Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year Greetings

to all our blog followers, fb followers and tweeters, guests friends, neighbours, suppliers, dancing buddies, students and families, who make it all worthwhile, Thank You and a Happy New Year to all of you xxxxxx

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas from Diane and Tracey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
May all your Christmas' be Bright.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Grange Fell wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Homemade limoncello, cackers and pyjamas.

Hopefully everyone is all ready for the celebrations, well that is everyone except us that is, Still lots to do. This year we will be mainly drinking and eating with family. Tracey does the drinking and I do the eating so it's very fair. There will be crackers, silly games wild children and lots of kisses and cuddles. Presents are exchanged in a spirit of goodwill and giving, silly jumpers and pyjamas are worn exclusively. As Miranda says, 'Such Fun'. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Amazing Days and Torchlit Nights

Grassington Dickension Festival is fantastic, please go to the last one next Sunday if you can. We just loved it.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Take anther bow. ye gentlemen of Bolton

Today has been the day of the Merry Gentlemen of Bolton. Take a bow, yet again guys you make my day, however I truly hope I never see you again, Maths and me are just not compatible, Scatterbrained yes, scattergrams are, er I beg your pardon, absolutely terrifying, All those dots, I imagine it;s a bit like being tipsy and trying to aim at a dart board. My fate is now with the gods and fingers and toes are crossed.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Winter Scents

The ice has melted just a little, mince pies are baked and we are counting the days to Christmas. Yesterday was spent re-milling and reforming our hand made soap. It's a very very messy process. and at the final moment the nice stuff is added. milk, honey and oatmeal this time. I do have soap that looks like the contents of a jar of baby food in solid bars. They do smell divine though, lavender,  fennel and orange. 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Dark Days and Glitter

Sorry for lack of blogs this week, but school late nights, snowy weather and getting ready for Christmas are my excuses. Well that's not quite true, actually I am really a squirrel who just wants to hibernate. Dark days are not my favourite things and I look forward to the shortest day so that I can start counting the minutes of extra daylight that each day brings.
Our halls are decked with holly however with lots of glittery shiny things and Grange Fell is bedecked with festive cheer..

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A little at a time.

Christmas is coming to Grange Fell. We introduce the decorations a few at a time so today has been lights stylised trees, door wreaths and the advent calender. The Christmas perfumed candles are lit, and the first food items are bought and stashed. Of course this means there will be no last minute panic buying, decorating, or general running round in ever decreasing circles. Of course we all know that this sentiment is just a seasonal dream.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Weekend plans

There is a note in the kitchen that says marmalade, make or buy. Tracey I hope this means you will be making marmalade.
Of course this will be as well as visiting Grassingtons first Dickension Christmas Festival of the season. Bring it on.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Gentelmen I salute you

Sometimes life is full of surprises. Having had the worst cold for years I had to travel to Bolton today to take a test. Not the most pleasant thing to do when you're not on top form. My lovely daughter in law Kirsty drove me there and waited for me which when you're a working mum is quite something. The gentlemen in the test centre were fantastic, I could not have had more help courteously served with good humour had I been the queen of Sheba. You know who you all are, thank you and take a bow.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Bing Bong Merrily on High

There is no getting away from the fact that the season of Christmas is upon us. We try to hold off until December it would seem so much more special if it was a shorter lead in and a season to celebrate instead of a long haul to one day of the year when we expect so much of ourselves and each other. Today we were shopping in Skipton as usual followed by Bing Crosby and Dean martin crooning endlessly in every shop. The Antique centre was however playing some nice traditional music and cheer me up enough to buy a lovely vintage fire screen for the dining room.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Turquoise and Copper browns

I think that shorter days and grey skies make colour such an important part of life in the winter months. I have been working with students today recreating Northern town-scapes in the bright colours of the Fauves, and I have to say they look fantastically good.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Cool colours of Winter

Cool colours and bare trees, the beauty of winter is almost upon us. I love bare winter trees,  the structure , bold against the skyline looks so proud. We have a beautiful large ash tree which lost a few branches in a winter storm last year and we had to get the tree surgeon to tidy it up. I really hope it doesn't get the virus it's so so beautiful.

Friday, 16 November 2012

To do list

It is friday, Hurrah, ther may be a smidgen of DIY this weekend, however as we are fully booked it might have to shopping instead for next weekends exploration of jobs to be done.
There are shoes to be looked at, antiques to be examined and tea and scones to be scoffed. This probably will translate into some more pretty china and a sausage roll on the hoof.

Monday, 12 November 2012

A word in your ear.

