading

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The colour green

A variety of coloured dots have been appearing on the backs of the ewes on the farm. We’re halfway through breeding season and for sheep this is known as tupping. Our next door neighbour, who is the shepherd on the farm, … Continue reading

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A day for remembering

At the top of the farm the low sun illuminated the golds and bronzes of the long grasses. The sky was lilac and the wintery sun elongated our bodies in leggy shadows across the fields. It felt like a day … Continue reading

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Tea labels

The last week as has been wet and wild. Most of the autumn colour on the trees has now been blown away. Dark clouds sweep across the sky. The rooks who roost in the trees behind our house reel and … Continue reading

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Christmas cards

At last they’re here! Visit my shop if you’d like to buy my Christmas cards.

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Bonfire Night

Here are some burning sparks from our bonfire on saturday. After last year’s unfolding disaster with the cinder toffee I didn’t bother with it this year (read about it here, here, and here). I did return to Delia Smith’s Parkin recipe … Continue reading

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