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Discover Kelpies

I have some very exciting news! Last week I received a wonderful email telling me I’d been short-listed for the Discover Kelpies Writing competition. This is a competition run by Scottish Publisher, Floris Books, to find new writers for children. … Continue reading

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Walks Diary

This weekend I was, at last, able to add another walk to my Walks Diary. I started this diary in the New Year and it hasn’t been going well. A cocktail of endless family illnesses, snow, and building chaos meant … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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Layers

I’m fascinated by layers. My dissertation for my degree was about layers in landscape. I once read about how the Japanese value tarnished objects more than polished ones because the tarnish shows the layers of handling. The object gains worth … Continue reading

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Home

We are moving house again. This will be our third move in as many years. The difference with this move is that this is going to be our house. I honestly never thought we’d be able to say that, but … Continue reading

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Toucan Boxes

Do you know that Mister Maker (of CBeebies art show fame) is a con artist? Now I know it’s not nice to make accusations but it’s true. In nearly every show Mister Maker paints some sort of plastic item (e.g. … Continue reading

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Burns night

For those of you who don’t know (shame on you!) it is Burns Night on Sunday. Poor Little Owl is having a hard time of it. She is having to learn a Burns poem to recite by heart for school. … Continue reading

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Molly Drake

I missed Mark Radcliffe’s folk show on Radio 2 last night so have been catching up on it this afternoon via the iplayer. The show was dedicated to the musician and singer-songwriter, Nick Drake, who sadly died in 1974. He … Continue reading

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Firefly Magazine

It is with much excitement that I can post about my little children’s magazine. We’re nearly finished with the first issue, which will be out on 1st May. It’s called Firefly and it’s all about nature, the seasons, being outdoors … Continue reading

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Sparkly things

I’m a terrible magpie at this time of year. Any bits of sparkly ribbon or scraps of paper that take my fancy go in my special box for re-use in all sorts of guises through the year. Here are some … Continue reading

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