Tag Archives: scotland

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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German Biscuits

Look! A recipe for German biscuits in the Waitrose Magazine last month! German biscuit is the pre-war name for Empire biscuits (‘German’ was considered unpatriotic). Never heard of an Empire biscuit? Read about my passion for this little known biscuit … Continue reading

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#KeeptheHeid

Here is a screen shot of the front page of the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) website. I have not long completed a commission for them for illustrations for a new web game called Keep The Heid (scottish for … Continue reading

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Juggler

At the weekend we celebrated Burns night with a gathering of friends and family. I know we’re not in Scotland any more but it seems a nice way of remembering our time there and celebrating some of the things we … Continue reading

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#5000NoMore

Here’s a quick screen shot of some new illustrations of mine for the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution Christmas Campaign. It’s a fantastic cause so do head over and have a look by following this link.

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December

It is December and everyone is busy with the lead up to Christmas. In his chapter on December in his book The English Year, Steve Roud reports that, perhaps unsurprisingly, most of what we consider to be a traditional English … Continue reading

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October

In my seasonal reading Stephen Moss in his book Wild Hares and Hummingbirds describes the annual “house invasion” that occurs at this time of year. Moss lives in an old farmhouse with no doorstep so he often finds fledgling sparrows … Continue reading

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Skipping lessons

Did you ever play skipping games as a child? I did. I especially loved the long rope games where two children would turn the rope for the others. Even better was when we had two long ropes turned between each … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

The house is full of boxes. I’m feeling wistful about leaving Scotland. There are many things I will miss but some things I won’t. I won’t miss the wind that inhabits Edinburgh all year round. It stalks the tall streets … Continue reading

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Black Spout Wood

This weekend we headed up into Perthshire for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Annually venues all over Scotland open to the public between the end of January to the middle of March to show off their snowdrop displays. We liked the … Continue reading

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