Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pinks and blues

This painted panel is so evocative of high summer as it starts to fade towards autumn. The heat and stillness that somehow threatens to break at any moment. It's been a glorious summer and I hope and pray that autumn will be as bright and warm.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Light and Frothy

Sleeping well. Some items just set the scene and change everything. I love the idea of this lace coverlet, it looks like something from a fairytale but I just know that my cats would just see it as a challenge to destroy. Having just changed my bedroom curtains from a cream pair to a white pair I'm amazed at how such a small change can make a big difference. I hate dark and gloomy colour schemes for bedrooms, but thinking about it they probably make a lot of sense. 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Magicical Flights of Fancy.

Mr Finch makes thes amazing textile creatures, he's based in Leeds and is part of a new and exciting shop opening in Harrogate tomorrow called the Imaginarium. My imagination is in overdrive already. I love artists who find beauty and purpose in items that would otherwise end up in landfill. Occasionally you find brilliance as part of the mix and that's when magic happens.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

White on White

It's weekend. Shopping done. The sewing machine is ready. The fabric is cut and pressed. The curtain tape purchased. New curtains for my bedroom, re-purposing the fabric for the lining and the newly purchased from Ikea netting cut and ready to go. All I've got to do now is stay sensible and attach all the elements to the right bits in the right order and facing the right way. Wish me luck my track record is patchy to say the least.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Little Gifts

Sometimes guests leave little presents for us, it's always the guests who we have enjoyed having so much we forget they are paying guests.It's such a nice gesture and even quite moving including the couple who left a portrait of the gentleman's wife, drawn beautifully during their stay. Thank you all of you the biggest gifts are always the smiles and happy faces.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Little Addictions

I love Pinterest It's always a treasure trove of visual loveliness. If you are the sort of person who wants to be on a network where no-one actually communicates with anyone els,e but just makes pinboards that reflect their interests and likes then give it a go. Be warned though it can be very addictive.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Fingers crossed

This is my day today trying to make a slip cover for a chair. I wish i was better at this it will be at best a pretty bodge, however i will enjoy the challenge and possibly even end up quite pleased with myself.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bones and Blankets

Time to get the rugs and throws out from storage. I love the wrong tartan, by that I mean colour combinations like these in the picture. The colours just cheer you up when the nights are drawing in and the evenings are cool. We are also getting all those small painting jobs around the house with Fired Earths Bone White winning out again. So we like it's solid dense block off white effect that's cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Vintage Shopping

mmmm mmmmm mmmmm why oh why  is vintage chinz so flipping yummy. I never drink tea, eat cucumber sandwiches or hold tea parties. It must be the romance, the promise of a lifestyle long gone but still wished for.
Today we have trawled the local antique shops in Skipton and returned empty handed, how did that happen?, Called in the bookshop and came out empty handed, we must be losing our touch, it won't last long that's for sure.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Hot flowers and cool spaces

Isn't this fantastic. I would love an outdoor space like this, but it would definitely need a roof. I have to say the Grange Fell Garden is looking lush at the moment. I always want more colour though, perhaps some drifts of echinacea in hot pinks and oranges next year.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Gone Bananas

I just love these stairs. I've got no idea whether the design is a paint effect, stencil carpets, whatever. It would certainly cheer me up on a dull winter morning. We are fond of yellow here at Grange Fell it's just so flippin' cheerful.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Shabby Chic

I am definitely going to make one of these. Yesterday I spent ages going through my jewellery boxes. All collected very cheaply from charity shops and sales over the years. I intended to give them back to charity, however now I've seen this I will be scouring the charity shops for an old mirror instead.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Good Grub

It's a funny old day of sunshine and showers, not quite sure what it's going to do next. It has been  busy  week, we fell through the doors of The Tempest Arms in Elslack last night and it was packed. We hadn't booked a table we just took a chance. No worries, we feasted on the best pub food in the country and came back to Grange Fell well rested and a lot cheerier.

