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More beating the bounds

We have been lucky this week. The days have been bathed in a soft autumn light picking out all the shades of bronze and gold in the fading leaves. On the old tythe maps the parish was covered in orchards … Continue reading

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Savouring slowness

Finch has a cold and has been wandering around the house wheezing like a little train. It’s gone to his chest and he’s asthmatic. He clamped on some child’s ear defenders from the bottom of the toy box proclaiming that … Continue reading

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Picture Books 2016

Every year I get a lot pleasure out of buying picture books for Christmas for the kids. It’s a real joy to look at what has been published over the last twelve months and to take time to peruse the … Continue reading

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Christmas cards!

Little Owl became an official Brownie last night. Surrounded by her friends, who held glittering sparklers, she made her promise to do her best, be true to herself, develop her beliefs, to serve the Queen and community, to help other … Continue reading

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Nightwear hi-jinks

The days have remained golden here but the temperature has dropped. The heads of our sunflowers are bowing to the inevitable coming of autumn. The birds will have a feast from one specimen with a particularly enormous head. We’ll collect … Continue reading

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Working hard

This week I have been up to Edinburgh for illustration-related meetings (exciting!) and have also learnt a lot about contrast in design. Now I’m going for a rest.

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Blackbird

The days have been long and hot here. I have been sitting Wren in the garden in her baby bouncer in the shade of the Japanese maple. She usually falls fast asleep, the dappled light dancing over her flickering eyelids, … Continue reading

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Picture Hooks Blog

I’ve shared some thoughts on being an emerging illustrator on the Picture Hooks blog. Have a look here. There’s also some great advice on networking from Leah McDowell who is the Design Manager at Floris Books.

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The Fox and the Star

Following on from my last post, here is a book we were given for Christmas and one which I highly recommend. It’s called The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Coralie Bickford-Smith has been a designer for Penguin for … Continue reading

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Picture Books 2015

I take Christmas as an opportunity to splurge on picture books…for the children obviously! I spend ages perusing the shelves of our local Waterstones, drinking in all those beautiful pages. Here are some of my favourites from this year’s purchases… … Continue reading

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