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Having just listened to the Food Programme on Radio 4, I am reminded of another special aspect of the school I was sent between ages 8 and 11, and that was the mulberry tree. This was the most tremendous tree on one of the lawns, and it fed the sc...
  Now that we have a student nurse in the family we have become aware of International Nurses Day which is celebrated on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. It seems that this is quite controversial as some would argue that she...
The forget-me-nots are just beginning to flower in our garden. Without fail these little flowers take me right back to when I was 8 years old when I was sent away to school. At this school we had a woodland area at the top of the grounds where adu...
Well, we all love a story and this is one I learnt from chatting to 2 guys in the breakfast queue at the Business Design Centre, Islington, during the recent Country Living Show: These guys were in the catering dept of the museum, and reminded me ...
Simnel Sunday 30/03/2011
We celebrate Mother’s day every year, but I’ve never thought to find out more about it. Mothering Sunday can also be referred to as Simnel Sunday, as a reference to the baking and serving of Simnel cakes, which are said to be a symbol to celebrate t...
No, I've not gone back to my primary school and skipping games in the playground. Instead I spent the day at Norfolk Jelly in Norwich - getting on with my own work but not down in my studio on my own, but rather in a room with others getting on with ...
Another 5 days spent at the NEC, Birmingham at the International Spring Fair - well, that's 5 days of the show, but another 2 days setting up. We had alot of interest in what we'd planned for our display this year, so the following will reveal all. ...
Crescendo 28/01/2011
Crescendo - now that's a lovely musical term and nicely sums up the activity happening in the studio, house and garden at the moment. One week now before Spring Fair Birmingham, the giant of the UK trade shows. Preparations got off to a gentle start ...
Valentine's Day 21/01/2011
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d dig up a few interesting facts relating to the annual celebration.  With Welsh cards being an ever popular part of our range, and Nicola now studying over in Wales, I was interested to find ou...
Apologies 20/01/2011
Oh it has been a long time since we last wrote anything here! It's been an amazingly busy few months, but help is at hand: Emma and I will be sharing the joys of writing here, with little anecdotes and stories, so there's a much greater chance that t...
Today, being Sunday, I thought I could really get on with those last bits that need doing before setting off for the shows. Sundays are quiet days, no phone calls, no one trying to sell me anything etc - aren't they? So today, when I have a long lis...
Autumnal joys 30/10/2010
Well, that was my last walk locally for a couple of weeks, and what a beautiful afternoon - a perfect leaf-kicking sort of day. Here are a couple of our villagers who we chatted with - I think I might do some Gloucester Old Spotty designs..... ...
We love retailers. Without them we'd be without a business. They do a great job getting our work in front of people and they work incredibly hard. But please could retailers think about us when they place their orders - by "us", I mean all designer/...
The girls have both left for university, but never fear, we've been adopted by another two. These two seem to prefer our house and garden better than their own, and are just as untidy as the two who have left! And, like teenagers, they just come and ...
Wordle fun 20/09/2010
This is totally frivoulous, but quite fun. Wordle clouds - go to wordle.com to play with some text. This one uses the text taken from this blog And this one is based on the About Us page on our website, and seems to feature sheep quite heavil...
I caught part of a programme today on BBC Radio Norfolk about Empty Nest Syndrome - ie, the kids have just flown the nest. Both my girls have now left for university, the youngest just starting her 1st year in nursing at Cardiff and the elder just st...
I don't usually follow fashion trends, but I just thought these little bunting decorations would look great on a Christmas tree, or where ever. It's just simple paper bunting with my hand drawn sketchy animals with their woolly bodies. They were...
It's been a busy month, with lots of orders from shops getting ready for Christmas along with the summer holidays and preparations for both daughters being at university. But I've just been tidying up some of the folders on the desktop, and came acro...
Just a short post - I did something very silly the other day. I received an order in the form of a spreadsheet, and printed it off and sent off the invoice, only to be advised by the customer that I'd not spotted the tabs on the spreadsheet - there w...
I had a lovely commission recently, and such a good surprise. Some years ago I did some wedding invitation cards using my fluffy sheep as the theme (well, she was marrying a Yorkshire man!). I was then asked to continue the theme through for the...
Just an update on the canvas paintings I did to attract buyers to my stand at the Home and Gift Fair in Harrogate. On the evening before leaving Norfolk I quickly did a 3rd canvas - I still had a long thin area of white wall on my stand, so I decide...
