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.