A little bird tlls me that Christmas is coming. Possibly it's the first sighting of a house with a tree in the window or the Coke a Cola advert on the telly, whatever for the next seven weeks the tinsel will creep across the world. With the kitties a tree is a big no no, we are re designing the form to be out of cats paws

Friday, 9 November 2012

Stars and Rainbows

The weather is currently rainy,,,,,,,,with a bit more autumn rain just for good measure. On the bright side it is the season for rainbows, even double rainbows  The other really amazing thing about November are the beautiful shooting stars, it's time to make a wish .
This weekend there will be just a smidgen of decotating in the lounge, hopefully the cats won;t be too helpful.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


I know I am not alone in loving birdcages, I just don't want to keep a bird in one. We have a lovely bamboo one, it;s on a large chest of drawers on the landing. The absolute best thing about it is the amazing shadows it rhrows up and across the ceiling.
Collecting unusual items has always been a passion, at the moment it's flowery china. We were absolutely delighted last week to find a beautiful Royal Albert plate. The design is called Blossom Time and is sooo pretty.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Floating in the lamps

Driving home up and down the wiggly roads, flicking between full beam and dipped, the leaves were swirling and dancing in the headlights. Grange Fell is settling into it's own rhythms curtains are closed in the evenings and soft rain and autumn mists shroud the garden and bright stars twinkle as night falls. It is beautiful.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Flutter by

there is something magical about public art when it's placed in the landscape not to impress, but to surprise and delight.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Shopping in Skipton

We stopped for a while today in the old town hall in Skipton today. Now it is the tourist information centre. We wandered through to have a look at the current art exhibition which is just lovely, very contemporary and really beautiful. It#s also really good to see so many new shops springing up. I fancy Skipton will be having a good Christmas Season
 It feels cold enough to snow. It won't, so what do you do when it goes a few degrees colder and darker?, buy more Laura Ashley wallpaper of course. This time, Burnham in Olive Green, just two rolls to redo the chimney breast in the living room. r

Friday, 2 November 2012

Small Things

Celebrate the beauty of nature. I love this antique silver thimble, small things, big impact. We love collecting small curios and keepsakes and have a few cabinets around the place that house our mini museums. One day I'll make a taxonomy and label them like a favourite artist of mine, Susan Hiller. but that might suggest the process is finished. No way. 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Shadowy Faces Made from Strainers

Shadowy Faces Made from Strainers
click on the link these are amazing

Starry Nights

The  Moon was shining brightly last night, after a damp and soggy day she rose, shining brightly. I caught a glimpse through the newly bare branches. Tracey follows the path of the moon from her telescope. a new acquisition. Like the woman in the painting I might see the night through a different lens.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Autumn Musings

Yesterday I wanted blue skies and sunshine so I could clear some leaves and it happened. Not for long and it turned back to rain, however, leaves were definitely scooped up and bagged to make leaf mould. Would it be greedy to want the same again today? Just an hour, please.
Grange Fell card making is also moving along. I keep being stalled by 'dreamy thinking'. I must stop and be a focused maker, and stop musing over brief memories of winter poetry and kicking leaves in Heaton Moor.  

Monday, 29 October 2012

Music for the eyes

Grange Fell is deluged by fallen leaves arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh I hope I get a good dry day so I can sweep them up and turn them into compost. It is that starnge time of year where the big picture is absolutely stunning but the near view is a bit of a messy problem. I am trying to summon up a blue sky crisp autumn day that lifts the spririts and stays dry longe enough to make a difference.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Crafting at Grange Fell

We are introducing cards to the Grange Fell experience, just in case anyone would like a hand crafted card made by our fair hands, It's a good job that I don't get paid piece work rates I'd starve.
if anyone has an old pasta rolling machine my tip of the season is, use it as a mini print roller. Yes it works for prints and embossing, however it won't produce a die cut.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Santa's Rocket.

well we couldn't help it could we. You see Emma's Apothecary in Skipton doesn't usually put out her Christmas wares until after Bonfire night. This year she's gone and done it early. Plans will have to be drawn because four Burmese cats and decorations don't mix well. There was a vintage Santa Robot, Santa in a flying saucer and Santa in a rocket, all in shiny vintage style glass. it would have been just plain rude not to buy them. Christmas.... trot on.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Clippings for the future

From little acorns.
Looking at the autumnal disintegration of the garden I know I must get the clippers. cutters pruners. brushes and brooms out and dream of snowdrops in the spring, The clocks are going back and daylight will be a brief interruption of the day for a while. There a just a few more bulbs to plant now and before the hard frost start i must get them planted.
There are wonderful mushrooms flourishing at the bottom of the garden which I intend to cut down and dry as a good starting point for some drawings.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Snow and Flutterbys

Well the lovely guests from Aviemore have gone home, but will be back in the spring, it's a long winter oop North.
I have been puzzled by the random appearances of little cardbord butterflies around the house. It turns out that one of our guests is a bit of an expert and has been leaving them here and there. How utterly fabulous is that.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Little Robin Redbreast

There was a robin in the kitchen this morning. Knowing that birds are considered fore tellers of events I thought I'd do some research. 'Goodbye all it's been nice knowing you.' according to British folklore, A new beginning and a sign of all things good in some parts, good fortune in Italy and many more. As we had Italian meatballs and spaghetti for tea last night we are going to buy a lottery ticket and by-pass the hearse. It was rescued and liberated by Tracey I was having a 'Hitchcock' moment.
A few months ago we had a bat in the living room, which is a symbol of the end of something, which turned out to be true, so the new beginning and good fortune are eagerly awaited.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Mocha and Mucha, the colours of autumn