Saturday, 10 August 2013


We love books. I was looking at Kindles today and wondering why I would ever want one. Not only is there great pleasure in just handling books it's also the ability to flip between pages, re-read bits, for a variety of reasons. The smell of books even. I love just having bookcases overflowing with good reads and handy information. To sit at a desk or table with a selection of books for reference around you is surely a fantastic thing, or am I just getting old.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cowboys and Indiana Anderson

I need a bit of this at the moment to soothe and calm me down. Two days of a very creative. chatty and active five year old grandson, who left for home an hour ago has left us feeling a bit lost. There have been Indiana Jones garden adventures, much studio making and painting veggie pulling and pasta eating sessions. Alfie the toy dog and companion has barked at the cats shared all of the above, Ah well next time will soon be here,

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Liverpool Albert Dock

Romance can be found in the most surprising places, this photograph by Stephen Riley captures padlocks used as love tokens in Albert Docks Liverpool.
There was a very loud clucking from the garden not long ago. It was Milly letting the world know she'd laid an egg. Tortilla for tea then.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Small Things

some people are so clever. I love this small embroidery inside a ring box. Small boxes, in fact boxes of any size are totally fascinating, I have far too many.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Using your Loaf

I was so excited when I found one of these a couple of months ago in a local antique shop. They are dough or bread bowls. They were used to keep the bread dough warm whilst it was proving. We use it for fruit mainly but for large family gatherings it's great way of putting bread in the middle of the table. They are really long about two feet. Every house used to have one until bakeries made it possible for everyone to buy bread daily.

Sunday, 4 August 2013


A late blog after a busy day. We've been making room for a pair of mismatched chairs. We have lots of books and it's nice to relax in a comfy chair and read a good book. In fact as artists we generally just look at the pictures. One chair is a lovely big rocker and the other a battel back armchair. It sort of hugs you.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Skipton by the Sea

Skipton has a beach. There is a Punch and Judy theatre, donkeys, beach huts,deckchairs and a steel band. Why? It's Yorkshire day of course. Tomorrow there is a free showing on a large screen of Les Mis. It's free and on the High st. Woo Hoo.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Swimming in Sunshine

So beautiful and appropriate for today's weather. Scorchio with heavy showers. Today I have been painting a view of Cracoe famous for the film 'Calender Girls' which is based on real women from and around the area. This little mermaid is playing with some seaweed, I think, she has such an innocent expression.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Tour de West Craven

Grange Fell is cyclist /cycle friendly with secure bike storage, washing  and drying facilities. Next year will be a special year with the Tour de France passing in nearby Skipton. The amount of liesure cycling in the Dales makes it feel like race day every day here.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Precipitating Artworks

Sort of describes the weather over the last couple of days. Heavy showers and then clearing to glorious sunshine. A lush tropical garden is on the way.
Today is a studio day working on four paintings. I find this way stops me from overworking sections and lots of artists do the same thing. One however is nearing the end so a new one needs to be started. The featured image has been downloaded from Pinterest, a great place to find inspiration.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Feeding the Ducks

Today is a catch up day. Pressing the linen is the top job. The reward a couple of hours in the studio painting.
Yesterday we went to linton and had lunch at the Fountaine Inn. Regular readers know it is a favourite here at Grange Fell. It was lovely to see the baby ducks too. 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

It has been a busy day
all  veggies picked, pickled or eaten. Fruit gathered ready for the jam pot and chickens laying a plenty. Time for bed and a good book to end a long and busy day.

Friday, 26 July 2013


Today there are herbs drying in the oven. This is my first attempt at making teabags for the bath as well as herb sachets for cupboards and wardrobes. It might not work but as I was trimming the herb garden this morning it seemed rude not to try. 
This picture of a lovely bedroom off Pinterest has inspired me to recreate the look in my own room. It must be lovely to wake up on a gloomy winters day to this tutti fruity colour scheme.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Good Days

It has been very continental at Grange Fell this week with guests from Holland, Germany and Australia. It is lovely to view our world through the eyes of visitors and I can confirm  Grange Fell is very, very pretty. We have comfy beds, our breakfasts are lipsmackingly good, and the pub across the road is excellent too.
It's all good.