I set myself yet another challenge recently: The design of my stand at the next trade fair, Harrogate at the end of the week,  was looking a little bare at the top, so I decided I needed to do something. I fancied doing something to link this disp...
I recently found some very old sketch books - nothing inspiring in them unfortunately, but it was interesting to see where my 2 lives crossed although at the time I couldn't see this. These are a couple of pages from 1981 when I was working on an ...
I had the tiniest parcel of fleece delivered yesterday and it led to a massive, all-day sort out of all the fleeces on hand at the moment. This has to be done every year to check for moths, and a fine day is perfect. But I just love fleece, and I ...
The birds woke me early this morning, as they do every morning, but today I decided to take the dogs out for an early walk, before any rain set in. It was lovely - it's lovely every day. There's always something to raise the spirits, whatever the ...
Peace 07/06/2010
While on a day's course recently I unexpectedly learnt the Chinese for peace: he-ping or hépíng or 和平(pronounced her-ping)....
Just a short post today to get back into the swing of writing here. This morning I took the dogs out for their usual walk up to the woods and around the fields, and met a couple who have a small holding in the village with Norfolk's only pedigree ...
Mad, mad dogs 08/04/2010
Do I treat our dogs badly? Is there something vital missing in their diet? Should I consider having them re-homed?These are not serious questions as our dogs are very happy, very much loved, and well looked after. But WHY do they do this to us: Ch...
Just a little insight into the setting up of our stand at the Country Living Magazine's Spring Fair. Our scheduled arrival time was between 1 and 2 pm on the Monday - we hoped it would be less busy being 2 days before the show opens. It was less bus...
Trip to Crufts 14/03/2010
I've finally managed to spend a day at Crufts - talked about it for years! But you need more than a day to see everything. It was fascinating to see all the weird and lovely breeds there, and most of the breeders were really friendly and informative...
Just to finish off the story behind our mural and Spring Fair trade stand: We wanted our stand to be true to our beliefs of re-using and no waste, and it took quite a bit of effort to get it to come together. Having decided to paint our mural, ...
28/02/2010
I've just discovered this slide show website, and thought I'd try it out for some of my great designs for Mother's Day. You can buy any of them on our website here ...
I thought I'd share with you the fun experience of creating some very temporary art. Our last trade show was the Spring Fair, Birmingham, and we were exhibiting in the greetings hall for the first time (up till now we've been in contemporary gifts...
Postcards - I love them, and have kept some of those sent to me over the years. I'd like to encourage everyone to start sending them again. We need some fun post landing on our door mats. It's a really lovely way to show someone that you thought of t...
Well, we're nearly organised for the Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham in 10 days time. We have a completely new display which I'm quite pleased with - almost everything is recycled, reclaimed or re-used, so this fits in nicely with our whole phil...
Well, we've been doing some work on the website while we're snowed in. We've added some new sections within the greeting cards to see if this helps customers to find an appropriate card - it would be lovely if you could post any comments! The n...
I'm shocked by myself - no blogging, yet again, for such a long time, but it has been an incredibly busy time ending with a nasty cold. All better now, and I did enjoy the snow. I'm hoping I may have some more material for some new designs later in t...
Driving back from a lunch meeting recently, I drove past a hedgehog in the road. It was heading for the grass verge, so I drove on. Seconds later, I realised I'd have to go back - turned round as soon as I could, and just got onto the road again in f...
Izzy Lane has a wonderful business - ethical fashion from the fleece from her own flocks of rare Shetland and Wensleydale sheep. It's an amazing story - read more here This is Izzy with one of her Wensleydales: But the following...
We've just dispatched the younger daughter off to Sri Lanka with a group from her school - all very exciting, but also very expensive. We've not paid for this trip - she's had to raise the funds herself. But I did help - I decided that my stiffening ...
Big Red Bag - you may remember it: I won this amazing canvas bag in a business raffle at a Wire meeting. It was donated by Toy Tidy who supply great storage solutions for all that stuff that kids have. I had a problem at the Autumn Fair this year,...
Please don't get us to send our dog back to the Dog's Trust - we do feed him, really, but he obviously doesn't think so! Here's he's taken some mount board for his mid afternoon snack, but really he prefers some nice offcuts of handmade Himala...

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