We are greeted by a beautiful autumn morning, the sky is blue and the light mellow and golden. The garden is knee deep in fallen leaves and pine needles. Garden animals that hibernate keep coming out to play again as the sun warms their dens, then disappearing again when the clouds and rain stay for a few days.
Cats are toasting themselves on radiators, occasionally rousing themselves for the odd games of madness and mayhem trying to catch leaves drifting past the windows.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bright and Breezy

Orange really adds a bit of the seaside to everything. There is lots of inland water round here. and the trees are truly laden with orange, but I can't find the beach/

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

window shopping

this year we are enjoying a golden autumn. Every year autumn either red or yellow seems to dominate, 2012 is definitely a golden year. As we slip towards winter and the evenings close in we find ourselves making lists and ticking items in catalogues. Today we are trying to ignore the Cath Kidston Christmas catalogue, I think I'll just look at the pictures.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Clean and shiny

Well all the cups and saucers are washed and dried, thanks Steve, all the cake has gone and the presents unwrapped. The chicken fund has grown and we had a lovely day, thanks to family and friends.
I have never ever just eaten cake for a day, but I did yesterday and very pleasant it was too. I will not be the only person on a diet this week methinks.
It's time to turn our attention to artworks and preparing the studio for winter. There will be a lot of creative, playful works being made over the winter months so we'd better get stocked up with fuel for the stove, and a few new soup recipes.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tea and cake

The time has come to eat cake. Lots of it, there are some attempts at open sandwiches savoury nibbles etc., however the spread is mainly cakes and more cakes.
Tracey is having a quick cuppa before her tea-party guests arrive, as people will be arriving all afternoon we have hidden some goodies for later on. We hope Ron enjoys them.

Friday, 12 October 2012

A tea party for chickens

This is the weekend of our tea party for chickens. One of us has had a birtday and I'm not saying which one, but Tracey is having a teaparty on Sunday. There will be cakes of course and trifles and scones with clotted cream and home made jam. I am really looking forward to friends gathering and teacups chinking. Of course Tracey is famous for her baking and I will be staying very close to the maccaroons. MMMMMMMMmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm.
Tracey will be using all small gifts of money towards her henhouse with chicken fund.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Events 2012 Wiches in Pendle. looks like there will be a little bit of magic and a lot of mischief will be going on here in Pendle to commemorate the legends of the Pendle Witches. Click the link for a full itinery 

Preparing for winter

Soon winter in all it's fabulous beauty will be with us. It's funny how well I respond to images of snow and ice but become a jibbering wreck when it happens for real.
This tree sculpture is quite amazing, at Grange Fell we're always trying to bend nature to suit us, however it never quite works out, we are good at weaving growing willow though. The small experiments we started a couple of years ago are doing really well. Straight lines are not our thing, curvy lines of hedging and scattered planting keeps us on our toes. Next spring will be an absolute revelation as things spring up here and there and surprise us endlessly.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Logburners and candlelight.

the trees are sharing their leaves and the soft sweet smell of autumn hangs heavey in the air. There are red flashes of brilliance as overnight trees have become scarlet. I love winter trees, but not the cold dark months that will soon be upon us. We went out at weekend taking photographs of the beautiful autumn landscapes which soon will be used as starting points for some paintings and prints. It's time to stock the studio with coal and logs ready to keep us warm over the winter.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Birds and Hedgehogs

The birds are off on their winter holidays. For those that live her all year round there will be plenty of food on the birdfeeder to keep them going. We haven't seen the hedgehog for a couple of weeks and today he was scurrying in and out of the trees, probbaly woken too soon from his hibernation.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

A lovely place to eat

Well Our new breakfast/dining room is finished, and we love it. The pale grey walls and light curtains set off everything in the room beautifully. Well we would say that wouldn't we. As I've been unwell for most of the week, this is all Tracey's handywork, she deserves a rest, but no, she is planning her next project.
We decided to take advantage of the glorious weather and go out on a photography shoot. I'm planning some new paintings and Tracey is planning some prints, we only meant to go to Elslack, however we ended up in Cracoe, then Grassington then Barden. We are blessed.
We found an amazing new gallery -shop in Grassington called Burnt Rock. links to follow. we loved it for once something really different. Of course we had to call in Rustic Rabbit and the lovely Pottery, Tracey bought a gorgeous handmade jug.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Bright light and airy.

The Dining room is finished. all thanks to Tracey, she has stripped woodchip. sanded refilled repapered and painted, superwoman is an understatement. Having concerned herself with the fun bit, what to put back in what to leave out and what to swap, it certainly is a lovely new room. Pics on FB very soon.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Through the Window

There is a cool and soft light this morning, it has emerged through the early morning autumn fog. At last the rain has stopped and  we hope will say away for at least long enough to enjoy some more mellow autumn days.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Rain Rain Go Away

well it's still raining, I wonder if we will all develop gills and fins if the weather stays like this.  We would love to be working in the garden getting it all tidy ready for the winter, but it's just too soggy.  

Monday, 1 October 2012

Josette is slowly emerging

There is a small part of the dining room that is clothed in Josette by Laura Ashley. It's enough to imagine how it's going to look when it's finished, which probably won't be until weekend. however half an hour here and there when time permits moves the job along.