Sunday, 30 June 2013


I know, some of you have had the hottest day of the year so far, however we need a few of these tonight, However we have managed some gardening today and all the work of weaving willow branches every summer is paying off, structure is a big word, but I'm using it, loosely. The clematis, honeysuckles and virginia creepers are becoming established, I did however spy a mares tail, eeeeeeeeeeeek 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Colour Drenched Dusk.

This time of year is just a joy. The garden is lush with foliage and flowers and the edibles are plumping up nicely. Time to sit and reflect in the garden is a sweet pleasure on a warm and gentle evening even if the sky is dark and foreboding. In a way the sky is bringing forward the intensity of the all the blue flowers from cornflowers to aquilegeas which are so prolific this year.
The yellow buttercup meadows are the perfect backdrop to all this dusky colourful intensity. It's good to take a minute to look, and really, truly see.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Almost There.

Our peonies are almost open. It's such a shame that these majestic blooms are with us for such a short time.We are enjoying lovely warm and sunny days at the moment and long may they last. There will be lots of garden time this weekend that's a promise.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Coffee and Blossom

Today I have visited Ilkley for the first time in a couple of years. It was beautifully decked out in cherry blossom. Everything was so lovely and unlike the old song we managed B'ar tat.
Some places are timelessly beautiful and Ilkley is one of them. I loved Betty's tea shop, good coffee and good company.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Blooming Gorgeous

There are so many beautiful things in the world. I don't know if these are peonies or roses, it's hard to tell sometimes. Whichever species these are they are sumptuous.Grange fell is blooming with spectacular spring flowers. It's amazing to see the tulips and the daffodils in full flower at the same time.
We are hoping that when the fruit trees bloom that the wind doesn't steal the flowers like last year as we have lots of fruit later on in the year.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sorry about the lack of blogs but I've had a P.C. virus, One of those weird ones  that re-arrange the order of the letters and turn everything into gobbleygook. No Comments please.
We are enjoying a lovely Bank holiday weekend Skipton is buzzing. It's the waterways festival and Skipton races. The Canal is packed with barges and boats decorated for the event. It feels like summer is finally here.

Monday, 22 April 2013


Ahh sleep. Such a fantastic restorative human habit. I like it very much. I am saying this because at 7.32pm I am about to give in.and climb the stairs and go to bed, hoping that my runny nose and eyes are just hayfever symptoms and not a full blown cold.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Weather or Not

Today it's supposed to be raining, in fact it should have been raining for at least six hours, and it's not. We're not saying you can put on your swimming costumes and trunks and have a sunbathe, but it is very pleasant. Having said all of this we might be swimming in a monsoon by the end of the day.
We have lovely happy guests this morning tummies full of fresh eggs bacon, sausages and all the trimmings. It's fab to see everyone tucking in and feeling refreshed after a good nights sleep, especially the chaps who fell through the door yesterday, exhausted after a long walk on the Pennine Way.
We thought we might have a Sunday drive out to Linton today to just sit and enjoy one of our favourite local spots. Simple things like a flask of tea by the river really set you up for the working week.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Full House.

We have now been the keepers of chickens for a couple of months. It took a month for them to start laying and since then rarely a day has gone by without between one and three eggs. Yesterday for the first time we got four, one each. We celebrated with a wonderful cheese and courgette souffle and our guests love eating the freshest eggs available. Well done Mildred Miranda Molly and Milly.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Busy Spring Days

it feels like spring out there. Lambs are in the fields, the sun is shining some daffodils are now opening at long last and the garden studio is bathed in sunlight.
In Skipton' lovely Oxfam bookshop I managed to find a lovely set of arty books and leaflets and a 3D Royal Opera House in card ready to be assembled.
Also managed to pick up some plumbers jointing compound so tomorrows studio project is to make some small paper sculptures based on clumps of whelks and seashells.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Pots paints and ribbon boxes

all the hard work is starting to show dividends and the little craft basement is lovely to work in. The garden studio makeover is ongoing.
This evening has been lovely to sit at a small work station and just make with everything in reaching distance. Just small works more to see how the space works than anything else but a great practical space. Hopefully the garden studio will be much more spacious with all the craft stuff moved out. The idea of dedicated spaces is really taking shape. If we get the trench dug and the kiln re-wired we'll be able to do some raku firing. 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

