Monthly Archives: July 2013

Roxburghe Art Competition

I very nearly entered an art competition recently. I know! I said I never would again, but this one was very tempting. It was a lovely brief: “Budding artists of all ages are being invited to illustrate a subject of … Continue reading

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Dusk

Our bedroom window opens up like a door and this week I’ve been enjoying sitting in my pyjamas, watching the valley as dusk falls. It’s been so still. I can hear the caws of the rooks in the trees behind … Continue reading

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Summerhall

Some exciting news from me is that my work is now being stocked at the Summerhall Arts Centre in Edinburgh. Summerhall used to be the old Edinburgh University veterinary college. I researched my sheep book in the library there! This year it re-opened as … Continue reading

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Bird song

The verges around us are over-flowing with the frothy flowers of hogweed and meadowsweet. A multitude of insects busily attend them. Little Owl and I head down to the river again in the hot afternoon for some paddling. It’s becoming … Continue reading

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Kingfisher footage

Do you remember I mentioned that a kingfisher had been spotted on the river last week? It turns out it’s a nesting pair and the Farm Manager here, who is like our very own David Attenborough, caught some footage of … Continue reading

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Fruit leather

Shearing finished on the farm yesterday. I don’t envy them that job in this heat. This morning the cattle were in the shed at 5am for their vaccinations so as to be done in the cooler part of the day. … Continue reading

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Purple and gold

The fields on the farm are purple and gold with Timothy and Buttercups. If you look closely you find Doves-foot Cranesbill, Common Mouse-ear, and Common Speedwell hidden among the grasses. Beside the river all sorts of wild flowers fill the banks: Fairy … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury

On the way home from London today I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Big Dreamer has been pestering me to read it for ages but I’d resisted because of the weird 70s sci-fi cover on the version we own. I … Continue reading

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D&AD stand

Here’s the final Edinburgh College of Art stand at D&AD. Sorry about the slightly cock-eyed montage. The stand’s quite wide and I couldn’t get far enough back to fit it all in. Last night was the private view. The exhibiting … Continue reading

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D&AD set up

This morning I got up bright and early to travel across London to set up the D&AD show at Spitalfields Market. I thought it was highly amusing that I was travelling on the Tube carrying a cardboard tube. My comic … Continue reading

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