New spaces

We have been very busy here at Grange Fell, we are artists and makers and have always worked from the garden studio, but we have decided to separate the Fine art from the craft and have created a great basement craft room, for textiles, jewellery making and paper crafts in the basement. Now we will have a much more spacious painting and printing studio in the garden. It's not finished yet however by the end of next week we will be finished and the studio will be much more spacious and airy with possibly enough space to create a small gallery area.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Double Vision

we got lots of these a week ago and then it snowed, then it snowed some more and more and more. They all disappeared. Then we dug it all out and it snowed some more. It's all settled down now and the snow is still here but everything is now normalish. Now the farmers have let them out again and the world looks lovely again.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Green Shoots and all That.

after yesterdays hopeful request for spring we were rewarded with more of this. There is more than a hint of, more and more snow, as the week progresses. This would be fine if it came and went at convenient timesm such as overnight or between rush hours. Ah well it is very beautiful, even though it has overstayed it's welcome this year/

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Spring Colours

It doesn't feel like spring with lots of snow showers, however we live in hope that the warm sunshine will soon be here. Here at Grange Fell we now have eggs laid most days and it's been a pleasure to serve them. To eat an egg that has just been laid is a real privilege and hopefully as they mature we'll get four eggs every day.
I watched the sun set over the hill towards Lothersdale last night, It was ablaze with colour for quite a while, then just like that, the sun set and the cool colours of twilight took over.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Four Square

We have had four eggs this week, three large dark brown speckled eggs and a teensy weeny one in a sort of sandy beige colour. Maybe in a couple of weeks they will all be laying eggs and we can have an omelette.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

OOh La la

we have an egg. It is an egg from one of the marans, we know this because it has a dark brown shell and it's speckled. We aer waiting to see if we get anther tomorrow so we can have one each. it's so exciting. In a little under two weeks since they arrived the French hens are laying. Tut Alors.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Wobbly Feet

After looking high and low for lambs for a couple of weeks now, we are surrounded by them. They are popping up everywhere. The best bit is we have some just a short distance from the backgarden and this afternoon we spent a short while watching a doddery newborn, struggle to find it's feet and have a feed from mum, Ah Spring, it makes you feel all funny.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Sweet Spring

I can feel a sring in my step. The light is changing and the temperature is creeping upwards. It has been so cold that the promise of a sunny day is just mouthwatering.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

One of our chickens was missing

One of chickens went awal today. Mildred mysteriously disappeared between 9 to 9.30am and could not be found, much to the distress of Tracey. I didn't know about this until the middle of the afternoon. Driving home and worrying about a lost pet and upset friend I was more than relieved to find her pecking around the daffodils in the back garden.
Relief quickly turned to frustration as I chased her round and round the garden, she is good at dodgems, that's for sure. No need to go to my dance class tonight I've done enough exercise for a week. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Boxed Beauties

The joy of the Internet is to find things that in life you wouldn't ever have time to track down. These boxes, or tins are just gorgeous. I have no idea if they are for storage or not. I just like them. Pinterest is a really great way to look at and find images and topics that interest you.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Cute displays

We love this little vintage vase. What an amazing little object,as Miranda might say' Such Fun' or as our hen Miranda might say,'cluck cluck'.
We are still waiting for eggs, however the ladies have all settled in really well, and taking themselves into their little house everyday at dusk. Tracey is amazed at how easy it is to care for chickens and even I can round them up and shoo them in the right direction.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

New girls in the hood

I have no idea if this is Molly or Milly however Tracey resisted the temptation to buy a pygmy goat/hamster/guinea pig/baa lamb/ lop eared rabbit or ferret and stuck to the brief and purchased a pair of gorgeous Marans who lay dark brown eggs. If each chicken lays three eggs a week that means we will have the dozen eggs we want, plus lots of fun and chicken frolics.
I must say that I was so impressed that Tracey went to an auction and bid for these. She also bought a giant meat and potato pie. I went dancing instead.